Get To Know Us
Jacaranda was created by Bee, Jon & Ian in 1998 with the collective aim to establish a catering company with a reputation for exceptional food and service, attention to detail and value for money. Now well known throughout Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, we are proud to say along our journey we have reached all our aims (and more!) and continue to grow and develop as a business.
You’ll find the team in the heart of the beautiful South Downs at Cowdray Park, between the sea and the city where our passion for planning sees us bring special occasions to life: From dream weddings to elegant parties, inspirational events and intimate dinner parties.
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Meet The Team
Our team here at Jacaranda is filled with a range of dynamic personalities who are passionate about what they do.
Every member of the team has their own bit of magic that they bring to the mix, meaning life here at Jacaranda is most certainly nothing less than lively.
Having grown up with the family business Ian knows it inside out and from top to bottom. Over the years Ian has seen the team go from strength to strength and with Jacaranda now approaching its 20th Anniversary we are delighted to say the company remains as vibrant and progressive as ever.
Ian has always had a passion not only for fabulous food but also for bringing together the best people in order to achieve our collective goals of delivering the best events, food and service to our region.
Jamie Director & Executive Chef
Jamie has been with Jacaranda for 9 years and is the creative genius behind all of our renowned food. He has a team of hardworking chefs who have followed him from company to company. His interest in food started from a young age and he developed his love for Asian food while travelling and working in Australia and Thailand. He has worked at Michelin starred restaurants in London and Sydney as well as being sous chef at the Admirable Crichton, one of the leading catering companies in London. When he is not testing out new dishes on the ever obliging Event Managers, he can be found cycling around Sussex or up a mountain somewhere. Every year Jamie hosts the renowned Chefs BBQ, so if you are lucky enough to get an invite, go!
Nigel Director & Operations Manager
Nigel is our Operations Manager and leads a strong team of event managers. After spending 10 years working for high end caterers in London, working at some of the most prestigious events and venues across the capital, it was time for a change of scenery and he is now enjoying bringing his wealth of knowledge and experience to the Jacaranda family. A keen golfer he always keeps his clubs in the boot of the car in case he can fit in 9 holes after a day’s work.
Minty Senior Events Manager
Minty is one of our Senior Event Managers and takes full control of all of our marquee events and creative side. Minty has the experience, expertise and imagination to make your party or wedding unforgettable. With over 10 years' experience of helping plan and organise weddings and parties all over the country, Minty's professional attention to detail and personal approach is second to none. She is extremely passionate about her role at Jacaranda, she has an amazing creative flair which is always shown at all of her events and in the office too, whether it be creating macaroon towers, drawing up new ideas for buffet displays or dressing tables with stunning colour themes and glassware.
When Minty isn't running events, you could find her at her sewing machine or enjoying a bit of downtime in her garden on a sunny afternoon with her cat, but she will always be thinking about the next event and trend
Phern Senior Event Manager
Phern is one of our Senior Event Managers and overseas all of our venues. She has a wide variety in experience ranging from organising corporate events to looking after private functions and parties within the Polo industry. However missing the wedding buzz, she joined the Jacaranda team and hasn’t looked back. When not out running events you can find Phern on the Cowdray Pitch side lines watching a game of polo with a large g&t in hand!
Jacaranda are absolutely amazing! We could not have wished for better on our day. They are outstandingly professional and go above and beyond to make sure your day is spectacular. The food is just stunning and we have received the most amazing compliments from all of our guests who reported that it was the best wedding food they had ever had! Minty is absolutely wonderful and allowed us to fully relax and enjoy our day as we knew she had everything covered!