Kate Whitlock (pictured) headed east from Perth with the goal of becoming a teacher. She ended up on the opposite coast, in Brisbane, where today, still in her 20s, she heads Noosh Catering.
Noosh Catering offers services such as corporate and wedding catering and this successful business will be expanding into new areas in the near future.
Kate obtained her early working experience in a bakery located down the road from where her parents lived, catching the hosting “bug” at a young age. “I love hospitality and I love good food,” says Kate. Later, and while employed as a cafe manager, she found herself constantly being queried as to whether she owned the establishment where she worked. Realizing that she was capable of running a business, she decided to follow her dreams, setting up her own kitchen and cafe. Though scary at the time, she today regards that first cafe as her proudest achievement.
Noosh represents the latest chapter in Kate’s career, a boutique catering business serving the residents, businesses and organizations of Brisbane. Using fresh products that are obtained from local sources, the in-house chefs and kitchen staff members of Noosh are available to satisfy the individual tastes of customers who may be seeking anything from finger foods to a fine dining experience.
One of the specialties of Noosh is wedding catering, which may consist of a request for simple appetizer plates or a three-course banquet. Corporate catering is available for regular board meetings or special events, providing breakfast, lunch and dinner options for one or more days. The participants of parties and birthday celebrations should find satisfaction in items ranging from sandwiches and cheese platters to complete dinners. Noosh also offers mobile catering, extending its services to homes, offices and off-site locations. The company is in the process of developing an e-commerce store that will allow customers to view menus online.
Running a catering service involves sacrificing some things, one of which is described by Kate as her sanity. However, the difficulties encountered have not stopped her from proceeding on to her next goal of making Noosh Catering bigger than her first two businesses combined. Kate was once advised by someone that she should never be afraid of trying and has since adopted the belief that one should not fear the taking of personal risks. Combining these two principles, she has been able to make her dreams both a reality and an ongoing quest.