Meet the team at Fresha Cafe

First up is our Chef Steve who’s worked in celebrated restaurants in London and the South East. 

Back in the day he worked at The Evening Standard’s Italian Restaurant of the Year Cibo, and as sous chef at 51-51 Sloane Avenue where his customers included Wham!, Darryl Hannah and John Cleese. He successfully opened and headed up the kitchens of Hampshire’s first gastro pub, The Gamekeeper’s, and Sands, which featured in OK magazine. 

He began his career at a family-run restaurant in Christchurch, Dorset, where all the breads, pastas, sauces and desserts were made in-house. The experience gave him a taste for Italian cuisine and he travelled to Italy with his now-wife Elyse, working in restaurants in Turin. 

Over the years he’s worked in a variety of restaurants, ranging from French fine dining to American style diners. 

We feel very lucky to have Steve, with all his varied knowledge and experience, designing our delicious cafe lunch menus and working on Fresha’s research and development.

What appealed to you about working at Fresha Cafe?

The vibrant, fun atmosphere and its great team.

What’s the best bit about your job?

Research and development work for the company.

What’s your favourite dish to prepare?

I enjoy creating our daily specials.

Describe the best meal you’ve ever had - what made it so special?

Mark’s Eggs Benedict. That boy knows how to poach eggs!

Why is quality so important to you?

Quality produce and quality service is the foundation of any successful catering operation.

What inspires your cooking?

A passion for food and the desire to create new dishes.

What is your greatest career achievement?

Reaching the semi-finals of the ‘National Sandwich Designer Awards’.

What’s next for you and Fresha?

I want to continue to develop new ideas and dishes to keep Fresha at the forefront of Exeter’s catering services.

Anca and Maddie

Anca and Maddie are Front of House at the Fresha Cafe. They help keep our customers happy and ensure they return for more.

What do you like most about working for Fresha?

Anca:I love having contact with customers, the variety of duties and challenges and working with such a nice team.

What’s your favourite thing on the Fresha menu?

Anca:  Chicken burger and a caramel latte.

Maddie: I also love the chicken burger.

What’s most important to you in your job? 

Anca: Engaging with customers. It’s so important we make sure the café provides the best customer service so our customers keep returning to us.

Maddie: I love working here and making all the customers happy.

What are Fresha customers like?

Anca: Lovely and friendly. We have a lot of regular customers in the café, which proves we’re doing our job well.

What unique quality do you bring to the job? 

Anca: A smiling face! I’m always helpful and a good listener. 

Maddie: I make the best coffees! I like seeing Fresha customers happy.