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Being the youngest of 15 children, Steve found that he was always quite shy. He wanted to be either a footballer or a chef "'cos I came from a large family, and I was never allowed in the kitchen, so I was always curious how food was delivered on a plate. He decribes having children as a massive turning point for him and says "In any trade you go to you get knocked back, you make mistakes, but I believe the best way to correct your mistakes is to learn from them".
Nick McKenning is a Graduate Management Trainee with BaxterStorey. He first became interested in catering whilst gaining some work experience as a teenager. Nick is an avid musician, and thought he might pursue a career in that field, but came to realise that his music was more of a hobby so completed a degree in Business at university and joined BaxterStorey.
Rick Razza is a Company Executive Chef for contract caterers Baxter Storey. He didn't like school and quickly got a job running the front of house in the family restaurant after finishing his O levels. Rick found that he spent more time in the kitchen and so went on to catering college and back into the family business as a chef. It was a hard decision for him to leave the restaurant, but he now enjoys his job with Baxter Storey very much.
Siobhan Jared, Group Manager, manages the BaxterStorey site at Deutsche Bank in London. She moved from a small town in the Lake District to London after gaining a degree in home economics and has worked in management for several large companies before joining BaxterStorey.
Sales Executive Amanda Baber left school at sixteen, did an NVQ in Business and started work as a receptionist. When she was made redundant from that company she found a career within a catering business and "started at the bottom", working her way up from Sales Administrator to Sales Executive with Baxter Storey.
Rick Holroyd and Nick Howe are joint managing directors of independent contract caterer Holroyd Howe, which they set up together in 1997. Holroyd Howe currently has 780 staff across 91 contracts, which include FTSE 100 companies, small owner-operated firms and independent schools.
Nick Howe got an interest in catering while working in hotels and kitchens over the summer. Now he is joint managing director of Holroyd Howe, which he founded with partner Rick Holroyd, has grown to a business with 58 contracts and an annual turnover of £12.6m.
William Baxter is deputy chief executive of Baxter Storey, the UK's fifth largest contract caterer. Despite not being as academic as his siblings, William was given responsibilty very early on in his first job. He currently employs 3,550 staff and operates 160 contracts across 280 sites in the UK and Ireland.
Alastair Storey is the chief executive of Baxter Storey, the UK's fifth largest contract caterer. After graduating he joined a catering company as trainee and worked his way up to Chief Exec before forming his own company with William Baxter.
Mack Allan left school at sixteen to pursue a career in the British Army's catering corps. When Mack left the army at 24 a chance meeting led to a "significant career break" for him as a Catering Manager and even though he "didn't feel ready for the job" he worked hard and learnt all he could from training courses. He is now Operations Director for contract kitchen company Baxter Storey.