If you are unfamiliar with the true, unadulterated talent of real catering professionals, let us bring you up to speed and give you a slice of what you’re missing out on.

A time before restaurants…

If you imagine a time before restaurants – https://www.history.com/news/first-restaurants-china-france – a time when a chef was considered more honourable than an innkeeper, there was a French corporation that specialised in arranging weddings and events, feasts and banquets.

Formed by catering professionals, the intention was to gather talented chefs and allow them to attend the residence of wealthy occupants, providing the delights of Parisian cuisine.

Restaurants weren’t successful until the 19th century and respectable people refused to frequent uncouth inns with a reputation for debauchery and wrongheaded individuals. The lack of great eateries created an opening for talented cooks who could showcase their talents in more civilised environments, providing a private, personalised dining experience.

These early chefs were a predecessor of the restauranteur and firm favourites amongst the rich and famous of the day. The service they provided was unique, sought-after, and sublime.

If you were privileged enough to afford it, you would only choose to eat from the best.

Catering Professionals for present-day habits.

It’s highly unlikely that you would appreciate the carefully prepared dishes from the Middle Ages. Catering professionals cook for lovers of food in these times; reflecting the customs of our age; with consideration for present-day eating habits and preferences, as well as those of our immediate history.

Celebrity Status

Today’s best chefs are often authors, television presenters and media celebrities but, unlike acting and football, the best catering professionals in the world aren’t always famous. There is always someone out there, in a small corner of the world, who blows away a privileged few with a legendary culinary experience – https://ice.edu/blog/french-history-first-celebrity-chef

No less talented, these chefs occupy as important a role as those who constituted a hierarchy in society in the 16th Century, tasked with the privilege of organising weddings and feasts.
The best chefs were high-ranking and revered and, from the 18th century onwards, wore a large white hat to distinguish themselves from other kitchen assistants where the head of the kitchen would be known as the ‘Master Cook’.

Influential Catering Professionals

The history and culture of catering professionals are at the heart of everything we do. Citreus Catering owes a lot of what it does to those who played a part in the development of classic cooking.

In our modern, interconnective world of international values and multicultural influences, catering professionals have access to an expanse of culinary ideas and a larger variety of foods, allowing us to evolve with a higher state of consciousness to consider new trends in the context of dishes.

On an elevated level and in the light of current knowledge – like music and visual arts – we are never static and, in the creative business of cooking, we forever seek new tastes and experiences; new venues and more exciting recipes for our guests to enjoy and recall with a deep sense of satisfaction.

More Reasons to Celebrate

Despite being a multilayered subject, what we do is simply about the food. Without the need for close attention, professional catering stands alone as something which is clearly inspirational and a pleasure to the senses.
The best catering professionals prove themselves to be innovative, resilient and creative with a passion for food that shines through, regardless of the event or the location. The food of a great chef isn’t overshadowed by the grandeur of the event but it makes a great occasion more of a reason to celebrate.

Food-focused planners.

Outdoor Catering
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It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when planning an event but, regardless of the occasion, catering professionals are all about risk management.

To be able to make the occasion run smoothly and be as enjoyable and as relaxing as possible, you want to ensure that your professional catering team not only puts the quality on the table but also brings the guarantee of maintaining a high standard of hygiene.
It goes without saying that poorly cooked food, cross-contamination and allergen ignorance should not be on the menu at the event.
With all the relevant hygiene and safety certification in place, you have peace of mind and reassurance that catering professionals bring a first-class service that comes with safety guarantees to make it all right on the night.

With an uncompromising approach to quality, Citreus Catering is the perfect accompaniment to the table.

With over 60 years’ combined experience in the catering industry, Citreus is the professional catering team you can trust.
Specialist catering professionals have worked at some of the biggest events in the country and often have a reputation for being one of the region’s leading catering companies.
From football and rugby stadiums to music festivals and racecourses, true professionals have a culture of gastronomy at their fingertips to provide an unforgettable culinary experience at any planned event or social occasion.

The expertise of catering professionals is backed by all the requirements, with all the relevant qualifications and safety certificates in place to ensure a smooth culinary journey from the kitchen to the table.

Food is a necessity but professional catering is an art.

Just like the Citreus Catering team, a passion for food is developed at an early age, and good chefs are never short of expertise or ideas when it comes to the art of food.
Catering professionals are always willing to share expert knowledge, they open the mind to new taste sensations and offer various solutions to suit the ambience, the surroundings, and the guest list.

And you shouldn’t have to worry about bringing in additional help because true catering professionals specialise in all courses.

Professional Catering Creativity

Catering is all about the planning to ensure that the presentation is just right, and the professionals have all the right culinary weaponry to execute a delicious feast for all.

When it comes to the first crunch, it’s the creativity that makes the difference and only experienced catering professionals will be able to bring the necessary creativity to the table.

They elevate the quality of the food to new levels so that the experience is unanticipated to the point that your guests will be mesmerised by how good catering can be.

The best teams assist you with the discovery of new flavours, various options, bespoke requirements, and the ability to pay attention to the finer details that really matter on the big day. 

To recap…

The top 6 requirements to be a great catering professional:

Passion – to be good at anything, a desire to be the best and a love for what one does has to be at the top of the list. Great chefs are dedicated professionals and passionate about providing good food.

Stamina – commercial catering is hard work and if you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

Creativity – Albert Einstein once famously said that creativity is more important than knowledge. Well, that is certainly the case for the best catering professionals because they have creativity all wrapped up, deep fried like Spanish churros and set against a side salad with a choice of exquisite dressings.

Organisation – When it comes to multitasking, the top catering professionals are precision perfect experts. The best chefs are trained to ensure that the event goes to plan. At times, everything seems chaotic in the kitchen to the untrained eye but you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

Commitment to quality – the best chefs are not content with just providing everything on time, the food has to be perfect. When that passion comes together with the creative element of cooking, and the event comes to a crescendo, nothing is more satisfying for a team of catering professionals to know that the hard work paid off and that the food will be remembered, revered, and discussed for years to come.

If you want to experience the skills of creative catering professionals, contact us and talk to us about your plans.