Done with Slate & Olive wood

I have been designing all manner of items for the food service industry for the past 7 years. It started off as canapé trays & food stations but I’ve realised how many other items people are looking for. These were three of my first designs when I worked full time at Alison Price.

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Since I started working on my own I’ve branched out to all sorts of things. People are hungry for something different with every event and (thank the lord) are moving away from the bane of my life – olive wood and slate !! Hurrah. Don’t get me wrong: I love slate and anything grey for that matter but it should be left on the bathroom floor …

That’s my opinion and it could be said I have an unhealthy obsession with acrylic – all colours ! Especially the neons. But so do caterers because it’s so easy to work with and dynamic. Perspex – which is the brand name don’t you know – are always bringing out yummy new textures and patterns. Just look at these sparkly and patterned ones. Mind you you’d need to do an event a week for a Russian Oligarch to have trays made in some of these.

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I do work with other mediums like wood. If it’s been designed nicely and not just a slab then I’m not averse to it.  Or my new fave Corian. Look at this little lot of samples. You can even get it in slate colour and my skilled fabricators can mould it with no seams just like those stunning kitchen work tops with the sink all in one. Again bring in an Oligarch though.

corian samples


So you see there’s no excuse for plain old chipped slate now.   Every caterer’s stores that I’ve ever been in (and I’ve been in a few since starting my own company 2 years ago) has a pile of it somewhere. All chipped naturally . Where did this all come from?  Slipped off a roof and onto a kitchen pass??

Ok if we have to use it because we’ve got it. Dress it up a bit like I’ve done here. Actually these are quite nice pieces as it goes.

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But a damn plain sheet usually chipped: nope not on my watch thank you. It’s washed up.

So it is my personal mission to get slate off the menu.