A Team of Enthusiastic Caterers and Event Creatives
Here at PenniBlack, we love food and are dedicated to providing divine cuisine for a variety of events. However, the thing we value most as a company is our team. Teamwork is fundamental and we work together, helping each other and without this, we would not be who we are.
The PenniBlack creatives are handpicked for their unique qualities and experience. The feeling of professionalism, enthusiasm, creativity, honesty, integrity and respect shines through from the office to the kitchen and to the front of the house event team, ensuring every event is executed with careful attention to detail to meet and exceed our client’s bespoke visions and expectations.
Our core values and best practices are of great importance to us. The PenniBlack core values are embraced by all the team and are demonstrated through everything we do.
Teamwork and creativity are at the core of our work, but it’s also extremely important that our team displays loyalty, integrity, passion and respect, whilst creating bespoke, quality menus that are fun and colourful.
Meanwhile, sustainability and ethics are the backbone of the PenniBlack brand, with all of this contributing to the commitment to our customers.
As we’ve already mentioned sustainability is of extreme importance to us here at PenniBlack and we are devoted to making advancements in every aspect of the company when it comes to being eco-friendly.
Environmental management and corporate social responsibility are at the forefront when it comes to:
- the team
- waste management
Is the financial and managing director of PenniBlack. A lover of rugby, he uses his skills from the pitch to the workplace. Daily motivational and focus meetings take place around the scrum board. Working as a team on tactics to achieve company goals and constantly striving to improve performance.
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A true Taurean, he will go for what he wants head on and won’t let anything get in his way
Charlotte Penniceard, founder of PenniBlack. The CP stands for Creative Passion, always dreaming up unique concepts, designs, presentation and styling, Brainstorming innovative ideas to make every event stand apart. Skilled at both front and back of the house, plus a hands-on mother of 4, she understands the meaning of multi-tasking and is always happy to get properly stuck in. Her motto is “always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn, and create a little magic”.
Danelle Van Tonder is our PenniBlack veteran and an extremely experienced event and wedding coordinator. She has been through the highs and occasional hurdles, always coming through with a smile and a perfect solution to everything. As a new mum, she carries all those vital qualities into the work she does. She is a multi-tasker, able to manage and organise all requirements seamlessly. She cares, and both her team and clients know they can count on her for everything. Their every need is heard and understood. She is a rock of support to all around her. Being South African, she is free-spirited and wild at heart and that passion and creativity flow in all her events. She has coordinated and managed weddings in both the UK and SA. She recalls one wedding where they even had a live cheetah. South African weddings are all about location, being on beaches, mountain tops or vineyards, with a real focus on decadence.
Or ‘Gabor the Great’ as he is known to the team, is a master of many attributes. He is a highly organised, proactive system implementer, logistics man, who notices every tiny detail. He is an expert event manager, a sales leader and a professional photographer all under one belt. Yet like a swan whilst working so hard to achieve his goals and meeting tight deadlines, on the surface, he is always level headed, and friendly and a real people’s person. Keep calm and leave it to Gabor.
The newest member to our team is bubbly Heather; full of energy, enthusiasm and creativity, she thinks outside the box, making every event completely unique and stunningly beautiful. Heather has years of event management experience, organising and running her first event, a charity football tournament, at 14! Heather is a multi-tasker and is prepared to give everything a go; she has run over a hundred weddings, once even creating a Harry Potter themed wedding complete with love potion cocktails; she has organised her own festival; she was recently a Pixie-Celebrant for a Creatures of the Forest-style wedding! She is also a talented artist and her creative flair and eye for detail is second to none.
Earl White has worked with PenniBlack since the early years and is a key member of the team. Earl has been a chef for almost 30 years, 10 years head, managing banquets for up to 2000 people per day. He is extremely talented and shows pride, flair, and contagious enthusiasm in all that he does. Kudos votes him chef of the year! He is a master at British fine dining, and his speciality being the Caribbean, he brings vibrant flavours to all his dishes. He is a family man with strong core values which he reflects in his management of the kitchen brigade. His most exciting event to date was working at the worlds first barbeque in the sky, 200 feet above the ground
Micheal Beugnet has been a chef for 32 years and comfortably caters for any number guests, from 10 to 500 or more! His experience is diverse including fine dining for celebrities such as Ringo Star, Eric Clapton and Sting; cooking for royalty such as the Queen of Jordan, and even his own French presidents François Mitterrand, Jack Chirac, and Jean-paul 2 alongside chef Pierre Gagnaire And Joël Robuchon. He has mastered ice carvings, food sculpture and even classic butchery. In addition to this he has a vast knowledge of all diets; high fat, low fat, keto, working alongside gymnasiums and well-being centres. Michael also holds cooking classes on a regular basis. His style is classic French-Mediterranean, Italian and Spanish but he has a wealth of knowledge of other cuisines including Turkish and Lebanese. Michael is chatty, sociable and passionate about what he does. You will feel like you have known him for years!
Tokie Hamano is our head pastry and canape chef. She is also a master of all Japanese and Asian food. Japanese chefs are true artists when it comes to cooking, who have undergone vigorous training to make outstandingly beautiful food and Tokie is no exception. Everything she makes is a work of art visually and also bursting with flavour. She started her career holding Japanese cookery classes and then went onto fine dining at a VIP membership club. She has worked with a number of Indian chefs over the years and has picked up a vast knowledge of authentic Indian cuisine, as well as Modern British, French and Mediterranean. Tokie is so versatile and able to meet and exceed any bespoke client requirements
David Cooke the brigades solid and reliable commis chef, packer, organiser, hygiene manager, and event assistant chef. Quiet and calming, the eyes and ears of the operations. He is the head chefs ‘ go-to‘ man for all his needs. He has a meticulous eye for detail, takes great pride in his work, and is a thoroughly decent man. His favourite events to date were being part of a ‘cinema style’ boxed lunch event for 250 people, and also cooking at a multicultural festival street food party.