Ricky aims to be the catering King of Dorset
3 July, 2017
A new branch of national caterers Jasper’s Catering Services is opening in Poole this week, serving buffet catering to businesses and in around Bournemouth and Poole, including Christchurch, Ferndown and Wimborne.
Headed up by former contract catering Director Ricky King, the business is a family affair with Ricky’s son Josh managing food production and his daughter-in-law Jazmine responsible for sales.
Ricky has been involved in the catering industry since he was 13 years old. After training in hotel management in Bath, he moved into contract catering and became Head Chef at 19. He has managed catering contracts for clients such as Natwest Insurance, IBM Computers, BMW, Barclays Bank, and since 1995, Bournemouth University.
His son Josh worked for Marks and Spencer from the age of 16 and was the youngest Section Manager across the whole business when he was just 18 years old. Sparks flew when Josh became Jazmine’s Line-Manager as she worked part time at M & S whilst at university. They are now proud parents to two and half year old Ava. After completing a Business Management degree Jazmine worked in recruitment for the maritime industry but is now fully incorporated into the family business.
With their business acumen, energy, passion for food and customer service, the King family are an ideal combination to open Jasper’s first South West branch. So much so that they already have aspirations to launch a second branch in the neighbouring territory of Southampton.
Ricky said: “I have dipped my toe into managing my own business before but wanted my next venture to excel and for my whole family to be involved and feel the benefits.
“Jasper’s bridges the gap between the contract catering giants and independents. There is enormous opportunity within this marketplace and I feel I will be able to contribute and make my mark in this business.
“The Jasper’s Head Office team are positive, down to earth and hands on, they have given me confidence throughout this time leading up to the launch. I have total faith in the Jasper’s products and services, no other caterer can offer the variety and commitment to quality that we do. Whether it’s finger food and platters of sandwiches; tapas buffets, bowl food buffets, fruit and sundries boxes or healthy workplace snack solutions, Jasper’s has got it all covered. I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
Jasper’s Poole opens on Monday 3rd July.
Call: 0120 291 2341