Meet our team?

A business is only ever as good as its team and that’s why we only employ the best. Our phenomenally talented chefs, kitchen team and front-of-house service staff are all hand-picked for their food expertise, their ‘service with a smile’ and their absolute attention to detail. We’re proud of our team and of the incredible passion they bring to their work. It’s what makes every event the stand-out success it deserves to be.

Management

Victoria Food Services is Canterbury owned and operated. As a management team, we’re personally invested in the success of your event with the promise of fabulous food, exceptional presentation and top-notch service from beginning to end. 


Claire Summers

Claire Summers

Director, General Manager

Originally from Christchurch, Claire and her English husband Andrew are the proud owners of Victoria Food Service. With a long history in hospitality, Claire and Andrew returned to Christchurch after 19 years abroad, owning and managing various hotels, bars and restaurants in England. Claire has a real passion for sales and client satisfaction, leading from the top. In her spare time you'll find her playing tennis and socialising with friends and family, while raising two beautiful children.


Mirelle Liang

Mirelle Liang

Operations Manager

With over 15 years’ experience in hospitality, Mirelle is the newest addition to the Victoria Food Service family. Originally from the happening city of Mumbai, India, she has lived in New Zealand for nearly 12 years. Her past work experiences include working at hotels in Mumbai, Dubai, Hanmer Springs and Christchurch. An avid dog fan, Mirelle enjoys spending time with her daughter playing board games and watching movies on Netflix, as well as catching up with friends over a good home-cooked meal.


Gael Hayward

Gael Hayward

Business Development Manager

With a background in sales and marketing, Gael is the first point of contact for our brides and event organisers. Her years of experience in varied work environments have proven her ability to multi-task and use initiative in high pressure situations. Gael has a real passion for food and has sampled many different cuisines on her travels around the world. Outside of work you'll find her cooking up a storm in her own kitchen for her family and friends.


Violeta Owczarek

Violeta Owczarek

Event Manager

Violeta has over 10 years of hospitality and management experience previously working as a Function Manager for Victoria Food Service, managing the logistics and service side of each event. Violeta moved to New Zealand in 2015 after working as a Marketing and Function Manager in Germany. No event is too big or small for Violeta ensuring every event is a smooth and seamless experience. Outside of work you'll find Violeta sailing, running, salsa dancing and travelling around New Zealand.