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. 


Sam Hedges

Sam Hedges

Director, Finance Manager

Brought up by parents who owned a catering company in Oamaru, Sam's an old hand at the catering business. After a commerce degree at Otago University, and a stint with the Commonwealth Office in London, he was well equipped to look after the operations and finances of Victoria Foods. Despite his self-confessed perfectionist tendencies, Sam brings an air of calm and organisation to the business. When not working, he loves sport, cooking, music and travel.


Trudy Hedges

Trudy Hedges

Director, General Manager

While Sam brings organisation and calm to the team, his wife Trudy brings energy and passion. Formerly trained as a nurse, Trudy is equipped to efficiently deal with any scenario that arises in the planning and running of your event. Apart from loving planning and organising everything from weddings to conference, she enjoys reading, kayaking and walking on the beach.


Todd Henderson

Todd Henderson

Head Chef

Todd has worked in hospitality since he was 17 years old creating delicious food for cafes, restaurants and events. He has a true passion for food show-casing flavour and striving for excellence in presentation - this is evident in anything he puts his hands to. Todd has a great sense of humour and is well respected by our team, you'll often hear him laughing and singing in the kitchen. Outside of work you'll find Todd experimenting with recipes for his wife and children, and sampling the new food trends Christchurch has to offer.


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.