Anise Catering is a prestigious catering company based in West Sussex that have been supplying exquisite catering and event management services throughout the South for 11 years. In 2015 Mark the Managing Director decided that to celebrate Anise’ 10th birthday, he would fulfil an ambition he has had since he began his career in catering… to own & cater in his own wedding venue. As if by magic, along came High Barn. With its quintessentially English setting and stunning rustic interior he was besotted from the moment he saw it. In November that year Anise became the proud owners of High Barn.
Mark Illman is the founder and driving force behind Anise Catering, and has been in the hospitality industry for all of his adult life. Mark’s love of food from an early age inspired him to train to become a Chef. During his training he found that he had enough qualifications to take a business course, and this is where his career path was formed. During college he had the opportunity to work at some high profile London venues and gained experience in event catering. This experience further formed his career direction and linked his business acumen with his love of food. So in 2005 he branched out on his own and, Anise Catering was born. Our on-going mission is:
“To set food standards that other caterers struggle to reach, to always offer the exceptional; great not good every time- every event.”
Neall Whiting is our Executive Head Chef. Neall’s extensive 30 year career in catering and hospitality has taken him all over the world. He has worked in a number of five star properties and high quality operations. A large proportion of Neall’s career was spent as executive chef at one of the country’s leading racecourses. This involved working in a high end hospitality environment, as well as an extremely busy public catering operation. Under the same remit was the catering operation of a busy 4 star hotel and a highly regarded sporting venue. Neall’s innovative and flexible approach means that not only are our standard menus full of colourful, inspiring and mouth-watering dishes, but he is also more than happy to work alongside you to produce a completely bespoke menu for you and your guests to enjoy.
Here at Anise, we are fortunate enough to have our own bank of talented, experienced event managers. Our entire team have had years of experience in many different aspects of hospitality & events and between us we have run hundreds (maybe even thousands!) of many different weddings. This means we can offer an experienced and consultative event management service as well as top quality catering! Something very few other caterers have to offer. We are on hand throughout every stage of planning and executing your big day, giving you the chance to focus on the more fun aspects of wedding planning, but most importantly enabling you to have a relaxing, stress free experience.
Food plays an important part in ensuring that your special event is positively perfect. You can rest assured that our dedicated in-house catering team will deliver nothing short of just that- perfection.
Our Executive Head Chef and his team can create a completely bespoke dining experience for you, from the stylish and contemporary, through to more traditional and classic dishes. Please click here to fill out our quick and easy enquiry form to receive a full proposal inclusive of mouth-watering menu ideas and prices. If you have any specific dishes in mind we would be delighted to hear your ideas, so please list in the ‘notes’ section. All dietary requirements are catered for.
With an extensive career in the catering and restaurant industry, our Chef is on hand to talk through any ideas to create your perfect menu. Our team of experienced and professional event managers are some of the best in the industry and will work alongside you through the entire process of planning and executing your event. With their extensive knowledge and experience you are in safe hands! Why not give us a call to talk your plans through or alternatively book a meeting with one of the members of our friendly events team.
Equipped with a fully licensed bar, we can also offer account or cash bars on the day. Our fully trained bar staff are on hand to serve your favourite tipple. Or why not hire our talented mixologist for the evening and spice things up with a tantalising cocktail?
To find out more about the catering services we provide don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call 01371 829259 or click here to send us an email enquiry.