"This wonderful team catered our wedding! Such fantastic food and truly lovely people!"
Meet The Team
Matthew knew at the age of 10 that he wanted to be a chef. Although people tried to change his mind he continued on his path. His first ever job at 14 was cleaning mussels on a Friday and Saturday night and from there went to catering college. After this he spent the next few years working his way up from commis chef to head chef in various restaurants across the North of England. He has worked in some of the most highly recognised and acclaimed kitchens in the UK.
Favourite Baba Dish: Yorkshire Lamb with Pomegranate with Prunes
Favourite Restaurant: Big George's, Oisten’s Fish Fry, Barbados
Ashley started her career in hotels at a young age working for Best Western and Marriott International. From there she gained valuable experience in managing weddings and large scale events. She soon found that her passion in life was food, events and customer satisfaction. Mixed all together she and Matthew launched Baba Ganoush as a husband and wife team in June 2014. Ashley manages the day to day running of the business and absolutely loves pushing Baba forward and creating a strong team and Yorkshire brand. In 2016 she won ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ at The Press Business Awards which was one of the highlights in her career.
Favourite Baba Dish: Coconut Dhal with Pomegranate
Favourite Restaurant: Katz’s Deli, New York
A keen forager and bread maker amongst other things! We are lucky to have this talented chef on board. His flavour combinations are excellent. He likes to cook modern dishes but bases them on roots and old traditions. He has a background in AA Rosette restaurants and brings this level of quality to the dishes he prepares. Since Chris has started with us he has pushed boundaries so that we are able to offer the client more.
Favourite Baba Dish: Pressed Yorkshire Lamb Shoulder
Favourite Restaurant: Skosh, York
Ryan has been by Matthews side in one form or another since he started out as a chef at the age of 17. Ryan has worked his way up over the last few years in some of Yorkshire's finest eateries and has really evolved as a chef. His love of Yorkshire produce is extremely evident in dishes he creates. He particularly likes working with desserts and this is definitely his speciality. This trios paths have always kept crossing and when Matthew and Ashley were looking to expand the business, Ryan was the dream choice to be by our side.
Favourite Baba Dish: Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
Favourite Restaurant: The French - Midland Hotel - Manchester
Favourite Baba Dish: Butternut Squash Dahl
Favourite Restaurant: Barbakan- Walmgate
Jessica recently joined the team and has quickly established herself as a confident, friendly and outgoing team member, the go to problem solver and motivator of the group. Jess has vast experience within events management and is extremely enthusiastic and organised with everything she puts her mind to. Customer service is really at the core of who she is - and she is very excited to be part of the Baba family.
Favourite Baba Dish: The Yorkshire Picnic Menu, Especially the Yorkshire Parkin!
Favourite Restaurant: Boathouse, Shelly Beach, Australia- Amazing fresh, clean-living food
Rebecca started working part time for Baba Ganoush during college. After finishing her A-Levels she applied for the full time vacancy of event supervisor where she has undergone an apprenticeship in Event Management. Rebecca is one of the longest serving members of the team and has been with Baba since the very beginning. Her attention to detail is second to none and she manages each event with enthusiasm and professionalism.
Favourite Baba Dish: Honey Roast Ham as Main Dish and Wensleydale & Leek Bon Bon as starter
Favourite Restaurant: Happy Valley, York (sounds a bit strange but really amazing Asian Food!)
Jack joined the team in February 2017 and has more than proved himself to be an excellent team member. With fantastic customer service skills he always makes sure that each guest is looked after to the highest of standards. In his spare time he can be found creating new music and also performing in cover bands across Yorkshire. However you will be sad to learn that although we have tried - singing waiter he is not!
Favourite Baba Dish: Wild Mushroom Wellington
Favourite Restaurant: Driftwood, Cornwall - Michelin Star
Mick has had colourful past, with a background in horticulture as Head Nurseryman. His intrests outside of work include coutry sports, with him once being a whipper in with a pack of hounds.
Favourite Baba Dish: Yorkshire Beef Pie with Thriller in Vanilla Ale
Favourite Restaurant: Pavement Vaults, York