|First Job?||Bar assistant for an outside catering company (Gliding Gourmet)|
|Current Job Position?||MD Temujin Restaurants|
|Best thing about your job?||Meeting people and the challenge to succeed in a very difficult economic environment|
|Worst thing about your Job?||Pushing paper|
|Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?||The Temujin, Milnsbridge (of course)|
|Your best achievement?||Creating Temujin as I had no idea how things worked in this part of the world|
|Interest and Hobbies?||Mountain biking, flying, skiing, travel|
|What do you value most about being a member of a networking group?||The support|
Lives in: SowerbyBridge
Born In: Zimbabwe
Previous Jobs: Paper round, round Kilimanjaro! Sky dive drop pilot, full flying instructor, bush pilot, computer systems operator for stock brokers in London
Born in Zimbabwe where I had 2 restaurants but felt the need to leave in the late 90’s due to the political unrest there.
I have worked in the catering industry for many years. I am able to turn my hand to any thing and do believe every thing is achievable. There is no such thing as failure in my eyes only results and I like to make things work. I have plenty of passion for life as well as in what I am doing. I also understand the importance of flexible thinking, not putting hurdles in my way and thinking outside the box. I love new challenges, positive people and am always keen to learn, try new things and push my envelope.
I have 16 years of running my own restaurant business. 7 years in Zimbabwe and 13 years in the UK where there was an over lap of time whilst I exited Zimbabwe in the late 90’s and early 2000’s giving me experience in not only running two businesses at the same time but 3 restaurants stranding over 2 continents. The flexibility required in adapting to different cultures, systems, laws and by laws has been a brilliant learning and gives me the ability work in almost any environment.
Put simply we are specialist in healthy Stir-fry. It is an extremely exciting, healthy, entertaining and a unique eating experience. The main course is the main feature in the restaurants where you may go up to the fridge display (as many times as you wish) and combine either a meat, ranging from crocodile to chicken, seafood, New Zealand green lipped mussels among them, or a protein, tofu or quorn, with a massive variety of vegetables. Hand your selection over to the chef who will stir-fry it, using oils, sauces and garnishes, right before your eyes. The choices are endless! We have a wide range of great starters and dessert which can be chosen from the menu, majority of them being home made and are prepared in the kitchen and bought to your table.
At present we have two restaurants. Temujin SowerbyBridge restaurant is on the 1st Floor of a regenerated warehouse overlooking the very scenic narrow boat mooring area in the beautiful canal basin and Temujin, Milnsbridge, is located in a beautiful old works unit, showing off all its wonderful Yorkshire stone, supporting beams and wood work, making a great setting for the restaurant and spacious, plush bar.
Goals: I am working towards franchising the restaurants to create the best, branded, stir-fry and healthy eating catering company in the UK, to be recognized for providing great food, entertainment and fast, efficient friendly service. To arrive there I would like to create a prosperous, strong, catering company by providing unique, healthy, consistent and exciting eating experiences to all my clients in the form of restaurants, takeaways, outside catering and event catering using the Stir-fry concept.
Hobbies: My enjoyment time is spent mountain biking and I have a professional (Commercial) Zimbabwean pilots license which I keep current with the intention of using extensively in future years for holidays, general travel and exploration within central Africa.
On Tuesday 19th Jan 2010 SMileS attended a networking event hosted by Temujin at its Sowerby Bridge restaurant. Temujin front man David Johnson was a brilliant host and engineered a tasteful event, where sample of business products and food were in equal quantities.
Andy attended on behalf of SMileS and took some photos of the event.
Ruth Milner of Work-Life Health ran a quiz for which the winner was Peta Gelder â€“ so congrats to her.
Ruth asked if we’d mention the event below â€“ pleased to oblige.
Did you know that there are 10,000 taste-buds in your mouth? I’m sure many of them came alive at Temujin! Taste-buds send messages in an instant to your brain about what you’re eating- so you know if it’s sweet or sour, salty or bitter.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could get instant messages (not SMS) about the preferences of potential customers, employees and contacts?
So you’d know how to treat others the way they want to be treated to get the best out of all your business and personal relationships…
Well you can! Find out how!
We’d like to offer you a free ‘taster session’ on Thursday 18th February if you’re curious find out more about The Platinum Rule.
“This is the priceless key to unlocking the door to empowerment, productivity and all business and personal relationships. It is simply the most important leadership concept I have learned in all of my life!”
Denis Waitley, Author, Empires of the Mind and The Psychology of Winning
PS: If you want to receive instant text messages about customer preferences, use one of our keywords for people to text their preferences to; eg text ‘smiles sweet’ or ‘smiles sour’ to 67777.