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Gill Orde in Catering: Bordering On Big Things

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Gill Orde in Catering: Bordering On Big Things

October 21
20:07 2013
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When South African Gill Orde emigrated to Scotland in the late 1970s, she started out providing low-key catering for friends and family in the area around their home in Edinburgh. Over the next three decades – during which time she and her young family moved to Kelso – Gill Orde in Catering, as it became known, grew to become one of the most respected and sought-after event caterers in the Scottish Borders. With a philosophy based around a love of fresh, simple, home-cooked food, and a reputation for friendly, efficient and adaptable service, GOiC is now a favourite with organisations of all types and sizes, and indeed for individuals and private events throughout the country.

In keeping with their self-styled field-to-fork philosophy, Gill and her son, Justin, have over the last few years carved out a true niche for themselves in private catering throughout southern Scotland and northern England. With a varied mix of weddings, private dinners, parties, corporate hospitality and canapé events, Gill Orde in Catering (GOiC) long ago identified the potential of the area’s unique and extensive larder: ‘Based in the Borders, we are fortunate enough to be able to draw upon the vast reserves of some of the country’s most incredible produce,’ explains Justin. ‘We’ve known and built relationships with all the producers down this way for many years, and so we can ask them for whatever we’re looking for – and we know we’ll get it, too.’

Such confidence in the raw ingredients is crucial to Justin and his team. Influenced by celebrated Korean-American chef, David Chang, quality has become his overriding priority throughout the business: ‘Traceability is the most important aspect of our search for the best ingredients,’ he says. ‘In the case of meat, for example, our suppliers are able to tell us exactly where something came from, where it was raised and where it was slaughtered. ‘Our clients can ask for anything they want – and often they do – so we need to be able to tell them with confidence where it came from.’

And from their purpose-built professional kitchens in Kelso, Gill, Justin and the team prepare for a variety of events that they execute with the kind of friendly, professional enthusiasm that is essential for this type of business:

‘We are friendly, foodie, party people, and we try to make sure that’s reflected in all our events,’ continues Justin. ‘Most of us have known each other for many years and everyone feels they play their part; there’s a very strong team feeling in here.’

Much of that is down to the training and support they receive from the Orde family themselves. Having spent much of his early career working for some of Scotland’s best-known catering companies – and with a university degree in the Arts, which comes in handy when advising on themes – Justin is the ideal helmsman for GOiC.

‘We want to give clients a single point of contact, and so as well as construct the concepts and menus, we’ll help them design their event, too, if they wish.

‘I think we’re different to other caterers out there because it’s not just a job for us – it’s something we love doing. And, at the end of the day, our name is on every dish we serve, so we know we have to get it right.’







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