I’m Ivan Richards | Owner + Head Chef

TOAST

I have 14 Years of experience in high-pressure culinary environments, in fast-paced kitchens, and producing high-quality mouth-watering dishes. I'm also a creative thinker who has a sound knowledge of the latest food trends, and who is intimately familiar with all the activities of the kitchen. I’m committed to quality, service, and sustainability in any food and drink services. I’m passionate about food and cooking.

Toast started off as a husband & wife team and has grown into a team of amazing chefs & cooks who travels all over South Africa, catering for all types of events. We started the business in 2012 when we made the food for our own wedding. We fell in love with the idea of ‘your own menu’ that fits perfectly into your budget and consists of all the food one loves.

Food Philosophy

At Toast, the Food Philosophy is based upon four basic principles, which dictate the way we cook, the food we source, our menu construction and how we behave in our kitchens. We believe in the flavor, freshness, sustainability and nutritional value of all our food. We cook with integrity, passion, intelligence, and professionalism. We don’t waste materials nor treat our work casually and we are professional in our work. We are determined in completing a project. We always respect one another and believe in diversity, sharing and inclusion at all levels; our leadership focus is building proud teams for the future.

14 Years Of Experience

OUR SERVICES

At Toast we don’t mind working weekends, early mornings and late nights to produce excellent cuisine and ensure maximum guest satisfaction. We also cater all over South Africa.

WEDDINGS

TRUE TO YOU

At Toast, we design a menu according to your likes. We are committed to making your event memorable, special and individual. We feel that your wedding day is all about you, and sourcing all the right decor, dress, clothes ect, your food should also be a display of who you are and what you love. 

We can do any catering, from ‘Boerekos’ all the way to fine dining. Plated, Family Style, Buffet, Tapas, Traditional Spit Cooking, Canapés and Harvest tables. 

EVENTS

PRIVATE CHEF

CHEF Ivan Richards cater for guests locally at their homes or destination of their choice. 

Whether it’s a birthday party, anniversary, or simply because you don’t want to go to a restaurant, we cook for your special occasion at any place, any time. Here we offer guest the opportunity to book their own special dining experience in the comfort of their own home

CORPORATE

Chef Ivan Richards cater for corporate events, special events, and brand events. He also does new product launch diners. 

FESTIVALS

LETS PARTY

Chef Ivan Richards has had the privilege to work alongside wonderful companies bringing international acts to South Africa and working with local artists. Chef Ivan has catered 2 years in a row for Oppi Koppi’s local and international artists and also for the behind the scenes crew. 

MUMFORD AND SONS

CHEF Ivan traveled with Mumford and Sons through S.A in 2014, catering for the crew and also all the back stage crew and organisers. 

CONSULTING

Restaurant & wedding venue Consulting

Assess client restaurants or wedding venues to give recommendations for improving various aspects of the business, with the end goal of attracting more customers and increasing profit.

 

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