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Melissa Taylor

Melissa Taylor Chief Executive Officer


Melissa graduated from the Wits Hotel School in 1994. Shortly after completing her in-service training she opted to gain further experience by travelling and working in Europe and the United Kingdom. Her sojourn included Estate Management in the UK, Holiday Resort Management across Italy & France and Restaurant Management in Germany.
Melissa has broad experience in the industry that spans more than 25 years across all sectors, of which 12 years have been at senior and executive level. Melissa joined Bidvest Catering Services in 2018.
Gerald Knotzer

Gerald Knotzer Chief Sales & Marketing Officer


Gerald joined RoyalMnandi in January 2017. His 21 years’ experience in the food service industry extends to both operations and business development on a local and global level.
Having worked abroad for ADNH Compass and locally for Compass Group, TsAfrika & Headline Leisure (SunBurst), Gerald has an undeniable passion for business development and creative marketing concepts.
Gerald hold’s a Diploma in Food Service Management.
Lorna Rancho

Lorna Rancho General Manager


Lorna joined the group in 2003 and she was appointed as the Operations Executive in 2014. Lorna has extensive operational experience in Food Service Management and Occupational & Health Safety as she has worked in two of the country’s massive projects: Gautrain Project as Project Manager and Operations Executive for Kusile Project. Qualifications include National Diploma and BTech in Food Service Management, MDP, NEBOSH and a registered Technical Member of South African Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Pauline Corker

Pauline Corker Director Research & Development HR Manager


Pauline Corkers career is distinguished by success in Food Innovation as well as in Training and Development. Her experience includes an extensive background in catering, food media and advertising as well as diverse experience in food product development. With qualifications in both Food and Consumer Science and Outcomes Based Education, Pauline has worked operational and strategic innovation for more than 18 years. Some of her work experience includes Compass Group Southern Africa, Gate Gourmet UK and Media 24.
Terence Hay

Terence Hay Group Executive Head Chef


My moto in life is "Free yourself from your comfort zone" this only leads to mediocrity and complacency. Challenge yourself in all that you do. Never get comfy, you need to feel that productive anxiousness on a daily basis.
My career started in the early 90's after getting my qualification in professional cookery through the Protea hotel group. I have worked in some of Joburg's top hotels including The Saxon and the Westcliff Hotel: bringing some of those 5 Star traits into the corporate and commercial workplace from a food perspective.
We are also embarking on a new campaign to make your event that you book with us, the event to remember.
As the group chef of Bidvest Catering, I endeavor to take this business to a whole new culinary level one day at a time.
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