Taste Fiji is not only a cafe in Nadi serving up delicious food and treats, Taste Fiji also specializes in creating unique wedding cakes, dessert bars and scrumptious favours. Taste Fiji is one of the hottest cake and catering suppliers in Fiji at the moment, and that is no surprise with Chef Lee & wife Louise’s long history in the hospitality industry in Fiji.
Q&A WITH LEE OF TASTE FIJI
Tell us a little about your background?
I was born and trained in the UK, progressing through all stages in the kitchen, with a focus on pastry, throughout the country and catering to discerning and many famous clients in their homes or for large parties in chosen venues. My wife, Louise is Fiji born and also worked in a range of fine dining, award-winning restaurants and as an event manager for a range of exclusive venues and events. After marrying in Nadi, in 2006 moved to Fiji, we were appointed to a range of posts, including the pre-opening team for the stunning Liku Liku Island Resort. We also both worked for the InterContinental at Natadola before starting the Taste Fiji Kitchen in Martintar Nadi after having our first son, Charlie, in 2012. We have a home on a working farm outside of Nadi.
How did you begin your business?
It was the fulfillment of a long-term dream and I started from the specially designed kitchen in our house producing a range of cakes and savoury items, catered for private dinner parties and outside functions.
What can brides and grooms expect from you?
Many years experience in creating bespoke wedding cakes in consultation with couples and providing specially packaged and personalised wedding favours such as macaroons, mini cupcakes, truffles and a range of welcome “foodie” packs. We offer outside catering at several venues, including private villas, on sandbars, in lush tropical gardens, on the beach and are now recognized as a provider of decedent themed dessert /sweets tables.
What do you enjoy the most about what you do?
Helping create unique wedding cakes and offering personalized services to ensure that the couple experience the best possible wedding celebration using Fiji’s fantastic range of fresh products.
Your favourite location for a Fiji Wedding?
There is such a choice but we favour the stunning Gardens of the Sleeping Giant, which is an orchid farm nestling at the base of a mountain range. There is no chapel but rather a private lush tropical setting with the backdrop of magnificent old rain trees, next to a lily pond and the aisle is formed by hundreds of beautiful orchids.
Your favourite wedding you have worked on so far and why?
Working with Kathy Kubena to present our first dessert table, which was styled in conjunction with her sister-in-law. The cake itself was quite a challenge with lots of handmade sugar flowers and it was so delicate, it was hand-carried to the Shangri-la on the Coral Coast from Nadi and then assembled on site. Since then we have received numerous bookings for the same cake in a range of locations but we enjoy such challenges.
Favorite place to visit in Fiji?
The Mamanuca Islands and Natadola Beach which all offer pristine, turquoise seas and gold sandy beaches.
All time favorite Love Song?
Norah Jones, “Come away with me”
Your favourite Cocktail?
Top tip for the Bride and Groom on their day?
Enjoy yourselves – with careful, planning and trust in the suppliers they will do their uttermost to ensure things run smoothly. Cherish the experience and relax – it is a time to spend with each other, an occasion to bring happiness to you and your loved ones. Realistically there may be small issues which will frustrate you – it could possibly rain or become windy so a change of venue can swiftly be organized, through nobody’s fault some arrangements may be slightly delayed but you are in the hands of professionals who will do their very best to ensure you experience your dream wedding.