Our expertise goes beyond the physical kitchen, to ensure your event is a total success.  We have specialist and experienced leaders in Event Management inclusive of Logistics, Front of House, and Operations.

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TROY REID

GENERAL MANAGER AUCKLAND, MONTANA GROUP CO-OWNER

Troy brings a unique combination of organisational and creative flair to his roles in the Montana Group.  Starting his training in the Royal New Zealand Navy, Troy went on to work in a series of New Zealand and London’s finest restaurants.  Working alongside Michelin starred chefs has left Troy with a passion for combining originality, stimulation, taste and texture. Troy is the General Manager for Montana Food and Events Auckland (MFE), having joined the Montana family
in 2006.

 
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MARK WEBSTER

OPERATIONS MANAGER,
EDUCATION

Mark joined the team at the University Halls of Residence as Group Head Chef in 2014.  Mark has over 30 years of kitchen experience in various restaurants and hotels in the UK and Auckland such as the Heritage Hotel.  Recently, Mark’s role has been changed to Operations Manager, Education as he oversees both the University of Auckland Halls of Residence and Auckland
Grammar School.

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PHIL CHRISTOU

EXECUTIVE SALES MANAGER, AUCKLAND

Phil comes from a restaurant background with 30 years’ experience both front and back of house.  Having owned and managed his own restaurants, he is well versed in the food business and managing client expectations.  His transition to catering has brought with him a wealth of experience and allows him to focus on client liaison and key-account management.

 
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LYDIA BRYNILDSEN

CATERING OPERATIONS
MANAGER

Lydia started with Montana Group working for Flame Tree Kitchen in 2015. Lydia progressed very quickly with the company and has recently moved up the ladder to become Operations Manager for Montana Food and Events Head Office. Lydia excels in the Administration side of the business and has proven that in a short space of time, she has achieved and exceeded her goals for growth within the company.

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LAWRENCE LEOW

FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER, AUCKLAND

Lawrence comes from an extensive hotel background and restaurants.  His experience in managing multiple functions across multiple venues comes in handy at MFE. Lawrence oversees the Front of House operations including staffing and logistics.  He has built a strong supervisory team who work closely to deliver every function to the highest standard. Lawrence also is proficient with financials, cost control, budgets and has many ties with suppliers, and clientele. 

 
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GUILLAUME PERATON

ASSISTANT FOOD
& BEVERAGE MANAGER

Guillaume has been working for 2 years with MFE in Auckland and he has grown with the company.  In January 2018, he joined the Augusta kitchen where he manages the overall Food & Beverage requirements for the school.
He came from a strong hospitality background in France and have worked in several 5-Star hotels and also studied Hotel Management and Hospitality in New Zealand.