CIA3Kate’s Cuisine is owned and managed by Kate Baird. Kate and her team operate out of a purpose-built commercial kitchen in Hillcrest, Hamilton.

Kate combines her passion for food with a desire to lift people’s spirits. The result is catering that goes beyond expectations.

Kate’s interest in food has always been with her. This has given her a variety of cooking experiences. Her OE in the 1980s found her in Scotland as the personal chef for Lord Ballantrae, formally Sir Bernard Fergusson who was New Zealand’s Governor General during the 1960s.

Kate’s time in Scotland was followed by cooking for an upper class family of ten in Berkshire, England. She recalls a then-new experience of gutting and cooking turkeys, quail and salmon for the Boxing Day Hunt.

Back in New Zealand, Kate joined the Left Bank Café as the second Chef as well as positions in various cafes.

During twenty-five years of raising a family of five, Kate’s passion for food grew. She decided to formalise her cooking skills and attended the Waikato Institute of Technology, gaining a Certificate in Catering. This was followed by a year’s course in Small Business Management.

With her excitement for food capped with formal qualifications, Kate designed and had built her own registered kitchen.  She now loves meeting with clients and helping them transform their catering vision into a catering reality.

Kate doesn’t only think of Kate’s Cuisine just as a business but also as ministry.  Right from day one, her business branding has included the letters AMDG, representing Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the greater glory of God).  Kate explains; “In my Catholic primary school days we used to write AMDG on the top of every page of work.  This has stuck with me into my adult life and into my business.  I want everything Kate’s Cuisine does to give glory to God”.