Chef Director of Carringtons Catering, Darren Wynn came into the Huddled office to give us an insight into his business and his personal highlight – catering for the Queen.
Darren Wynn – Carringtons Caterings Transcript
What’s your name, position and where do you work?
My name is Darren John Wynn and I am the Chef Director of a company called Carringtons Catering Limited.
Describe your business in one sentence.
Catering for any occasion in any location.
What separates you from the competition?
What separates us from the competition, I think personally is a husband and wife team heavily involved in the business and I, myself, am a Master Chef of Great Britain and we’ve been going about 30 years. Really good reputation. We strive all the time to keep in touch with the latest trends in food and being innovative.
What have been the highlights of your company so far?
We catered for Her Majesty, the Queen. Apparently, she doesn’t normally finish all her meal but she did.
What qualities are needed to succeed in your industry?
You’ve got to be willing to work hard. Make sacrifices. Be open minded and be extremely, extremely flexible.
Why do new businesses choose Manchester?
Because there’s such a vibrant business culture here. And, as well as the existing businesses that are here, there’s more new up and coming businesses leading the way as well.
Who are some local companies you would recommend?
Outside catering companies, Matthew Barratt does a very good job.
Who do you think are the most influential people in the local business scene?
Well there are many, but for companies like ourselves organisations like Downtown in Business are very, very influential because they get you into meeting the contacts that you need to meet. Frank McKenna and his team do a great job.
Do you have any advice for new businesses in Manchester?
Don’t give up just keep going. Your head will go down sometimes because you’ll have many a pitfall along the way but whatever you do, don’t give up and stick to your values.
What’s the main benefit of working in Manchester?
The scope of businesses. From banking all the way through to insurance, just the vibrancy in Manchester and it’s good for motorway networks and travel.
Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in Manchester?
So many good places now in Manchester. The Alchemist, The Botanist, and I love the cocktail bar in Manchester House. My favourite place to eat in Manchester would be the French restaurant in the Midland Hotel. I think the food’s fantastic and it’s modern and different.
Have you got any final words?
I’m Darren Wynn, I’m from Carrington’s Catering and I’ve been huddled.