Testimonials

“Mark Collins has consulted in a mentor role to our catering company over the last 2 years approx.
Mark really “gets” the challenges faced by a foodservice operator and I found that implementing the tips and advice he gave us has revolutionised the way we present our companies value proposition to potential buyers.
I would have no hesitation in recommending him.”

  • Craig Johnson

 
“I have had the privilege of working jointly with Mark Collins on a number of projects in his food and hospitality focused consultancy. He is an excellent strategic thinker with an unsurpassed knowledge in his area of expertise, he thinks outside the square and is very focused on delivering results for his clients. His sense of humour, practical business experience , creativity and positive attitude make doing business with him a real pleasure for those client’s lucky enough to retain his services.”

  • Les Probert, Managing Director, ePromotionz Ltd

 

THINKING………………….. such an apt word to describe Mark.I have had the privilege of knowing of Mark some 30 years ago when I tasted his food creations, something I enjoyed many times. Over the last two years I have had the greater privilege of working with Mark and have constantly been astounded by the depth and breadth of his knowledge.Mark has the rare ability to make the difficult easy, his desire to share the knowledge he has accumulated in an understandable manner has been invaluable to me.Mark has chosen the perfect career for himself, any person/business that employs his services will benefit, in my view………………..that’s THINKING

  • Will Hansen, 24 Carrot Ltd

 

Mark Collins originally facilitated a SWOT analysis on the Fresh To Go business.  During that project I found his knowledge and insight into our people and our business encouraging and engaged Mark as a Mentor/Business growth consultant.Mark and myself have worked on several projects and business opportunities which have proved to be challenging at times.  He has the ability to look at problems from a different angle than myself to solve the problem with positive outcomes.Mark has been a pleasure to work with and Fresh To Go has positively benefited from his knowledge of the food Industry, requirements and standards, matched with his food expertise.

  • Tracey Robinson,  CEO, Fresh to Go.

 

I worked with Mark on a number of new business projects and could always rely on him for his wealth of knowledge within the food business and his ability to look at things from a operational perspective to provide solutions that would make things work long term. A great guy with a great ability to build lasting business relationships.

  • Kerr Houston, Director Sales and Service – New Zealand at LSG Sky Chefs

 

Mark is a highly resourceful, intelligent, smart and excellent comunicator with strong business and commercial capabilities… He can accomplish well any task he chooses to take up

  • Nicola Fenton, Managing Partner, Internation Operations, RHM Global

 

Mark has real hands on experience having worked in and owned businesses in Hospitality. He offers a refreshing business perspective with creative thinking and solutions to every day challenges. Very realistic, down to earth and practical – he makes you think and asks the tough right questions.  

  • Geoff Scott, Owner & Chef, Vinnies Restaurant

 

Mark proved to me his committment to getting it right 1st time, customers are king and excellence is the only winner in the customer service game.
Delighted to be able to endorse him

  • Neville Brown, Programme Director, Earthquake Resilience at Wellington City Council

 

Mark is a talented and experienced Manager. He is innovative, detailed, financially astute and well versed in all aspects of food service.  

  • John Weeds,  Managing Director at Executive Laundry

 

Mark has supported Eden Event with marketing and business advice. Mark’s business insight and strong understanding of the demands on businesses has greatly assisted us to challenge our current thinking. He has helped us to refresh our business thinking and reenergise our business direction.

  • Julia Clancy at Eden Event Management

 

Mark has great forward thinking insights which challenge accepted paradigms. Marks creative approach to problems allows him to see the big picture from a different perspective than most. He is able to apply this to business strategy by quickly cutting away peripheral issues to get to the real long term solutions which fit the future, not the past.

  •  Dan Mikkelsen, Executive Chef, Restaurant Associates, Compass Group NZ Ltd

 

Mark is a great strategic thinker and makes a positive contribution to the senoir management team. Mark initiates and accepts change in a positive manner. He is able to bring solutions to the team that are innovative and well thought.

  •  Ross Cameron, General Manager, Medirest at Compass Group NZ Limited

 

I have worked with Mark over the past 3 years. What keeps me coming back for more is the strategic brainstorm sessions we engage in, his thinking and ability to differentiate between the cause and symptom of a problem, then turn challenges into opportunities and then actions into results. If you don’t believe me, find out for yourself, he has his flat white with one sugar.

  • Tim Lawrence, Managing Director, M2 Magazine, tim@M2magazine.co.nz

 

I can say without hesitation that the time spent has been very profitable. Just having the opportunity to spend time focussed on the business was a refreshing luxury. The action plans agreed upon have been largely implemented resulting in growth and profit. We are looking forward to the next time we have the privilege of working with Mark.

  • Nick Parker, Managing Director, Flaveur Breads

 

Spotless is an international services company specialising in outsourced facility management.

“I am pleased to provide a recommendation for Mark. I have worked with Mark on numerous projects, and always found him to be very insightful and strategic – and he always delivers outstanding outcomes. Mark is a thorough professional, and a great person to be associated with. Mark would be a real asset for any business he is associated with.”

  • Simon Lipscombe, General Manager New Zealand & Director at Spotless Group

 

Mediterranean Food Warehouse  is New Zealand’s largest specialty Mediterranean shop.

“Mediterranean Food Warehouse commissioned the services of Mark Collins to take control of the food costing and quality standards in our four Franchise outlets Wood fired Pizzeria. The outcome was excellent with the project being delivered on time and to budget. We would not hesitate to recommend his services and look forward to working with Mark in the future.”

  • Gino Cuccurullo

 

Interislander Cook Strait Ferries travel between Wellington and Picton New Zealand. The 92km voyage takes 3 hours and has been described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world”.

Mark was responsible for design, organising and the creation of a multi course dinner cruise around Wellington harbour for 100 diners during “Plates Wellington” – Wellingtons food festival.
“Thanks Mark for your organisational and chefing skills.  The evening was overwhelmingly successful & the compliments just keep coming.  Your ability to remain calm & problem solve are a rare talent today.”

  • Michelle Hobson, Retail Manager, Interislander