Our Team of Experts

Jan Bretherton

Event Director

Jan is a founding director of A to Zest and is the driving force behind our Front of House team. She works closely with our event leaders ensuring that every event is handled with meticulous attention to detail and prompt efficiency.

  • Our clients regularly tell us how much they enjoy the enthusiasm, dedication and sense of fun that she brings to every occasion.

    Jan spent many years running front of house teams at some of the Marches's finest venues. In 2009 that all changed with the creation of A to Zest. In the intervening years she has successfully taken on many challenges organising events from fine dining dinner parties for 450 guests through to meticulously detailed corporate events for prestigious business leaders.
  • Favourite Dish
    Loin of Venison served with Celeriac Purée, Caramelised Shallots and a Blackberry Reduction
  • Favourite Restaurant
    Casamia, Bristol
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  • Jan
  • Midsummer Party
  • Table Setting

Mark Webb

Business Director

As a founding director Mark has brought over 15 years business and events experience to A to Zest. He now heads up finance and resourcing functions, as well as business development strategy.

  • He is passionate about 'going back to the floor', for this reason you will regularly see him assisting on the pass at events ensuring that every plate leaving the kitchen is beautifully presented.
  • Favourite Dish
    Roasted Rump of Lamb served with Rosemary Roasted New Potatoes, Roasted Root Vegetables, Wilted Garlic Greens and Watercress and a Sage Jus
  • Favourite Restaurant
    Restaurant James Sommerin, Penarth
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  • LRE BBQ
  • LRE Eastnor
  • Panko Haddock Canapé

Billy Pallett

Executive Chef

Billy spent many years working in some of the finest restaurants in the South West culminating in a 4 year residence under Michael Caines at the 2 Michelin Starred Gidleigh Park.

  • Through his own agency Billy has acted as a consultant chef for many clients including the BBC, supplying his vast depth of knowledge and wide experience to many global projects.

    Billy has been working with us since 2012 in many capacities from leading event teams through to menu research and development. 
  • Signature Dish
    Roasted Halibut and Crab Beignet served with Samphire and a Bisque Sauce
  • Home Kitchen Favourite
    36 Hour Chuck Steak Roast served with Yorkshire Puddings, Roasted Root Vegetables, Greens and Onion Gravy
  • Prep Notes
  • Billy Prepping Mackerel
  • Billy

Gabor Vadasz

Head Chef

Having gained many years invaluable experience in his native Hungary, Gabor took up the challenge to work in the UK. In 2006 he joined the prestigious team at Hereford’s Left Bank, quickly rising through the ranks to attain the Head Chef position in this three restaurant fine dining complex. Following a change of ownership in 2011 he sought a new challenge taking the head chef position at one of Hereford’s most successful restaurants.

  • Gabor brings a vast amount of experience to the head chef role at AtoZest. Equally accomplished at writing and delivering thoughtful menus through to managing kitchen brigades, sometimes of up to 30 chefs. Attention to detail, clarity of communication and above all an abundance of culinary skills are just a few of the talents that Gabor contributes to this demanding task.
  • Signature Dish
    Crispy Confit Duck Leg served with Puy Lentil & Garlic Fricassée, Roasted Heritage Beetroot, Panko Gherkin, Sweetbread Tempura & Port Jus.
  • Home Kitchen Favourite
    Smoked Ham Hock, Pinto Bean & Orzo Goulash Soup served with Crème Fraîche
  • Chives
  • Appetizers
  • Stir Fry

Gabor Laszlo Szabados

Assistant Head Chef

Having been born and brought up in Budapest, Gabor felt the calling to a culinary career very early. Formative years were spent studying under highly experienced and skilled chefs carefully learning all aspects of kitchen technique.

Over two decades Gabor has gone on to climb the ranks in various prestigious restaurants across Hungary and the UK. During this time he has developed a contemporary style based on beautiful presentation and delicately balanced flavours. 

In his own words he says ‘It is my passion to make those that eat my food smile, it is the driving force behind what I do.’

  • Signature Dish
    Madeira Pan Seared Breast of Pigeon served with Griddled Vegetables, Roasted Heritage Tomatoes, Sweet Beetroot & Red Wine Reduction.
  • Home Kitchen Favourite
    Îles Flottantes
  • Cheese
  • Meal
  • Dessert Appetisers

Hannah Bradley

Event Manager

Hannah joined us in 2014 as a senior front of house team leader. In that time she has taken on significant responsibilities for A to Zest including directing operations at our flagship venues.

Before coming to us Hannah spent 12 years gaining invaluable experience in hospitality in London. Initially working at private member dining clubs and event catering companies, Hannah quickly rose to hold the position of Head of Events at the National Theatre.

With family already based in the area, Hannah and her husband decided to leave London and raise their young family in the Herefordshire countryside.

  • Favourite Dish
    Moules & Frites with a glass of Prosecco
  • Favourite Restaurant
    The Rivington Grill, Greenwich
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  • Birthday Party Dinner
  • Midsummer Party
  • Prple Potato Canapé

Nicole Papworth

Event Manager

Nicole has been working with us since 2010 making her Jan's longest serving front of house team leader. As a senior member of A to Zest her core responsibilities lie in planning and leading front of house operations for weddings and parties. In recent years she has also been involved in delivering corporate events for us at Land Rover Experience, Eastnor.

Nicole came to us with vast experience in the hospitality industry having spent over 12 years managing very successful local restaurants.

  • Favourite Dish
    Pan Fried Calf's Liver served with Grilled Bacon, Creamy Mashed Potato and Onion Gravy
  • Favourite Restaurant
    The Witchery, Edinburgh
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  • Nicole and Jan
  • Nicole at Night Drive
  • Duck Terrine Canapé

Our Front Of House

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