About Us

Roger Osborne

MEET ROGER OSBORNE

Roger has always had a love for food and in 1978 with his wife Vanessa founded As You Like It! Catering Company, which later was rebranded in 2007 to become Icon Event Catering, based on the Northern Beaches, Sydney.

Roger has been catering now for 35 years and is one of Sydney’s leading spit roast chefs.

His obsession with innovative delicious menus and remarkable service continues stronger than ever. Resulting in truly memorable events that clients rave about.

 

After many years holidaying at Ulladulla Roger and his family have made the move to live permanently on the South Coast. Icon Event Catering is now based on the South Coast providing catering from Batemans Bay to Nowra and the Hinterland.

 

Roger is excited to bring his years of experience and passion for food to the South Coast area.

 

Roger’s spit roast story

As a retail butcher Bryan Osborne tried his hand at cooking wood fired spits after recovering from a major illness in 1972. He became so successful at it that he sold his butcher shop and started cooking spits for a living. Bryan employed his two sons Roger and James as teenagers to cook spits in his catering business.

At 17 years of age Roger started his butchery apprenticeship which he completed in 1982. Roger won 1st place for retail butchery for 2 consecutive years at East Sydney Tafe and was nominated for the bronze medallion across all trades in NSW.

After completing his butchers apprenticeship Roger left butchering to work full-time in his father’s catering business which he did for 6 years. In 1988 Roger Osborne started his own catering business with his new wife Vanessa. Even though many things have changed over the years Roger still uses the unique wood fired spit roast barbecues that he and his father designed today.

  • Roger uses his experience as a butcher and 34 years cooking spits to select the best cuts of quality meat for your spit barbecue.
  • We use premium cuts of meat eg legs of lamb, pork etc.
  • We cook our spit barbecues on site from scratch.
  • Cooking over wood imparts a delicious flavour to the meat.
  • Our salads are prepared fresh with the best ingredients, then assembled and dressed at your function.
  • We focus on quality and creative presentation.
  • Our experience in cooking wood fired spits is unsurpassed.
  • We are flexible and are able to custom design a menu specifically for you if required.
  • We use only qualified Chefs to cook , carve, prepare, and present your meal.

HISTORY.

Icon Event Catering was established in 1988 by Roger and Vanessa Osborne on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

Roger and Vanessa still own and manage the business. Roger Osborne is senior event manager and also works as a chef at many events.

Our goal is to provide the best and most reliable catering service in the South Coast and Hinterland and to be consistent with our quality and service to our valued customers.

We have been fortunate over the years to win many restaurant and catering awards and participate in these awards each year as a motivator for our team.

VISION.

Our vision for your event comes out of an obsession for seasonal, handmade ingredients, a genuine love for exquisite food, and a dedication to premium levels of service and hospitality.

Our desire is to provide our customers with a truly excellent and memorable experience with Icon Event Catering’s innovative, delicious menus, and our commitment to serving you.

AWARDS.

Icon Event Catering has a great history of leadership and awards for excellence in catering.

Icon Event Catering entered the Sydney Metro Restaurant & Catering Awards For Excellence for 6 consecutive years from 2008 to 2014 and are two times winners of Sydney Offsite Wedding Caterer of The Year, two times winners of Sydney Corporate Caterer Of The year and in 2009 were awarded National Corporate Caterer Of The Year at Parliament House in Canberra.

Entering the Awards For Excellence has been a great motivator for us to improve our overall service and measure ourselves against the best in the industry.

To enter the awards, you are required to nominate an event based on your chosen category such as Wedding Caterer, Corporate Caterer etc. You then ask permission from your customer for a Restaurant & Catering Judge to attend the event from start to finish. The judge scores you on absolutely every aspect of food, service and presentation, even value for money.

EMPLOYMENT.

CURRENT POSITIONS AVAILABLE

Casual front of house staff
Waiters & Bar Staff with experience and must have RSA.

Casual Chefs for Functions
Must have driver’s licence, be well groomed, have good people and organisational skills and possess a passion for cooking and presenting great food.

Hours are very flexible but must be available on Mondays for weekly maintenance.