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Posted on 24/06/2022 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

New caterer announced for Phillip Island Nature Parks  

 A renowned chef who has owned and operated a Michelin star restaurant and catered events at some of Australia’s most iconic venues will join Phillip Island Nature Parks.

Anthony Whitehouse and his company, Create Catering, will offer catering services at all four Phillip Island Nature Parks attractions – the Penguin Parade, Churchill Island, The Nobbies Centre and Koala Conservation Reserve – from 1 August.

Create Catering, an award-winning caterer at national and state levels, has a passion for using local produce and suppliers; and a focus on sustainability and no single-use plastics.

British-born, Mr Whitehouse has a background working in high-end Michelin star restaurants in England, the Monaco Grand Prix and Royal Ascot. He has also prepared meals for Sir David Attenborough and numerous presidents and prime ministers.

His repertoire extends to events at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Sydney Observatory, Cricket Victoria, Olleyville at Shaw Vineyard in Murrumbateman and the Australian Museum.

Mr Whitehouse moved to Sydney in 2011 and worked at Taronga Zoo where he was responsible for catering for 1.3 million hungry visitors. Three years later, he decided to start Create Catering, impressively winning his first contract with the Australian War Memorial.

Mr Whitehouse said he was passionate about conservation having worked at Taronga Zoo where he created the forerunner of sustainable seafood restaurants. He is also the chair of Zoofari, the Taronga Foundation’s annual major fundraising gala.

“I’m excited to put my passion and love into the Nature Parks venues by creating some special food experiences at these incredible attractions, which have long been loved by locals and visitors,” he said.

“Phillip Island is a magical place. My family is looking forward to spending a lot more time on the island and I’m looking forward to checking out some of the nearby surf breaks.”

Phillip Island Nature Parks General Manager for Tourism Operations Peta Wittig said Mr Whitehouse had great synergy with the organisation’s respect for conservation and sustainability.

“We are extremely excited to have Anthony and his team work with us on creating incredible experiences across our four venues along with some unforgettable functions and events,” Ms Wittig said.

“We see this has an incredible opportunity to further develop our offerings in the events space as Create Catering breaks new ground in the Victorian market.

“We look forward to Create Catering starting with us on 1 August. They will spend a couple of months trading as normal, before some exciting changes in the summer holidays.”