The world of hospitality and catering is known for its fast-paced and highly competitive nature, yet Steve Sidd consistently stays at the forefront. As a globally recognized hospitality consultant, he serves a diverse clientele, from a Singapore-based hotel group to a charming taverna nestled on a Greek island. Notably, Steve manages several of his businesses, which encompass food production, catering services, and hospitality software.
In his role as the Group Managing Director at Culinary HQ, a company offering catering services and hospitality consulting across Australia, Steve maintains a position of leadership by continually embracing new trends and innovative concepts. Under the umbrella of Culinary HQ, Steve oversees 26 dining concepts and more than 40 event spaces, with a dedicated team of over 350 employees.
Steve’s impact on the catering industry is indisputable and is further underscored by his co-founding of Hospitality Genie, a catering software solution that streamlines processes and functions, providing invaluable support and transformation to catering businesses.
Hospitality Genie has garnered widespread acclaim for its user-friendly IT software, which significantly enhances profits and operational efficiencies for restaurants and catering establishments. Steve’s own venues have harnessed this software to save time and streamline their entire operations. Additionally, Steve has ventured into food production with two successful kitchens, Good and Plenty Whole Foods and Moon Deli, both made possible through the innovative capabilities of Hospitality Genie.
Steve stands as a pioneer and trendsetter in the hospitality sector, demonstrating an innate ability to anticipate and adapt to evolving consumer preferences and long-term business dynamics. His visionary approach has played an instrumental role in catapulting Culinary HQ into its current position as an industry leader.
For Steve, much of his passion and success in the industry can be traced back to his upbringing. Reflecting on his roots, he states, “Growing up in Sydney’s Belrose to an Egyptian mother and Greek father, with my Yia Yia looking after me and my sister, food was a central aspect of my upbringing.” He goes on to emphasize the significance of food in his family, viewing it as both a symbol of love and a business opportunity.
Steve embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with the intention of creating innovative solutions and helping the industry continue to prosper. His focus on groundbreaking logistics, systems, and multi-site management has solidified Culinary HQ’s reputation for excellence and innovation.
Together with his team, Steve is committed to positioning Catering HQ as the foremost provider of catering, hospitality, and consulting services. Their continuous pursuit of innovative approaches and their vigilance regarding industry trends allow them to remain ahead of the competition. They were quick to recognize the growing demand for meatless and vegan options, well before it became a widespread trend, and adapted to meet the needs of vegetarian and vegan clientele.
In an ever-evolving hospitality landscape, Steve Sidd, alongside his trusted partner and Director of Catering HQ, Albie Aldahwai, has consistently been a trailblazer. They are always ahead of the curve, introducing fresh ideas and pioneering new technologies. Steve’s extensive experience and unwavering commitment to excellence have established him as a leader in this dynamic field. He continues to set trends with his work, while others are still searching for direction. He is undoubtedly a trailblazer in the industry.
Whether through Catering HQ or his other ventures, Steve Sidd is making a significant impact on the hospitality sector, shaping new trends that others are likely to follow. To stay ahead of the competition, connect with Steve on LinkedIn.