Mimosa has an eclectic mix of team members. We love to have a good mixture of languages which we believe forms a strong team with an open minded nature. At writing the languages spoken include Polish, Russian, French, Italian, Ethiopian and many forms of English including American and Scottish!
We are all linked together by a keen motivation to please our customers and guests. Mimosa strives to offer superb and flaverful Mediterranean foods; served by friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Ashley Davis – Commercial Director
studied Psychology at Edinburgh University before deciding to embark on a career in food retail. I spend my first five years working for fruit and veg suppliers to the supermarkets working on the commercial and technical aspects of the trade before moving to work for Ocado as a buyer. I bought fresh foods for three years at Ocado, then spend a year sourcing gourmet experiences for Buyagift and finally two years at Sainsburys with my last job as the cereals and preserves buyer.
Having spent over ten years working for the corporate world, I am looking forward to working at Mimosa to develop the business and learn from the experienced team. What can Mimosa be in the future? I see a business that provides tasty, beautiful and engaging food to match the customer’s vision, served by a team that are happy to help.
Food will always be inspiring, a happy thought, a moment to share, a favourite food memory and the more of these that can be created by Mimosa, the better our business will become.
Steph Davis – Operations Director
I have a background in business, marketing and supply chain having studied Marketing at Leicester University. My first work was in retail management. Only later did I discover my first real working passion in supply chain and process, discovering a love for spreadsheets and numbers! I later moved to Amazon.co.uk and then to Nike where my last job involved working with Nike’s big retail partners, Harrods, Liberty and John Lewis.
One of the main things I have learnt in 12 years of big business is that every company is only as good as its people and its product, and they are the two things that Mimosa does so well and that I hope to help them continue to do well in the future. Mimosa has a wonderful team and serves great food. My main passions in life are Marathon running and music – they both seem to make people their very best, smiling, happy and having fun. Great food brings out the same emotions in people and to be part of that journey is something I am really looking forward to!
I am from Russia and starting cooking at the age of 9 with my grandparents. I fell in love with baking & often I used any excuse or occasion to bake, especially during the holidays.
I came to the UK with my sister in September 1999 to study the English language in Greenwich School of English and worked as a waitress in Tower42, a Michelin star restaurant. In 2004 I won several Michael Roux hospitality awards, including “Waiter of the Year, Champagne pouring competitions & “Employee of the Year”. I was then offered a job at Gary Rhodes restaurant, as a Banqueting Supervisor running London Mayor dinners, product launches, exhibitions, weddings and films.
In 2006 I became the Conferencing and Events Manager for International Law Firm, Kirkland and Ellis. I decided to increase my knowledge further and studied Event management but during my maternity leave I met a wedding dress designer and decided to start my own business. I successfully ran a Bridal dress shop for 5 years until I realized that my true passion was Events and Catering.
When the opportunity came to work with Mimosa Catering as their Event Manager, I knew it would be good fit for my skills. Over the years I acquired a wide range of specialist skills covering problem-solving, creativity, logical thinking, an analytical approach, good communication, teamwork and leadership. My background in the corporate and business world gives me valuable insight into planning events specifically tailored to a wide variety of needs. In my career, I like to stay open minded, stay ahead of food trends and use my creativity, great customer service skills and knowledge of food to deliver exceptional service and value to customers. I am truly passionate about what I do and believe that “The only way to do great work is to love what you do”.
Samuele Carelli – Head Chef
In 2001 I decided to move to London,inspired by a catering industry that is rightly famous for it’s multiculturalism . I’m so glad I made that move! London is the European capital of the food industry. My first few years I worked for a modern European restaurant in the City, I was trained, the hard, old school way, by Valentino Bosch, a chef with Michelin star experience who I still look up.
I was able to use all that knowledge to move onto Michelin stars & Rosette accredited restaurants across the capital, from the Clerkenwell Dining Room to Petrichor at the Cavendish hotel and more. As my experience grew so did my responsibilites & after a short stint as Head Chef in a trendy restaurant in Shoreditch I became Head Chef at The Tudor Barn in Eltham, a beautiful 16th century building.
After nearly 3 years there, filled with great achievements, I felt the need for a new direction. Having spent nearly 14 years in high end restaurants I wanted to try something a little different with a bigger variety of menus. I saw the post for a vacancy at Mimosa and thought it was just what I was looking for: a new, interesting challenge with a small expanding business.As they say the rest is history, Ashley & Steph are so clearly passionate about the company they are growing that it was impossible for me not to be caught up in that.
What next?..We are building on our solid foundations to expand & establish Mimosa as the leading provider of fresh, delicious, homemade food in south London.
Isabella Lotocka – Kennington Manager
I am excited to join the team at Mimosa as I believe there is an inherently sincere and progressive quality particular to small businesses as they develop and grow. I also can’t wait to get to know my customers and I’m thrilled to be able to work with such a generously supportive and spirited team at our Kennington Workspace Branch.
I hope to help drive Mimosa’s further expansion into new markets as a leading example for supplying deliciously crafted food coupled with excellent customer service with a strong emphasis on catering practice. I want our customers to be able to relax and enjoy the experience of spending time in our Kennington café and to look forward to trying our daily changing, inventive menu as well as their favourite dishes. I also have a strong commitment to creating a respectful atmosphere in the working environment in which people enjoy working.
Growing up, food was central to family life as my parents owned several grocery stores and loved to cook. From a young age, they encouraged me into the kitchen and gave me free rein to cook with the plethora of ingredients available through their grocery business; instilling in me a lifelong passion and confidence to explore and create dishes from a myriad of culinary possibilities. At 20 years old I left Poland to come to London where I worked as Chef for the ‘Ministry of Defense’, and the grand ‘Goldsmith Hall’ followed by roles as Catering and Retail Managers for ’ Ernst & Young’ and ‘Pret a Manger’
One of my earliest food memories is of being in my Grandmother’s garden as a little girl, tasting the wonderfully sour tang of freshly plucked rhubarb for the first time. I still have a penchant for the sour and tart in a recipe!
Emanuel Ganea – Vauxhall Manager
I graduated from the University from Bucharest in 2008, moved to London and started to work in the food industry. I worked my way up from kitchen porter in a cafe to eventually becoming an assistant manager at an Italian restaurant where I worked for 5 years before joining the team at Mimosa.
Mimosa is an amazing place to work, it is more than just a shop where you can buy your morning coffee or your lunch. Mimosa has got a fantastic range of original food as well as a defined character and set values, that we call the “Mimosa philosophy”, as well as a great team. This differentiates it from so many other companies others and makes it special.
My goal as Vauxhall Manager is to deliver a great experience to every single customer each time they visit Mimosa through our delicious food and fantastic customer service.
I feel proud every time I see a regular because this mean that the effort providing a great service has been appreciated. Every happy customer is a victory for me.
Kitchen Team – Carmelo