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Steve Travis has been in the global hospitality business for over 30 years. From his
early restaurant days starting as a bus boy in South Africa, Steve has taken charge of
some of the most iconic catering contracts in the United Kingdom and abroad.
Introducing Pay as You Dine(PAYD) into the Royal Navy in Cornwall in 2004 to
directing the Royal Navy contract out of HMS Nelson, Portsmouth for 3 years when
the home of the Royal Navy went to PAYD.
In 2008 he spent time in China as part of the team heading up all the catering at the
Beijing Olympic Games. This was the forerunner to two more games. He then
returned to China for a 7 month spell in Guangzhou, heading up the Asian Games
Catering operations. Latterly, 2010 to 2012 he was a senior member of the
management team from the initial design and project management to operations
for London 2012 Olympics. This was the highly specialist catering for the athletes at
the Games where the dining room served up to 64,500 meals per day at peak.
Another area of his responsibility was the Games Time Security which
involved dealing with multiple government and international security
agencies to align his security protocol and policies with those of the said
agencies. This linked directly into the Business continuity plan which was
adopted by the company on a National basis.
Steve joined Searcys, a private company that operates contracts in the most iconic
locations in the UK, including the Gherkin, St Pancras Grand, The Pump House and
Assembly Rooms in Bath and Vintners. Steves' contract is Blenheim Palace in
Oxfordshire. Famed as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, was built for John
Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, in recognition of his victory at the Battle of
Blenheim in 1704. As acknowledgement of the importance of Blenheim Palace in
Britain’s heritage it was created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.
Open to the general public since Easter 1950, Blenheim Palace positions itself as
Britain’s Greatest Palace and one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions.
Internationally renowned, and a member of the Treasure Houses of England,
Blenheim Palace is the UK’s largest privately owned stately home.!
The diversity of operations has afforded Steve an unrivalled growth in operational
perspective, an encyclopaedic knowledge which he shares with those he works with.
From consultancy contracts with international businesses, to his event management
input to global launches, charity drives and wildlife foundations he utilises the skills
required to enhance the successful outcome of every event.!
Steve enjoys mentoring and speaks candidly of his experiences when presenting
talks to his peers and the public alike.
In February 2014 Forbes Africa Magazine shall be publishing an article on Steve
Travis and his journey from busboy to Global Event Caterer.