PCEC Welcomes New Executive Chef

PCEC Welcomes New Executive Chef

We are delighted to announce that Ramon Van De Griendt has joined the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) as our new Executive Chef.

Ramon has extensive international experience with over 30 years of working in a range of prestigious kitchens, such as The Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental Hotel Group and Pullman Hotels & Resorts.

During his career, he has become skilled in a range of cuisines including Asian, Mediterranean, French, European, South American, and Paddock to Plate.

Ramon commented “I am very excited to join the culinary team as Executive Chef at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, and I look forward to building on the strong foundation already established by this Perth Landmark.

With a reduced number of events at PCEC over the last two years due to COVID, we’re excited for events to be returning back in full swing. To do so, we will be moving in a new culinary direction. Soon, we will introduce new and innovative menus, using local, and Indigenous West Australian produce, blended together with global culinary influences.

I am looking forward to being part of the exciting journey ahead, bringing fresh ideas to the WA culinary scene.”

“PCEC is looking forward to seeing the venue’s exciting new culinary direction take shape as Ramon and PCEC’s newly appointed Director of Culinary Operations, Andrew Mann share their knowledge and experience to enhance PCEC’s food and beverage reputation at Western Australia’s premier event destination,” said Nigel Keen, PCEC’s General Manager.

PCEC Supports OzHarvest with 1600 Ready-made Meals

PCEC Supports OzHarvest with 1600 Ready-made Meals

During the month of March 2022, PCEC was heavily impacted by the level 2 restrictions put in place due to the growing spread of COVID-19. During this time, many events were either cancelled or rescheduled to avoid the restrictions. As a result, the PCEC kitchen facilities were left unused with staff members eager to ensure the downtime was used productively.

So PCEC teamed up with their partner OzHarvest, to get cooking. Staff members of PCEC volunteered in the kitchen, producing over 1600 meals since March 10, with an expected 2600 meals to be delivered by April 13.

OzHarvest was founded in 2014 and now rescues over 110,000 kgs of surplus food per month and has delivered over 16 million meals to those less fortunate. PCEC is delighted to be able to support such an incredible charity.

Gwendolyn, PCEC’s Senior Sales Manager, got her hands dirty in the kitchen and commented “it brings me great pleasure to be able to use these quiet periods in the events industry and truly help the most vulnerable people in our community.”

If you’d like to learn more about OzHarvest, head to https://www.ozharvest.org/

Why Event Venue Decisions Are Brand Decisions

There are so many things that could go wrong at an event.

The food could be bland. The wine could run out. The P.A. system could be missing in action.

An events planner will check for a multitude of critical elements ahead of time to make sure the worst can’t happen – because they understand how your brand can be affected when something goes wrong.

Many elements of events and conference management are obvious – like sublime food, top-tier entertainment, flawless registration and communications. You want all of these to represent who you are and what you stand for.

Often, however, we forget about the subtler brand touches. We forget to consider some of the elements that aren’t on anyone’s checklist, but might still have a significant impact on your choice of event partner.

This has been especially pertinent in recent years as we’ve seen a strong shift toward brand and business accountability. As the hot water rises around a business or an individual, we’ve increasingly seen sponsors and shareholders distance themselves both to avoid the fallout and to take a public stand. Essentially, there’s a sizable push for organisations to separate their brand from any other brand or individual whose actions don’t pass the ‘pub test’.

When it comes to events, your choice of venue partner is highly visible. You promote your venue pre-event, on the event day and after the event, so often the venue logo sits right beside your own. The association is clear, and that’s why it’s more important than ever to align your business with a venue that will truly reflect your brand and represent it well.

At PCEC, we offer event organisers a blank canvas for big thinking. We also help our clients’ big thinking by working with several trusted event partners to ensure the success of events.

To find out more about PCEC’s events services, check out the Planning section of our website.