FLIP & HOOPS
FLIP WOODS was instrumental in setting up The Cobden Club - the first private members club in west London. This was an old working mens club with one of the only studio arch theatres left in London, which was renovated to become 'the' place to eat and drink at the time. Flip worked Front of House and then became Manager, overseeing the operation of the 60 seater restaurant, cocktail bar, stage & library.
This experience led her to solely manage a beautiful london restaurant called Shaws on Old Brompton Road. A beautiful, listed building the small 35 seater restaurant was owned by the CEO's of Tate & Lyle and AT&T. Flip’s job was to refurbish the interior, hire the team, produce a discerning wine-list, and work with the Head Chef on the delivery of an exceptional classic menu.
Flip was then asked to move to Somerset to begin working with Nick Jones for the Soho House Group. The company were setting up their first venue outside of London and Flip oversaw membership and Front of House, but eventually realised that her passion was behind the scenes in the kitchen, and she decided to pursue her love of food and became a Private Chef.
Flip has been working with professional golfers and footballers for the last 10 years. She has cooked for the individuals and their team all over the world. After working for ISM group with Lee Westwood, Rory Mcilroy, Darren Clarke, Charl Schwartzel & Louis Oosthuizen and meeting the legendary Ernie Els whilst he was in Chubby’s stable.... she now works primarily for the “Big Easy” whilst on tour. She has worked at all of the majors including Augusta Masters, TPC, The Open, BMW Championship at Wentworth where Ernie has a home.
She has worked catering for clients all over the UK, Europe and Internationally for the last 10 years, and for some very high profile clients. She has been asked to cook dinner for one, or arrange exquisite dinner parties. Now back in her home town, Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, Flip has teamed up with a business partner, Hoops with their company The Main Ingredient.
HOOPS ANDERSON: Whilst working as a Sales & Marketing manager for a high-end barbecue manufacturer, Hoops was given the opportunity to work with top profile chefs including Gary Rhodes & Bruno Loubet amongst others. These chefs inspired Hoops to pursue her love of food as a career. She worked alongside the Bake Off and TV chef Mary Berry and also began to assist Italian Chef, Ursula Ferrigno with her cooking classes at the world famous shop “Books for Cooks” in Nottinghill Gate, London.
In 1996 she worked as an Event Director for Catalyst Event Management to develop team building using food and wine. Hoops worked to design a programme of events that would help delegates bond and communicate with colleagues in a fun and relaxed environment, using cooking as the ice breaker, it had never been done before.
In 2002 Hoops decided to launch her own business, and started The Main Ingredient. She began with a small Charity lunch for 6 guests and soon realised that her strong talent lies in cooking fine dining for large events, both in the corporate sector and privately.
Hoops teamed up with Osprey, London and set up a small cafe at their Hyde outlet offering beautiful food and outside catering for their events.
The Main Ingredient won the contract to run all the events at The Royal County Of Berkshire Polo Club. The annual highlight of these events was The Prince of Wales Cup Lunch for 350 VIP guests each Summer.
Due to the size of the events Hoops was catering for she then had to move the Main Ingredient business to its own home at Boxted Farm in Hertfordshire with offices and professional kitchen where it still is now....