Food with flair

When it comes to catering with a mountain of flair - adding in weird and wonderful locations to present it just adds to the flavour for DeliStar's Jamie Phillips.

Whether it's for 10 or 500, Deli Star have served up culinary delights all around New Plymouth & beyond, in art galleries, oil & gas production stations, on the bridges of ships, for romantically remote weddings and even to prime ministers, the team at Deli Star will be sure to make your occasion one to remember.

As the recipient of no less than four national New Zealand culinary titles, and being awarded Taranaki's most outstanding caterer seven years in a row, Jamie's reputation spreads from taste of mouth as much as word of mouth.

To keep up with demand, Jamie have moved premises and doubled the size of their commercial kitchen with increased bench space, ovens, and chillers so the team can handle multiple catering productions at once, explains Jamie.

"What I love about catering is its variety," reveals Jamie - a professional chef who has run kitchens in Auckland, Sydney and England as well as Taranaki.

"Artistic flair is a big part of my approach - food needs to appeal to the eye first - and then to the taste buds."

From canapés in your office to 10-course degustation dinners in your home, tailoring menus to client's taste buds, as well as their budget is also part of Deli Star's offering.

"Every client is different so we don't just offer a standard catering menu. If they want to go wild - I'll go wild," says Jamie who has a reputation for molecular gastronomy - a style of cooking that "investigates the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur while cooking".

This can mean using the freezing qualities of liquid nitrogen to make ice-cream and other delights - so if you want to know more, you just better call Jamie for a better explanation!


  • Halamoana award winner 2006, 2007, 2008 ,2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012
  • NZ's top Duck Dish 2011
  • NZ's top Kapiti Cheese Experience 2010
  • NZ's top Innovation Dish 2002
  • NZ's top Vegetarian Dish 2000
  • Halamoana finalist for outstanding chef and outstanding caterer 2008
  • Excellence Award 2009
  • Vice President of Chefs Association
Just to say thank you so much for the excellent food supplied for our 50th wedding celebration. We felt the range and value for money was outstanding and the cake was absolutely delicious.

P Steffenson

We would like to say a huge thank you to you and your team at Deli Star for making our day such an amazing day to remember. The waitresses were so helpful and professional, and from the bar the cocktails and service were superb. The dinner was just simply devine and completely exceeded our expectations, my husband turned to me and said I wish you could cook like this darling.

Meryl & Carl Hughs

What can I say except WOW! The degustation dinner was absolutely fantastic. It was not only a taste sensation but also a visual treat. The food wine matches worked perfectly. Many of us are still discussing the pepper ice cream, and I personally was blown away by the Hapuka with the Riesling. Would never have been venturesome enough to try it at a restaurant but you managed to convert me. We really appreciated all the extra effort you went to with the venue and table settings plus the home made breadsticks and cheese. It all came together as a night to remember and you can be assured you were truly our Deli Stars.

New Plymouth Wine Club

Thank you so much for your elegant, tasteful and wonderfully presented food you provided for our daughter's wedding, the cocktail food was out of this world such amazing flavours, you truly made their day. Everyone was raving for about the food and your professionalism. We will have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone in the future.

B & R Riley

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