In the grand tapestry of culinary excellence, Wagga caterers have ascended to the summit of the nation’s wedding catering scene.
Jess and Samuel Martin of Marbull Catering are still reeling in disbelief after being crowned the No. 1 wedding caterer in Australia at the Australian Wedding Awards 2023, held on Queensland’s Gold Coast on 10 January.
Marbull Catering employees Roger and Karen received the award on behalf of the couple as they had booked for another event on the night.
“We are stoked and super proud,” the winning couple told Region.
“To be honest, we are still shocked and it hasn’t sunken in yet.
“We are excited and proud to have made it this far. We work hard and it’s nice to see that our work pays off.”
Jess said the award was a way to market Marbull Catering to future clients and the region.
“We’ve been recognised as a top caterer in Australia and that’s saying something,” she said.
“We were up against 30-odd other businesses who are much bigger than us and some of them have been around for 30 years.
“It’s amazing as a relatively small business, we have this against our name.”
Sam said the award was also a great promotion for the Riverina.
“It’s good to let the people know from the cities they can come out to the regions and get married with great catering and good venues,” he said.
The couple thanked their clients for nominating Marbull Catering for the award.
“Thank you for booking us, trusting us with your wedding and taking the time to vote for us,” the couple said.
“It’s lovely to get the recognition.”
Last year, Marbull Catering was named one of the top five caterers in the nation at the Australian Wedding Awards.
The Martins started Marbull Catering in 2018 with their extensive experience from their time in London.
They lived in the UK for two years, working for one of the top catering businesses that handled many bespoke and large events for people and organisations such as Sir Richard Branson, the royal houses, the Tower of London and the 2012 Olympics.
Before the inception of Marbull Catering, the Martins, unable to find a caterer for their wedding, took matters into their own hands and ended up catering their own nuptials.
Born and raised in Tumut, Jess always wanted to be a chef. She moved to Wagga and worked at the Union before moving to the UK with Sam.
After moving back to Wagga, she took over as the head chef at the Thirsty Crow for five years.
Sam moved to Wagga from Junee, finished his apprenticeship with the Garden Court and worked as a chef at the Union with Jess.
After moving back from London, he worked at the International, went back to the Union as head chef and later helped Jess out at the Thirsty Crow for a couple of years.
Visit Marbull Catering to find out more or book your next big event.