HIGH Wycombe pizza chef Sean Bryce has tasted success early in a popularity contest open to stallholders across Australia.
The Sunny Jim’s wood-fired mobile pizza owner scooped a Golden Gazebo at the recent Market and Fairs Expo online awards in Sydney.
“The award is great recognition for all the hard work the whole team at Sunny Jim’s has put in setting up our new business, which is just a little over 12 months old,” Mr Bryce said.
The pizza cook will travel anywhere within two hours of Perth to dish up ‘a pizza the action’ at parties, markets, school events and festivals.
“More than 85 per cent of our business comes from Facebook or by word of mouth,” Mr Bryce said.
Firefighters across the State are accustomed to refuelling on the chef’s meals prepared in mobile kitchens, prior to his decision to make pizzas.
“It wasn’t uncommon that we could produce up to 300 meals every six hours (and run them out to the firies) depending on the size of the fire and staff at the fire.”
His love of good food began at the age of 17, with a job preparing meals for the Western Australian Cricket Association.
From there he gained experience at a pizzeria in Belmont, before joining the public service where he worked for 26 years.
One of his biggest orders to date involved creating various vegetarian pizzas for 170 guests at an Indian community event.
Mr Bryce employs nine casual staff locally and around the metro area to ensure he has enough hands on deck for the larger-scale events.
He caters for groups of 40 upwards and provides up to 26 different pizzas mostly using locally sourced produce.