Pershore Patty meets Jane Fletcher, owner at Pastini Queen, Worcester to ask a few questions and for a general nose.
Tell me a little bit about how you came to own or work in your business
I’ve always had a huge passion for food and good food, mainly because my Mum always cooked from scratch and involved me in the food preparation. I have also always been quite creative.
What achievements, awards or accolades are you proud of?
Starting the business from scratch with a government backed loan and growing the business to the extent where I am now doing it full time. I am also very proud of the wonderful feedback I receive from my customers. Feedback is really important to me as I’m a bit of a perfectionist!
Any news announcements, or events that you’d like new and existing customers to be aware of?
When we started the delivery menu it was mainly because the event catering side of the business ground to a halt when lockdown started and we didn’t anticipate it would be as popular as it is. So we will be continuing with the delivery menu when lockdown is over, delivering our Italian food to your doorstep! We will also be looking to grow our wedding menu to include some of the dishes we creates for the delivery menu.
What makes your business unique?
Our name is quite unique and we also provide an event menu called ‘Create Your Plate’ for larger parties/ festivals, where you basically ‘build’ your own meal. The menu is really popular at these sorts of events as you can effectively have something different for breakfast lunch and dinner – maybe a panini, pasta or wrap!
Favourite restaurant to visit if you get a night off?
The Old Rectifying House, Worcester
Last thing you watched on TV?
Safe – Netfilx
Which person in your life do you most admire and why?
My mother. She is an incredibly strong woman and has always given me 100% all my life.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
My son’s girlfiend….makeup.
What’s your favourite smell in the whole world?
Sunday lunch – Roast beef and all the trimmings with a rich red wine gravy.
What’s your favourite kind of sandwich?
Has to be Ciabatta or sourdough with anything really – I’m not a fussy eater but I do love fresh poached chicken, avocado and mayonnaise.
Who would you want to cook your last meal on earth, and why?
Raymond Blanc – I would love to meet him as he is a legend and his food is amazing.
What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Chicken, pasta, potatoes.
What’s your claim to fame?
I have catered for a few celebs including a member from Blue and The Fine Young Cannibals.
Which food & drink business (other than your own) do you wish you had created?
Subway – I loved their concept when it first started (similar to my Create Your Plate) but its gone downhill and I know I could do so much more with it!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again. I can be relentless!
If you could be anywhere else right now, where would it be?
On a beach in the Maldives!
What’s the best thing that happened to you last week?
It was my sons 21st Birthday.
Name a product or service you love so much that you’d happily be that company’s spokesperson.
GHD straighteners – completely changed my hairstyling when I first purchased 15 years ago and I couldn’t be without them. Nothing else compares.
As a child, what did you wish to become when you grew up?
What is the perfect combination of pizza toppings?
Chicken, Smoked bacon, mushrooms, Jalapenos and pineapple.
What was the worst job you ever held and why?
Working in McDonalds when I was a student. Left the shifts with about an inch of grease on my face. Horrid!
What was the last thing you ate?
Meatballs Sub sandwich – home made obviously!
Favourite cut of steak?
What website do you visit most often?
What is the most impressive thing you know how to do?
I can sew and make my own clothes from scratch. I used to have my own clothes label when I was younger and used to make my going out dress on a Saturday afternoon to wear that evening.
What do you hope never changes?
I think the COVID-19 pandemic has made people a lot kinder and has made people think more about the impact their actions has on others. Hopefully this will continue when lockdown is over and things return to normality.