I love being able to support local businesses with the produce I source for the platters.

Name: Hollie Procter

Job title: Owner/operator but I call myself the Platter Artist

Company: The Honest Platter

What does your job involve?

I create beautiful and abundant grazing tables and platters from locally sourced ingredients from the Bay and surrounding areas. I cater for all events, from staff get-togethers to weddings.

Why did you get into this profession?

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It's an odd one, really. Before this I was working in marketing at luggage.co.nz, but have always had a passion for creating beautiful things and I'm a little obsessed with cheese. One day I just decided to combine the two and The Honest Platter was born.

What do you like about your job the most?

There are two things ... the look on people's faces when I turn up with their platter or they see their grazing table for the first time. Also I love being able to support local businesses with the produce I source for the platters!

What's the most challenging aspect of your role?

I think for me it's clocking off. I built the business using solely Instagram, which is insane! But it means I'm always on the clock with social media being in my pocket 24/7. My customers and followers have come to expect quick response times and me always being there for a chat when needed. Which I love, but I've got to make sure I take time for me and my fur-family ...

Platter Artist Hollie Procter enjoys seeing the look on people's faces when she deliver their platters. Photo / Georgia McNeil Photography
Platter Artist Hollie Procter enjoys seeing the look on people's faces when she deliver their platters. Photo / Georgia McNeil Photography

What's your proudest work moment?

So many. I feel like I'm always super stoked about something. My grazing highlight would have to be a recent wedding at Charlemagne Lodge. I just loved the look of that grazing table and the bride left me such lovely feedback too.

What training have you had to prepare for your role?

Literally, nothing. It's just something that I stumbled upon and find I was really passionate about. I think if you've got passion on your side and a can do attitude you can do anything. #girlboss

What's the best piece of career advice you've received?

"Keep being original and you'll keep moving forward." A really great friend once told me this and it's really stuck in my head, it keeps pushing me forward and challenging me to try new things!

What's the most important thing your current role has taught you?

Family and friends are priceless. I'd be lost without my partner who puts in so, so, so much extra effort to help me. Also, doggy daycare is your friend when you need a couch day.

Describe your work wardrobe?

Pretty much whatever I throw on that morning with an apron on top! Now that it is winter I live in my Doc Martens though.

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