Max Uyanik began his career in 1996, as an Agriculture and Food Engineer. He went on to study catering at Westminster Kingsway College and Thames Valley University, graduating with a Distinction. Max has gained invaluable work experience at notable London restaurants including Bibendum Kensington, Bluebird Chelsea, Troubadour on Old Brompton Road and the iconic River Cafe in Fulham.
After the successful completion of his hospitality degrees, Max ventured into the world of private events catering and he started to work with a selection of London’s top catering companies including Rhubarb, Mustard Catering, Alison Price & Company, Admirable Crichton and Create Food and Party Design where he worked as a Senior Sous Chef for four years. During his career, Max has been an integral part of the catering team for a huge number of high-profile events, catering for famous faces and discerning diners. Alongside managing a team of 50 chefs, these years also provided a thorough grounding in delivering exceptional cuisine for high profile events such as the Silverstone Grand Prix and Kylie Minogue’s 40th birthday party.
In 2007, Max made the move to Food Show – a Premium London caterer for weddings, private parties and corporate events – as a Head Chef. It is here that he has cemented his passion for fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce sourced from carefully selected local suppliers, interpreting Food Show’s cuisine in a modern, refined way that fuses an innovative variety of flavors, textures and aromas. Max has focused on menus with British/European influences, making the most of stunning seasonal ingredients and cutting-edge cooking techniques.
Then he became an executive chef in 2010.
His intricate knowledge of food has played an integral role in raising the bar across the business; culminating, in 2011, in his promotion to Food Director where he now oversees food strategies, operational and logistical food planning.
As part of this role, Max partnered with one of London's most prolific chefs, Jason Atherton, and his team at Pollen Street Social. Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton worked alongside Max to develop a new range of menus. The partnership was the result of a shared ethos to food and fine dining, and enabled Max and his team to explore and extend the egalitarian ethos of Food Show. Outside of Food Show, Max further fuels his passion for food and culinary discovery with unpaid placements in the kitchens of many Michelin-starred chefs, where he has learnt from the likes of Nuno Mendes, Jason Atherton and Hélène Darroze at The Connaught, among others.
After becoming a Business Partner at Food Show Ltd in 2013, His relentless determination to be benchmarked among the ‘culinary masters’ has been instrumental in the recent growth of the Food Show and with Max now at the helm the company is one of the UK’s only Chef-Led Catering firms and is best known for its experimental food and event concepts designed to delight both the palette and the eye, in equal measure.