Chef/ First Mate
Jake was born and grew up on the North Norfolk Coast. 2021 is Jake’s 5th year in the industry and is delighted to be joining Champagne Hippy this season. Jake has been sailing in the Ionian the last few years, has just spent the winter in the Caribbean and can’t wait to explore the Balearics this summer. Previous to working on yachts he worked in the hospitality industry, chalet host, front of house, sous chef and restaurant service.
Jake takes great pride in his work and his primary concerns are quality and safety as a yacht master and sailor. Working alongside Kat, they make a very happy crew who enjoy their job and care for each and everyone of their guests.
Kat grew up dinghy sailing in the summers but her real introduction to yachting was through racing whilst at the University of Manchester (sailing out of Liverpool). Which made her first experience of cruising yachts a pleasant surprise!
From winter seasons in luxury ski chalets Kat loves making cakes, canapés and treats for afternoon tea. As a flotilla host these skills were transferred to the galley. Always looking for adventure Kat has studied in Canada, been to art school, worked in France, Greece and at a Summer Camp in the USA teaching Synchronised Swimming.
She loves working abroad however not many places fuel her addiction to Wasabi Peas. Kat's cooking and baking is always full of fun flavours and ideas that she is keen to share with friends. Always the host, she loves entertaining and making everyone feel welcome.
Nadia’s experience in the hospitality and events sector has given her a valuable skillset for the yachting industry. She has worked as both a waitress and bartender and enjoys cooking and creating new cocktail recipes in her spare time.
Nadia has a degree in Event Management from the University of Sussex and a qualification in Food and Hygiene which makes her a valuable asset to Vivid as she is able to apply her skillset to the yacht’s interior while also lending a hand in the galley or on deck as required. Nadia brings a positive energy to the yacht and is highly organised, enthusiastic and motivated to provide the best service possible, and all with a smile on her face.
Jake, Kat and Nadia look forward to welcoming you onboard S/Y Champagne Hippy.