ARK Centre Head Chef Dan Woltema brings a unique approach to Kosher catering that reflects his Dutch heritage and upbringing on a kibbutz in Israel.  After leaving Israel to travel the world, Dan discovered the joys of cooking in Holland where he was visiting family, and went on to work and learn in amazing restaurants in Europe.  His quest for adventure brought him to Australia so he could explore the country by motorcycle. After satiating his thirst for seeing the sights on two wheels, he undertook formal culinary studies in Sydney to satisfy his other passion – food.  Love brought him to Melbourne where he settled down with Sarah and, last year, they welcomed their gorgeous daughter Jasmine to their family.

In late 2015 Chef Dan met Rabbi Shneur and then the ARK Centre team. It took almost no time at all for this gastronomic relationship to take off and Dan became an integral member of the ARK Centre family on a full time basis in 2016.

Chef Dan’s mission is to provide the community with fresh, healthy and delicious modern Kosher food. The food presented is appealing and colourful Kosher catering through Chef Dan’s vision of updating the typical ‘Jewish food menu’.

On the menu you will find a blend of traditional dishes which have been given a modern touch, as well as a delicious Mediterranean cuisine featuring Chef Dan’s signature flavours.

ARK Catering is pleased to provide catering services for all ARK Centre kiddushim and events and is available for in-home catering as well. The menu allows for customisation to ensure each and every event meets personal preferences and budgets. Go online to see our Kiddush menu or contact Jackie in the office on 8658 4044 or via operations@arkcentre.com.au to discuss your next Kiddush or catering need.

And of course ARK Catering is thrilled to announce that Take Away meals are now available for Shabbat Dinners on a weekly basis. See the menu in this magazine for more details.

ARK Catering is proud to be supporting the Access Inc Bakery which aims to promote the rights and interests of people with a disability from within the Jewish community.

All food coming from ARK Catering is Mehadrin Kosher.
Chef Dan also heads The Rabbi’s Pantry for catering with Kosher Australia certification.