With over 20 years of experience and three Michelin starred restaurants under his belt Executive Chef Simon Gueller and the team here at Box Tree Events have forged a reputation for providing high quality food and exceptional customer service. Our team will make sure every detail of your event is fully taken care of giving you full piece of mind that your special event will go exactly as planned.
All packages from Box Tree Events are fully bespoke meaning you can custom build each aspect of your special day. Whether you’re looking to plan a large or small event, our experienced events managers and wedding planners will be on hand at every step of the way.
Catering for a variety of occasions such as weddings, cocktail receptions, dinner and award ceremonies our team of events managers will work closely with you to create a unique package ensuring your special day will be memorable long after it’s over. We have also organised many private parties which have involved planning private dinner parties or providing a simple buffet.
Grand occasions such as weddings and award ceremonies can often involve much more planning and many more elements need to be covered in order to guarantee a perfect event. Invites, transport, accommodation, table centres, flowers, venue dressing, name cards, favours, toast master and entertainment are just some of the aspects we can help with.
AS HEAD CHEF OF THREE MICHELIN STARRED RESTAURANTS, THE MOST RECENT BEING THE BOX TREE IN ILKLEY, WEST YORKSHIRE, SIMON HAS ACHIEVED A HIGHLY RESPECTED REPUTATION FOR DELIVERING INNOVATE AND EXCEPTIONAL STANDARDS OF CUISINE.
Simon’s passion and highly driven temperament to deliver high quality food originates from the early stages of his career. At just 24 years old, Simon first became a Head Chef / proprietor of Millers in Harrogate.
In 1995 he then moved on to open Rascasse in Leeds city centre which went on to gain its 1st Michelin star within a year, hosting over 100 covers Rascasse became the largest starred restaurant outside London and its success helped to change the dining scene in Leeds. In addition the pair went on to open the eponymous restaurant in the business quarter of Leeds, a smaller, more intimate fine dining establishment where Simon earned a star for the second time.
In 2004, Simon and his front-of-house wife Rena took over at The Box Tree in Ilkley. The couple managed to revive the once highly established reputation and in 2005 recapture the restaurant’s Michelin star, an award it’s held onto ever since. The couple take great pride in providing a high standard fine dining experience whilst retaining the unique essence and originality of The Box Tree.
When Simon is out of the kitchen you will probably find him out on his bike. With a real love for cycling, Simon has recently completed all 21 stages of the Tour de France cycling alongside the likes of Lance Armstrong and Geoff Thomas raising money for Cure Leukaemia.
WITH A DEVOUT COMMITMENT FOR DELIVERING A HIGH QUALITY FINE DINING EXPERIENCE, RENA IS FULLY DEDICATED TO ENSURING THAT THE RESTAURANT CONTINUES TO FULLFILL THAT COMMITMENT AND REPUTATION THAT IT HAS HELD ONTO FOR OVER HALF A CENTURY.
Rena’s Role involves the day to day running of the business, focusing and supporting her management team with leadership and creativity. Rena is also responsible for the marketing, PR, websites and growth and development of both the Restaurant and the Outside Catering business, Box Tree Events.
Since taking over The Box Tree with partner and Executive Head Chef Simon, the couple are highly driven to offer an exceptional experience with innovative food and the highest standards of fine dining, whilst retaining the essence of what makes the Box Tree so unique.
With a love of countryside walks, including some of the picturesque scenery of Yorkshire, in her spare time Rena likes to walk her adorable dog Barney and (occasionally) goes cycling. Like Simon, Rena tries hard to support a variety of charitable causes. Rena also likes to take on new challenges and in 2012 she completed her first marathon in London.
Event Management is Michelle’s passion and has been since she joined the Box Tree Events Team in 2010.
Michelle has directed numerous high profile events with tremendous success while building a powerful reputation in the events industry. This has lead Box Tree Events to be nominated for National Finalist Best Events Team in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards.
The team at Box Tree Events offer a creative edge not only in their food but as an organised process bringing Michelle’s vision and passion to achieve perfection in the finer details setting a high mark in The Box Tree Events’ commitment to excellence.
On a personal note Michelle enjoys a variety of activities including running with her dogs and long walks in the country. She also has acquired a taste for the finer things in life and when you can’t find her on an event she will most likely be enjoying some lovely fine dining cuisine accompanied by a good glass of wine.