2PM, THE KITCHEN AND MEET­ING ROOM AT AL BROWN AND CO HEAD­QUAR­TERS, CITY WORKS DE­POT.

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - COVER STORY -

Oc­ca­sion­ally, there is a cheese roll. Once, Al Brown made choux pas­try swans. He draws the line at pud­dings. Ev­ery week, staff take turns bak­ing. “It’s quite con­tro­ver­sial,” says Brown. “It’s highly, highly com­pet­i­tive and at times we’ve let it slip for a lit­tle bit, just to let peo­ple cool off, be­cause peo­ple were turn­ing up — Hay­den — with desserts, rather than ac­tual bak­ing.” Hay­den with the tat­toos and beard does a del­i­cate sponge drop. The teapot has a tea cosy. It’s a meet­ing but also a tea break. “It adds an in­for­mal­ity to your busi­ness day or your busi­ness week, which is a lovely let­ting-go,” says Brown. “Breath­ing out, be­ing peo­ple, not em­ploy­ees. It’s not just a sweet treat; it’s a sweet mo­ment in time.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.