A girl from a farm in New Zealand, Nicky inherited the legacy of fine cooking from her mother who believed in using only the freshest and the best ingredients. In 1967, Nicky began a lifelong commitment to a career in the professional food industry.
A short spell of teaching was followed by two years as caterer at the Canadian Embassy in Wellington, after which Nicky enhanced her knowledge by undertaking the prestigious advanced training program at the Cordon Blue School in London, England.
It was during a visit to her grandmother in Vancouver that Nicky fell in love with the mountains and the oceans of British Columbia. She immigrated in 1972 and launched her culinary reputation as the first female chef at the renowned William Tell Restaurant. Nicky also worked at Chez Joel and taught French cooking at the Burnaby School Board before deciding to start her own business.
Major the Gourmet was launched in 1973. The one-woman-with-a-station wagon, which offered superior cooking skills and impeccable service to her clients, was an early success. By 1976, Nicky was established on West 4th avenue. The business expanded, prospered and earned the well-deserved reputation as Vancouver's favourite and finest catering company.
By 1990, Major the Gourmet had outgrown it's 4th avenue location. Catering services now incorporated full-scale event planning, consulting with the clients on a complete range of services for catered events, large, small, corporate and social. A move to her present location on Heather Street afforded Major more spacious accommodations, a custom-designed kitchen and the ability to open the popular MTG Caf�.
Professional accolades have followed the success of Nicky Major and Major the Gourmet. The list is impressive and includes membership in the Confrerie de la Chaine de Rotisseurs, and Les Dames d'Escoffier. In 1989 the Vancouver YWCA honoured Nicky with the Woman of Distinction Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Many accolades have come from The Canadian Special Event Industry, The Westie Awards and the International Special Events Magazine, where Major has won twelve awards since 1997. 1987, 2000 and 2005 highlighted events that showcased Nicky's strengths in logistics and her ability to convey her clients' vision and ideas through each menu and event that Major the Gourmet orchestrated. In 2004 Nicky became a Canadian Food Ambassador for the New Zealand Government.
Since 1973, Nicky Major has been instrumental in defining the catering industry in Vancouver. Her business now employs 25 full-time and 150 part-time staff. Nicky and Major the Gourmet acknowledge their well deserved success based on the tenets of their Mission Statement that asserts "Where good is never good enough, but perfect will be just fine."