My Kingdom for a Horse
Founded by owner and qualified chef, Emily Raven in 2015, My Kingdom for a Horse is an award-winning city based licensed café and coffee roastery that employs the equivalent of 12 full-time staff. In mid-2020, the business expanded to a second location, retaining all existing staff, while creating opportunities for new staff – some stranded in Australia due to Covid-19.
Emily’s special area of interest is retaining talent in the hospitality industry with a personalised approach to elevate existing training for team members, especially in the areas of financial control and accountability, negotiation and people management skills and strategy.
Outside the kitchen, Emily mentors coffee specialist Gennie Chee in business management.
Emily believes that a strong foundation in hospitality is one that is respected as a valid career choice and supported by employers with high quality training, mentorship and encouragement.
In 2020 the cafe’s final year apprentice won the Restaurant and Catering Association (RCA) Apprentice of the Year and their first-year apprentice won the SA Training Award School-based apprentice. Despite the toughest trading conditions in living memory, in 2020 the Café won the RCA for best Cafe Dining, Casual Dining and Breakfast. Training baristas and coffee roasters, in 2018 the cafe sponsored barista Alex Whigham who won the ASCA latte art championship for SA. The FOH team regularly compete and place in local latte art smackdowns and barista competitions.
Key to the success of maintaining a strong and committed team are the three components that form My Kingdom for a Horse’s commitment to sustainable and ethical practice across three areas: employment and training, waste management, and community and social engagement, all within the framework of a viable hospitality operation. Within this framework, people-values form the cornerstone of how the business is perceived not only by the customer, but by the people that work in the business.