MEET THE TEAM
Our weddings team, lead by Michelle Buckley ensures that your special day runs smoothly and ensures you and your guests are treated to a magical and memorable experience. Michelle's team of highly trained and qualified staff means that your special day will be in safe hands. Call (08) 8130 9266 to enquire about our range of custom options and flexible packages that are available.
Michelle Buckley - Wedding Sales Manager
At the age of 13 I wanted the latest clothes, make up and music. My parent’s kindly told me that if I wanted to buy nice things I had to get a job. So I did!!!! I started working in my uncle and aunty deli on the weekends making sandwiches, stocking fridges, counter sales and ekkkkkk ‘cleaning’ It was during this time that I realised I loved being around people and the Hospitality industry was something that I wanted to pursue.
When I left school I had a full-time job working in a 5 star hotel in Adelaide and was studying my Hotel Diploma at TAFE. I was learning everything I could and was extremely busy, but I loved it. Over the following years I worked in various establishments throughout the Adelaide Hills region heading up the operations and events teams. I had a break from Hospitality when I had my daughter Charlotte and thought that I would like to try something different. I started selling Health Insurance. I didn’t love the product I was selling but I did love the interaction. I ended up going back to Hospitality and working in wedding sales. I have an amazing job and get to meet some amazing people. I get immense enjoyment out of being part of someone’s special day.
In my spare time you will find me with my family and friends up the river or camping. I would love to say that after 19 years In Hospitality I had learnt something about cooking, but I haven’t. I think I am the only person out there that can burn water.
Jesse Kornoff - General Manager
At age 4 I signed my first contract with my mother to pack away my spaceship in the lounge room every day and from that day forwards I have always loved making deals. I have always been drawn to fine dining and five star hotels so I guess its no surprise that I now find myself leading the team here at beautiful Mt Lofty House.
After finishing school I started a business with a friend however once the business started to become successful the challenge was gone. I really wanted to focus on a people industry as I loved dealing with people and really making the difference to peoples experiences. I left the business to my friend and started work in hospitality carrying plates at the Duxton Hotel in Perth. Over the course of the next twenty years as my career developed around Australia and NZ I developed a love for food and beverage and specifically wine. Seriously whats not to love? I am a firm believe that the difference in a good experience and an amazing one comes down to the people you interact with and also the unique experiences on offer.
While I have worked for 500 room resorts and city hotels, the majority of my career has been in boutique hotels with unique conference experiences and top end restaurants. When I heard about what was happening here at Mt Lofty House I had to be part of it. I look forward to making your special occasion, wedding or conference a magnificent memory.
Executive Chef – Amit Laud
By far the most important lesson I learnt was also my very first, taught by my grandma, Aai. As a young budding chef at the mature age of 8 I attempted to make my first fried eggs, over easy, my favourite. The eggs were cracked ever so slowly on top of lightly buttered and oiled fry pan, seasoned perfectly. Despite following all instructions my first attempt ended in a culinary disaster. I turned to Aai for advice and she suggested lovingly that maybe the next time I cook eggs I should try turning the stove on, even if it the recipe in the book doesn’t say so. I learnt that day, in cooking as in life, details matter, even the most common trivial seeming ones. I grew up in India and spent half a lifetime cooking through the Middle East, New Zealand and various regions of Australia. After having some interesting experiences working at the Burj al Arab in Dubai, a luxury exclusive boutique lodge patronised by royalty in NZ, Marriott in Melbourne and most recently MONA in Tasmania, it is hard to buttonhole my style of food. It is influenced by all the different ethnicities of chefs that I have had the privilege of working with and the knowledge of some really passionate foodie amateurs that I have had the honour of learning from.
Fenella Kornoff – Wedding Coordinator
I have been in the ‘people’ industry for as long as I can remember. At university whilst studying full time I held down multiple part time jobs – all relating to Hospitality or Tourism. My love for travel and meeting new people and experiences landed me my first ‘Cadetship’ at a Major Hotel in Queenstown, NZ, and I have never looked back. In the last 10 years I’ve gone off and done the ‘Corporate World’ as well, but my first love will always be hospitality - no two days are the same. The people I work with are my family. As a young Mum of two active kids, Adelaide is now my home.
Being a Wedding Coordinator is exciting! No two couples are the same, No two weddings are the same. The best thing about what I do is that I get to help couples create their your own memorable day.