Flying Woks is a unique original catering concept created by Anton Hooton. Since 1998 they have been cooking delicious Asian inspired noodle & curries from their custom designed "wok barbecues", cooking on-site, on-show. The business is privately owned and run by Anton & Melissa. They employee twenty dedicated staff who are the 'face of the woks' all passionate dedicated people who reflect the owners' fun and professional happy attitude.
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Well back in the late 90's in Melbourne I was one of those many bored people out there, drudging to work in the city, as an accountant for a big company who barely knew who I was. When not pushing the pen around I would be dreaming, looking out the window at some guys who were sailing on Albert Park Lake, every Wednesday afternoon. What sort of fella gets to do that?
My love is surfing, every weekend I was down the coast somewhere, every holiday was spent on some wild trip surfing Mexico, Indonesia, California, Hong Kong...wherever, just to get away. I was eating off those fantastic hawkers stands, chicken satay sticks oozing with thick peanut sauce, banana fritters in thick coconut batters wrapped in palm leaves, Mie Goreng served from the back of motor bike scented with burning kerosene. It was all so exciting and still is!
Then back to reality, back to the boring job, back to watching the guys on the lake, wondering why I was still doing this job? Then i got sick, really sick. I had a brain haemorrhage and was knocked out at 25 in the prime of my life! I spent a few weeks in St Vincents hospital, was operated on for a Arteriovenous Malformation then in rehab for another three months in Talbot. Hmmmm this gave me some time to ponder what was life about, where was I going, what should I be doing with my life. Through this process I realised I had been limiting my perception of myself through defining myself around the things i do; "I am a surfer, I am an accountant" etc and this down time allowed me to explore the spiritual aspect of myself. How I had defined myself had been shattered through the illness, which in turn allowed much deeper perception and insight. (you can find my realisations here at www.bookoftodays.com)
Slowly but surely i got my life back, and as I re-learnt forgotten parts of my life, I worked part-time in my old job (thats a whole new story in itself), then after several months full time again...climbed the corporate ladder again. I got promoted at work to Group Accountant and that was a real tipping point for me as I realised I was on a railway track that I was not in control of, speeding along to a destination I didn't want to go to. Why couldn't they see I hated this job?
Back to my surfing, another trip overseas...came back and on the front of a David Jones magazine was an electric wok? Hmmm, that created an idea, why don't I set up a mobile wok which I can take around to parties and cook noodles and curries for people like what Ihave been eating on streets of Asia? I was all jazzed up about this concept and I had the local Tafe make my crazy wok contraption that i could barely push in to my van.
But I started doing these parties and they were an instant success! I gave up the boring day job in 2000, tweaked my equipment, menus and concepts and have not looked back. I called the business Anton's Flying Woks though five years in I was too busy, unable to get to every function in person so I changed the name just to 'Flying Woks Australia Pty Ltd, trying to make my little company sound bigger than it was.
I moved out of Melbourne down to the beach, where I surf with my brother and friends. A walk on the beach as the sun sets with my partner, baby & dog, now is lifes simple pleasures. I have a much better life balance these days living in a town with a slower pace and real community feel. And yes we are still travelling, exploring & surfing.
The 'woks' continue to prosper and I still get a thrill catering for peoples parties, whatever they may be. We are blessed that we get to celebrate with our clients, their son's 21st Birthday, their wedding celebration, Bat Mitzvah..its an incredible honour and privilege to be trusted and to be able to add value to such important occasions.
Finally, If you are thinking of making a career change, a tree change a change of any sort, and you have a passion in your heart for a thing you wish to do, realise its your reality, you can choose to make it happen. I am blessed that i have witnessed many of my staff over the years find their passion and go on to live their own beautiful creative reality.
The boring company details
Flying Woks Australia Pty Ltd
ABN 33 083 228 602
ACN 083 228 602
Business Names ; Flying Woks Catering BN B2045720R