About us

Green Dinner Table aims to empower people to make positive changes to their health and environment through a plant based diet.

 

AboutUs

 

Green Dinner Table is a Christchurch based company which is run by Tom Riley and Cole Stacey, who are passionate about eating in a healthy and sustainable way. They are committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible by using recyclable and biodegradable products where possible.

By proudly supporting local growers and food producers they strive to use in season produce when designing their delicious weekly menus.

Excited to be working out of the historic British Hotel in Lyttelton Tom and Cole are proud to help breathe some new life into the old building.

Tom Riley

Born and raised right here in Christchurch, Tom Riley became interested in the chef’s life after reading Orwell’s prolific Down and Out in Paris and London. Tom was educated at Ara (formerly CPIT), yet it was at home that Tom learnt a lot about plant-based cuisine thanks to his steadfastly vegan wife.

Starting as a dishwasher in Christchurch, he worked his way up through various roles in the kitchens of Sydney and Edinburgh before leading a team of his own at one of the busiest cafes in Toronto. Inspired by ingredients and techniques, Tom is passionate about sharing his love for good food with anyone lucky enough to taste what he’s prepared.

Proud to be back in Christchurch during this exciting time of growth for the city, he and his wife welcomed their first child at the end of June.

 

Cole Stacey

Born in Christchurch, Cole has always had a passion for health and fitness. After travelling for several years through North America and Europe he decided to return home and pursue a career in Nursing. After graduating from CPIT, Cole started work as a Registered Nurse in the department of Intensive Care.

Whilst working in ICU and as a volunteer Ambulance Officer, Cole saw first-hand the damage that lifestyle disease can do, particularly our number one killer in New Zealand – heart disease. It was two major events coinciding, his father requiring quintuple by-pass surgery and the birth of his daughter that really made him revaluate his ideas around healthy eating.

After evaluating the available research he adopted a plant-based diet to support his father in doing so and is now passionate about making people aware that they can take ownership of their own health through healthy eating and exercise.