The Deli Team

Lisa 'Da Boss' O'connor

Lisa O'Connor is the Owner and Chef of The Deli. Lisa trained at the Academy of Culinary Arts with the Roux Brothers, Richard Shepherd, Paul Gayler, Iris Caldoras. Gaining experience from the likes of Brian Turner, Gordon Ramsay and Jean Christophe Novelli. Lisa worked the London circuit from Shepherds in Westminster to Claridges, An impressive list of names i am sure you would agree. Since leaving London, Lisa was the Pastry Chef at Damien Hirsts 11 The Quay as well as Saunton Sands Hotel down here in Lovely North Devon. Lisa has worked her way through every section in the kitchen as well as working her way up. Lisa has a passion for food as well as all things sweet, she produces the most amazing cakes and biscuits in the shop every morning. Lisa is a mum, so is very passionate about childrens food. Therefore made sure that there is a playroom for the kid's, so that the mums and dads can enjoy a cup of coffee without having to worry about the little ones.


Rachel - AKA 'Big Mama'

Rachel or Big Mama as I like to call her is in charge upstairs. Rachel is the Queen of the Coffee Machine and makes a mean Cappuccino and always has a smile on her face. You can often find her dancing behind the counter as see works away! Rachel lives in Hele Bay with her daughter. Rachel has a cheffing background, so has a great passion for our Deli Counters. She has run a few large Pubs and restaurant in london. If she like's it she will sell it!!! (Red Onion Marmalade seems to go on everything at the moment!) Mama Rae looks after everyone on the team as well as all customers, she moved down to Devon 6 years ago from London and has never looked back. Any question you may have she is the girl for you, if it is what cheese to have, black or green olives. Rachel has the knowledge of where they come from and what to do with them! Ooh Err Missus ;0)



With us from the beginning, Dawn is the original blonde Cheshire cat!! She moved to Devon 18 years ago, and works in childcare full time, but favours the Deli on a Saturdays.



Little Rachel: Rachel is our saturday kitchen helper, she has worked at the Deli right from the beginning and despite being a quiet shy 15 year old, was quickly dubbed as the Deli's Superstar! Most definitely NOT WORK SHY! She is an kind hearted animal lover and spends her free time Surfing!



Devon born, deep voiced Steph joined the team late 2012. After completing level 1 & 2 in hospitality and catering at Petroc in Barnstaple, she is now gaining experience in the kitchen with Lisa in service, baking and cookery. A girl who always has a big smile on her face Steph is a joyful addition to the team.



Kay joined the deli team in May 2013. A massive tattoo fanatic, Kays skin is as colourful as her personality, and is always smiling! (hence Lisas nickname for her is "The Rainbow Siren") Kay moved from Warwick to Ilfracombe 19 years ago, she has 4 kids and is happily married, although she claims that the real love in her life is for her 2 Bull Terriers and Collie!! Kay is a huge music lover, and can often be found at most local live music gigs!!