Meet the team

We’re a small, dynamic team and we love what we do.  

Meet the Black Pot family.

Lisa Silcock

Founder & Director

Lisa moved from her first career as a TV documentaries producer to fulfil her long held dream of working with food and cooking. She started Black Pot in 2005, initially operating from her kitchen at home in Hampstead and delivering jobs in the family car.  Thirteen years on, she still thinks and talks about food most of the time, but now has the help of a wonderful crew and a professional kitchen.

Max Bolland

Head Chef

Max trained in France and then worked in restaurants across London, (The Scolt Head, Beagle) before joining Black Pot in 2013. Hugely talented and as happy working the spit roast as making delicate canapes, Max’s focus, charm and people skills means he runs a happy ship and keeps the kitchen laughing. Our clients love him and so does our team.

James Welch


James started out his career washing up but inevitably caught the cooking bug. He’s been a gastropub head chef, run pop up restaurants, street food stalls and supper clubs. Now a proud new dad, James enjoys spending time with baby Joel who already loves to play with pots and pans. We have literally never seen James in a bad mood - the smile says it all.

Ollie Jones


Ollie has cheffed for some of the funkiest kitchens in town and for the crews at Glastonbury Festival, where he’s combined cooking with his other great love; music.  When not at the stove Ollie can often be found playing drums with his band, Hackles. Ollie has a passion for food, the ability to work incredibly hard, and a great sense of fun - all the qualities we love at Black Pot.

Viv Gonley

New Business Manager

Viv comes with over two decades of catering business experience, having founded her own successful company, Zafferano Catering, in her twenties. Viv has responsibility for our larger events, both private and corporate. Her natural warmth, understanding of the industry and dynamism make her a great addition to the Black Pot team.

Renata Martinovic

Event Manager

Renata is simply the best manager we could wish for. She’s charming, super efficient and attentive to every detail, whether she’s running a huge wedding or a small, intimate dinner. Renata is at the heart of the Black Pot family: she knows everyone and everyone knows her.

Smilijana Miljevic

Waiter & Bartender

Smilijana is our quiet perfectionist, with that gift of always being three steps ahead. We’ve yet to find something she can’t manage, whether it’s mixing killer cocktails or transforming a room in record time.  Competent and calm, she’s a great support to the team.

Vally Sokolov

Bar Manager

Vally is our wonderful Bar Manager. A consummate professional, he’s unfailingly charming and kind and will always go that extra mile to help you out. In between jobs he somehow  finds time to operate his waiting staff agency, Londoners Staff. The only thing Vally hates is having his photo taken - as you can see … !

We all ate the most delicious chestnut soup with quail and harissa which was mind-bogglingly good.