Whether you need a full turnaround in the culture of your restaurant, help revamping your menu offerings, or you’re looking for a full audit of every area of your operations, Catalyst owners Katie and Peter Webster can help ignite the changes needed that result in maximized, bottom-line performance.
Meet The Catalysts
Born and raised a West Michigan native, Peter studied accounting at Western Michigan University. Previously, Peter worked for independently owned restaurants, country clubs, and corporate concepts where he helped launch multiple franchises. Additionally, he was a corporate chef and had the opportunity to apprentice under independent chefs and restaurant owners. Most recently as general manager of a multi-million dollar, nationally recognized concept, he learned all the skills that led to the start of Catalyst Restaurant Consulting with his wife, Katie.
In his own words
Things you might want to know about me:
I’m a coach. Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to be a coach. I thought I’d become a football or baseball. Now I get to coach business owners and team members to create a well-run team that is highly effective at meeting their goals. I don’t use a whistle, but I am clear about my expectations. I do get to coach my son’s football team…dream come true!
I’ll always be honest. Foodservice is about building a strong team and part of that means calling things as I see them. I don’t care much what people think about me, I care about results. You’ll always know what’s on my mind, but I’ve never been accused of being harsh. I don’t play office politics or popularity games. I’m a straight shooter.
I love real beer. That means small batches at local breweries. Don’t argue.
I spent 11 years playing with food. I was trained to cook in a restaurant that created a new menu twice a day – we developed a new menu for lunch and fresh ideas for dinner every day. We were always creating, inventing ways to keep local customers intrigued.
I believe. People need something to do – a purpose. They need something to love – a passion. Something to hope for – a future. I believe that people need a moral compass that keeps them grounded. I find that in my faith.
A graduate of Secchia Institute in Grand Rapids, Katie’s first professional position was for an independent restaurant developing new revenue centers and managing public relations. In addition to her time in the restaurant, Katie also began operations consulting for an independent café and bakery. It was this relationship that led her to successfully establish, own and operate a popular bakery in Holland, Michigan. With knowledge of both owning and consulting restaurants in the past, she is able to understand all the ins and outs of restaurant consulting. Currently, Katie’s most notable occupation is domestic engineering for a household with 8 people and only 2 bathrooms!
In her own words
Things you might want to know about me:
I’m a mom—who squeezes her kids and calls them “squishy”! But, when kids are in danger I become a fighter. My six children have all been adopted out of foster care and that means I had good reasons to fight to protect them. This may sound shocking, but I’ve been known to tell people that, “I have six children with six different fathers and none of them is my husband.”
I don’t like cake! Yet, I started, owned and operated a dessert bakery for six years that become well known for ornately decorated, amazingly delicious, CAKES!
I care about what people think. Peter tends to be a no-nonsense kind of guy but I care deeply about how things are perceived and felt by people. In business, this helps with public relations as well as employee relationships and team building.
I am an entrepreneur. I started my first business at 19 years old after managing a paper route for six years and a café/bakery for two years. I have started multiple businesses since then and have had the amazing opportunity to help others start businesses as well.
I believe. I am where I am today because of what God and others have poured into my life. I truly enjoy pouring into others and helping them thrive.