About us

Executive Chef
Shaun Woodroofe

Shaun has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality industry, most of which have been in the Palmerston North cafe and restaurant scene.

As well as creating magic in the kitchen Shaun has a love for theatre, and has since he was 5 years old when his Grandparents introduced him to the magical world of theatre.

Since his introduction to theatre, he has performed onstage, crewed and stage managed for many shows - international and local.

Whether he is watching or involved in theatre, Shaun loves the atmosphere, friendships and people he has met along the way. However Shaun's passion for food still wins out and he loves to create dishes to ignite happiness, which is why this Palmerston North cafe is so dear to his heart.

Over this time Shaun has married and together he and Debbie have 4 children, all of whom love performing onstage.

The opportunity to create a magical Palmerston North cafe experience in the heart of the Theatrical realm of the city was too good an opportunity to pass up, so Backstage Cafe was born.

Come in and experience the ambiance that is Backstage Cafe.