Personal Chef

Please note: I am not taking booking for new customers - regulars only.

Dining At Home

Dining at home is an affordable and stylish alternative to entertaining friends and family at a restaurant. Your menu can be fully customised to your requirements.

I offer a changing Dining Menu for you to choose from or I can put together a menu just for you, which is much more fun.

I can cook for you at your home, or come to your holiday home. 

Why Wild In The Pantry?

My aim is to offer my services as a creative chef, and provide you with a meal to remember, tailored to your exact requirements, in a relaxed environment, for a reasonable price. I don't usually provide crockery, cutlery, glassware, etc. - I leave that to you, so you're not paying for what you don't need.

I cover the St Ives, Peterborough, Bedford, Ely, Huntingdon and Cambridge areas, and sometimes travel wider subject to a mileage charge. Please check my availability before enquiring.

How It Works

Together we will discuss the menu you would like, usually on the phone or by email. I will check if there dietary requirements or allergies. I will ensure your menu is well balanced in terms of flavours, texture, style and presentation. I will give you a full quote in advance including my time, ingredients and and travel costs so you know exactly where you stand.

Please note: it is usual for everyone to have the same menu. I can usually cook up to 2 options for 2 of the courses, but this depends on the facilities available, and the number of diners. It will cost more to have choices as it takes me more time to prepare the dishes, and the economies of scale are not as effective. 

I will then do all the shopping, bring any equipment I need with me, let you know what time I will arrive, and be ON TIME!

You will supply crockery (I may bring some special plates and bowls), cutlery, glassware, serving dishes (I'll let you know what I need), set the table, and invite your friends, family or colleagues for the agreed time. I will cook and serve the food, and then clear down the kitchen while you eat. For a full checklist see my prices page, which also explains options on the level of service, and how to book me.

I don't usually serve coffee and tea after the meal.

What It Costs

My charge is calculated from the amount of time I spend preparing your meal, the cost of ingredients, and any additional expenses such as mileage. I will always provide a full quote in advance, once we have agreed a menu.

Some typical prices are:

3 course dinner for 2, with canapés - £165 (fixed price)
3 course Dinner party for 4 - £230
 with waitress - £280
3 course Dinner party for 8 - £380
Tapas for 20 - £600

Cocktail Canapés for 50 - £350
with 2 waitresses £450
and champagne service £500

For more details see my prices page, which also explains how to book me.

I always ask for a deposit, usually £50. For dinner parties the balance is due on the day. I prefer payments for weddings in advance (before you disappear off on honeymoon). Corporate events will be invoiced afterwards and prompt payment is appreciated.

Pop-Up Restaurants

With my partner Sandra, we organise and cook for pop-up restaurants in local village halls. Tickets are £22, in advance only.

Tasting Menus

Sandra and I also provide 6 course tasting menus, which are designed to your requirements. Please contact me for more details. These are £55-£65 per person, for 8 to 12 diners.

Canapes 6

Pear, Rocket and Prosciutto Rolls

seared beef cucumber and poppy seed salad

Seared Beef in Spices, Pickled Cucumber and Waterccress Salad

plaice in banana leaf

Plaice with Spices baked in Banana Leaf

smoked haddock scotch duck egg

Smoked Haddock Scotch Duck Egg with Curry Mayo

sweet potato curry 1

Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Curry

Ginger and Apple Sponge

Ginger and Apple Sponge, Toffee Brandy Sauce