Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Open for business

Clearly there are loads of people who love to eat just as much as I do, but not everyone necessarily has the time, or the inclination, to do the cooking... Well, help is at hand!

As well as writing (a little bit), talking (quite a bit), and thinking (a lot) about food, I’m also offering my services as a personal chef / private caterer so you can enjoy tasty, inventive, professional-standard meals, without having to worry about the preparation.

So far, I’ve catered for high-end dinner parties, canape events, product launches, photo shoots, and fine-dining get-togethers, whilst clients have included everyone from production companies, to international charities, to some of London’s most highly-regarded chefs.

Here’s an idea of the kind of thing I can do for you:

Be your personal chef
If you’re hosting a dinner party, but don’t fancy doing the cooking, leave it to me, and I’ll take care of everything for you. Whether you’re working to a theme or looking for inspiration, I can help you create the perfect menu, then source the best ingredients, and cook a meal that will leave your guests with very big smiles on their faces.

Lend a hand
If you'd prefer to do most of the cooking yourself, but there's something you need a bit of help with - a souffle, some ice cream, or a little bit of butchery perhaps - I'll come over and either do a practice run with you, or alternatively, knock something up in advance so when it comes to the big day, all you have to do is enjoy yourself.

Teach you some new tricks
Want to broaden your repertoire, learn some new techniques, or just have a fun night in with your mates? I'm offering bespoke classes that will teach you anything from the basics of Spanish, Italian, Modern British, North African or East-Asian cooking, as well as lessons in bread making, preserving and conserving, sauces and accompaniments, and outdoor cooking. Each class includes a meal that we'll cook together.

*As a special introductory offer, I'm offering these classes on a pay what you feel it's worth basis. Just let me know what you want to learn about, and chances are I can help!

Offer some advice
Whether you're planning a big event and you're not sure where to start, or just want some pointers on refining the perfect menu, I'll help you get everything clear, then make a plan for whatever needs to happen next. I'm not a lawyer, and you won't get any extortionate fees for a five minute phone call... In fact, if I'm not too busy that day I might even do it in return for a coffee and a brownie at elevenses, or a pint and a scotch egg in your favourite watering hole!

My main aim is to be friendly and flexible, so get in touch and we'll see what I can do for you... Basically, I just want you to enjoy the food as much as I do!

Hope to hear from you soon...


Telephone: 07967 640 610

Email: nbalfe [at] gmail [dot] com

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