“One cannot think well, love well and sleep well
if one has not dined well.”
We have known each other for over 35 years, since meeting at Highbury Catering College in the late 1970s, in those days the College had 40 Lecturers, all specialists in their field, and we were very fortunate to be taught to the highest levels in classical Haute Cuisine.
We were both total swats and left after 3 years with a string of City & Guilds and a Professional Diploma in Cookery and a lifelong friendship. We went our separate ways of course and both headed straight for the hotel trade, Angela to London and Jane to the New Forest.
Jane travelled the world with the Army, before settling in Warsash with her children. She then took the helm as Head Chef at County Caterers, where she remained for 10 years. Jane has prepared and cooked for the Royal Family including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, she has managed a team of male chefs, cooked for private dinners of 10 people and huge banquets of 600 as well as catering for a Nursery full of hungry children for over 10 years. As her children have flown the nest to warmer climes, she now has a slightly easier time and is enjoying becoming a recent Grandmother.
Angela settled back here on the sunny south coast to bring up her children, but continued to work in outside catering and school kitchens. She then decided to qualify as a teacher and was lucky enough to teach Catering and Hospitality at Fareham College for a number of years. Following her time at Fareham College she had a yearning for wine, so re-trained and learnt an awful lot about wines and spirits, gaining the WSET Diploma after 3 hard years of study and worked for the very prestigious Berry Bros. & Rudd, where she stayed for 8 years before leaving to work for herself and see more of her Grandchildren.
Still giving your Customers limp, tired out sandwiches, bowls of crisps, some token vegetarian wraps and cartons of cheap juice? There is an alternative; all our food is handmade from the freshest ingredients (locally sourced where possible) and can take your business meeting catering to the next level. Show how important your Customers are to you without blowing the budget.
When you’ve planned that special occasion or celebration, do you really want to be in the kitchen preparing, cooking and serving the feast? If you want your event to be special but aren’t a natural cook? When you have a large group dining and aren’t confident about cooking so much? Let our professional chefs take the stress off your hands. We will lovingly deliver a menu customised to your preferences and catering for special dietary requirements.
For a touch of English decadence, why not have a traditional English Afternoon Tea? Fresh sandwiches with a range of fillings to meet your preferences and budget, award wining scones (fruit or plain), Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream (are you Cream or Jam first?) followed by Petit Fours, Victoria Sponge or your favourite dish. All served with the best English Tea.
Mix and Match crockery also available.
Working to a tight budget and happy to serve and clean away, then our ‘Delivered’ service could be what you’re looking for. We prep, cook and deliver your meal and leave you to enjoy the food.
If you prefer to have the meal served, our skilled waiting staff can lay-up, serve the food before leaving you to enjoy your event as the dessert is devoured.
Our full service includes, delivery, serving and full clear up afterwards, for those who don’t want any distractions from their special event.
“People who love to eat are always the best people”
“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone's house and eat with him - the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
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