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Your Own Private Chef

Why not enjoy the surroundings of your beautiful retreat and not worry about who's driving, or paying for a taxi? For realistically not much more than a meal out, let us bring the chef to you!

After agreeing your menu choice with your chosen chef, you can sit back and relax!

How does this work?

See below for your choice of Chef; once a date and time is agreed between you, you'll work with them to create a menu within your budget (prices start at £80pp for 3 courses...).

 

Then during your stay, you can quiz them on their knowledge, pick up some new skills or simply relax whilst they put it all together for you.

We think this is fabulous value and a great addition to your stay!

The cuisines we offer are: British Classics, Italian, Indian, Pakistani, Kenyan,Plant Based, Asian, Raw & American classics.

You are also supporting a small, local, independent business too, so thank you!

Price does not include any drinks or items from the honesty larder, only the pre-agreed menu.

Tips go directly to the Chef.

Please click the ENQUIRE button to contact the chefs directly to check their availability and book!

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Ping's Kitchen

MEDITTERANEAN (FRENCH, SPANISH & ITALIAN)

 

I caught the cooking bug from my late mother, who made delicious food as an extension of herself. I'm mesmerised by the power of the intangible magic that great quality food, cooked with passion & loving care can create.

I spent 10 years cutting my teeth in an array of hot, hard fast-paced kitchens in London incl Mark Hix’s in SoHo where I learnt the importance of the raw provenance of ingredients.

After moving back to Herts 7 years ago, I launched Ping’s Kitchen, cooking with the best quality ingredients I can lay my hands on. The pandemic brought new challenges which led to change but I am glad to get back to what brings me true joy - cooking live in-the-flesh and seeing the magic brought to life on people’s faces.

2 people, 3 courses from £200
View sample menu HERE

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Stéphanie

PLANT BASED

I am Stéphanie, a true believer that food brings happiness! I was born in the heart of French food culture - bringing people together to enjoy the art of good food.

I have always loved experimenting in the kitchen and cooking for others - any excuse to see the smile on people’s faces at the end of a meal! My food journey has changed over the years, influenced by my travels and the evolution of the food industry. I became a flexitarian, a vegetarian, a plant-based but butter eater… then I forgot about labels! What I do believe in is eating real wholesome food and of cooking in harmony with nature.

Tasting menu featuring the best of what’s in season which includes an aperitif (alcoholic or not), canapés and three courses.



From £175 for 2 people
View a sample menu HERE

 

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Sebastian

BRITISH, ASIAN  & INTERNATIONAL

 

Sebastian is a talented & motivated chef with a passion for delivering quality & memorable dining experiences wherever the setting.
 
With a career which includes Senior Sous Chef at the Soho House Group in London, Sebastian decided to make the move into Corporate Hospitality where he became a Development Chef. Subsequent roles allowed him to exercise his creativity in developing new seasonal offers around healthy eating & street food.

From £160 for 2 people
Available on Saturdays & Sundays only
View sample menu HERE

 

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Jack

BRITISH, ASIAN & INTERNATIONAL

 

Jack is a professional Chef with more than 12 years experience working in high end restaurants, hotels and corporate catering contracts in London and abroad.



 

His menus are always based around seasonal ingredients and he strongly believes in supporting small local businesses to source his produce from.



3 course for 2 people starts from £160
View a sample menu HERE

Read more about Jack HERE ...& then click below to enquire.

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Amie

INDIAN

 

Parlour was born out of Amie’s love of the kitchen. Founded during lockdown while on furlough from the music industry, Parlour embodies the spirit of her Indian heritage.



 

Amie specialises in traditional, home-cooked Indian food. Growing up, she recalls family events spent huddled around tables, grazing on countless, delicious Indian dishes. With a focus on bringing people together through sharing food, this feasting menu will bring you a thali-style sharing platter, incorporating recipes filled with soul.



 

You will leave this experience with a new story to share, just like the ones from her childhood.
 
From £200 for 2 people, and menus can be tailored to dietary requirements.

View sample menu HERE

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Anne

VIETNAMESE

 

Born & raised in Hue, the "Cuisine Capital" of Vietnam, I grew up eating delicious food cooked by my Grandma, Mother & amazing street food vendors. I am proud to be the first person to bring Vietnamese food to St Albans.  My mission is to introduce as many people as possible to this fresh, healthy, unique cuisine.

My grandma told me when you prepare food, the most important thing is to cook from your heart - then it will taste delicious. Taste of Vietnam is seven years old & I still cook from my heart. As my knowledge & experience grows, so does my passion for my home country’s cuisine

I have designed a 5 Course Tasting Menu which is £200 for two people.

I am available Sunday to Thursday.

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