Customer Reviews

Let our clients tell you about the Hungry Chefs dining experience. Some reviews from our clients.

★★★★★ Bob P. from Virginia. Villa in Taormina 24 Dec 2022

We want to again say thanks to you and Umberto for a wonderful dinner on Christmas Eve.   It was so special for us and we have talked about it all day.  You have given us a gift. Thank you

We were so fortunate to have had Claire and Umberto prepare and serve our Christmas Eve dinner. We were in Taormina with our 3 kids and their partners and were hoping for a special evening and it was perfect. Claire was so easy to deal with on menu and price, and flexible in timing. She did a wonderful job setting the table and making it easy for us and Umberto’s food was magnificent. It was a delight to meet them both and work with them to create a very special time. Could not recommend higher!

★★★★★ Steve M from California. Villa in Giardini Naxos 10 October 2022

Our group of six from California stayed at a beautiful house outside of Taormina in early October. A month or so before arriving we arranged to have a professional chef team take care of a couple of our dinners. Who wants to drive to dinner every night? With a little bit of web searching we came upon Umberto and Claire. After a little bit of “pre-game” planning Claire drew up a menu that would please us all and, at the same time, give us a true sense of mangiare Siciliano: Meat on night one and fish on night two, including sides. It sounded great and it turned out even better. Claire took care of the front of the house, set a beautiful table and kept the hungry crowd happy and the wine glasses full, while Umberto put together a beautiful porchetta and fabulous sides. Night two was a rerun, substituting branzino for pork. Everything they served was outstanding. Their attention to detail and execution were excellent. No stress; everything was easy. Afterwards everything was cleaned and the guests were stuffed! If you do decide to hire a professional chef team while in Sicily you won’t do better than Umberto and Claire!

Steve and wife Trish with their friends in Taormina in October

★★★★★ Anna from Sweden. Villa in Viagrande 9 October 2022

We have just landed in Sweden again. Full of lovely memories from a fantastic holiday. We are so glad we found you guys. So a BIG thanks to you!! Eating your food and have a chance to talk to you as well was over expectation. Everyone sends their greetings and thank you for a fantastic evening. 

★★★★★ Liam from UK. Villa in Modica 9 September 2022

Thanks for cooking for us the other night – we all really enjoyed it, the food was fantastic! Many thanks

★★★★★ Leah J. from Chicago. Villa in Aci Castello 7, 8, 9 & 11 September 2022

We had the most amazing experience with Claire and Umberto. They were very responsive and always on time. They did an incredible cooking for 9 people and even handled any challenges with complete professionalism (our power went out four times). They were polite, friendly and got to know everyone on a first name bases. Every single meal with wonderful and fresh. I would hire them any time we go on vacation. Absolutely wonderful!

★★★★★ Carmela M. from New York. Villa in Taormina 27 Aug, 2, 4 & 6 September 2022

I hired chef Umberto and his assistant Claire for my birthday celebration in Taorminia, sicily. Living in the states , I was looking to hire a chef for 2 private meals for my family and friends and an early morning brunch .

Our first meal was a delicious, gorgeous plated event
The second meal was a magnificent sicilian feast . Working with Claire made the entire experience effortless as she spoke english and iIwas able to speak over the phone to share my vision for my celebration.

The chef created menus that worked with my group’s allergies, vegetarian and pescatarian selections. All the dishes created were beyond delicious, beyond creative and extremely fulfilling
The Sicilian feast for 14 people was more like a feast for 24 people.

Both my niece and son in law are chefs in the States and in Tel aviv. They had nothing but rave reviews over the dishes chef Umberto served. In addition to the meals, Claire did a complete pantry and fridge fill for me and my guests . Again so easy.

She sent me a grocery list with pricing and I placed my order. So when i arrived at the villa we had plenty of food and treats for my guests to enjoy.

The final meal was the ever-so delicious brunch, that filled the massive table with all types of delicious brunch food. I grew up in a very traditional Sicilian household in the States, food is, and has always been, a big part of our lives.

Chef Umberto is the real deal. He is also so kind and humble.

If you are ever in need of a chef while in Sicily please take my recommendation. You will not be disappointed.

Thank you

★★★★★ Marcel S. from Germany. Villa in Modica 29 August 2022

Sehr angenehme Köche, super Essen, guter Preis. Gerne wieder . Sehr zu empfehlen. 👍👍👍

(Translated by Google) Very pleasant cooks, great food, good price. Gladly again . We recommend. 👍👍👍

★★★★★ Dana D. from Sweden. Villa in Augusta 17 July 2022

We had a great experience with Chef Umberto! The food he cooked was phenomenal; our three generations absolutely loved everything we ate. Chef Umberto was extremely accommodating to both our vegetarian diner and our child with food allergies. He was also a pleasure to have in our (temporary) home, and we enjoyed chatting with him immensely. It was an incredibly special meal, and if we ever find ourselves in Sicily again, we will absolutely do it again!

★★★★★ Sophie L. from Oxford, UK. Villa in Graniti 27 July 2022

Claire and Umberto catered a 70th birthday dinner for 6 people at our rented villa in Sicily. From the first contact, Claire’s communication was flawless, really helpful, very quick to respond and she stayed in touch on the day of the event so we knew their ETA etc. We could have chosen everything on the sample menu and the 3 courses we did have were absolutely delicious including sea bass caught that morning. They also very kindly sourced a birthday cake for us which was amazing! They made our evening very special and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them or book again if we return to Sicily.

★★★★★ James N. from Brooklyn, NYC. Villa in Frigintini 6 & 7 July 2022

If I could give Hungry Chefs 10 stars I would. They cooked for me and my group of 10 friends in our villa in Sicily. The food was outstanding and definitely the highlight of our trip. Umberto was our chef and he was so friendly and professional. It felt like we had an old friend cooking in our kitchen. Claire was wonderful to work with as well. She made planning our meals very easy. I highly recommend their services- I would use them again in a heartbeat!

★★★★★ Angelina K. from L.A. Villa in Castiglione July 2022

Chef Umberto was our personal chef for our family of 10 (ages ranging from 1 year to 68 years) during our 5 day stay in Sicily… and he was absolutely wonderful. This talented professional created the most delicious meals and scrumptious breakfasts- with a keen sense of what our group would like. He also gave the 10 yr and 12 yr old a cooking lesson they will never forget. Thank you Chef Umberto for taking such good care of our family including great places to see and dine while in Sicily.

★★★★★ Alex W. from Manchester. Villa in Mascali 3 June 2022

We are a group of 12 ladies who travelled to Sicily on a hen party weekend, and were staying at a beautiful villa in Mascali. We really wanted to hire external caterers for our first night in the villa.
I found Chef Umberto online and contacted them to see what could be offered, as we were not sure what kind of food we wanted. Claire, immediately got back to me with our options and prices. As I was still in process of finalising a budget, she was very patient with me whilst I figured this out.
The constant flow of contact throughout the booking process was reassuring and they were able to cater for all our dietary needs.

On the day of the party, they turned up on time and  were super friendly. They had previously been in contact with our host at the villa, so were aware of  what facilities there were.
Everything was prepared beautifully, and they are so so enthusiastic with our group.
The food was out of this world and a group of hungry ladies devoured it, and all commented on how delicious it was. They cleaned up everything very discreetly afterwards.

By this time we felt as if they were part of our group and invited them to enjoy a party with us on the roof terrace. It was super fun to get to know them better, and will be in contact with them again if we return to Sicily. Thank you so much both for an unforgettable evening.

★★★★★ Maria M. from Miami. Villa in Plemmirio, Siracusa 31 May & 2 June 2022

There are not enough words to describe our amazing experience with Chef Umberto and Claire with 2 dinners at our vacation Villa in Sicily for our group of 6 adults. Claire and Umberto are very friendly, sweet and approachable and put a lot of effort in communicating with us to make sure they included dishes that catered to all of us in the group. Claire checked well in advance what they needed in our Villa kitchen for the dinner preparation and coordinated their arrival at the Villa. All the dishes from our 2 dinners were superb and prepared with the minimum of fuss. Every dish was clearly explained by Umberto and he showed us all the fresh ingredients and seafood he had bought that very same day for our dinner so it could not be fresher. Claire and Umberto cleaned up unobtrusively and left the kitchen spotless afterwards. Our family group loves seafood and shellfish and Umberto went beyond our expectations preparing dishes for us worth of a Michelin starred restaurant. All dishes were awesome both in taste and presentation. I would highly recommend Umberto and Claire for a lovely meal experience right at your vacation Villa in Sicily that will make you feel that you are in a highly rated restaurant but with the convenience of being relaxed and enjoying a fun time at your vacation home.

★★★★★ Mark L (Host ) Surprise Engagement Party 22/02/22

Lots of lovely reflection here on what was a super evening. Thanks for making it so special and best of luck with your plans for Sicily. Do hope we bump into you again!

★★★★★ Jan D. (Host ) 60th Birthday Party, Somerset 21/10/21

Hungry chefs catered a 3 course Sicilian meal for our family to celebrate my husband’s 60th.
It was the best thing to do! Beautiful fresh food and they were so friendly. Everything was delicious and they cleared up as well! I can’t recommend them enough
Worth every penny!!!

★★★★★ Jon H (Host ) Celebration Reheat & Eat Delivery 17/08/21

We had a wonderful evening on Saturday and really enjoyed the food. It was easy to prepare and really delicious. So, thank you for everything – it was a very special and memorable evening.

★★★★★ Nupur G (Host ) Family Celebration Reheat & Eat Delivery 30/05/21

A massive thank you to you and Umberto for organising, cooking and delivering a family meal that we will remember for a long time to come. 
Each dish was superb, enjoyed by all of us immensely. From the focaccia to the tiramisu, it was perfect. We could not fault a thing! Also, the portions were so generous, that we were able to enjoy it for lunch the following day! 
Please do let Umberto know that he received high praise from the whole family- particularly the kids who loved their special cake. We hope to have the opportunity to have Umberto cook for us in person one day. 
Claire, a special ‘thank you’ to you, for your impeccable organising, particularly in these difficult times. You made the whole experience so easy. 
I would happily recommend your services. Look forward to working with you again when we visit Somerset next. 
A big thank you from all of us!

★★★★★ Carol W. (Host ) 70th Birthday Celebration Reheat & Eat Delivery 15/05/21

It was great to meet you again. As expected we have really enjoyed the meal you prepared for us. The reheating went fine and we were able to really enjoy every element.We have marked another memorable moment in our family.Thank you so much for your professionalism. Your hard work and skill is much appreciated!

★★★★★ Sophie G. (Host ) Joint Birthday Celebration 07/03/2020


Claire & Umberto did not disappoint! The food and service was exceptional. Claire was one of the first to reply to my initial quote request, and met the brief perfectly. The communication through out was excellent & a vital part to keeping us confident we had chosen the right chef & service.

We were offered a great menu choice and we selected Umberto’s signature dish Arancini Ragu, followed by Pork Belly and Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. Everything was cooked to perfection.

Myself & my sister are both coeliac and this was never an issue.

We would definitely recommend & use again, Thank you Claire & Umberto

★★★★★ David B. (Host ) 65th Birthday Celebration for 10, Lyme Regis 22/02/2020

I am full of admiration for Hungry Chefs and highly recommend them. Claire and Umberto turned a wonderful weekend for my wife’s special birthday into an amazing weekend. All the family still mention how great it was. From my initial discussions with Claire she was always friendly, helpful and professional and we soon designed a bespoke menu that delivered all my wife’s favourite foods. Once the adults menu was agreed we then designed a separate menu for the grandchildren, nothing being too much trouble to accommodate. Umberto is a fantastic chef and happy to demonstrate his cooking skills as he prepared and cooked our meal. The food was cooked to perfection, delicious, well presented and in abundance. All through the experience Claire and Umberto were so chatty and friendly, efficient, happy and calm, it was as if we had known them for ages. A truly enjoyable experience was had by all 10 of us.  Thank you Claire and Umberto! 

★★★★★ Barry H. (Host ) 60th Birthday Celebration for 6, Stawell 01/02/2020

Used them for a second time in the last 18 months to celebrate a significant birthday. Had the 7 course tasting menu for 6 people. Could not fault the food at all which was excellent quality and wonderfully presented. Claire and Umberto were very good at providing a good ambience at service too! Both times we have used them their pre-planning is excellent and time keeping spot on. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★ Olivia P. (Host ) Pre-Christmas Truffle Extravaganza, Shaftesbury 22/12/2019

Hungry Chefs was wonderful! Umberto served us the most delicious food, and we had such a special evening. Claire was faultless in organising and we could not recommend them enough

Jean’s 70th Birthday celebrations Farmborough 04/12/19

Buffet delivery for a 50th anniversary in Weston Super Mare

Thanksgiving Feast 30 Nov 2019

★★★★★ Richard E. (Guest ) Thanksgiving Feast for 16, Kempsford 30/11/2019

As a bona fide Yank, that was the best turkey I ever ate. And I’ve had 60 Thanksgiving dinners!”

“Best turkey I’ve had in 60 Thanksgivings”

★★★★★ Debbie B. (Guest of honour) 40th Birthday Tasting Menu for 2, Exeter 08/11/2019

Was surprised with an in-house meal for my birthday. Umberto came and cooked a 7 course tasting meal for 2. It was great Umberto was well prepared and friendly. He cooked up a storm of delights. He was chatty and friendly but also respected our space at the same time. Never thought I would like cauliflower tacos but they were amazing. When he finished it was like he had not been there as everything was so clear and tidy. Thank you for a great experience. Highly recommend.

Yoghurt mousse and mango purée-filled chocolate egg shell with tonka bean custard

★★★★★ Andrew M T (Host) 40th Birthday Tasting Menu for 2, Exeter 08/11/2019

I was looking for something different to a meal out to celebrate my partner’s 40th and happened upon Claire and Umberto. The idea of our own private chef, coming to our home and making us dinner was very appealing and had that extra special touch I was wanting. Umberto was great, he was very friendly and clearly loved what he was doing. He brought everything needed with him and when he left, the kitchen was spotless and the dishwasher ready for us to pop in our wine glasses and turn it on. We had a multi-course tasing menu with every dish looking great and tasting delicious. At the end it had felt like we’d been on a very enjoyable food journey. Thank you Claire and Umberto

★★★★★ David T (Host) Reunion Party, Hot & Cold Buffet Delivery, Wellington 26/10/2019

Hungry Chefs provided a first class service from start to finish. Communication was excellent from initial contact through discussing our specific requirements and delivery. The food was fantastic as well, so all in all I would highly recommend and will certainly use them again

★★★★★ Anita A (Host) Swan Party Bath 21/09/2019.

We wanted to say the biggest thank you for last night. Your food was absolutely delicious and it was so lovely to have you both a part of our evening. Than you so much for working around us and being so so so accommodating and thoughtful. Everyone has been saying how amazing you were all day today. We would love to have you again and I can’t wait already!

★★★★★ Joy M. (Host) Annual Summer Party Windsor 7/09/2019.

A big thank you from us and everyone at the party – we all had a fantastic time and the compliments about your wonderful food continue to roll in!!! As soon as we have planned any family events for 2020 requiring catering will let you know! 

★★★★★ Helen F (Host) 40th Birthday Party Cotswolds 27 & 28/08/2019.

Claire and Umberto made my family two incredible meals on holiday to celebrate my 40th birthday. Their style of cooking was perfect for us – Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired dishes with tons of flavour. The food was utterly delicious and their warm, relaxed manner made it a pleasure having them over. For a big family with lots of young children, they made eating in feel like a huge treat. We now can’t wait for the next occasion when we can use their services!

★★★★★ Halina K (Host) BBQ Party Bristol 17/08/2019.

This is the second time we have booked Umberto and Claire and both occasions have been fantastic – a real treat. We recently had a big family garden party and Umberto cooked beautiful Sicilian barbecue food to a very high standard for all our guests – they were all very impressed. Beforehand, Claire liaised with us about the menu choice and they both arrived early to prep food and set up the bbq. This allowed us to relax and enjoy the day. As if by magic, the whole kitchen and bbq area was then left cleaner and tidier than before they started! What we love about Claire and Umberto is their professionalism, passion for food, flexibility and charm – they are so easy to have in your home.

Danielle W. 13 July 2019 Hen Party in Sandbanks


★★★★★ Lizzie C (Host) Birthday Party Cotswolds 21/07/2019.

We booked Umberto and Claire only 10 days in advance to cater for a birthday dinner party, after they responded to an advert I put on to ‘’. Their communication was really prompt and clear, and their menu had lots of choice – so much so that we struggled to narrow it down to two choices for the party to choose from for each course. They arrived on time and were really friendly and warm, but also professional. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. We couldn’t have asked for more and wouldn’t hesitate to book them again. Thanks for a great evening!

★★★★★ Michelle L (Host) Hen Party Bornemouth 13/07/2019.

I can’t begin to say how amazing this company and service was …. they made a special night even more special . 
The whole package start to finish was amazing and even when we changed things at short notice they were brilliant . The food was fantastic and we will definitely be using this service again ! ❤️

★★★★★ Hannah (Host) Hen Party 12/07/2019.

Fantastic service nothing was too much trouble and they left the kitchen spotless, not to mention the fact the food was amazing!

★★★★★ Alan H. (Host) Wife’s 80th Birthday Party Lyme Regis 16/06/2019

All 12 of us thoroughly enjoyed the superb meal that you provided. It made such a contribution to what was obviously such an important day in our lives. I am sure that apart from the culinary skills that you have, the success of the evening was in no small measure down to the time you were prepared to give in discussing and advising on the menu that we finally adopted. Your preparation and presentation on the evening was exemplary. We are seldom in the South West, but if ever we are, we would have no hesitation in calling upon your services again.

★★★★★ Felix O. (Groom) Wedding Bristol 27/05/2019

Nothing short of Spectacular. Definitely Special!

Claire and Umberto were fantastic from start to finish and made our wedding that bit extra special. Having authentic Italian food was a major requirement for us and they certainly delivered. As half of our guests were Italian it was massively important. They listened to all of our requests and made suggestions of their own to help make it a cohesive menu.

They invited us for a tasting in their lovely home and provided a small feast. The Arancini they made were spot on and just as good, if not better than the ones we used to have in Rome. We have had nothing but excellent feedback from all of the guests and we could not be happier. So much so that we are looking for any excuse to plan another event to book them again.

Thank you!

★★★★★ Natalie B. (Host) Mum’s 60th Birthday Celebration Cotswolds15/06/2019

I just wanted to say thank you so much again for Saturday night, the food was amazing and my mum had a fantastic time!

★★★★★ Heather C. (Host) Mum’s 70th Birthday Celebration Devon 29/05/2019

We used Hungry Chefs for a special meal to celebrate my Mum’s 70th birthday whilst on holiday in Devon.  It was a real pleasure booking through Claire who took the time to get to know a little more about our evening, my Mum’s background and dietary likes/dislikes.  Umberto created a wonderful menu for us and came prepared with all he needed to deliver a truly spectacular meal.  Delicious fresh scallops, melt in the mouth lamb and a divine light lemon pud.  It was a lovely experience from start to finish. I can highly recommend Hungry Chefs for others out there looking for a delicious, high end meal served in your home.

★★★★★ Anke K. (Host) Corporate Team Building Event Bristol 23/05/2019

We had a very lovely dinner! And the hospitality was even better. We came home to Umberto and Claire already busy getting things ready for dinner. They were great hosts and took care of every thing so that we could really relax and enjoy the delicious food. Thanks for the great evening!

★★★★★ Emma S. (Host) Hen Party 18/05/2019

“We had the most wonderful dinner party on Saturday evening for our friend’s Hen weekend and we’re blown away with how good the food and service was.

We are all big foodies and Claire and Umberto didn’t disappoint. The flavours and detail were so intricately put together, taking into consideration our hen’s favourite foods and flavours, and the service and atmosphere created was flawless. Claire and Umberto were also excellent at creating interesting and delicious choices for our vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free guests. They made the evening a very special one and was even better than going out to a Michelin Star restaurant.

The whole experience, from planning to the end of the evening was all very stress-free and the communication from start to finish was excellent.

Thank you so much to Claire and Umberto both again. We’ll definitely be using you again and recommending you to our friends and family.”

★★★★★ Nicky O (Host) Fab Weekend Party 10 – 12 May 2019

Best chef in the UK

★★★★★ Halina K. (Host) Husband’s 50th Birthday Celebration 04/05/2019 50th Birthday Celebrations

We had such a fabulous experience with our chef and his assistant. The whole experience from start to end was very professional and we will never forget celebrating my husband’s 50th birthday. There was regular contact with the chef about food requirements etc., so that on the day, we sit back, relax and watch Umberto work his magic in the kitchen. What a treat. The food was amazing, Umberto and Claire were charming and my kitchen was left immaculately clean and tidy.

★★★★★ Bill D. (Host) 21/02/2019 & 22/02/2019 50th Birthday Celebrations

Thank you so much for your efforts and sheer quality over the two nights.  The food really was consistently surprising and sensational, and the presence of the two of you – your friendliness, charm and effortless lack of intrusiveness (while still feeling an integral part of the company) – was appreciated more than I can say.  And appreciated even more perhaps once we’d had the caterers on the Saturday night – I’m not wanting to complain or criticise them, they did a decent job in many ways, but there really was no comparison.  We ate our food and enjoyed a particularly busy and raucous final night, nothing could detract from that, but we still missed you.  Missed the endless references back to the food through the night and re-savouring of each element, from canapés right through to dessert (too many comments about different dishes to relay them all to you, but every last one of them emphatically in the superlative).  Also, a little absurdly perhaps, considering you were there doing a job of work (if one with great skill, care and dedication behind it), we felt so warmly towards you both that we kind of wished you’d been there just to meet the Saturday night crowd, to hear the speech my wife made that night, let alone to cook for them, for everyone to be able to experience Umberto’s flair and brilliance.

Thank you again, and hope to see you another time.

***** Peter G. (Host) 05/04/2019 Stag Party for 14

Claire and Umberto gave us the most amazing evening- food was absolutely spectacular and they were great company too. Would highly recommend to anyone!!

***** Sophie B. (Host) 30/03/2019 Hen Party for 20

***** Hannah F. (Host) 15/03/2019 Hen Party for 14

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to both you and Umberto for Friday night.  The food was completely amazing but what made it an even better experience was how easy you made it for me to organise it all. 
So thank you again, we would recommend you to anyone!

**** Di P. (Host) 02/03/2019 70th Birthday Party for 

Thank you for a fabulous meal on Saturday, it really was fine dining and was thoroughly enjoyed. A memorable fine dining meal for 8. Superb food beautifully presented. Everyone was very impressed and it’s something we would love to do again one day! Highly recommend Hungry Chefs.

★★★★★ Elaine (Host) 23/02/2019 30th Birthday Party

Claire and Umberto were brilliant! From booking to the event the communication was excellent. Claire was always happy to help with the organising of the event. On the evening, Claire and Umberto arrived and were friendly and it was a lovely relaxed atmosphere. They cooked and served the food, it was delicious! They made sure everyone was happy and they left the place spotless. Thank you for creating such a relaxed evening to celebrate my sister’s 30th. None of the group had ever had a private chef cook for them and we all said we would definitely do it again!

★★★★★ Jane & Tony (Hosts) 02/02/2019 60th Birthday Party

This was the first time I had booked a personal chef and I was not disappointed. From the initial enquiry, to choosing the menu and then final arrangements Claire was friendly and professional. On the evening of our special celebration Umberto and Claire produced a fabulous meal, tasty and beautifully presented. And they left the kitchen spotlessly clean and tidy. I cannot recommend them highly enough. They made our celebration a night to remember.

★★★★★ Amy K (Host) 01/02/2019 Hen Party

Claire and Umberto were an incredible team! They catered for all dietary requirements and gave us multiple options on dish choices. They provided complimentary canapés that Claire personally served and they were delicious and Umberto created a fantastic main course and dessert! The food was delicious and the service spot on!
Well done to Umberto and Claire 

★★★★★ Wendy H. 23/01/2019 65th Birthday Party

Claire and Umberto are a great team. Communication throughout was excellent. A pleasure to be able to work with Claire, when compiling our choice of menu in advance. Food inspirational and delicious, prepared to the highest standard. Wonderful imaginative canapés served by Claire prior to being seated.The three course meal equally delicious presented at the table, with full description of the food by Umberto. Service was professional, friendly and discreet. Following the meal, the kitchen was left immaculate.  What joy! Our party of nine thoroughly enjoyed the event and would like to convey our delight and thanks to both Claire and Umberto for making the evening so special. Thank you Claire and Umberto. 

★★★★★ Suzanne W. (Host) 12/01/2019 40th Birthday Party

Absolutely fantastic experience, we cannot recommend Hungry Chefs highly enough!

Very professional team of chef & host who were extremely flexible in creating a bespoke menu for my husband’s 40th birthday party. The food was of a fantastic standard using all locally sourced produce and I had every confidence in their delivery prior to the event due to the great level of communication. The lunch exceeded everyone’s expectations. Claire & Umberto were extremely pleasant throughout the day and were always on hand to ensure the whole event went smoothly, plus cleaning up fully afterwards!

Liz C. OMSCO – Company Christmas Party

★★★★★ Luena H. Professional Events Organiser Christmas Party 18/12/2018

I own an events company and had the pleasure of working with Claire and Umberto whilst organising a party on behalf of a client. After shortlisting them from a number of companies, I selected them on the basis of their professionalism, approachability and (of course!) unbelievably good food. From the initial communication to the pick up afterwards, everything was flawless and seamless. A true delight.

The client himself chose to keep his (rather large) party as an informal event without staff as it was taking place, so Hungry Chefs brought all items that didn’t require heat all ready to be displayed and served and provided detailed instructions for all the hot items, which worked very well.

The feedback from the client and the guests was incredibly good, so, as an events organiser and a future client myself, I’ll definitely will be coming back for more!”

★★★★★  Anna K. (Host), on 15/12/2018


Claire and Umberto were fantastic. Great food, very nicely served for a party of 16. They were very professional. Very easy communication with Claire regarding the menu. There was no problem to serve a different main for children. I would highly recommend Umberto as a chef to anyone.

★★★★★  Liz C. (Host), on 14/12/2018

Thank you so much for the lovely evening. The food, service and everything was perfect. Thank you!  We will definitely be using you guys again very soon, if you’ll have us :-)

★★★★★  Kavita B. (Host), on 30/11/2018

Hungry Chefs were excellent! They could not have been more accommodating to my family and I. The whole experience was amazing, the food was delicious, their attention to detail was fantastic and we definitely want to use them again. They have their service down to an art!  We really loved it and it was the highlight of the weekend!  We can't stop talking about how good the food was, especially the main meal.

Thanks Kavita and family

★★★★★  Bex S. (Host), on 17/11/2018

From inception to realisation this dream duo made a surprise birthday event for my wife a memory to treasure forever. The dream team made everything so easy and there was nothing that phased them even when I set alight to the chimney in the drawing room and had to nearly call the fire brigade, the guys were so professional and nothing was an issue, they were so calm under the pressure. The food is another level and it felt like we had a Michelin star restaurant in our very own home. Everything was of the upmost quality and presentation was something worthy of a master chef final! You will feel like a Hollywood superstar or royalty with these two in your kitchen. We went to sleep with our bellies full of the finest cooked produce and a wonderful story to tell for a long time. We will be doing this again that’s for sure.

Best culinary experience we’ve ever had!

★★★★★  Anna K. (Host), on 10/11/2018


★★★★★ Mark L. (Host), on 27/10/2018

Umberto treated us to a delicious 7 course taster menu for my family at a joint 50th and 75th birthday dinner party held in our home. From the very first contact with Umberto and Claire the approach was not only flexible and accommodating but exceptionally professional.

On the day, they arrived promptly and everything played out as planned, the food was not only a delight to see, so beautifully created, a real work of art, but each course also tasted divine, each and every course.

Once the meal was completed the kitchen was left spotless and Umberto and Claire quietly left us to enjoy the remainder of the evening, a complete success. One particularly nice touch was Umberto’s introduction to each course, the ingredients, the cooking technique and its history, rounding off a super experience. Highly recommended.

★★★★★ Helen V. (Host) on 15/10/2018

Chef Umberto was fantastic – cooked us an amazing vegetarian Sunday roast and crumble for pudding! A hit with all 9 of us inc. grandparents and kids!

★★★★★ Fiona B. (Host) on 13/10/2018

The whole process was made incredibly easy. Our chef Umberto was superb in every way and we wouldn’t hesitate to book him again.

Umberto was super, he was professional, his food was faultless and he left the kitchen spotless. He also handled a group of rather drunk girls pestering him very well!

The menu “Middle Eastern Delights ” was delicious and exactly what I’d hoped for. Umberto was also very accommodating to our request to cater for Vegetarian and gluten free guests.

★★★★★  Claire H. (Host), on 08/09/2018

What a professional service from start to finish, to celebrate a significant birthday. I was helped through the choice of courses to ensure that all our guests would enjoy the tasting menu, even to the extent that at the last minute one guest developed a problem with milk and medication and this was accommodated for.

Umberto arrived on time and just got on with the job. Nothing appeared to phase him, coming into a rental holiday cottage with limited facilities.

The food was absolutely amazing. The presentation, considering the limited crockery selection, was beautiful. We have eaten taster menus in several high class restaurants, and all agreed this was one of the best. The portion sizes being spot on, as we were able to enjoy every single dish without feeling full, but completely satisfied.

Overall it was a fantastic experience, and Umberto left 6 very satisfied guests and a spotless kitchen. Many thanks.

★★★★★  Zelinda A. (Host), on 28/08/2018

Right from the start he was so professional , always on top of emails , coming up with lots of ideas for the menu , nothing was too much trouble .

And what a chef, absolutely brilliant . The meal he cooked for us was superb, all our guests were bowled over , by the presentation , the wonderful flavours , the high standard of the ingredients , and not to forget his friendly charm which was so important .

He was happy to talk to any guests who had an interest in how he was cooking .

He came into a kitchen he did not know and cooked us a feast !

He didn’t fuss , he never intruded , it was an absolute pleasure to meet such a talented chef .

His food gave my husband a 70th birthday meal ,none of us will ever forget .

I think the greatest compliment was , after it was over, all the guests were trying to work out when they themselves could find something to celebrate in order to get Umberto back to cook again !

Whoever hires Umberto to cook for them in the future is incredibly lucky .

★★★★★ Carol W. (Host), on 03/08/2018

Umberto cooked a Sicilian menu which was designed and adapted to accommodate 6 adults, one of whom is vegan, and one child. We chose to celebrate my husband's 70th birthday at a holiday lodge with our family and were recommended La Belle Assiette. We were then put in touch with Umberto who was both flexible in designing the menu and has a good knowledge of vegan recipes. We were so impressed with Umberto's calm and professional manner throughout the experience. He was brilliant in delivering delicious and well cooked Sicilian food, in particular the imaginative vegan alternatives.

Thank you so much for serving us such a delicious Sicilian meal. My husband was really impressed with every part of the menu and we all appreciated your calm and professional approach.  You have made this celebration week-end really memorable.

★★★★★ Jenny D. (Host), on 03/08/2018

We agreed a slightly amended menu with him that catered for both gluten free and a one guest who was vegetarian.

Umberto’s food was absolutely delicious and he was lovely and friendly. He coped well with an AGA and overall it was a fabulous 70th family birthday celebration. We’d definitely recommend Umberto’s cooking to others.

★★★★★ Margaret B. (Host), on 24/07/2018

We had Umberto as our chef for a 70th birthday family dinner for 9. He arrived promptly as planned and within minutes had the kitchen organised and was calm and even unflustered by having to use an Aga cooker!! the food was delicious, well presented, the sauces were so tasty, everyone was very impressed with the standard of the meal, and the portion sizes were perfect.Umberto seem to manage being chef, waiter, and kitchen washer upper with no problem at all. I would definitely have him again his Sicilian/Italian cooking was scrumptious.

Many thanks for a super celebration.

★★★★★ Sarah R. (Guest), on 21/07/2018

Excellent menu & food was beautifully presented & tasted great. Thank you!


★★★★★ Iain M. (Host), on 12/07/2018

Umberto was a great chef, our kitchen was immaculate after he left. The food was great, no pressure on timing. In particular the beef main course was amazing. Highly recommended

★★★★★ Mark H. (Host), on 18/06/2018

After my initial enquiry everything was smooth from start to finish… they very punctual on replying to any question I had about the food, cost etc… Chef Umberto was outstanding, food was fantastic and we also had a couple of vegan diners and their food was delightful as well. Everything was perfect, Umberto arrived on time and the food was just as he had described it. Presentation was immaculate with all the courses complementing each other very nicely. I have no complaints and would recommend his services again and again.

★★★★★ Anna D. (Host), on 14/06/2018

We were really impressed with the whole service. Very straightforward to book, all questions answered. The chef was brilliant and provided a perfect menu tailor made to our requirements. He was very communicative before the event, very professional and the food was gorgeous! Everyone was really impressed.

★★★★★ Sarah B. (Host), on 02/06/2018

Umberto and Claire were a pleasure to work with. They catered for our Sports club AGM, which was hosted in a remote location in Wales. Though they already had a booking they cooked delicious arancini and arranged for delivery of the food.
They were a pleasure to work with, responding in a timely manner and catering for all requested dietary requirements.

★★★★ Amanda D. (Guest), on 26/05/2018

Umberto cooked a fantastic dinner for us last Saturday. We were a group of five and chose the four course design your own menu. It was booked with very short notice and Umberto was very efficient in sending through some lovely choices that met our dietary requirements after a brief conversation. On the day, the food Umberto cooked was wonderful (both taste and presentation) and he was a pleasure to have around – he arrived promptly, prepared the food efficiently and he was unobtrusive. We would love to have him cook for us again and if we are ever in the same area we will certainly be in touch.

★★★★★ Robert D. (Host), on 04/09/2017
Umberto arrived on time and set about creating the meal in a very professional manner while cheerfully answering questions from interested guests. All of the courses were exceptional from the chefs assortment of canapes to the delicious sweat. The whole experience exceeded my expectations due to chef Umberto’s cheerful disposition and undoubted professional ability, making my wife’s birthday a day to remember.
★★★★  Charlie J. (Host), on 20/08/2017

Umberto was great and his food was amazing. He was very friendly and polite. When he arrived he got straight down to work. His food was delicious and he left the kitchen cleaner than when he arrived. There was an issue when our original choice of chef wasn’t available but Umberto stepped in last minute and did a great job.

★★★★★ Janet (host) 27/05/2017

 The meal by Umberto was simply wonderful! We LOVED every bite! Umberto was the perfect chef – very well organized, served everything with the agreed timing – and graciously worked with what we had available to us there (sorry about the freezer – we actually found it in the Garden Room the next day!!)

The flavours in every dish were delightful – and everything looked beautiful too. It really was a fitting meal for George’s 90th birthday. We wanted to make the event special. He does not like too much “fuss”, but he appreciates excellent food. We really hit the perfect balance! Eating our meal out in the church part of The Priory at the dining table there was really special. I am glad that I chatted about the eating location with Umberto and followed his advice not to eat at the kitchen table.

It was a real treat to walk into the kitchen and see it perfectly cleaned up. Normally, I would not get to enjoy the meal so much, because I would be running around in the kitchen and then also doing the clean-up. I really appreciated being able to fully participate in the celebration meal (and my cooking is nowhere near as good as Umberto’s!)

Our sincere thanks and appreciation to Umberto for the fabulous experience.


★★★★★ Jen (host) 03/03/2017
After a small mishap with the original booking (another chef pulled out), Umberto stepped in to be our chef for gourmet Italian evening. A complete pleasure from start to finish, he shaped the menu perfectly, suggested matching wines and on the day was warm and professional. Not to mention preparing better than restaurant quality food – amazing!!! – and leaving the kitchen spotless.
★★★★★    Lesley (host) 10/09/2016
On the professional side, Umberto arrived when he said he would, prepared amazing food, and tidied everything away … leaving the kitchen as it was when he arrived. He definitely has a passion for food! On the personal side, having Umberto around was a real pleasure. Umberto made a very special family occasion even more special.
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*****       Stuart T. (Student), on 05/09/2016

Umberto was phenomenal. A truly fantastic experience and exceptional food was made 🙂 he’s an amazing chef a great teacher and all round top guy. Would thoroughly recommend him to anyone. Thank you so much for this brilliant experience 🙂

***** Clodagh D. (Host), on 26/08/2016

After our original chef had cancelled, Umberto kindly stepped in…and we were not disappointed. He arrived on time, set himself up and cooked a wonderful meal for us all. He then cleared everything up after himself (he even mopped the floor)! I would highly recommend Umberto to cater any event. He has a clear passion for food. Thank you.

***** Amy R. (Host), on 05/10/2015

Once again, Umberto’s food was extraordinarily good and attracted glowing comments from our customers. He was also punctual, professional and courteous. Highly recommended!

***** Amy R. (Host), on 15/09/2015

Umberto’s food was delicious, inventive and beautifully presented, with great attention to detail. He was also absolutely charming as well as professional. I’m delighted that he will be catering our next event as I know I won’t have to worry about anything!

**** Rachel T. (Guest), on 12/06/2015

The food was lush! With gorgeous weather we were stood outside with drinks and were brought our amuse bouche, which was a very delicious start to the evening. The food was delicate and full of flavour and the main with the edible flowers was such a pretty dish, I didn’t want to eat it! The guys made some incredibly beautiful and tasty food and we didn’t even know they were there….seamless service! Thank you

 *****    Kevin T. (Host), on 04/01/2015
 The meal was absolutely outstanding. Umberto was a gentleman all through the meal and was very easy to talk to and very friendly. He served us wine throughout and the presentation of the food was also fantastic. It was a great night and I would definitely recommend this service and this chef to anyone. I will no doubt use this company again and I will also look particular to ask for this chef!

*****  Superb food. Some of it is better than what you get at Polpo or Bucca di Luppo. – Sally, SE11

*****  Delicious! – Anton, SE11

*****  Best gnocchi and arancini I’ve ever had! Thank you! – Tim, SW4

*****  Food was lovely, arrived quickly and hot. Strongly recommend. – John, SW4

*****  Another great delicious meal, thanks. – Anton, SE11

*****  Excellent, excellent! I told a group of friends all about it this morning. – Anne, SE24

*****  Brilliant. Umberto has always some delicious surprise. Chicken was sublime. Arancino was as usual – high class. The Macco Di Piselli was delicious as well as the caponata. This is my fourth or fifth time ordering from Umberto and he is a true master chef. Thanks Umberto and until next time 🙂 – Emil, SW8

Delicious as always! Thank you for the brownies. 🙂 – maria, SW4

***** Brilliant. Umberto has always some delicious surprise. Chicken was sublime. Arancino was as usual – high class. The Macco Di Piselli was delicious as well as the caponata. This is my fourth or fifth time ordering from Umberto and he is a true master chef. Thanks Umberto and until next time