Let our clients tell you about the Hungry Chefs dining experience. Some reviews from our clients.
***** 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 tim
***** Peter G. (Host) 05/04/2019 Stag Party for
***** Sophie B. (Host) 30/03/2019 Hen Party for 20
***** Hannah F. (Host) 15/03/2019 Hen Party for 14
**** 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!
Anna K. 12
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. 12
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. 11
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. 17 11
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. 10 11
Mark L. 27 10
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Excellent menu & food was beautifully presented & tasted great. Thank you!
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
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.
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.
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.
Umberto was a replacement chef as the original chef turned out to be double-booked. Umberto was helpful and completely flexible when it came to my proposed amendments to the menu, and the food on the night was absolutely superb. He was efficient, pleasant and interesting and I cannot praise him too highly.
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.
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.
Umberto was a fantastic chef, all courses were perfectly arranged and looked beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed the food and as host was amazed at the fact at how subtle and friendly his presence was. He even did alternative courses for my friend who was allergic to more than half of the menu. Wonderful.
***** 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 🙂