I just wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to Avril and her team.. On first meeting Avril myself and my husband were blown away by her talent and genuine enthusiasm for her job. She cooked us a beautiful meal in our home which stood her as an easy choice as caterer of our wedding. The food she delivered was delicious and she made it look effortless and natural.
Avril was a huge part of our wedding and went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the day, and indeed the lead up, went as smoothly as possible. Avril offered reassurance when I needed it and advised me on several occasions, offering professional advise which was very welcome! By the time of the wedding Avril had gone out of her way to visit me and ensure I was comfortable and fully prepared for the big day, she became a very welcome guest with all the help she brought. She was far more than just a caterer!
Avril is not afraid of a challenge! On the days leading up to the wedding Avril and her team worked extremely hard to make the venue look beautiful and even when other workers for the wedding let us down Avril was able to smooth over a bad situation and rectify any problems that we faced! I do not honestly know what I would have done without her, I owe her a lot for the way that the day turned out, perfectly.
Her food was well presented and delicious, we received countless compliments on the food and its delivery. Avril and her team worked in a difficult environment, an extremely hot marquee, but still managed to Wow us and our guests as we knew she would. It would be an understatement to say that I recommend chef2dine4 as a caterer, I would settle for no less!
Thank you so much for all you hard work and dedication.
Emma and Justin
Amazing, incredible, fantastic are just a few adjectives to describe the service and quality of Avril's Chef2Dine 4 experience. Avril catered for twelve of us for two nights when we were staying at Incleborough House, Cromer.
The cold buffet for our first night was just first class, beautifully presented and Avril's team were so attentive to our needs. The quality, quantity and selection was perfect.
The second night we had an absolutely superb formal three course meal. Everything was prepared in the kitchen from fresh, it was cooked and presented just so well. Every one in our group were very impressed with every aspect of our meal.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Avril for what ever function you are arranging. First Class.
Thank you again. You catered for a bunch who are not always easily pleased but I heard nothing but praise from each and everyone of them.
Perhaps they might want to come back next year. If they do I will most certainly be knocking on your door.
Wishing you all the very best
Barry & Tina xx
Dear Avril, Just a short note to say thank-you for making our wedding anniversary dinner so special.
Having decided that we were unable to go out to a restaurant for our anniversary meal as we would normally, a moment of inspiration prompted me to enquire if you could provide a meal for two at our home.
Well, what a superb four-course meal you served, beautifully presented, beautifully cooked and most of all, it all tasted wonderful.
It transformed what we thought would be a compromise evening into a really memorable occasion.
And furthermore, when taking into consideration what we would normally have spent on a couple of taxis together with some "expensive" wine, but at supermarket prices, we even saved some money!
We will certainly do this again.
Jane & David Batey
Hello Avril, We all had a great week-end at Kings Beck and it was made all the more special by your truly delicious 3 course meal on Sat, it was the highlight of our weekend. I was a little anxious not knowing how you would organise dinner but I was extremely impressed with the way you managed to create and present such beautiful dishes of outstanding quality . To see the kitchen looking clear and clean after such a gourmet meal was very pleasing.
We spent most of Sunday praising you, your team and your food.
We had booked Sunday lunch at Black Boys but with the selection of leftover vegetables and a lasagne brought for Friday evening to enjoy, we cancelled our booking.
I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending you to any of our friends who would consider a chef to cook.
Many many thanks for helping to make our weekend so special.
Dear Avril, Please forgive the lateness of this note! It has been on my mind for some time, my apologies...
Andy and I just wanted to express our heartfelt thanks for what you did for us. Although a simple "thank you" hardly seems enough! To step into the breach the way you did and rescue our son & daughter-in-law's wedding breakfast plans as you did was impressive to say the least! You don't expect to get let down by your chef with less than 3 weeks to go to your wedding, but I have to say it's the best thing that could have happened as you took charge without hesitation and with the menu already having been decided you were able to adhere to that with your own variations here and there.
On the day you and your staff were Simply Amazing! The food and service for both the wedding breakfast and the evening buffet were fantastic and every single guest was impressed!
We would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone we know! and even people we don't know!!
So again, Avril many many thanks for providing us with such a perfect day and we look forward to working with you again in the future.
With our very Best Wishes,
- Sue & Andy Lyle & all the family
Thank you to you and your team for preparing the most wonderful canapés and buffet for Andrea, myself and our 40 guests, in the marquee at Swallowtail Boatyard for the combined party to celebrate my 60th birthday and the launch of our new yacht. It was much more than the food and the service on the day as you were able to advise on the marquee hire, tables, chairs and all the linen, crockery etc that was essential to ensure a smooth event. There must have been close to 100 guests for the champagne launch and your ladies ensured that there was never an empty glass, even the odd rain shower and gusty wind didn't dampen the fun of the event. Then the marquee was beautifully laid for the evening event. On arrival the guests were always well looked after with champagne and your accompanying canapés are something that will be talked about for a very long time – they were truly delicious. Then there was the buffet and deserts, a fabulous choice of salmon, cold meats and salads, beautifully presented and served. We could not have asked for anything better, it was a truly delicious meal. All the time your ladies ensured our glasses were full. As the evening unfolded I began to realize that there had been some extra planning in the background between Andrea and yourself with the surprise of a birthday cake. (That was a well kept secret!)
You made the whole event such fun, took away all the stress of organization and gave us and our friends a day to remember for the rest of our lives. Words cannot do justice because you need superlatives to describe everything that you prepared and arranged for us. You have a superb and very professional team. We just need to think of another reason to have a party so that we can do it all again.
Our sincere thanks and very best wishes.
- Rob & Andrea (14th May 2011)
Third time we have used Chef2Dine4 and even better this year!!!! We all had a fantastic evening and the food was really delicious!!! Avril and Lisa made it a great evening - we will see you soon, keep up the great job!!!!
- Hayley Thomas (3rd January 2011)
Avril came to cook for a dinner party for my 50th Birthday. I cannot praise her and her food high enough, we felt like superstars having our own personal chef. From start to finish Avril and our waitress Debbie were professional but really thoughtful, friendly and helpful.
Avril brought everything with her that she would need and whilst she got on with the cooking Debbie served us the most beautiful canapés. Then we were ready for the main event, the table looked stunning and the starters were magnificent, I have never seen or tasted prawns like it, they just melted in your mouth. The main courses were fabulous, my skate was superb. As for the toblerone cheesecake, what can I say? A masterpiece! The cheeseboard rounded off the meal beautifully with all the locally sourced cheeses.
I was worried that as it was a kitchen diner there would be lots of noise and rattling of pans whilst we were trying to eat but it was as if the fairies had produced the meal, we were surprised that another course had been produced without us even noticing. Then all of a sudden everything was cleared up and it was as if nobody had been there, we did not have to do a thing just sit back and indulge.
I can honestly say I have never had such a perfect meal, the attention to detail was out of this world and we could not believe how reasonable the price was, you would easily pay £100 a head in London for the meal we had. I just wish Avril would come to Essex, we would have her every week!! I cannot recommend Avril highly enough, she really is a genius.
(this meal was catered for in one of the holiday homes at www.marthamferryboatyard.co.uk.
- Julie Fraser (28th November 2010)
We booked a family weekend break to a stunning 10 bedroom farmhouse, with a hot tub, sauna and indoor heated swimming pool... could it get any better than this...? Yes... and it did when Avril arrived on the Saturday night and cooked the most amazing 3 course dinner for 12 of us. A surprise dinner party was arranged for mum & dad and we had chosen our individual menu's via emails. Avril was always very prompt with replies to any questions/requests I had. Then I met Avril for the first time on the evening of our dinner party and her friendly, approachable and professional manner made me feel at ease immediately.
She amazed us with her outstanding quality of food, the portion sizes, the presentation, the service all of the highest standard! The scallops were the best we have tasted, the beef wellington melted in your mouth, and as for the Toblerone Cheesecake... divine. Mum & dad were amazed and overwhelmed that they were being wined and dined in this house and were not having to lift a finger. Avril and Lisa (our waitress) were brilliant! What better way to entertain with no mess, no fuss, no hassle.
Thank you so very much for making the evening so special, highly recommended.
- Linzi & family (21st April 2010)
Many, many thanks must go to Avril and her team for their fantastic help at our recent pre-Christmas drinks party.
As numbers rose Avril was never fazed and the resulting canapés were delicious. I am still receiving thanks from friends and such great comments about the food and the very professional service Avril and her team provided.
Avril is a regular visiting Chef at our self-catering barns and all of my guests who have used Avril's services cannot speak highly enough of her delicious food and helpful attitude. Avril had catered for Hen Parties, Birthdays and Anniversaries at our barns. I was therefore only to pleased to have the opportunity of trying Avril's skills myself and believe me Avril lived up to and beyond all expectations.
I am just waiting, thinking and hoping when can Avril come and cook for me again!
- Joanna Burrough (Owner of Wheat Acre Hall Barns)
We had our wedding reception in a barn and wanted the food to be a central part of the occasion and complement the rustic and authentic feel of the venue, so finding the right caterer was a key priority in our wedding planning.
We feel really lucky to have discovered Avril. Her amazing food and brilliant attitude really made the day. She made delicious canapés, hog roast with stuffing and crackling and beef sirloin. She did the freshest dressed salmon I've ever tasted. To accompany this she presented a great selection of salads and wonderful home-made bread.
Then we came to dessert. Avril's hot chocolate fudge cake with hot chocolate sauce and home-made vanilla ice-cream became the talking point of the evening, and her lemon tarte with raspberry coulis is divine!
The service was also spot on. Teresa and the waitresses were calm and professional and went above and beyond to help us keep to our timings and accommodate our guests.
From our first meeting in April to the big day in October, Avril was incredibly enthusiastic and organised. She had a busy summer, but whenever we called, emailed or met her, she made us feel like our wedding was the only event in her diary this year.
She was creative and helpful in putting our menu together, but relaxed and flexible when I kept changing my mind!
Avril was our rock! We cannot recommend her highly enough.
- Amy Hitchcock (Sky News) & Mark Chuter
The evening was a great success, great food, well organised and very slick service, all of which made my mum feel very relaxed and spoilt. The quality of all the food was high with the highlights standing out being the starter and the Creme Brule. The roast potatoes and yorkshire puddings were also very highly rated! Thank you for making a special evening, very memorable. We will spread the word!
- Jonathan Haines
If you're into great food and enjoy going to the best restaurants but have a family and not many willing babysitters then you HAVE to get Avril round. We rented self catering accommodation for a short break and Avril was rec commended to us by the owner. It was my parents' 40th wedding anniversary and we wanted to treat them to a nice meal. We gave her a call, asked her to include a few favourites on the menu and hey presto! She arrived laden with homemade goodies, delighted us from one course to the next and THEN cleaned up afterwards! It was BLISS! Don't let a holiday in Norfolk go by without giving Avril a call, she is a must!
PS. The scallops were amazing, I can still taste them! Thanks so much x
- Kate Pope
The food was fantastic!! The service was fantastic!! The price was fantastic!! Totally worth it! We didn't have to lift a finger! We each enjoyed our individual dishes - the butternut squash soup with homemade granary bread and the toblerone cheesecake were a particular hit with our hen party! The presentation of the food was great too, feeling as though we were at a top-class restaurant! I would recommend Avril's service to anyone!
- Sarah Jackson
Thank you so much for all your input into our recent celebrations - from your patience and expert advice in choosing the menu options to the most wonderful food served on the day. So many of our guests commented not only on the high quality of the buffet and your attention to detail, but also on the way in which your team of waitresses looked after everyone. In short - it was just perfect - thank you so much'
- Carys and Sian
Since Avril has taken over our VIP catering for our corporate jet's, we have been extremely pleased with both the level of service and the quality of the food produced. The presentation has always been a bone of contention with other caterers, but again Avril surpasses our expectations and presents whatever catering is required in a very up-market and professional way. I want to eat most of it myself!
- James Palmer, Operations Manager, SaxonAir Charter Limited
I hired Chef 2 Dine 4 for my sisters hen party for 16 guests. I had a great feeling from the word go just from the website and talking to Avril and I wasn't disappointed. The food was utterly delicious and beautifully presented, everyone was impressed. I'd hire her again in a heart beat.
- Helen Mutch, London
Thank you so much for such an amazing Dinner, catering for 30 people in such a tiny kitchen was a real achievement, especially as we were 30 rowdy hens. The food and service was top quality, I had the mushrooms followed by chicken followed by lemon tart, it was all cooked perfectly and exactly the right potions for the evening - delicious. The Tolberone cheesecake also went down particularly well with all girls. From all the comments I received about the Hen weekend, the girls mentioned how great the catering was, so a real testament for you and your team. For me organising the weekend, it was definitely a highlight and thank you so much for helping it run so smoothly.
- Liz Ryan
Just to say thank you for a wonderful meal. The butternut squash soup was fabulous! Everyone enjoyed their meals and were very impressed with how neat and tidy you are while cooking! Looking forward to our next meal in March.
- Amanda Williamson
...it was a really lovely meal – much better portion sizes (as we are ladies!!!) and wonderfully cooked and such a variety of choice. They were all incredibly impressed that you are so neat and tidy with your preparation and clearing up. They all thought you were fantastic!!!! I thought it was a delicious meal, extremely well presented and so tasty.
- Janis Taylor
Just to say a big thank you for the food you did for the Christening. It was all well presented and all tasted really fresh. Thank you also for agreeing to do it at short notice. Several people took your cards so they must have been impressed too!
- Miriam Horne