What is your most memorable wedding?
A small wedding or 70 people which was held in the grooms parents garden in marquee. A small but very intimate affair. We pulled out all the stops to ensure this was a great day and worked towards the tight budget the couple was on.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Slow Cooked, Unique, Flavoursome, From Scratch, Honest
What about your business are you most proud of?
All of our food, and sauces are made from scratch. They are unique, and flavours you are unlikely to find any where else.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Plan early, it will come round a lot quicker than you think. And keep your choices simple, too many options can confuse things so sometimes less can be more
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
A beautifully written song by the grooms best man about the happy couple. Sang by himself.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
The first stage is to establish a couple's budget, and then to discuss the theme of their wedding. Identifying any particular culinary likes and dislikes before putting together a menu and service to suit.
We tend to invite couple's along to one of our public events also to sample the food, or alternatively we can bring a sample of foods along to their home.
How would you wow the judges on Masterchef?
A simple dish of served components that are designed to work perfectly and harmoniously together.
What is the most innovative dish you have created for a wedding?
A couple wanted a very stylish modern menu but incorporating traditional Indian flavours. Wed designed several canapés which perfectly fit the theme but in keeping with our wood smoked style of cooking. But the dish we were most proud of was a Spicy 16 hour smoked and hand pulled land which was served in fresh soft naan bread and with an accompanying mango and mint salsa and yoghurt sauce. This has now made in onto our main catering menu.
What is the food of love?
As Thomas Keller once said "a recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe".
What is your secret ingredient?
Love. As a child I asked my mother why her food tasted so good, she told me it was because she always added the secret ingredient of love!