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Mike Fishpen Private Chef

Testimonials

We love what we do, but receiving fantastic testimonials from happy customers really makes our day.  Why not read through some of our personal chef testimonials.  If you want to find out more, please contact us for a quote.

Josh

Mike stepped in last minute (due to a cancellation) to save the day and help create a wonderful New Year’s Eve menu for 10 of us. The food was faultless from the canapés to dessert; the scallops and filet were incredible. The waitress laid the table beautifully and was very attentive, constantly offering and pouring drinks. Mike described each dish when served and left everything spotless. Nobody had to lift a finger. A wonderful and memorable evening was created and we could not recommend Mike highly enough.

Lauren

We hired Mike for an 8 course menu for my father-in-laws 60th birthday celebrations. We were staying in the Cotswolds for a few days and found Mike after searching online, throughout the whole process Mike was super responsive to all our questions and queries and helped us to personalise the menu for our group. On the day of the meal Mike arrived and set everything up with the lovely Anja looking after us with drinks and canapés. Every single course was absolutely stunning and we were still talking about how good the food was days later!

We wouldn't hesitate to book Mike again and will be recommending him to anybody looking for a private chef for a special occasion.

Brooke

Holiday Hire!

We hired Chef Mike to create us a holiday menu for our holiday Thanksgiving. Not only was the meal wonderful, but Mike was a pleasant person to have around - making our holiday extra special. The pumpkin pie, butternut squash soup and green bean casserole were so good that it may have just convinced us to come back every year! Spoiled indeed.

Would recommend!

Annette

I booked Mike Fishpen a personal chef for a 6 course meal for my husband’s surprise birthday meal.
He was very efficient in his communications with me.
He arrived on time with lots of his own culinary equipment.
The food was first class with great flavours and exactly right size portions. He introduced each course and mentioned where he sourced the food from.
Would highly recommend this chef. My husband was so surprised and thoroughly enjoyed each course.

Mike

Despite very difficult travel a conditions on the night which made everyone late, he and his team put together a great meal and delivered it to us with good hummer panache and style
took full account of the dietary requirements and the pace at which we wanted the evening to go.

Will look to use him again.

Angela

Found Mike on the internet. He was quick to respond and provide his menu. He was flexible with our requirements; times, dishes etc. Good regular communication prior to our dinner. He turned up on time and provided a superb meal for 15 people of various ages. We used a great waitress too - thank you Sarah. Thank you Mike. We will definitely use you again.

Mark

In an exceptionally short timescale Mike planned and created an incredible 6 course menu for a special birthday dinner for a group of 8 global foodies. From the initial engagement, through to the moment Mike left, the execution was faultless.
Carol was incredible in ensuring all were looked after for drinks and service throughout the evening.
Thank you Mike for making this a most memorable occasion !

Bhavna

Mike catered for 9 at my 50th birthday at Dover’s Rise in the Cotswold. Mike was brilliant from beginning to end. From the planning phase weeks before the event, to execution on the day. The food was delicious. The service was seamless and clear up was as if he and Carol had not been there at all. The memories will last a lifetime and we'll definitely be hiring him again.

Lucy

Having hired a house in the Cotswolds to celebrate my 50th with a group of family and friends, I was very excited to hire a private chef and Mike produced an absolutely fabulous evening of canapes followed by a three course dinner. Notwithstanding that all cooking had to be done on an AGA which seemed to have only one temperature level (hell-fire hot) the food was absolutely exceptional and barely a crumb was left on anyone's plate. Mike introduced every course and everything was just presented beautifully - consensus on the table was that it was one of the best meals we had ever eaten. Waiting staff were also amazing and kitchen was left spotless afterwards.

David

Chef Michael was punctual professional and food was to a very high standard, the home made sourdough bread was superb along with all the food.
His suggestion that I would need a waiter (although I was a bit tentative) was spot on and left us to enjoy the experience. The waiter (another Michael!) was professional and courteous and made my wife’s 60th go without a hitch. Also no washing up to do when everyone has left!!!!
Wouldn’t hesitate again to use him
Thanks again chef

Nicola

This was the second time Mike has cooked for us and yet again presented us with the most delicious 6 course meal, cooked to perfection.
Mike's communication leading up to the date was brilliant, making sure he had all of our dietary requirements and adjusting the menu to suit.
He was punctual, polite and left the kitchen spotless.
Carol, our waitress for the evening, was really friendly and made sure our drinks were always topped up!
I would 100% recommend Mike to anyone who would like that extra special dining experience and can't wait to book him again!

Emma

Mike cooked a beautiful meal for my husband’s special birthday. We were staying in an Airbnb in the Cotswolds that luckily had everything we needed! It was a fantastic evening, Mike produced beautiful, tasty food and he and Carol, his trusty helper, were so relaxed and efficient, I could leave everything to them and enjoyed the evening too! The meal was definitely the highlight of the weekend and I can’t recommend Mike highly enough. We would definitely do again if the opportunity presented itself.

Emma 

Mike is a fabulous chef. The dinner he made for us (10 people) was superb in every respect. He was also exceptionally pleasant and straightforward to work with. We are actively looking for dates for a repeat as it was such an enjoyable experience. Highly recommended.

Marc

A surprise for my wife's 60th birthday. What an amazing evening to have our family around us and experience such wonderful food and service in our own home. The food was incredible. Beautifully presented and fabulous flavours.

We had the 6 course tasting menu. We have eaten in many Michelin starred places and this was right up there with the best of them.

We also opted to have the waitress that Mike can bring along. What a fantastic idea. We didn't have to lift a finger. She set the table, continually topped up drinks, served the food and cleared the table. The kitchen was spotless when they left.

5 star evening indeed.

If you are thinking about this, book Mike, you will not regret it.

Private

Wonderful evening meal, prepared, cooked and cleared by Mike. Amazing fresh food, presented beautifully and very well received. We have absolutely loved having a Personal Chef for the evening. A first for us all and such a treat. Thank you Mike.

Lizzie

Mike was absolutely fantastic! Before the meal, Mike’s communication and service was great. It was really easy to talk through the menu options and work out with him what would be the perfect meal for my Dad's 70th celebration. On the day of the meal, Mike turned up on time and fully prepped, meaning the whole experience had a great start! The rest of the evening continued to go fantastically well! The canapés, starter, main and dessert were all incredible! Especially the scallops and the steak, cooked to absolute perfection. Not forgetting the amazing sourdough. Mike was really professional, but also fun and engaging on the night. It was a fantastic celebration for my Dads birthday. Thanks Mike!!

Gemma

Booked Mike to cook his 6 course tasting menu for my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary yesterday and it was such a special night. Every course was amazing - the stand out being the sea bass which was one of the best fish courses we’ve had. Mike was brilliant from start to finish, not only his cooking but his witty conversation and lighthearted banter. We all loved it - easiest 5 star review for a 5 star evening.

Kate

Thank you very much for the delicious meal that you crated for us last night and for leaving everything in such good order. We all really enjoyed it.
It was the perfect finish for our long awaited family reunion weekend. My teen said he really liked that you came out and described/introduced each dish for us.
Your willingness to accommodate different dietary choices was a real help and made the experience all the more enjoyable as everyone had their first choice from the menu.
A really memorable occasion. Thank you.

Gordon

Communication prior to dinner was excellent!
Michael and his team were fantastic preparation was first class presentation was first class
Service was first class
Dinner was first class

Kim

We had a fantastic meal prepared by Mike for my 60th Birthday celebration. 16 people at a very grand holiday let and our meal fitted the occasion
Quality of the food was second to none as was the service. We had canapés and a 3 course meal. Drinks were served by 2 very polite friendly efficient waitresses.
Mike described each course to myself and guests. We had a lot of guests with dietary requirements but Mike catered for them all which I very much appreciated.
The quality of the ingredients was excellent and good value I felt.
I would definitely recommend Mike if you want a very special meal, evening to remember. Fabulous.

Karen

We had booked an Airbnb in the Cotswolds for 8 people and I found Mike through a Google search. I liked the look of his menus and the fact that we knew who the chef would be rather than through an agency. Communication with Mike was always quickly answered and he kindly tweaked the chosen menu for us. He is very personable and professional and explained the dishes and interacted with the group.  All the guests greatly enjoyed the meal and we would not hesitate in using his services again. ‘The raspberry creme brûlée with peanut brittle was the best creme brûlée we’d ever had’ was the comment by the group! Thank you Mike.

Alix

I contacted Mike to cook for my family to celebrate my mum’s 80th birthday at a surprise location in the Cotswolds. He was so helpful and the whole experience from him arriving, cooking for us, cleaning up was incredible, his food was outstanding. I would recommend Mike to anybody and look forward to him hosting us again very soon. Thanks Mike for making the evening so special.

Graeme

Having had a private chef evening with Mike 4 or so years ago and been very impressed I booked Mike as a special treat for my wife’s birthday. We enjoyed a superb Summer tasting menu with 9 friends. All 6 courses were divine. It now means we have set a gold standard for entertaining.

Lynn

The dinner party that Michael cooked for eight of us was immaculately presented, delicious and surpassed our expectations. Leading up to the event his communication was excellent and everything went very smoothly. Our kitchen was left immaculate afterwards. The Waitress he organised was charming and very efficient helping make the whole evening a delightful way to celebrate joint 70th Birthdays.

Hayley

The dinner party that Mike cooked for 10 of us was amazing, and everyone was raving about how wonderful the food was. Everything went according to plan, the kitchen was left spotless afterwards, and we all had a fabulous evening. Would definitely recommend using Mike if you want to host a dinner party, but put your feet up and let a fabulous chef do all the cooking.

Pari

Mike came along to cook for 12 of us in a Cotswolds cottage as a last minute back up plan as our original chef became unavailable. He was extremely understanding and keen to help out. He cooked us an amazing 3 course meal, and had a waitress who was extremely helpful too. The portion sizes were just right and the pace of which all food was served was perfect. Thank you for all your help in such short notice.

Mark

Mike cooked for me and my best friends on my 60th. birthday. He planned the menu with us and dealt with all our varied and difficult requests. He is very professional and just turned up and looked after us. He is a really nice guy and pleasure to have as part of our gathering. This is the third time Mike has looked after us, and we wouldn't go anywhere else.

Robert

Mike prepared a lovely BBQ for a family weekend away in the Cotswold. The meal started off with canapés that were well prepared and super tasty followed by a BBQ with great quality meat. He was really helpful and responsive on emails before the event. We all loved it and will definitely use his services again in the future.

Angela

Found Mike on the internet. He was quick to respond and provide his menu. He was flexible with our requirements; times, dishes etc. Good regular communication prior to our dinner. He turned up on time and provided a superb meal for 15 people of various ages. We used a great waitress too - thank you Sarah. Thank you Mike. We will definitely use you again.

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