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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sarah

We booked Mike for a family meal for my mum's 60th. I'd never hired a personal chef before so wasnt sure what to expect, but Mike totally exceeded our expectations.
The 3 course meal, which we selected in advance, was absolutely beautiful (in both taste and appearance) - and included the best sticky toffee pudding I've ever had (and I've had a lot!). The whole afternoon felt really relaxed, and the kitchen was left spotless. The occasion felt so much more special than just being another table in a restaurant, and with food that good I'll definitely look to book Mike again for our next family event.

Donna

We had the most amazing evening, the food was superb this is the 4th time now we have had Micheal back he never fails to disappoint us with the amazing and professional of the whole evening.

Glen

Fantastic New Years Eve meal for 10, delivered ready to heat up/serve. Mike is professional and friendly,
catered for meat eaters and vegetarians, all round delicious 3 course meal - with FABULOUS canapes thrown in!
Will definitely use again if staying in the area.

Janet

Mike cooked 6 of us the most amazing 6 course taster menu.
We couldn't fault a thing ..from the moment he arrived with Sarah our waitress for the evening everything was done so professionally. As each course was served Mike explained exactly what we were going to be eating...the food was amazing and Sarah kept our drinks topped up, cleared the plates between courses, washed up, stacked the dishwasher and the kitchen was left spotless. Can't wait for the next time to use Mike's services.
Thank you both so much for making Gary's birthday so special.

Steve

My wife saw a piece about Mike and the excellent reviews so she went ahead and booked him for a private meal for 4 in our tiny Forest of Dean cottage.  What a friendly, approachable person Mike is who made us all feel at ease as we settled in the dining room. The meal was truly world class and as good as we’ve ever had at any Michelin starred restaurant, delivered with flair and perfect description of everything presented.
We ate his wonderful food accompanied by our choice of wines and all without the normal subdued atmosphere that you get in a restaurant, but allowed us to laugh, talk loudly and also engage with Mike in the other room whilst he slaved away on our meal.
We would do it all again in a flash and would totally recommend any one else to experience a home meal cooked by Mike, a top rank chef..

Tim

Everything was done with the minimum of fuss, the food was of a high standard, the timings were perfect, each course was clearly explained and they cleaned and packed up unobtrusively. Our dining area is open plan adjacent to our kitchen and this did not present a problem at all. Nor did the fact that the kitchen is relatively small - one four ring hob and one single oven. All in all, a great success and I would recommend him to my friends.

Mark

Leaving the food aside for a minute, Mike is the kind of person you are happy to have in your home. Friendly, accommodating and efficient, whilst respectful of our privacy. Nice guy. Then there's the food...... you will not be disappointed! A meal we will remember forever, and after he had gone the kitchen was so clean you would never have known he had been. Highly recommended.

Dorothy

We were served a wonderful meal with each course introduced and explained, we all, including vegetarians, enjoyed the whole meal which exceeded our expectations.
Mike was friendly and accommodating and we felt throughout were in the hands of a professional. I have no hesitation in recommending him and would use his services again with confidence.

Louise

Michael was incredibly organised, great communication throughout and then cooked us a fabulous meal. Every one of our six courses was delicious and the portion sizes were perfect. Michael checked on us through every course and explain the dishes as they were served. To top it all off, my kitchen was left cleaner than it was before he arrived. In essence, Michael exceeded our expectations and I would not hesitate in recommending him!

Claire

What an incredible meal! Every single mouthful was so delicious and, so entertaining! We all thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
Great fun and fabulous food. Couldn’t have asked for any better!
Thanks Mike! We will recommend you to everyone

Anthony

We wanted a very special celebration for my wife's significant birthday and Mike Fishpen did us proud. We got a very prompt response to our initial query and Mike was able to understand very quickly what we wanted and tailored his offering to really suit our requirement - a relaxed, informal but special occasion. The service was excellent - efficient, friendly and really tasty. Our guests were all very impressed and Mike will no doubt get more bookings.

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