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I am a Henley-based professional chef with experience spanning 25 years across the hospitality industry working in some of the finest hotels and restaurants across the UK and the Channel Islands for some of the industry’s greatest (and sometimes fiercest) chefs including Gordon Ramsey and Marco Pierre White to name just two.
I have experiences from running the pass in a two Michelin star restaurant to more recently heading up the kitchen locally at The Golden Ball through 2019.
During my career I have also worked in contract catering at the highest level to running a 12 bedroom gastro pub single handedly!
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In-Home Fine Dining
I can come to your home to prepare and serve lunch, dinner or a buffet for family and friends. Whether a three course meal packed with seasonal ingredients or an elaborate designed-to-order tasting menu, together we will plan the perfect food and drink experience – with the 'wow-factor' – all served in the comfort of your own home.
Impeccable food really makes your big day extra special, creating memories that guests will treasure forever. I can create bespoke menus to your exacting requirements and budget – whether multiple course fine dining or expansive finger buffets and barbecues – with my team on-site to ensure the highest levels of service throughout.
Parties & Entertaining
From canapés and bowl food to afternoon teas and barbecues, I can deliver the same level of catering skill and finesse to more informal events. Whether a small family gathering or a party for friends, my team and I will deliver the 'wow' factor.
Engage with your colleagues and impress your clients with my bespoke corporate service including break-out buffets, drink receptions and boardroom lunches. My team is discreet and operates in the background leaving you and your team to concentrate on the job in hand.
"It was a joy to have Chef Simon Mckenzie and his team serve us his appetizing canapes at our corporate event. The service was outstanding with impeccably dressed staff who were friendly, professional and incredibly helpful. The canapés were stunning and tasted heavenly. Thank you Chef Simon it was a lovely start to our event".
"Simon and his team did an absolutely fantastic job of hosting a small wedding lunch for us at our house. We worked with Simon on the menu choice who had some wonderful spring/summer suggestions but still allowed us the flexibility to decide what worked for us. Even in a small group he managed to cater for both dairy-free and vegetarian options. His team were highly professional, friendly and fun and made everything really special. I would highly recommend if you are looking for something special".
"Taking on board all my requests and wishes, Simon created an amazing evening for my guests and me – starting with snacks on arrival, followed by canapes and then a seven course tasting menu. We all agreed the food was absolutely exceptional, as was the service throughout the evening. I would most definitely use Simon again, and would recommend him without hesitation.".
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Supporting the Chiltern Centre in 2022
This year I’m supporting The Chiltern Centre – a Henley-based charity providing specialist short break, leisure and day cares services that empower young people with disabilities to live life to the full.
The Centre is committed to treating each young person as an individual with unique personalities, needs and wishes. It supports them to develop self esteem, positive self-image, confidence and greater independence, allowing them to make friends, learn new skills and become part of the community.
At the same time the service provides practical support for their parents and families along with a vital break from the pressures of caring.
The Chiltern Centre relies on the support of the local community in order to raise the £200,000 it needs to open its doors each year.
I will be adding a discretionary 2% donation to my invoices. If you decide to make that donation then I will also add a further 2% of the total from my revenue. In addition, my team and I will be hosting a garden party during the summer for the young people, their parents, centre staff, patrons and trustees to enjoy together.
I very much hope you’ll help me support this very worthwhile local charity in 2022.
Find out more about the great work done by The Chiltern Centre here: www.chilterncentre.org.uk
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