A Private Chef At Home: La Belle Assiette Review

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

A Private Chef At Home: La Belle Assiette Review

Last week we were lucky enough to experience a dinner party at home with the lovely chef Libby May from La Belle Assiette. 

The company are UK wide and source a chef to come and cook for you in your own home, or venue of your choosing. Think hen night weekend in a cottage or a surprise for your parents at their house. Menus start at £39 per person for 6 people for a temptation menu and go up to a Michelin star experience for £89 per person. Our menu would have been priced at £59 per person.

butternut squash shots

This was Libby's first "validation" meal for La Belle Assiette but she has a wealth of experience and was classically trained at Tante Marie Culinary academy. On booking, Libby called and we had a chat about the menu. When I say chat, I mainly said I haven't got a clue about this sort of thing. Libby was totally professional and suggested a couple of ideas and advised I should check with my guests about whether they liked seafood and if they had any allergies. I did this and then over e mail she came up with a delightful menu.

On the day of the dinner party, Libby arrived early with everything she needed to make our menu. Until a few days before, I hadn't really considered how it may be awkward having someone come into my house to cook. What if I didn't like them? Or my cooker wasn't good enough? I needn't have worried. Libby was friendly and professional and everything was like clockwork.

dinner party at home

On the evening we had an issue with our friends babysitter not turning up. Libby took it in her stride and made the canapes for the rest of us whilst we were waiting and when our friend arrived later, another set on canapes arrived. They all tasted fantastic and the butternut squash soup shot was a favourite of mine.

Our starter was goats cheese and the roasted beetroot was delicious.

Before the party, big man joked that we were having duck two ways. He started reciting the Fawlty Towers duck surprise sketch. Luckily there was nothing Basil Fawlty like about this meal.

Finally to finish we had orange blossom posset. It was a perfect ending to a perfect meal.

Whilst we chatted and enjoyed dessert, Libby packed away and cleaned up. Amazing!

Libby was a fantastic chef and it was a delight to have her cook for us. I would certainly recommend La Belle Assiette to people who are looking for a special meal for a special occasion.

All photos are courtesy of La Belle Assiette.

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  1. This would be a DREAM for me! Unfortunately, we live out in the middle of nowhere so this type of service is nonexistent...hmm, business opportunity?
    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

    1. Are you sure? Put your postcode in and check, some of the chefs will travel quite a way. Worth a look!

  2. What a fantastic service...It sounds like you had a lovely evening and the food looks amazing! I am amazed! I checked and someone would come to me. We live up in the North East & I always think things like this aren't available here x

  3. That sounds like a delicious menu - the orange blossom dessert sounds especially amazing! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested