Get to know me better
out going and love to meet people, I really enjoy working as a private chef more because you get to see your work being enjoyed by guest.
My Passion for cooking started at a very early age. I remember helping my mother on Sundays with the roast and making cake for families and guests who would visit.
I took up my first position as a Chef in the Park Lane Hotel "London" Where I started as a Commis "trainee" Chef. While at Park Lane I took up Catering College to improve my knowledge in the Catering Industry. I continued college for seven years covering basic cooking and then advance my skills in Buffet and Larder work. I work throughout the Industry Picking up skills and knowledge from the different establishments. Since I started at the Park Lane Hotel I have constantly worked my way up the career ladder.
My deepest passion is for Oriental Cooking after work at the Crockford Casino "London," I have always been interested to know much more about this style of cooking, so I brought books. But this was not enough so I took up classes and started visiting foreign countries on holiday.
I visit New Orleans where I first tasted Cajun food and California where I experienced Real Mexican cooking.
It was a great enrichment to visit all the different countries and tasting the vast range of ethnic dishes from around the world, I would then try a master all the dishes on my return home
After my long period working in five-star hotel and Michelin style restaurant, I really enjoy working as a private chef more because you get to see your work being enjoyed giving you that first hand feeling to do more for the host and guest,
For me, cooking is...
is my way of life, am proud of whatever I put on the plate because it not just food its part of myself
I learned to cook at...
I have always loved cooking from a very early age, took my first position at the Park Lane Hotel which was a 5* hotel
A role model in the kitchen is...
I like to learn all parts of the kitchen from sauces to desserts
A cooking secret...
I love the new challenge that hospitality brings each and every day, it helps me to enjoy and love the things I do.
As a professional Chef, I offer the following services
I can create a menu based on your preferences to enjoy in the comfort of your home in London. Simply tell me what you're craving!
At home cooking course
Choose this option for a private cooking class in London and I will put together a tailor-made cooking lesson for you.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services in London.
Hire me as a culinary consultant in London to help you with your restaurant.
Reviews about Darius
Darius cooked for me and my husband to celebrate his 30th birthday. What an evening we had! Darius was so friendly and relaxed he is clearly an expert in what he does. Not only did he prepare us amazing food, he shared his expertise with us and had great conversation. The food was exquisite better than any restaurant I have been to. I can’t thank Darius enough for such a wonderful evening, we will definitely be booking again!
Amy Springett-22 Mar 2021
Darius was fantastic and really made our evening special. Aside from serving an excellent standard of food, with generous portions, he provided the perfect balance of discreet and personable. He left us to it when appropriate, but also kept us informed of what he was preparing and had some funny and interesting stories to keep us entertained too.
Darius was also super accommodating with the menu to include any changes I wanted to make in advance, would highly recommend all round.
Daniel Traynor-17 Mar 2021
I received the menu on the Take a Chef platform so did not need it via whatsapp or print as I designed and printed it myself to suit my decor.
Darius was incredible! He basically brought five star dining right to the comfort of our home. His appetizers were incredibly delicious and so was everything else on the menu. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. He was very concise in his communication on the Take A Chef platform as well as via text on the time of his arrival. He arrived at the right time to prep and present our courses.
He was extremely patient with us as we needed a little bit more time in between courses- he basically dedicated the entire evening to us. His portions were significantly generous as well which meant we definitely had value for money. He also talked us through each course, how it was made and his inspiration behind the recipe. He did not just give us a meal, he also gave us a full experience, which was better than going to a high end restaurant. He was kind enough to answer all our questions, not just about the meal but regarding his cooking career as well.
I had this arranged as a surprise valentine dinner for my husband and he helped bring it together perfectly! We will definitely have Chef Darius listed as our favourite for future events.
Phoebe-17 Feb 2021
Could not recommend anymore! Perfect chef, perfect evening, not rushed, so much effort made and can’t wait to book again! Food was amazing, portion sizes plenty and just perfect all round. Thank you so much Darius !
Sarah-15 Feb 2021
Chef Daruis was outstanding, from start to finish his service was impeccable. We had him Christmas Day, and would highly recommend. The food was next to none, and we have never had meat cooked to perfection like our Turkey & steak. Daruis was very friendly & professional and his sticky toffee pudding and sauce is a must. We will definitely be using again
Laura-27 Dec 2020
Darius did a fantastic job. He was efficient, clean and polite. The food was excellent and he left the place looking as good as he found it. Couldn't recommend him more.
Ben Willson-14 Dec 2020
It was a great experience. We got chef Darius to prepare an amazing dinner for us, it was a surprise bday gift for my husband and the results were fantastic. The food was really good and Darius worked with me on the menu to make sure we loved every stage of the dinner.
He is very friendly so we were able to talk about some very interesting 'chef' and food stories and when he left , he left everything very clean in the kitchen.
We will definitely do it again!
Nareni Hourican-10 Nov 2020
Chef Darius provided a seamless dining experience from start to finish. He was even able to provide extra cutlery/dishes if they were required. The food was presented exceptionally and tasted even better! My guests and I were extremely impressed by the service and menu offered by Chef Darius - our personal favourite was the fillet of steak, which was cooked to everyone’s requirements. Highly recommend him to anyone looking for a stress-free and exceptional dining experience in the comfort of their home. As an added bonus to the evening the kitchen was left spotless! Thanks again Chef!
Sohnia-27 Oct 2020
Darius was a great find. Efficient, helpful and talented he created a wonderful evening for my mums 83rd birthday, which we held at home. I would highly recommend him. Food was delicious, he catered for children, meat eaters and vegetarians, so not an easy brief. We can't wait to book him again.
Josephine Freeman-14 Sept 2020
Darius was brilliant. He was very attentive about the menu and took the lead in creating a separate vegan menu for my son. My son said it was some of the best vegan meals that he has had. My fussy 12 year old daughter tried food that she previously turned her nose up at because of how well the food was presented. She now wants Darius to cook every evening for us and said is it possible to be in heaven without having to die!. I
arranged this meal for my husband's birthday who is a foodie and loved the meal and the whole concept. He also operated safely with covid in mind. Because of this experience we're looking forward to using Darius again. Thank you for making my husband's special birthday special.
Caroline Welzen-James-3 Sept 2020
Darius came to us in August to make us dinner for my husband’s 40th birthday. This was not only our first time using a private chef but also the first fine dining experience we were to have since lockdown commenced.
We selected him because he clearly has lots of experience and he came up with the most exciting menu. Darius provides us with an incredible 3-course vegan meal with some delicious canapés to begin.
He was friendly, polite, and very talented in the kitchen. He explained his dishes and ingredients to us and was attentive without being intrusive.
He provided all the crockery, and cleaned up, so all we were left to do was put the wine glasses away.
We really enjoyed our experience and can’t recommend Darius highly enough. We will definitely use him again
Joe-31 Aug 2020
Darius was fantastic! His food was delicious and he was very professional - both on the night and leading up to the event. His portions are huge; I think I was in a food coma for a full day after. We would definitely recommend Darius.
Ryan Hinchey-21 Aug 2020
Amazing chef, food was great, good conversation, presentation of food was excellent,
Looking forward to booking Darius again!
Couldn’t recommend him more!!
Thank you so much for making my husbands 30th amazing!!
Manisha Gogna-14 Aug 2020
Darius was excellent in every way possible. He stood out immediately as he was the only chef to send me choices for each course and a personal message. He was punctual, friendly, and professional and the quality and presentation of every dish was outstanding. Our meal was a surprise for my husband’s birthday and I am so glad I chose Darius - not only did the food go beyond my expectations but he was also a really interesting and lovely person to talk to. He left our kitchen so clean and tidy- a perfect end to a perfect evening. Thank you Darius!
Natasha Broman-9 Aug 2020
An absolutely lovely experience that I would thoroughly recommend. A real treat during these scary times, in fact a fantastic treat at any time, and a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion.
Marc Preston-8 Jul 2020
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