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Accomplished Chef with over 15 years professional experience, combining modern techniques and classic elements.
I have over fifteen years experience as a professional chef covering a variety of sectors in the hospitality industry. My career started from achieving a distinction in the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts where Academy trustees such as Brian J. Turner CBE (President), Albert Roux OBE (Vice President) and John Williams MBE (Chairman) honoured this pristegious scholarship.
My experience as a chef was born in a very high profile corporate environment under Roux Fine Dining, a company operated by the Roux brothers. I then furthered my career in Restaurant Associates and played a heavy part in the opening of the restaurant Roux at Parliament Square.I have been involved in competitions from a very young age and reached the finals achieving third place in National Chef of the Year and the Roux Scholarship, this being recognised I was named an Acorn Award Winner from the UK’s leading multimedia hospitality brand The Caterer.
My experience of working under chefs from Le Gavroche has enhanced my understanding of classical elements as well as developing my knowledge of the latest techniques and cooking methods. Without a doubt, this has been extremely influential in allowing me to develop a personalised gastronomic style and refine my approach to the fine dining experience as a whole. My own culinary style is a modern configuration of classic elements utilising current techniques, through which diners are invited to re-discover new interpretations of the classic flavours. Most recently I’ve loved introducing Asian techniques, fermentation and table top barbecuing into my menu design.
I am passionate about every aspect of the entire dining experience, from sourcing premium quality British and European produce, constantly adapting seasonal menus and providing diners with an efficient, high profile, friendly service within the hospitality industry.
Most recently I was Head Chef of a law firm in the City looking after high profile client entertaining in stunning dining rooms looking over the River Thames. Over the years I’ve done many private dining events which has always been something I’m really passionate about and due to a redundancy in the first lockdown, I’m now building my client base through my own business 'Xpression Dining'.
Check out my IG - @XpressionDining.
For me, cooking is...
The chefs prerogative to express his flavour creations in order to feed people with emotion.
I learned to cook at...
Royal Academy of Culinary Arts
A role model in the kitchen is...
I take inspiration from all the chefs I work with but to name a few chefs that inspired me when I was younger-the Roux brothers and Heston Blumenthal.
A cooking secret...
Seasonal and sustainable produce and meticulous planning.
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.
Hire me as a culinary consultant in London to help you with your restaurant.
Reviews about Paul
Our evening with Paul was an incredible experience, I highly highly recommend anyone that's considering the idea to go for it.
Paul's skill and experience was evident throughout, everything about it was professional, high calibre fine dining. This includes the menu proposals (plus some alternative options we requested), the communication leading up to the event, the way he conducted himself in our kitchen and most importantly the food.
The food was amazing, no other way to describe it. We asked for a vegan menu, and fortunately for us that didn't seem to limit Paul at all - it was the best meal I think we've ever had, of any kind.
Ben Colley-8 Mar 2021
reason: a private dinner with the wife's to celebrate her b'day
Chef Paul, was excellent. My first time using Take a Chef, or hiring a Chef. I was pretty nervous about it. Chef Paul menu looked good, he responded to queries in a timely manner and arranged a call such that my mind was at ease. He arrived on time and brought everything (plates and cutlery too). he was friendly, talkative without being intrusive & his food was excellent.
We have had a very enjoyable time.
Sherdin Omar-15 Feb 2021
What a fantastic experience! I hired Paul for my partner's birthday and he was delighted. It was such a treat to be served these delicious dishes in our own home and not have to clear up afterwards either - our kitchen was left spotless! In the lead up, Paul was very responsive on messages, sent over a detailed and varied proposal and was very accommodating with my menu tweaks and ideas. He had a good grasp on the cuisine and was friendly and chatty, he made us feel very comfortable but not imposing. Will definitely be hiring him again and have been recommending to all my friends!
Lucy Speich-8 Feb 2021
Paul’s food was absolutely wonderful, cooked to perfection. Not only was the food of the highest quality, but Paul was friendly, professional and a delight to have in the kitchen for a few hours. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Grant Allaway-27 Jan 2021
I would highly recommend Paul. His Italian/Japanese fusion menu was perfect for the occasion and also delicious. Paul took the time to answer our questions and was very interesting to chat to. His skill & attitude made for an excellent evening!
Zander Khan-5 Oct 2020
I can’t recommend Chef Paul highly enough. He recently came to cater for my husband's birthday meal and the whole experience was wonderful, from the menu options he proposed to execution on the night.
Paul’s menu stood out from the off and I loved that he took the time to make contact to talk about his produce, showing that he'd really read the brief I’d set out. He arrived on the night and immediately put us both at ease. He was friendly, knowledgeable and a pleasure to share our evening with. The food was utterly delicious, as well as stunning to look at. It was a real experience watching him work and hear him talk about what he was preparing for and his career. Even better, the spares he’s made ‘just in case’ we’re left for us to enjoy the following day, extending the celebrations!
I recommend Paul wholeheartedly and wouldn’t hesitate to book him again for a special occasion.
Katherine Smith-3 Oct 2020
The app is easy to use and straight forward to get to the end result. The ease of communication is key.
Our chef was incredible. The evening was perfect. It was worth every penny and if anything exceeded my expectations. I would defiantly use my chef again for a special occasion!
Lindsey Sefton-1 Oct 2020
We used Paul for a Family Birthday, and the whole process from his initial menu proposal to the end of the night was faultless. The proposed menu was exciting and stood out from the other menus; Paul was easy to communicate with, and he dealt with vegan/vegetarian dietary requirements as well without any issues. On the night, Paul provided everything he needed to create a lovely meal, and the 6 courses did not disappoint. The Japanese food was fantastic, and very, very tasty, and exceeded all of our expectations. Clearly his culinary skills and experience speak for itself. I would not hesitate to recommend Paul in the future, or use him again!
Kavi Mayor-9 Aug 2020
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