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Chef Paul Matthews

Private Chef In London

4.9/ 5
Chef Paul Matthews

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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.

My services

As a Private Chef, I can offer you:

Personal Chef

Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in London.

Cooking Classes

Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in London.

Culinary Consultancy

Trust me as a culinary consultant to help you with your concept in London.

Chef Paul's reviews

4.9/ 5

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 - Mar 08 2021

5/ 5

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 - Feb 15 2021

5/ 5

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 - Feb 08 2021

4.5/ 5

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 - Jan 27 2021

4.8/ 5

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Specify the details of your requests and the chef will send you a custom menu just for you.