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Lovely comments from some of my wonderful clients

A real talent

‘Chef Ismail provided a truly sensational dinner for us all…he has a real talent, indeed we have eaten in some wonderful restaurants run by celebrity chefs but he GENUINELY put them all to shame. Bill W’

Chef Ismail surpassed my wildest hopes and expectations! 

Arranging my husband’s 50th birthday surprise break in Cornwall with food loving friends was fantastic. We each took responsibility for a meal and lavished it with due attention and care. So when faced with organising the main event of the celebrations, it seemed natural to try and find a personal chef up to the task of impressing us all. Chef Ismail surpassed my wildest hopes and expectations! 

Chef Ismail really engaged at the outset, planning a personalised menu for a four course dinner, garnished with home grown herbs or flowers and exquisitely plated. At the same standard as our Michelin lunch earlier in the week, the food was delicious, honest, fresh and local. All served in our own space, with no taxis needed and no clearing up. Divine! The highlight of our magnificent break, Chef Ismail was calm, unflustered, professional and warm. The only suggestion I would make in recommending Chef Ismail is to relax and enjoy every moment, you are in fantastic hands.” Sarah BB

A wonderful empathy of responding to the requirements of your guests.

‘Chef Ismail you excelled in every way. Your food was delicious and presented superbly. It was such a memorable occasion. You truly have an expert appreciation of great food and a wonderful empathy of responding to the requirements of your guests. It was a real joy to be on the receiving end of your enormous talent.
What a GREAT KIWI!! So proud of you! Huge huge THANK YOU, Nora H’

Sublime food

‘Well what can I say.... amazing, sublime food as before. You are a star, thank you so much. If I ever win the lottery I'm going to employ you full time!! Linda K’

The food was beyond compare

'I just wanted to say a sincere 'thank you' for making Saturday evening, and my birthday so very special. The food was beyond compare and your culinary expertise wowed a well-travelled and discerning crowd. Rachael was perfect as your front-of-house. I do hope we have the pleasure of meeting again. Paul'

Your hard work, talent and cheerfulness made our celebrations very special

'The food was superb and everything looked wonderful too. Your hard work, talent and cheerfulness made our celebrations very special and as you could hear everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Amanda and Doug'

So impressed

'We just wanted to say what an excellent evening we had on Monday, you certainly did us proud and everyone was so impressed with the lovely food ... thank you. We will certainly book you again the next time we are down in Cornwall. Sheila and Sam'

Superb Meals

'I just wanted to say a very special thank you for the superb meals that you cooked for us during our stay in Lower Cole. The Indian Banquet was perfect, and everyone enjoyed it so much.

Everything you cooked was delicious, and it was such a treat for us (and especially me!) not to have to cook anything over the week. We will certainly recommend you to any of our friends who stay in Cornwall in the future, and if we come back we will definitely ask you to cook for us again! Thanks so much! Sal and Pete'

Lovely little suprises

'Thank you for enhancing our Cornish holiday with your great food and lovely little surprises. We love your cooking style. Your recognisable flavours and modern twists had everyone discussing your food in detail! Shirley'

The most amazing evening

'It was lovely to meet you and Rachael on Saturday evening . I cannot thank you enough for the most amazing evening . The food was outstanding with such generous portions huge variety, everything was so delicious , one of our group said it’s the best meal she had ever had . Rachel was delightful to have there also , the whole experience could not have gone better . Thanks for making our evening perfect. All the best Dawn '

Nothing short of spectacular

'The food was incredible!!! We loved the risotto and lasagne, but what blew us away were the puddings - the lemon meringue was the best we’ve ever had and the salted caramel brownies with the clotted cream were nothing short of spectacular. Heather'

Absolutely first class!

'Dear Chef Ismail - Thanks very much for giving us such a terrific day yesterday. Genuinely, absolutely first class and you did it with such a great spirit and class' H.P

Delicious!

'Chef Ismail - big thank to you and Rachel for a lovely dinner. The food was delicious and we are still very full! Everyone loved it.' Josh

You really are a star

'Chef Ismail - Thanks a million for the truly fantastic cuisine provided to my family and I over the past days. The support you provided prior to the event to help us with menus, the local sourcing of top class ingredients, the attention to detail, not to mention the food that you produced were all superb. You really are a star.'  Paul

Attention to detail

'Your food was simply amazing, the presentation was exquisite and frankly you absolutely blew us away. Thank you so much for your attention to detail. ' Sue

Fabulous food

'Thank you so much for the fabulous food yesterday evening - everyone was blown away by the quality and attention to detail which was exactly what I wanted from the evening.  I'm sure that they will all remember it for quite a while...My personal favourites were the gorgeous lamb and the lemon posset but it was all lovely.' C Bestley

Truly delicious

'...we wanted to express how much we enjoyed the meal which you provided for us on the 15th - it was truly delicious. All the family loved it too and were fulsome in their praise.  So thank you very much indeed for your hard work in planning the menus and, of course, actually cooking and preparing the food!  With the beautiful weather as a bonus, my birthday lunch was a great occasion.' F and J May

Can't thank you enough

'Just to say the food has all been fantastic and been so incredibly easy to prepare. We can't thank you enough for your help and making our stay that much easier. Thank you, Monica and Ed'

Still talking about it

'We both want to say a big thank you for help, support and most importantly lovely food. It was truly amazing food and everyone is still talking about it'  Pete and Elise

Beautifully presented

'I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderful meal on Friday. It was absolutely delicious and so beautifully presented - Mum and Dad were absolutely delighted to have such a treat and it was the perfect end to the holiday for all of us. Each course was lovely and we could really taste the freshness of the ingredients. And thank you again for catering for our requirements, especially the various last minute changes!'  - C Wotton

So amazing

'I returned to some very happy boys and some mouthwatering leftovers! Thanks so much for throwing something so amazing together at such short notice. Pleasure to meet you and what a fantastic Thai cookery class experience you created. Thank you so much for the recipes. I am looking forward to the boys recreating these for us very soon!  Best Regards and huge thanks X' - K Mallery

Utterly delicious food

'Chef Ismail planned a wonderful menu. His food was exquisite, beautifully presented and served with 5 star care and attention to detail. Most importantly, he is warm and delightful and when you put that together with utterly delicious food, I cannot recommend him highly enough' - J Dakin

Wonderful dinner

'Chef Ismail, thank you for preparing a wonderful dinner for us which we all enjoyed immensely and we look forward to tucking in to the goodies that you left in the fridge' - S Roberts

Look no further

'Thank you Chef Ismail for being part of my fiancée’s surprise birthday celebrations. The food was fantastic and left us with a very fond memory of Cornwall. It was supposed to be treat for the birthday girl but we all had a great meal and a great experience. I even shucked my first ever oyster! Would highly recommend Chef Ismail to anyone looking for a private chef. Chef Ismail was very flexible with venue, arrangements and designed a menu around fresh local ingredients. If you want to make an event extra special look no further.' J Law

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