Kind Words

ChefGary Testimonials


‘We had a fantastic time over the weekend and the meal you prepared was a huge part of this! Thank you so much for making it such a special occasion and for working with us to make the menu exactly what we wanted. It was the perfect end to the weekend and not having to lift a finger was a dream!

Could not recommend you highly enough and the food was phenomenal!’

Julia Walsh - 40th Birthday Dinner Party - New Forest

‘The food was phenomenal and the whole experience truly unforgettable. Thank you so very much!! Would highly recommend’

charlotte - 60th birthday dinner - new forest

‘What an amazing dinner we had – brilliant! Food was top-notch and beautifully presented. Mike cleaned and tidied up and when he left you wouldn’t have known anyone had been in. We’d certainly use ChefGary services again and are happy to thoroughly recommend’

Chris & Marc White - Chandlers Ford - Birthday Dinner

‘We were delighted and very impressed - honestly the best taster menu we have ever had, varied, delicious and generous. The evening was a special surprise, made all the more memoriable by the delicious dinner, professionally prepared and served in a friendly way - the kitchen left immaculate’

Nigel & Rebecca - 70th B’day Dinner - Hampshire

‘Chef Gary provided a tasting menu for our 40th birthday dinner party. The menu planning in advance was thoughtful, flexible and creative - the organisation on the day was excellent - the dishes were exceptional in flavour and presentation. To anyone weighing up whether to go for a dinner party with a chef at home I would recommend Gary in a heartbeat’

Rob J - 40th birthday dinner - London

‘Another amazing variety of beautifully prepared canapes - the wow factor to our parties. Our letters of thanks from the guests speak for themselves. We love you and your imaginative and delicious food so much!’

Sue B - 75th Canapes party - Wiltshire

“You totally nailed a perfect evening! It was beyond exceptional - awesome and beyond my expectations!
You were a pleasure to work with and faultless in your execution of a truly beautiful culinary experience!”

Nicqui - Birthday dinner party - Romsey

“I cannot recommend ChefGary enough! Gary was friendly, helpful, professional and made the planning so easy. Mike cooked the most delicious birthday brunch - just brilliant on the day, so well cooked and presented”

nina eagles - birthday brunch - new forest

"Thank you for the wonderful dinner. The food was outstanding, the presentation and flavours the highlight of our weekend"

Peter Radley - 70th birthday - Lyme Regis

"Just to put on record everybody's sincere thanks for such a memorable excellent dinner. Everything from the timing, efficiency and presentation was perfect to make it a memorable occasion. We will definitely recommend you to others. 

Colin & Janet - 80th birthday - Lulworth 

"Thank you once again for exceeding our expectations! Julie and I recently visited Tom Kerridge's Hand and Flowers, The Jetty at Christchurch, and The Terravina at Woodlands but for us your skill and use of ingredients, presentation and above all taste beat all of these.  The kitchen was left without a trace!"

Steve & Julie King - dinner party - ringwood

"We had Mike come and cook for 7 of us! I can’t tell you how delicious our meal was. Absolutely amazing! We are still talking about it nearly a week after. Would be perfect for corporate hospitality events. Highly recommended" 

Linda Attridge - private dinner party - dorset

"Far exceeded expectations and gave us an incredible evening celebrating my husband's 40th. Without doubt some of the best vegetarian food I've ever eaten and the meat eaters said the same about theirs too. Would highly recommend"

Lucy Planner-birthday dinner party-southampton

"Thank you for giving us such a good evening. The four of us have been having dinners now for (frighteningly) 29 years! I can safely say that you produced one of the best Dinners in all that time"   

Jasper-Dinner Party-Wiltshire

"Mike was brilliant - his food was amazing - some of the tastiest I have had anywhere. Having someone come in and cook in our kitchen was a new experience for us but one that we will definitley repeat. It made my wife's birthday really special - a memory she will have forever"

Tim Rodda-private dinner party-southampton

"WOW!! Mike happily beavered away in our kitchen making what I can only describe as the best food I've had. For us to have an intimate dining experience in the comfort of our own home with no ridiculous bar bill was far cheaper than fine dining out. Would we use ChefGary again????? ABSOLUTELY!!!"

Lisa Grithiths-dinner party-Southampton

"The 3 course dinner that Gary prepared for us and our 16 guests was absolutely marvellous. A family celebration of our  Golden Wedding Anniversary and every single guest withut exception was totally impressed by all the dishes. A top class chef who made us a truly wonderful meal and made our special occasion so memorable"

Alan West-Private dinner party-The new forest

"A big thank you for another wonderful meal. your food and presentation the foundations for a most enjoyable evening around the table" 

John Ellwood-private dinner party-Portchester

"An Amazing 90th Birthday Celebration - Each course was cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. To have a professional chef come to our home set up, cook and present the most amazing lunch was the ultimate luxury – thank you Gary"  

Pat Sullivan-Private dinner party-essex


‘Thank you for your catering expertise in putting our wedding day together! It went absolutely beautifully, down to the littlest details - a dream come true day. It wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you for going above and beyond.

Laura & Darren - Beaulieu Wedding - 2019

‘Fantastic from start to finish - such amazing food, catering for vegetarians, vegans and gluten free - not an easy combination! Thank you so much!’

Victoria Harker - Wedding brunch & afternoon tea

‘A huge Thank you - You excedded all expectations and they were pretty high! The food was not only delicious but so beautifully presented. Once again thank you so much - you and ChefMike were instrumental in making our special weekend the best it could be’

Kelly Schuman - 50th Birthday weekend - New forest

‘You came highly recommended & we echo that. The food was delicious - the table looked beautiful - the service courteous, attentive, relaxed & gentle. We are delighted to have found you!’

Katie & Peter Goodall - 90th Birthday lunch - Wellow

“Totally blown away by the food Mike cooked for us - my kitchen has never been so tidy and clean. Thank you again for our perfect evening!!!

Jaci - Dinner party - Burridge

“Absolutely spot on, everything you could wish for. The food was just divine, beautifully presented and the flavours out of this world. No washing up, no cooking! Thank you for making my birthday just perfect!”

sunita - birthday dinner party - swindon

“THE BEST dinner party! Out of this world. Everyone loved you, your professionalism, your personality, your incredible food. Thank you for making my birthday dinner truly special for me”

Cecile Bergart -Birthday dinner - hampshire

"Excellent communication,  so easy to plan with Gary and very accommodating of anything we needed. I cannot recommend him enough. Gary came to the Blackwood forest lodges and served up the most amazing food. The kitchen was cleaner when they left than when we arrived!! We had the most fabulous evening, thank you so much!"

ashley quinn - 40th Wedding anniversary - Winchester

"Amazing, the food was wonderful. My mum loved her surprise 80th Meal - the perfect intimate party and so nice to be cozy in our own home. It was even more magical than we could have imagined. Thank you again from all of us"

Penny Hobbs - Dinner Party - Hampshire

"A huge thank you for everything on the 9th December. I have to say that you were the star of the show, your food and presentation were stunning. Everybody was raving about it; just brilliant!

Annie - christmas buffet dinner - chandlers ford

"Yet another great meal, canapes fantastic,  main dishes splendid, dessert excellent. As always, Gary makes sure that the dairy free dessert is light years away from many restaurant offerings. Thank you yet again"

Steve Walklate - private dinner party - hampshire

"Wow, what an amazing evening we had. The food produced for my mum's 70th dinner party was at the highest level and possibly the best I have had in years"   

 Marco Ciraulo - private dinner party - lymington

"Thank you for another inspirational meal. Your passion and enthusiasm are contagious, your calm flexibility and professionalism invaluable and your food sublime. The piece de resistance this time was an awesome mushroom and truffle soup whose memory we are still savouring. Many thanks once again"   

 Jasper-private dinner party-dorset

"Thank you so much for the wonderful meal you created for my surprise birthday dinner. Every morsel was a delight to the eyes and the taste buds. A truly delicious feast - how you did, all you did, stress free, unobtrusively and quietly is a skill to behold. Thank you again for helping make my birthday perfect.

Celia-Birthday Dinner Party-lymington

"Thank you so very much. The food was absolutely delicious and so beautifully presented and I loved that we could relax in our own home as we ate. Thanks again for making my birthday such a special and memorable one."

Stephanie-Birthday Private Dinner Party-Hampshire

"Thank you for making our dinner party very special, your food was exquisite, the presentation exceptional and the taste to match. We couldn’t have wished for more, you exceeded our expectations, left without a trace, but with a fantastic gastronomic memory" 

Steve King, Private Dinner Party, Ringwood

"A massive thank you for Friday night's spectacular dinner! All the food was delicious and presented beyond beautifully. your attention to detail never ceases to amaze me"

Lillie Parker-Hen dinner party-lyndhurst

“The food was spectacular, could not have been better. Everything was so lovely from the canapes onwards.”

Jackie Douglas-Bbirthday dinner party - Portsmouth

"Thank you so much for the very successful dinner party you orchestrated at our home last Thursday. Your professionalism created a relaxed atmosphere, easy conversation and, of course, a superb menu. The food being chosen well, correctly prepared and cooked to perfection" 

Gordon Dent-Wedding Anniversary Dinner Party-southampton

"Our family and friends celebrated my sisters birthday with an excellent dining experience by ChefGary. Gary is a super talented chef and looked after everyone perfectly. What a fun night, definitely to be repeated!" 

Rachel Emery - private birthday dinner party - southampton