In 2010, 20,000 people applied for MasterChef and I was one of the 20 contestants selected to take part in the 2011 show. It was exciting and a bit nerve wrecking! After the experience I realised I wanted to progress my cooking, although working in a professional kitchen didn't appeal to me. So, I set up as a sole trader and started a Spanish street-food stall in the Winchester market. From there I met people and started getting enquiries for parties. I have since catered for weddings and big corporate events, local community type events, as well as for local people who fancy a little treat or a night off cooking!
I have 'paelleras' that feed up to 80 people (This is particularly popular for summer garden parties) but I also have sizes for smaller events too.
I had scores of parties cancelled in 2020 but as restaurants were closed, I had a growing number of enquiries for deliveries of mainly tapas (delivered in earthenware dishes ready to pop in the oven) and paellas with accompanying bottles of freshly made stock ready to finish on the hob at home. I was extremely busy when the local restaurants were closed and as a result I broadened my client base. I don't advertise.
I have traded at the Romsey Show on various occasions, the Romsey Food Festival, the Beggars Fair and various food festivals around Hampshire and Dorset.