References and Testimonies

The Wicken

…Hess is unfailingly friendly, agreeable and a pleasure to work with. Best of all, he is highly flexible, is open to suggestions and is always willing to adapt his way of doing things in the interest of pleasing his client. He is comfortable with a variety of challenges. He is a self starter, assumes responsibility well and he has produced a series of extremely high quality and elaborate meals for large numbers of very sophisticated people.

Alastair J. Keith (The Wicken Estate)

Cawdor Estate

…It has always been a complete pleasure to have him as part of our team. He works extremely well with others, while taking command of the kitchen. He is very well organized and works well to a budget. His timings are perfect and health and safety faultless. Hess is happy to work to menus or to present then himself. His food is always a sensation and he works well with local ingredients…

Lady I Cawdor (Cawdor Estate)


The Times

…Hess was a great plus for our evening-the food was WONDERFUL-he was most helpful with the wines and the presentation was fabulous-I particularly recommend his scallops with black pudding-the best I ever tasted -even better than Home House where I first encountered the dish.

Ray Keene OBE (chess grandmaster c/o The Times)


…the guests have praised his efficiency and the high standards of his cooking. I would not hesitate to employ him on behalf of our guests again and I am delighted to have the opportunity to recommend him.

Warren W de Long, Director (Blandings)


Cawdor Castle

…cooking very efficiently for my house parties. He is a good cook, well organized, trustworthy and has a very pleasant manner. I certainly would ask him back….

The Dowager Countess Cawdor (Cawdor Castle)


Mr and Mrs Mark Beach

…. It turned out to be the most perfect day we could possibly have dreamt of. Everything ran so smoothly and we were totally unaware of the hard work going on behind the scenes…everyone commented on how amazing the food and service was. There was nothing that we needed that was ever too much trouble….

Mr and Mrs Mark Beach


Laverstoke House

…. Hess is very calm and well organised in the kitchen. We always found him to be very flexible and adaptable and he made very good use of the produced available to him to produce a varied menu.

Mrs Clare Scheckter (Laverstoke House)


Rett Golf Classic

…thank you for the fabulous hospitality you provided…. the sushi certainly added a new dimension to our event. The quality was outstanding and as good as anything you would find in a top London restaurant.

Mr. Colin Carter, Chairman (C.E.L. Group Ltd, Rett Golf Classic)



BGC Partners

…your cuisine was of the highest standard and your cheery disposition was always a warming extra at breakfast time.


John Duffield (BGC Partners)

The Swan

…Hess originally joined us in 1996, making excellent use of his skills in the kitchen…. and front of house, using his extensive wine knowledge he created an extensive wine list for the restaurant. Hess has progressed his love for personal catering and until recently enjoyed a spell as a personal chef to Formula 1 teams.




Emma Victoria Design

The evening was a great success, with huge thanks to Hess for making it so. He was efficient, helpful and incredibly tidy. He did a marvelous job for us, the food was delicious, especially considering the very limited kitchen facilities. We were over the moon with having decided to go with him and would consider using him again with no hesitation.

Phil and Gail Lydford

You did a terrific job for us on Sunday. The quality of the food and its presentation was outstanding. The friendly but unobtrusive way in which you went about the preparation of the many different offerings was truly impressive. Clearly, you work as a very smooth team. We could not be more satisfied - well done and thank you.

Phil and Gail Lydford (18th Birthday party)

LolaLo Reading/Oxford opening

I needed a caterer for my nightclub VIP launch party and was recommended Hessam. I needed a variety of hot and cold canapés that would be served over a period. From our initial contact, Hess was very passionate and professional and throughout the duration of our contact he provided a complete service ensuring I got what I needed to impress. The canapés were divine, and were talked about post-launch as much as the cocktails they were complimenting!

Would definitely use Hess again were I to need a caterer, and would recommend to all - a fantastic service from a genuinely talented chef...

Family gathering for 60th Birthday

My family and I would like to thank you for your excellent work last night. My mother had a lovely birthday meal, everyone commented on how wonderful the food was, and the evening ran perfectly thanks to your timings and organisation!

I will take no hesitation in recommending you to others.

Many thanks again,
Katy Strang


Wendy Nathan

I can't thank you enough for Saturday night; the food was fantastic and you were very calm and kind to the guests who thought it was their job to come and bother you. You have won many fans and I have already been asked to pass on your details by two of the guests.

Again thank you for everything

Martin and Sally Bult (Leaving Party)

Hi Hess, I wanted to thank u so much for last night- you r a lovely guy, were very well prepared and professional and the food was fab! You really stepped in and saved the day! Thank u. Do hope u can have a rest today!

Many thanks!


Cynthia Gupte (Friend with families holiday gathering)

Hope you are chilling out with your family and having a well-earned rest. Just wanted to say a huge thank you for cooking for us. It really was a great success especially for the girls because it meant we could spend quality time with the children.

Best wishes


Xmas Family gathering

We all thought you did such a great job, really delicious food and all superbly sourced, it really was such a treat for us. Thank you also for being so great with all the different ages coming in and out of the Kitchen at different times and giving them all breakfast at different times, so spoiling...

It was lovely to have you here and we miss all those evocative smells coming out of the Kitchen, you really did make our Christmas fun and I know my mother had a wonderful time with all her extended family around her.

Dinah Marriott



We had a wonderful night. The food was spectacular so thank you. It made the evening. Will pass on your wishes. All the best, Kelly.

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