Our team bring with them decades of experience in catering prestigious events across the world. Being event professionals, our team have worked at a fair few events in their time, but we wanted to find out what their favourites have been, what they’re proud of and what they’d pick for their last supper! Of course we needed to know about their party tricks too… Here’s what they told us.
Following an extensive career working for some of the biggest names in event catering from The Admirable Crichton to Rhubarb Food Design and Mosimann’s, Damian felt it was about time to set up his own event catering company. And so The London Kitchen was born. Decades of experience in the industry have seen Damian cater for a wealth of esteemed clients; including the Duchy of Cornwall, Tom Ford and The Rolling Stones to name but a few. He enjoys mentoring hospitality students at Oxford Brookes University and on BBC’s The Apprentice and has also judged a number of industry awards including Young Guns for Young Leaders in Hospitality and the British Wedding Industry Awards.
Jay is our Director and has worked with Damian since 2008. With a degree in Events and Hospitality Management he is taking the London Events industry by storm. As much as Jay enjoys working on our high-brow events, he’s also been seen serving burgers and chips at a charity fun run or delivering sandwiches to the team at 5.00am. Jay is never off duty so when he is not savouring the flavours of one of London’s trendiest restaurants, you will find him in his home kitchen whipping up a feast for friends. Either that or continuing his ‘burger tour’ of London… one patty at a time.
Emma is our Venue Relationship Manager. The best even she’s ever been to was the launch of Borough Market’s event spaces – it was full of traders and real foodies. Her favourite London Kitchen event was the incredible Themetraders secret party, complete with an adults food fight! She’s proudest of getting her hands dirty with a great DIY project – refurbishing her flat. We asked her to pick her last supper and she went with an exotic choice – Whitebait at Avithos Taverna, Svoronata, Greece. And her party trick? She can bleat like a sheep. Really, other sheep bleat back!
Event Planner Edward says the most impressive event he’s ever attended was his friend’s wedding in the South of France – a stunning setting amongst vines. His favourite event to work on was the launch of Borough Market, he loved serving traditional dishes like pie and mash and Scotch eggs! We asked Edward what he’s most proud of – it’s himself, every time he tries to iron a shirt! His last supper would be his mum’s cottage pie, Edward’s a big fan of comfort food. His party trick? Placing an after eight on his forehand and getting it into his mouth, without using his hands!
Jen tells us the best event she’s ever been to was a summer party at the stunning Serpentine Pavilion. Her favourite event to work on was a secret party for guests of production company Themetraders. Jen is proudest of moving to London, it gave her the opportunity to work at amazing event and venues with our team. Her last supper would be Beluga sushi in Cape Town followed by their Chocolate Fondant. Jen’s party rick is her brilliant ability to recite a broken Afrikaans rendition of ‘Kaptein’ by Kurt Darren. Including a dance routine!
The best event Abi has been to was V fest with her friends – in particular dancing to Beyoncé. The best event she’s worked on was On Blackheath Chefs Club – the chefs were inspiring. Abi’s worked at some amazing venues in London working for the best event catering companies in London, so she’s excited to see what the next five years have in store! Her last supper would be a simple, yet delicious combination: toast with bovril and butter with a slice of cheese and a packet of mini cheddars. Abi’s always the first on the dance floor and the last one to leave!
The best event Sally has ever been to was the Rugby World Cup Final in Paris – England lost but it didn’t matter! The best event she’s ever been was a film premiere after party for the St. Trinian’s movie. At the time it was the biggest event – numbers and production wise – that Sally had been involved with so was very exciting. Sally has only been at The London Kitchen for a few weeks so she’s looking forward to the events in store for her here! Sally’s always proud when she sees her brother’s name on the end credits of films he’s worked on. Never fails! Her last supper would be Moules Frites overlooking the sea at my favourite restaurant in the South of France. Her party trick is making a very potent tropical punch – not so much a party trick but it works well to encourage everyone else to show off their party tricks!
Andy’s favourite ever event was the Monaco Grand Prix, he loves F1 and it’s the best place to get up close! When Andy was 19 he ran the hot kitchen for Scientology event for 3,500 guests. His last supper would be a Wagu beef fillet, Dauphinoise potatoes and tenderstem broccoli, carrots and red wine jus.
Jamie’s favourite job ever was a Royal party, which took place at Buckingham Palace (where else!). His favourite job to work on was a dinner for 20 guests, hosted by the Shaikh of Quatar. His last supper would have to be roasted pheasant with blackberry jus, and his party trick is making a croquet em bouche at 3am!