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Chef Darius

Using only the highest quality ingredients you and your guests can enjoy yourselves with no fuss or stress

Darius is your 5.0 star chef in London, for hire to cook BBQ & Caribbean & European cuisines. Darius is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!

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Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it

My Passion for cooking started at a very early age. I remember helping my mother on Sundays with the roast and making cake for my family and guests who were visiting. I have worked throughout the Food Industry Picking up skills and knowledge from the different establishments. I started as a trainee Chef and have been constantly working my way up the career ladder. My deepest passion is for Oriental Cooking which came after working at the Crockford Casino in London. I have always been interested to know much more about this style of cooking, so I brought books, but this was not enough so I took up classes and started visiting foreign countries on holiday. I like to learn about the different cuisines in the places themselves. I visited and worked in New Orleans where I first tasted Cajun food, I also visited California where I experienced Real Mexican cooking. It was a great enrichment to visit all the different countries and taste the vast range of ethic dishes from around the world, I would then try a master all the dishes when I returned home. As your Personal and Private Chef my aim is to bring a high class standard of food to your home, allowing you and your guests to enjoy yourselves with no fuss or stress from anything. I only use the highest quality produce and I am happy to talk about any other dishes or ideas you may have to make your night perfect.

List of the Chef's favorite ingredients

  • Fresh herbs
  • Fresh Fish
  • Rump of Lamb
  • Stone-Bass
  • Puy Lentils and fresh Pasta

Cuisines

  • BBQ
  • Caribbean
  • European
  • International
  • Mexican

Experiences Provided

  • Private Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Cooking Class
  • Catering
  • Chef Consultancy

How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?

From the age of 8 year old I have always had a p for cooking, I use to help my mother with the Sunday roast when family would visit and bake cake and biscuits for afternoon tea. My first full time work was at the Park Lane Hotel this was a the time the only private family own five star hotel in London, the family also owned the Ritz hotel which I also work at when they was short of staff. Whiles working at the park lane I was sent to catering college, for four year day release to improve my knowledge and experience as a chef, I work for the Park Lane for Five year. I took a future three more year to master the art of Buffet and larder work, which included butcher work and how to create the prefect buffet display. After my seven years of studding I started to move around the industry pick up many different method of cooking from around the world. When on holiday I always venture off to local restaurant away from the tourist to try and pick up recipes of the local cuisine then try a master it on my return home, I would then as my own little touch being careful to keep to the original recipe and taste. Throughout my career as a chef I was able to pick up a great knowledge and experience of authentic cooking from around the world from “far east, middle east, Mexican, French, Asian, and Cajun.”

Ranking

  • Professional

Trainings

Battersea and Lewisham Catering College
Treanee Chef (Sep 1976 - Jul 1981)

I took catering college whiles at the Park Lane Hotel, this was a day release for four year then future three year to master buffet and larder work, when I started my cater career this was the side of the industry I wanted to get into to create wonderful buffet display work.

Work Experience

Park Lane Hotel
Commis Chef (Dec 2014-Now)

This was my first position where I was a trainee Chef, while I was working here I also began at a Catering College.

Crockford Casino London
Chef (Oct 2012-Now)

This is where I got my passion for oriental cooking, it led me onto travelling around the world to really experience the cuisine.

Tennis Australia
UK private/organiser (Jun 2007-Now)

During the Wimbledon Championship at the All England I would work as a private chef / organiser for Tennis Australia which I still do, working as a private chef / organiser with Tennis Australia I was able to travel with the Davis Cup Team to take care of the catering side, I recently travel to Uzbekistan with the team, which was a great experience. As a private chef/organiser I take charge of the day to day running of the house which tennis Australia rent during the two week of Wimbledon.

All England Lawn tennis Club
Chef for the Members Dining room (Apr 2000-May 2014)

I had recently be working for the All England Lawn and Tennis Club in Wimbledon, I was brought in to bring the member dining room food up to date, not know anything about Wimbledon and its standard I set out to create what I think would be the best food standard for the members, I achieve good report and feedback for all the member. I stayed with the all England for fifteen years.

Location

London, United Kingdom
Travel: 106 kms

Language Spoken

  • English
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Flexible
      Full refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees
    4.99
    Reviews from Foodies:
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    Kieran
    5.0
    February 2018
    I would Highly recommend Chef Darius, he was truly amazing, I will be talking about his food all month! I will definitely be using Chef Darius again.
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    Marina
    5.0
    December 2017
    Darius was very proffessional, organised and tidy. The food was amazing and he was a pleasure to have around. I highly recommend Darius and I look forward to booking Darius again.
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    Sophy
    5.0
    August 2017
    Perfect as ever - the stars of the show were the garlic bread and the jerk chicken - but everything looked fabulous and tasted delicious. Thank you.
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    Enia
    5.0
    July 2017
    The only negative comment is that he has ruined future barbecues for me because the food quality at these will always be so much poorer then what Darius delivered. Excellent variety and quality, despite last minute nature of event :-)
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    Shola
    5.0
    June 2017
    It's always great to hire Darius. Communication is excellent, menu choices varied and of course the food is always top notch. Thanks for making my birthday party so special. I'll be in touch again next year!
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    Shola
    5.0
    June 2017
    Another great experience with Darius. All my guests commented on how great the meal was. I'll definitely be booking him again.
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    Shola
    4.8
    January 2017
    We had a wonderful Christmas dinner prepared by Chef Darius. He was very professional and was able to improvise quite quickly when our kitchen appliances turned out to be different to what he expected. The meal was lovely, a deceptively simple menu, full of interesting combinations and complex flavours. We never once looked at the clock and the service went smoothly. I would not hesitate to use Chef Darius again. Thanks for giving us a memorable Christmas day!
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    Sophy
    5.0
    January 2017
    Really lovely food, and Darius was meticulous with his instructions for the preparation and presentation - this certainly wasn't a takeaway. Darius's drop-off was just the perfect solution to a midweek early January birthday conundrum. My partner was very excited, he felt very special, and I wasn't run ragged!
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    Andrea
    5.0
    January 2017
    Darius was great to work with. Very professional and my guests raved about his food. He was very flexible and came heavily prepared on the day. I would highly recommend Darius to others!
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    Kingsley
    5.0
    December 2016
    Had a great experience with Chef Darius the team really enjoyed the food and the experience of the whole night.
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    Kenneth
    5.0
    August 2016
    Thank you ever so much Darius, you went over and above what was required of you as a chef. Everyone at the event loved your food and professionalism. I appreciate you helping me make my wife's 40'th birthday feel really special. Cheers Darius.
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    vicky
    5.0
    June 2016
    AMAZING! I am thrilled at the service, the food, the way my evening was orchestrated, extremely punctual, Darius was amazing, I adored every mouthful of food he cooked. His service was wonderful. He was good at communicating and i would not hesitate in booking him again. He went the extra mile to make our evening one to remember. I have already told all my friends!! A lovely Chef.
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    angela
    5.0
    March 2016
    Darius cooked us an excellent meal on Friday night. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We would recommend him.
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    Lisa
    5.0
    December 2015
    Darius arrived laden with his ingredients and cooked a fantastic three course meal. He stated that dinner would be ready by 7pm and worked tirelessly to serve our starters at the specified time. As a family, we were full of praise for each course. The succulent seabass was complimented by the tangy, spicy but beautifully fresh coleslaw. Our lamb was cooked to perfection and according to all our choices. And the cheesecake (complete with candles) was the perfect way to end a birthday menu. Stunning food. Darius is clearly a talented man who cooks with integrity and care. Our kitchen was left spotlessly clean after he cleared and cleaned throughout the night. It's a fantastic concept and family members (some who are hard to please) were all impressed with Darius as a man and his culinary skills. Fine dining in the comfort of our home - we would certainly book again.
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    Charlene
    5.0
    November 2015
    Chef Darius was exceptional and the food was amazing all attendees had a lovely memorable experience. Looking for an excuse to re book soon!!! Highly recommended.
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