May 10, 2018

Validation Dinner: Ian Cathcart

Congratulations to chef Ian Cathcart on his successful validation by the La Belle Assiette Jury!

Congratulations to chef Ian Cathcart on his successful validation dinner. His validation took place on the 5th of May in London. The role of the jury members was to try the private chef dining experience and evaluate the menu prepared by the chef.

Ian discovered his love of food at a very early age, influenced heavily by his mother, a chef and great home cook. Ian started cooking professionally at 17 in gastro pubs and various agencies, but soon found the London hotel and restaurant scene. He worked in the trendy and popular ‘Asia de Cuba’ at the St Martins Lane hotel followed by SUKA at the Sanderson, learning the finest pan-Asian cooking. Ian also worked at the world famous Porthminster Beach Cafe in St Ives and acclaimed Michelin star bistro ‘Arbutus’, where he developed his classic and modern European skills. Ian studied an NVQ in professional cookery at Westminster Kingsway College, then a degree in Culinary Arts at the London School of Hospitality, passing the course with distinction. Since then he has worked as a private chef to Middle Eastern royalty and had the good fortune to travel whilst cooking.


Duck rillettes with redcurrant compote and sourdough crostini

Main course

Pork belly ‘petit sale’ with lentils du puy and poached vegetables


Apple ‘Tart Tatin’ with lemon thyme and creme fraîche

  • “A phenomenal experience! The interaction with the admin team was seamless and enabled our evening to run smoothly without stress.
    Chef Ian was very friendly and engaging. In selecting the French Country menu, we were blown away by the packed flavour each course brought. The Duck Rillette starter was my favourite meal of the night! The Pork Belly main was succulent and the accompanying vegetables were delicious. To only top the night off, the blow torched Tart Tatin was simply sublime!! I would hands down use La Belle Assiette’s services again, and certainly Chef Ian. We cannot thank you enough Ian and look forward to seeing you again in future!”
  • “Last weekend Ian came over to the house and cooked a delicious three-course meal for our party of 6 guests. Our ‘Duke Rillets and Redcurrant Compote’ starter was absolutely divine and the Pork Belly was simply outstanding. Our evening finished with a ‘Tart Tartin’ with a hint of Thyme, warm Bruschetta and a real appreciation to the effort he put into making our meals so delicious.
    Not only was we overjoyed by the marvellous quality and taste of the food but also very much enjoyed Ian’s company and felt in very good hands throughout the evening. I would most certainly recommend him to anyone.”

Ian created an exceptional meal for his Validation Dinner. Each dish was perfectly cooked, and the special touches he included made the meal even more special. His range of culinary experience shone through and he was an absolute pleasure to host.

We are happy to announce the validation of chef Ian and know you would be in the best hands for your next dinner party! To view Ian’s profile and menus head to:


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