I am a self-motivated chef with over 15 years experience working within the food industry. I started washing the dishes in a local pub when I was 14 and ever since my first day, I fell in love with the way food was handled and the environment that I was working in. Since then I have travelled far and wide to gain experie...... I am a self-motivated chef with over 15 years experience working within the food industry. I started washing the dishes in a local pub when I was 14 and ever since my first day, I fell in love with the way food was handled and the environment that I was working in. Since then I have travelled far and wide to gain experience in all sections of the kitchen. I am most comfortable in a leadership position and I am very proud to tell people that I work as a chef for a living. I enjoy the very basics of good food, from the raw ingredients to the final product, and pride myself in always looking for new and exciting ways to go the extra mile to challenge everyone’s palate. From fine dining to school meals I strive for perfection and I have a particular interest in vegetarian cuisine. Two years ago I decided to start my own company which allows me to move around the country cooking in a wide range of establishments, from private dinner parties to larger scale events. Each job I pursue gives my confidence as a chef, a boost if you like, and I love fine tuning kitchens to maximize the potential whilst creating a safe working environment. I would like to say I could build a house from the ground up, but I can’t, however I am proud to say I can turn eggs and flour in to something everyone can enjoy! I am really looking forward to cooking good food for you. Chef Oliver works predominantly in the Cotswolds, Oxford and Taunton; however, he is available in a variety of places in South West England. Read all Hide
Cheltenham, UK +100 km
Organic, Vegan, Cooking class, Gastronomic, French, BritishThe Chef in 6 questions & answers...
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STARTER : Panko crumbed fish cakes, Romesco sauce / MAIN COURSE : Pork stuffed and rolled with black pudding, Harissa baked mash, fennel seed and parsley sauce / DESSERT : Peach posset with almond biscotti... Read more
Panko crumbed fish cakes, Romesco sauce
Pork stuffed and rolled with black pudding, Harissa baked mash, fennel seed and parsley sauce
Peach posset with almond biscotti
STARTER : Roasted red pepper and tomato soup with basil pesto / MAIN COURSE : Thyme and garlic marinated chicken, chargrilled Aubergine and a rich tomato compote / DESSERT : Winter berry and apple crumble with vanilla custard ... Read more
Roasted red pepper and tomato soup with basil pesto
Thyme and garlic marinated chicken, chargrilled Aubergine and a rich tomato compote
Winter berry and apple crumble with vanilla custard
APPETIZER : Chef's surprise / STARTER : Fried mac and cheese with BBQ pulled pork shoulder, courgette, walnut and radish salad / MAIN COURSE : Mash topped pies (meat, fish or vegetable) shortcrust base and seasonal Vegetables for the ta...... Read more
Fried mac and cheese with BBQ pulled pork shoulder, courgette, walnut and radish salad
Mash topped pies (meat, fish or vegetable) shortcrust base and seasonal Vegetables for the table
Chocolate tart, almonds and coffee cream
CANAPÉS : Mini meat pies / STARTER : Hot smoked peppered mackerel, lightly spiced cherry tomato and coriander salad / MAIN COURSE : Roast lamb, dauphinois, winter root vegetables, rosemary and carrot purée / DESSERT : White chocolate an...... Read more
Mini meat pies
Hot smoked peppered mackerel, lightly spiced cherry tomato and coriander salad
Roast lamb, dauphinois, winter root vegetables, rosemary and carrot purée
White chocolate and cardamom panna cotta with dark chocolate and coffee tuile
STARTER : Crispy duck salad with watermelon and pomegranate, Home smoked sea trout, parsnip slaw and pickled pear, Shallot tart with thyme and parmesan crisp (v), Butternut squash soup with chestnuts and truffle oil (v), please choose on...... Read more
Crispy duck salad with watermelon and pomegranate
Home smoked sea trout, parsnip slaw and pickled pear
Shallot tart with thyme and parmesan crisp (v)
Butternut squash soup with chestnuts and truffle oil (v)
please choose one option for all guests
Pork belly, pomme anna potatoes, beetroot and carrot textures
Seabass with girolles, squash and pumpkin seeds
Roast sirloin of beef, braised leeks, fondant potatoes, celeriac and oxtail jus
Pan fried handmade gnocchi with mushrooms, blue cheese, spinach, hazel nuts and pear
please choose one option for all guests
Vanilla cheesecake with raspberry coulis
Chocolate mousse with dulce de leche and honeycomb shards
Apple tart tartin, caramel and apple sauce
Sweet muscavado creams with sour plums and ginger nut crumb
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CANAPÉS : Croquetas de jamon (ham) / APPETIZER : Setas al jerez (mushrooms with sherry) / APPETIZER : Merluza en salsa verde (fish with salsa verde) / APPETIZER : Pinchitos morunos (pork skewers) with tomato and parsley / APPETIZER : Ca...... Read more
Croquetas de jamon (ham)
Setas al jerez (mushrooms with sherry)
Merluza en salsa verde (fish with salsa verde)
Pinchitos morunos (pork skewers) with tomato and parsley
Carrot and cumin salad with coriander
Pollo al ajillo (chicken cooked with bay, garlic and white wine), cauliflower with saffron and breadcrumbs
Bitter chocolate, coffee and cardamom truffle cake, vanilla cream
APPETIZER : Smoked sea trout with parsnip slaw / STARTER : Lightly spiced tomato, goat's cheese mousse, toasted pine nuts, carrot and coriander / MAIN COURSE : Balsamic beef, mustard red cabbage, oven roasted rosemary and thyme potatoe...... Read more
Smoked sea trout with parsnip slaw
Lightly spiced tomato, goat's cheese mousse, toasted pine nuts, carrot and coriander
Balsamic beef, mustard red cabbage, oven roasted rosemary and thyme potatoes, glazed orange carrots
Tomato chilli jam and black bomber
Chocolate torte with tonka bean ice-cream, earl grey tea fluid gel
macaroons with an assortment of flavours
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We had a fantastic evening thanks to Oliver and and his delicious food. The whole experience from start to finish couldn't have been easier and Oliver was very professional and friendly. Thank you!
Our meal with Chef Oliver Charnock was absolutely amazing. We had planned the private family dinner as an anniversary gift for our parents and to thank them for taking us all on an amazing family holiday. I was worried it might be fine but not spectacular, but it was truly brilliant. In the lead up Oliver was so easy to deal with, especially as i was in Australia, he was so responsive to emails and so easy to plan the meal with. He was on time, professional, very friendly, and the meal was absolutely outstanding. Kitchen was left spotless. I could not fault it. My parents are still raving about how great the meal was. On our trip we mostly ate at michelin star restaurants and Oliver's food was easily of this standard. Very happy and would book again if in UK.
Overall very satisfied
Everything was brilliant. The food was really good and Oliver has a great personality!
We had a lovely evening. Oliver was very good at communicating with us, the food was delicious. He was professional, non-obtrusive, friendly and the menu was as described. He cleared up beautifully and we would definitely recommend him!
We had a wonderful evening that was made all that more special by Chef Oliver. Everyone loved his food, and he transformed our dining room into what felt like a fine dining restaurant. We look forward to using La Belle Assiette again and hope to have Chef Oliver cook for us again in the future.
Our chef Oliver was fantastic. The food was perfect and the kitchen was spotless!
Fantastic experience overall. Oliver was amazing. Exteremely knowledgeable and provided great suggestions for our meal. Dealt with one guests dietary requirements with ease (she said it’s the best dairy free meal she’s ever eaten).
A fantastic experience. Would highly recommend Oliver for an of your dinner parties
Oliver was a great chef, great food, great evening
The whole experience from start to finish was perfect: the communication with Oliver about the menu (nothing was ever too much trouble), the food was to Michel star standards, and the service professional, fun, unobtrusive yet attentive. With a nine course menu and six people, Oliver brought along a waitress to help out with the serving and the wine. Laura was efficent and friendly with a great personality.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Oliver and his exquisite food.
We had an amazing evening celebrating my husbands 40th birthday. Chef Oliver's food was incredible, and he was very professional. Would highly recommend
From the moment we booked, everything ran very smoothly. Communication was great and adding an extra person was easy to do. The chef was very accommodating, offering a change to our pudding to make the end of the meal lighter. The chef was on time and the food was lovely. He was very knowledgeable and left the kitchen in the same condition as he arrived. Spotless! Excellent from start to finish.
The service through the whole process it was brilliant. Oliver and Laura knew what they were doing and just got on with it. The food was also very good and the only thing I would say was that maybe we started a bit too early as all of the food was done by 8:50 which just felt a bit early. But this wasn't their fault. A very enjoyable evening and I would definitely book them again. Thank you so much Oliver, Laura and La belle Assiette..........
Everything went so smoothly. From making the booking, to choosing the menu, to communicating with the chef in advance, to the night itself. Everything was perfect! And the food was delicious. I would have no hesitation in booking chef Oliver Charnock, or using La Belle Assiette again for future events.
Oliver was great - prompt, efficient and friendly. We thought it might be a little weird, as there were just the two of us sitting in an open plan kitchen/living area while he cooked, but he put us completely at ease by chatting and joining in with the conversation at times, but leaving us to it at others. His food was delicious: homely and tasty, but presented smartly. He cleared up everything afterwards, so we could relax and enjoy our evening. Excellent!
Chef Oliver was fantastic! The food was wonderful and the overall experience with La Belle Assiette was very good. The only glitch was that the chef we initially booked was cancelled fairly close to our event date. I only wish La Belle Assiette had been a bit more proactive in keeping me updated - I had to contact them 3 times before I was told that we were being assigned a new Chef. It ended up being absolutely fine, Chef Oliver was great, but the corporate communication could have been slightly better.
Oliver was a fantastic chef and really did make our night. The food was delicous and everything came out perfectly timed. He kept all 22 of us happy and it was a real treat to have a chef come a cook for us for the evening. I would highly recommend Oliver and will certainly be using him again.
Another great evening with Oliver cooking for us! This is the second time he has and it was just as fabulous as before. He is highly professional and friendly, and left the kitchen spotless. Can't wait to book him again!
Oliver was delight and very pleasant to have around. We all enjoyed his food!
Oliver was was the replacement chef chosen when my original choice of chef couldn't fulfill the engagement . I was absolutely delighted with home , he arrived on time and seemed completely comfortable with the kitchen straight away. He was friendly and engaging with all the guests , very professional in his approach.
What a great evening with Oliver. The menu went down a storm, we all loved it. Oliver was great fun and coped with a rowdy group of women marvellously!
Absolutely amazing. Food was delicious, due to dietary requirements and vegetarian requirements. Oliver prepared an amazing scrumptious meal. Service was excellent and Oliver was very meticulous and creative with food preparation and presentation.
An overall amazing experience. A great character and evening better food
Oliver was prompt, personable, and most importantly prepared us a delicious meal. The food was even better than anticipated and everyone was absolutely silent intently enjoying the scumptious dessert!
Fantastic service. Chef was very prompt and friendly on arrival. Good was excellent, generous portions and high quality.
Superb service from start to finish. Oliver was great, our food was absolutely delicious and I would not hesitate to
A great dinner that was a breeze to organise.
Oliver is was very professional and warm to all the guests . The food that Oliver produced was amazing . Oliver makes you feel at ease so you can enjoy your event .,
Oliver was charming. He coped with a full house including three young children and a baby admirably. His food was delicious and much appreciated by all. A great experience!
Oliver is the perfect private chef. His menu sounded tempting, but the eating of it was better than the description could convey. It was wonderful. Beyond a truly lovely culinary experience, Oliver has the perfect personality for the occasion - informative, chatty, amusing - and handled our eccentric French guest with guile and aplomb. He was fabulous.
The food was delicious, and all the courses were really beautifully presented. The dishes were all very intricate, and we were amazed at how all the different elements had been combined together to create such professional dishes in my kitchen! I think my favourite was the "strawberries and cream" dessert - a beautiful (and delicious!) plate of different strawberry and cream flavoured desserts, far more complex than the name suggested!
Oliver was very professional and organised; he turned up on time with everything he needed and left the kitchen very clean when he left. It was great to have help to lay the table and pour wine too, leaving me able to just enjoy the evening with my guests as if we were at a restaurant.
A really excellent night. Oliver was relaxed and friendly and the food was superb.
Really enjoyed the whole evening, the food was great, the service was great and I would definitely recommend!
Extremely professional, discrete and friendly .
Excellent meal and service, hassle-free.
Friendly service, really tasty food. Lamb and fish were both cooked really well
Great food & friendly service
He was very professional and friendly.
Would definitely do this again. Took the hassle out of catering for 26 people! Oliver kept in communication with me before the event and was flexible to veggie options and worked with me to create them. I was really impressed with the standard and presentation of the food especially for this number.
Oli is very friendly and nice, his food was absolutely excellent. Tremendously positive experience.
I enjoy the very basics of good food, from the raw ingredients to the final product, and pride myself in always looking for new and exciting ways to go the extra mile to challenge everyone’s palate. From fine dining to school meals I strive for perfection and I have a particular interest in vegetarian cuisine.
I am a private chef because I got tired of working in restaurants and cooking the same dishes for months on end, being freelance allows me to cook in different places and venues all the time.
My working week is varied and I love showing off my skills in a more relaxed atmosphere.
Private dining is much more fun, but also challenging and that keeps my flare and passion for food current and exciting!
I started washing the dishes in a local pub when I was 14 and ever since my first day, I fell in love with the way food was handled and the environment that I was working in. Since then I have travelled far and wide to gain experience in all sections of the kitchen.
When I am at home away from the kitchen, I love my garden. I am obsessed with planting things that I can then eat or use in cooking.
When I put on my gardening shoes and make a pot of coffee, I can let my mind stray away for a few hours on something else rather than cooking.
As much as I love food and cooking, when I spend all my time cooking for other people, it is the last thing on my mind.
The garden is place where I can relax and switch my mind off for a few hours.
The books I like the most are Garry Rhodes because I love old school cooking and I use his books to get inspired and put my own twist on old recipes.
I have a book by Garry that has four or five different dishes for each season; I have almost cooked every dish from it and created amazing little extras to go with them.
Jamie Oliver. He was at a high point in his career with his first TV show, the naked chef, when I started my cooking journey.
I loved his banter, the words he would use, and the bish bosh bang approach towards cooking. He was young and game for for a challenge and I looked up to him and thought that is how cooking should be: fun and exciting. Cooking became fun and that is why I am still cooking and still enjoying it. If cooking ever becomes boring, I will hang up my apron
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