Tony is an experienced chef with Italian heritage. He has been in the catering industry for more than 10 years, during which he has worked with some of the most respected names in the business, such as, Michel Roux jr, Marcus Wearing, Nobu Matsuhisa, Alyn Williams, Aldo Zilli and Cristiano Andreini. His passion for cook...... Tony is an experienced chef with Italian heritage. He has been in the catering industry for more than 10 years, during which he has worked with some of the most respected names in the business, such as, Michel Roux jr, Marcus Wearing, Nobu Matsuhisa, Alyn Williams, Aldo Zilli and Cristiano Andreini. His passion for cooking started when he was a child at his Italian "Nonna's" house. She would show him how to prepare and cook all of her home cooked specialties passed down in the family from generation to generation. Tony decided to go straight to catering college after he finished school. He graduated from a 3 year Professional cookery course with flying colors and had a great amount of food knowledge and experience. It was time to get out into the industry. Through his amazing career he worked in some of the most renowned Michelin stared restaurants in London, and Italy. Tony has also worked as a Home Economist for Television, magazines and newspapers. He has performed live cooking demonstrations at "Ideal Home Show" and co-hosted cooking Masterclasses alongside celeb Chef Aldo Zilli. His preferred cuisine is Italian, but given his experience in different cuisines, the menus and themes can be as diverse as you wish. Tony always sources the freshest produce, mainly organic and free range, from local markets and independent producers to make sure you get the best from every ingredient. Read all Hide
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Organic, Family, Gastronomic, British, Italian, MediterraneanThe Chef in 6 questions & answers...
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STARTER : Roasted Celeriac soup, aromatic croutons, confit tomato petals and gremolata / MAIN COURSE : Five hour braised lamb shoulder, spinach and leek puree', green beans, glazed baby carrots, and rosemary infused Jus / DESSERT : Dark ...... Read more
Roasted Celeriac soup, aromatic croutons, confit tomato petals and gremolata
Five hour braised lamb shoulder, spinach and leek puree', green beans, glazed baby carrots, and rosemary infused Jus
Dark chocolate fondant with Vanilla Orange Creme Anglaise, and mixed berry sauce
STARTER : Sauteed King Prawn tails flavoured with garlic chilli and herbs, grilled asparagus, red pepper puree and rocket / MAIN COURSE : Pan Roasted Wild Sea Bass in lemon garlic butter, carrot and star anise puree, tender stem broccoli...... Read more
Sauteed King Prawn tails flavoured with garlic chilli and herbs, grilled asparagus, red pepper puree and rocket
Pan Roasted Wild Sea Bass in lemon garlic butter, carrot and star anise puree, tender stem broccoli, new potatoes and salsa verde
Apple tart fine' with vanilla Chantilly and mixed berry coulis
STARTER : Roasted butternut squash cream, salsa verde, garlic croutons and truffle oil / MAIN COURSE : Pan roasted Wild Sea bass with wild mushroom risotto, baby watercress and mixed herb oil / DESSERT : Apple tart fine' with vanilla cha...... Read more
Roasted butternut squash cream, salsa verde, garlic croutons and truffle oil
Pan roasted Wild Sea bass with wild mushroom risotto, baby watercress and mixed herb oil
Apple tart fine' with vanilla chantilly and mixed berry coulis
Selection of homemade breads with Extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic vinegar
ANTIPASTO : Carpaccio of Beef fillet, confit cherry tomatoes, Pecorino Sardo cheese, rocket and truffle dressing / PRIMO : "Fregola" Sardinian pasta with Pork and fennel seed ragu, aromatic breadcrumbs, and mixed herb oil / SECONDO : S...... Read more
Carpaccio of Beef fillet, confit cherry tomatoes, Pecorino Sardo cheese, rocket and truffle dressing
"Fregola" Sardinian pasta with Pork and fennel seed ragu, aromatic breadcrumbs, and mixed herb oil
Slow braised Lamb shoulder, roasted parsnip puree, green beans, baby carrots, Port and Maderia jus
Apple tart fine, Vanilla Chantilly cream, mixed berries and coulis
Selection of homemade breads with Extra Virgin Oil and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
ANTIPASTO : Fresh Tuna tartare flavoured with ginger, lime and soy, asparagus, baby leaves and balsamic dressing / PRIMO : "Risotto Frutti di Mare" Risotto of Fresh king prawns, mussels and squid, garnished with confit cherry tomatoes, t...... Read more
Fresh Tuna tartare flavoured with ginger, lime and soy, asparagus, baby leaves and balsamic dressing
"Risotto Frutti di Mare" Risotto of Fresh king prawns, mussels and squid, garnished with confit cherry tomatoes, tarragon and aromatic breadcrumbs
"Spigola" Pan Roasted Wild Seabass fillets in herb butter, red pepper puree, spinach, herbed new potatoes and tenderstem broccoli
Chocolate, honey and cinnamon layered mousse cake served with fresh berries and coulis
Selection of homemade breads with Extra Virgin Oil and Balsamic Vinegar
STARTER : Roasted butternut squash, shallot and goat's cheese tartlet, basil pesto, dressed rocket and balsamic dressing / MAIN COURSE : Ribeye of Beef, grilled asparagus, mustard mashed potato, baby spinach and peppercorn sauce / DESSER...... Read more
Roasted butternut squash, shallot and goat's cheese tartlet, basil pesto, dressed rocket and balsamic dressing
Ribeye of Beef, grilled asparagus, mustard mashed potato, baby spinach and peppercorn sauce
Dark chocolate fondant, with Vanilla Orange creme anglaise and mixed berry coulis
Selection of homemade breads with Extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
ANTIPASTO : Grilled aubergine, mozzarella and vine tomato tart, basil pesto, rocket, and balsamic dressing / PRIMO : "Fregola" Typical Sardinian pasta, with fresh mussels, baby calamari and courgettes, aromatic breadcrumbs and mixed he...... Read more
Grilled aubergine, mozzarella and vine tomato tart, basil pesto, rocket, and balsamic dressing
"Fregola" Typical Sardinian pasta, with fresh mussels, baby calamari and courgettes, aromatic breadcrumbs and mixed herb oil
"Pancetta di Maiale" Crispy Pork belly with celeriac puree', spinach, spiced apple gel and sticky honey glaze
Apple tart fine' with Vanilla Chantilly cream and mixed berry sauce
Selection of Fresh homemade breads with Extra Virgin Oil and Balsamic vinegar of Modena
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Wonderful evening with delicious food
Great chef, calm and professional, dedicated to make the overall experience exactly as I expected it. Well done!
Chef Tony took care of all the details starting with offering another option than the tartare that one of my guests could not get. We have enjoyed every course, especially the 5-hour braised lamb shoulder which was an absolute delight as it was so tender... We liked Chef Tony's menu so much that we proposed it to some other guests a couple of months later! Many thanks.
Tony was the best chef I have ever used for La Belle Assiette. I was quite specific in my requirements on what i needed from him - wholesome canapes that paired with 4 different Champagne cuvees for 30 people. I sent him the tasting notes for each Champagne prior to the event and he created canapes to match each blend. The canapes were delicious - his lamb croquettes were exceptional. All my guests were every complimentary to him. He was extremely polite and easy to work with even though I was running around all over the place he was calm and scheduled everything perfectly. I really hope I can work with him again in the future.
Thank you very much for a lovely evening. Tony arrived promptly on time and was very well organised; each dish was presented perfectly, and served in good timing with appropriate (but not too long) breaks between the five dishes that we had. Quality of the food was good. We were very satisfied with the dinner and would highly recommend Tony.
We had a wonderful dinner, Tony was perfect, kitchen immaculate.......
we recommend this young chef.
Tony showed up with nearly everything prepared - almost no mess, smells or noise! The quality of the food was terrific, we were really able to enjoy our time with our guests, and he left the kitchen cleaner than when he arrived! Highly recommend!
Tony arrived at our home at 6.30pm and by 8pm produced a wonderful five course meal for eight people. The food was excellent, Tony was charming and the kitchen left immaculate. I absolutely recommend both him and his cooking. Tony, thank you we will be back in touch for more!
Such a fab eve thanks to Tony - who arrived and just quietly got on with it. He cooked such a delicious supper and it was such a treat having him prep, cook , serve and clear up. He is charming and discreet and I would 100% recommend him and his delicious food!
Tony was an excellent chef who struck the perfect balance of being involved, offering insight and giving us space. The food was naturally incredible, right down to the home made bread. It was an excellent experience that I got to share with some great friends in a new flat I've recently bought and was a brilliant welcomed. Will definitely be back!
Very tasty, well cooked and well presented. Thanks chef Tony for this lovely diner.
We had a wonderful evening. The service was superb and the food was truly excellent. Looking forward to doing this again. Tony was brilliant and his communication from start to finish was faultless.
Great service and great food. Very helpful in arranging a surprise. Thank you so much. Brilliant evening.
Tony has been responsive and helpful since the first email we exchanged.
It was a delight working with him yesterday, he took full ownership of his role and the food was delicious, light and well presented.
Tony was the perfect chef for our evening, every dish was perfect, especially the main course. The 5 hour lamb was cooked to perfection and the flavours were absolutely delicious. Definitely a perfect meal with a perfect chef!
Tony prepared and delivered a delicious menu, rich in flavour and beautifully presented. It was a real treat to have excellent restaurant quality food in a home environment.
Exquisite... I had hesitated to book Chef Tony in the pas because his menu was maybe too classic compared to other, but I must admit that I was really positively surprised by the quality of the dishes. They may be classics, but they are really well cooked, rich in flavours, well portioned... I usually hate celeriac, but the soup with its gremolata and confit tomatoes made me forget that aversion. The lamb shoulder was melting literally in your mouth... So through an through a great experience, with delicious food and service from a Chef who can turn classics into surprises.
Chef Tony Locke was very professional during the whole party. He was punctual, discrete and reactive. He delivered the menu in line with expectations. The food was really excellent, especially the appetizer (beef tartare) and the dessert (dark chocolate fondant). The starter was original and tasty. The main was great although a bit more usual, and the lamb was very tender and perfectly cooked.
Overall, we had a great evening thanks to Tony. I definitely recommend him to other users!
We were extremely satisfied with Tony. He was everything we hoped he would be: professional, prompt, excellent presentations… The quality food was extraordinary too, we will remember his delicious braised lamb shoulder for a while!
The food was as amazing as the chef, thank you!
Tony was an amazing chef and the food was really good. Thanks a lot Tony for this great night.
Tony Valentino-Locke made a superb dinner for our guests, took care of all the details with professional ease and charm, and thereby gave us all an excellent and memorable evening! I recommend him wholeheartedly.
The food is good and proportions are generous. Chief Tony is very professional and sympathetic.
Tony was punctual and professional and well presented. His food was absolutely delicious, perfectly prepared and stunningly served.
I would definitely recommend him to anyone having a dinner party at home! Thanks again!
The diner was excellent, from the starter to the dessert.
The products were very fresh and tasty, and presentation very nice.
Tony did a brilliant job for us. He was very punctual and organised. The food was delicious, we particularly loved the sea bass, which was cooked to perfection.We would definitely choose him again!
Fabulous dinner cooked by very good Chef. Tony was well prepared and accommodated couple of changes on the menu. Food was well presented and tasty. We really enjoyed our night and I would defenetely recommend Tony to my friends. Great experience!
Excellent diner, especially the lamb which was outstanding! I would highly recommend.
Delicious meal! I especially loved the marinated beetroot and the chocolate mousse.
From the moment I selected Tony to be our chef he was accommodating and personable in every way. We discussed the menu prior to his arrival via e-mail and he was kind enough to offer both a fish option and vegetarian option for our non-meat eating guests. Clearly he was intent on making the evening as enjoyable as possible for all our guests. Every course was delicious and cooked to perfection, with the assistance of Valeria who was equally as accommodating and professional in helping Tony and serving the food. Difficult to pick a favourite course but the lamb shoulder was particularly tender. Within minutes of our final course being cleared my kitchen was left completely spotless. I would most definitely recommend Tony, I hope to do the dinner party again soon and trying more of his wonderful dishes.
Tony's catering for our event was brilliant. It was completely hassle free, especially considering the kitchen is so small! The food he produced was delicious and the service as a whole was excellent.
Today Tony served us an exceptional tasty and delicate food for us.
I still remember that delicious and tender lamb slowly cooked for hours just to be elevated with special mash potatoes and roasted vegetables. Not to mention that divine artichoke soup with bread and olive oil.
Lumiere London thanks Labelleassiette for its exceptional service.
Very highly recommended.
Tony's food was delicious, the lamb was so tender and every course was unique. He is a very likeable individual who catered for all our needs.
Excellent food and the service was superb. Great way to spend an evening
All courses excellent, and timing & service perfect. Would be very happy to recommend Tony.
Excellent. Great food, immaculate kitchen on departure.
In addition to being an exceptional chef, Tony is a highly professional and very pleasant chap. The dishes were very well executed, finely balanced and nicely arranged. Highly recommended!
Amazing service by Tony tonight! Thanks for taking care of us so well...
A real treat to have excellent restaurant quality food at home. Tony was friendly yet discreet and delivered an exceptionally tasty menu from appetisers through to pudding. Thank you
Tony came in to prepare a working lunch for 8 of us in the colleague - including one vegetarian! He first produced delicious food, the cold sirloin was delicious and tender, with a well balanced side salad of tomato & onion - and the pudding was absolutely out of this world. In our offices the kitchen is in the main office, however he was totally unobtrusive, and produced, served and cleared up this delicious food without any impact on the running of the office. Would definitely recommend and use again.
Our evening with Tony was a real treat. From the beginning, he wrote in person to confirm our booking, and in the lead up to the dinner he kept me informed about any developments, and always did his utmost to meet our requirements.
The evening itself was incredible – his menu sounded delicious, and tasted even better. The monkfish main in particular was the highlight of the evening!
Through all of our conversation through the night, Tony was attentive and explained each course as he served them. My friends and I were all very impressed!
Tony – I can’t thank you enough for attending to us, the quality of the food was amazing, and it was a our privilege to have you cook for us.
I can't recommend Tony enough.
His menu was excellent, well executed and all my guests enjoyed it.
I hardly knew Tony was there and everything was cleared up at the end of the evening which I wasn't expecting.
Very well presented and nice flavours combined.
It would have been interesting from a potential future partnership to find out what that lunch would have been costed at to get an idea of "what you get for your money".
From a corporate point of view, turning to an external caterer would be for important or special meetings, in our case to impress a client further. An option of either high end disposables or actual crockery would then be preferred and perhaps an option of serving beverages which goes with the food (perhaps this service already exists for corporate orders).
Overall I was satisfied and would consider using La Belle in future for a bespoke lunch depending on costs.
Tony was very friendly and courteous. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, all the food was exceptional.
Tony has prepared an exceptional lunch buffet at the office. Everything was very fresh, tasty and well presented. What a great alternative to going out to a restaurant!
Tony was once again super super professional with perfect presence on the evening. He made some proactive suggestions of menu changes leading up to the event based on some recent positive feedback he'd been getting, which turned out to be brilliant. The food was very good - not overcooked, well-flavored, unexpected combinations. The squash tart was fabulous as was the lamb shoulder. Tony was on time, personable, and great at pacing and serving and cleaning up the evening. I'd work with Tony again in a heartbeat.
The menu was exactly as expected, the food was very tasty and well presented.
Tony was very pleasant, punctual and tidy.
Thank you for the great experience!
Great food and lovely chefs
Tony is a very talented and diligent Chef, organized and flexible. His dinner was delicious and well presented, with fresh ingredients. Our guests were very happy and we found the experience amazing!
I would definitely recommend Chef Tony's fantastic culinary delights to others and his discretion throughout dinner.
Chef Tony, made an amazing and very tasty dinner.
I would absolutely recommend him, as he was very nice, discrete and professional. He left the kitchen intact and with very happy and satisfied guests.
I can totally recommend Tony, the dishes were delicious. Moreover he did not mind adapting the menu to our dietary requirements, as well as managing the late arrival of one of the guests. Many thanks again, Tony!
Tony was an absolute joy, accommodating requests to change the number of guests and menu - - a splendid addition to any dinner party. Many, many recommendations.
Very good experience - Tony and Valeria did a tremendous job. The food was amazing and they even adapted the menu for our dietary requirements. Great experience. We will do it again. Our guests all enjoyed this as well very much. Thanks!
The food prepared by Tony was amazing: perfectly cooked, the flavours matched really well, and it was the perfect amount of food. We really enjoy the apetizers, which were a really nice way to start the evening. The products all tasted very fresh, especially the lamb which was delicious. I would definitely recommend Tony. On top of being a great Chef, he was also very friendly.
Tony cooked at our house last Saturday for 8 of us.
Menu was amazaing, loved the canapés and the tempuras were some of the best i've ever had (can't believe he managed to do that in my kitchen!!).
Tony was very professional and very warm although I kept bothering him every two minutes asking for cooking tips!
If you hire him, do ask him about wine recommendation for the meal, we did and he suggested a perfect italian wine that i had never heard about (just ordered more today!)
Overall a fantastic evening, I definitely recommend him!
Chef Tony was super professional, responsive, and accommodating. The food was very good - well presented, perfect portions, and great flavours. Chef Tony did an amazing job of staying in the background of the dinner party. He cleaned up everything and was such a pleasure to have in our house. We would hire Tony again for sure.
Top! I found it perfect, I would do it again, exactely the same way!
The Chef was polite and comfortable. The starter and dessert were very tasty. Plus, the risotto was very surprising in taste and original. I really enjoyed this dinner at home!
The food was very good and the Chef's attitude absolutely perfect. I recommend Chef Tony Valentino-Locke without any doubt!
It was like a real Michelin starred restaurant at home ! Honestly, Chef Tony Valentino Locke was perfect !
Due to the many cuisines I have worked with, my food can be as mixed and diverse as you like. From Japanese, to American BBq, to fine dining British and French cuisine.
But my foundation and preferred cuisine is Italian due to my Italian Heritage.
Slow cooked suckling pig "Maialino" cooked with Sardinian herbs and cocoa butter.
Garlic- I grew up with it always in my food, its a fantastic flavour enhancer and it is very good for you.
Bay leaf- It goes into every sauce, stew, soup, even tea that I make. Very nice flavour and very under rated.
Basil- My favourite herb of all, eaten raw or blended into a silky pesto, it has a fantastic flavour and goes with pretty much anything.
Pasta with Lentils with my nan when I was about 9 years old. It was delicious!
My "Nonna's" recipe notebook. (Not on the shelves!) Recipes and notes she has collected and perfected over the years, past down from her mother.
Cristiano Andreini. The chef/owner of "Ristorante Andreini" in Sardinia, Italy.
I worked out there for two years, in which time I learnt the language, the ingredients they use and most of my actual cooking skills.
He had a great knowledge of food and what ingredients go well together and I learnt a lot from working with him. Also to top it off, we were awarded the First Michelin in Sardinia which was a massive achievement for us.
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