PRIVATE DINNER PARTY, James and Sharon Sothcott

I cooked for Sharon and some of her friends for a "Girls night in" a few weeks ago and it was great to be asked back to cater for Sharon and James together for New years eve. Also attending were Jules and Sue Porter who recommended me to cook for Sharon the first time round. Jules and Sue did the photography for our wedding, making a lasting impression as such a great friendly couple, taking fantastic quality modern photographs and producing the most amazing job of our album that we have stayed friends since then. 

I have been looking forwards to cooking tonight for a good while as we came up with a very special menu, including six courses, with my utmost favourite of fillet of beef Wellington appearing as the star main-course.


Caramelised figs, Dolcalatte, balsamic, cinnamon,
Goats cheese, blush tomato, olives, filo pastry,
Crispy duck spring roll, sticky sweet chilli sauce.

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Cream of parsnip and apple soup, parsnip crisps.

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Grilled asparagus spears, Parma ham, Bearnaise sauce.

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Saute King prawns, chorizo, chilli and garlic butter.

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Raspberry and pink champagne sorbet.

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Fillet of beef Wellington, red wine gravy.
Dauphinoise potatoes, roasted chantaney carrots, winter greens.

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Chocolate and cinnamon tarte, fresh raspberries, raspberry coulis.

I arrived just before 6:00p.m with my lovely wife to set up with James and Sharon greeting us very warmly and we were all looking forwards to the evening. As I had cooked for Sharon before, I was familiar with the kitchen and got things organised fairly quickly with the help of my wife. I cater for most Dinner parties on my own so it was great to have the extra hand. Canapes went out about 7:00p.m, which went down very well and we were in good stead for the remaining courses.

The whole evening went exceptionally well, with lots of great feed back from the guests. The whole group had a fantastic atmosphere and everyone was in the party mood. Karen and I joined the table for a celebration drink and it was really brilliant to be involved with the evening as much as we were.  After the dinner was finished we stayed on afterwards and it was a brilliant way to see the new year in. I look forwards to cooking for James and Sharon again as I had such  a rewarding night.

"It was an amazing night Gary and Karen, what a great team you are, the food was the best yet and I predict not the last time we all get together, top night with great food and beautifully presented. Thank you" Jules and Sue Porter

"It was a top evening thanks, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The food was amazing and everyone is raving about it"James Sothcott