Gary the Paella Chef is the proud owner and operator of his business called Your Paella
Formed in 2011 Gary and his team of Paella chef’s cover the whole of the UK providing a first class Paella catering service for any size party or corporate event. We asked Gary about some of the experience’s and useful information he can give when it comes to booking a Paella for an event.
The first question we asked was, “What is the main thing people get wrong when they book a catering service?”
“In my experience the one thing that people seem to get wrong is the amount of food they order and not just from us. Many times we have turned up at a party and the host have booked us for say 100 guests but have also booked a Hog Roast to be served at the same time. Now that’s fine if you have 200 guests to feed but when there are 100 guests it leads to a lot of waste.
The best way to book both a Paella caterer and Hog Roast would be to have lets say the Paella for the main meal and then some time later that evening the Hog Roast. That way you won’t have the waste and your guests will be able to have food during the day and the evening too.”
We then asked, “what’s other types of problems have you come across that clients have had while running your business?”
“We do get a few people trying to book us last minute due to the fact that the catering company that they first booked has let them down.
Its always a good idea to get as much information about the catering company you intend to hire before you go ahead and book them.
To help our prospective clients to make a well informed decision when thinking of booking Your Paella we encourage them to read the reviews that past clients have left. We have an account with the yellow pages website www.yell.com and its very easy for perspective clients to read all about us. It really helps them to make a well informed decision.”
We then asked “What are the main type of events or party’s that you have catered for?”
“We get a lot of weddings, sometimes we provide the main meal with Tapas starters or canapés and desserts, that type of thing or we are booked for the evening meal. Paella is great in both cases.
We have catered for many birthday party’s, christenings, university balls, school sports days and of course corporate events from Audi to Amazon to name a couple. That’s one aspect of the job that I really enjoy, we are always in a different place meeting different people, it really is a fun job.”
“Do you cater at public events and shows?”
“When I first stated Your Paella we attended as many shows and public events as we could. It was the perfect way to promote our outside catering service and make some money at the same time. These days we are so busy with private events that we only attend 2 public events at the moment, the Crick Boat show and the Sandringham flower show. I even got to meet HRH Prince Charles this year at Sandringham, it was great.”
“What other important things should someone look for when booking any outside caterer?”
“That’s a really good question. There are a few important things that you need to know before you book any catering service. The first thing to ask would be does the catering company have public liability’s insurance? This is really important should anything go wrong. The second thing to find out is whether or not the catering company in question is registered with their local councils Food Hygiene Inspector and what star rating do they currently hold. We have a 5 star food and hygiene rating. That’s the best you can get. Id also ask what if any reviews they have from past clients. Make sure that the reviews are genuine and open to anyone who would like to leave a review. I would also ask what time will they arrive to set up. We aim to arrive 4 hours before the serving time, this gives us a good time window if we encounter any problems with traffic on the way.”
“So if someone has an interest in booking Your Paella, what should they do?”
“We are happy to provide a free no obligation quote. Just go to our website www.yourpaella.co.uk to check us out and if you’re interested you can fill out the simple contact form or call us on any of the phone numbers on the website. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
You can watch me in action in the video below”