Personal Chef Experience

Experience a stress free, no pressure dinner party or BBQ whilst your Personal Chef Yvonne Gainford prepares an exquisite culinary experience for you and your guests.

I will create an unforgettable and personalized menu using the freshest locally sourced ingredients for an engaging and unique dining experience.

Work with Yvonne to create your dream meal, then sit back with friends or family and relax while your chef prepares and serves you a truly memorable meal.

  • You choose the time, date and menu
  • Yvonne arrives to cook with the highest quality, locally sourced fresh ingredients
  • A night of exquisite dining in your home or holiday accommodation
  • This is a unique experience that you’ll never forget!

How it Works

Finest Ingredients

Using the freshest and locally sourced ingredients from my trusted suppliers

Personal Chef

Yvonne cooks in your kitchen leaving you free to entertain your guests

Waiter Service

The table is set, take a seat and relax as each mouth-watering dish is served

Clean up Afterwards

All crockery, cutlery and cookware used is washed before we leave

Have a personal chef create gourmet dishes for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home or holiday accommodation... you relax, we cook!

Culinary Occasions

Discover what Culinary Occasions has to offer

Entertain guests with a delicious fine dining experience created by your very own personal chef!


I could tell you so much about the wonderful places I've worked and the amazing food I have to hand, however I thought it best to ask someone
– so here's what some of my customers say:

Personal chef Yvonne Gainford’s life has revolved around food; growing, fishing and cooking. Working with our guests on the menu, using locally grown produce, Yvonne effortlessly provides spectacular, Cumbrian inspired meals for all occasions. Choose a leisurely breakfast with homemade preserves, pancakes and a ‘full Cumbrian’, an informal lunch buffet, a surprise picnic lunch on the high fells , or a waiter served dinner where all you need to do is get dressed up then take your seat for a culinary wonderland

Yvonne at Culinary Occasions has consistently provided us with a range of fresh, delicious and creative food for our corporate lunches (large and small) and has always been responsive to adapting her menus to cater for all food sensitivities. I would highly recommend Yvonne and Culinary Occasions to any company or private party

I’ve had lots of lunch buffets and one of the best I’ve had was Yvonnes. Delicious fresh, tasty plates of food and not a sandwich in sight!

There’s something pretty special about having Yvonne in your kitchen!