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!

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

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!


Some of our most frequently asked questions

A Personal Chef prepares meals in your holiday accommodation or home kitchen based on your dietary needs and preferences, taking care of all the menu planning, shopping, cooking, serving and clean-up.

We check the date you require is available,  I then forward you a menu for your consideration. After confirming your menu choices with you, I then do all the shopping, cooking, serving and clearing away the cooking and serve ware used on the night (apart from glasses) leaving you free to enjoy time with your guests.

I am fully insured and have Public Liability insurance. I am not currently Licensed to sell Alcohol.

My ingredients come from some of Cumbria’s finest producers and suppliers.

Lindsays Butchers of Cockermouth have their own herd of BeltedGalloway cattle and Herdwick sheep; Thornby Moor Dairy  and Appleby Creamery who produce artisan cheeses; West Coast Fish in Workington supply excellent quality fish some of which is landed locally and Venison and Game from Cartmell Valley Game in the South of the County.

Yes , I use some of your equipment – your cooker/hob/oven/fridge/freezer.  Also baking trays, roasting tins, pans along with a variety of utensil.  I do however bring a selection of my own tools and items I use regularly.

I cover a large area of Cumbria, usually around 40 miles or an hours drive away, however I can take bookings to travel further should accommodation be available.

Not at all. I arrange with you to get access to your property about three hours before the service time and start getting your meal ready.

Please make sure your kitchen worktops and sinks are clear and cleaned; dishwasher(s) emptied and some space in the fridge. Other than that, just relax and get ready for your meal.

We are usually there for 4-5hours, depending on numbers dining.


Recommended holiday accommodation venues we have catered for

The Fitz Country House

The Fitz Cockermouth

From the moment you pull onto the sprawling driveway and capture your first glimpse of the magnificent house and it’s sweeping gardens, to the second you retreat to the cosy BBQ house and take a dip in the luxury hot tub – a stay at The Fitz provides you with an unforgettable experience.

Greta Hall Holiday Cottages

Greta Hall Holiday Cottages, Keswick

Sited on a little hill in two acre of garden and woodland, the former home of the Romantic Lake Poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Southey is now a beautiful self-catering holiday accommodation sleeping up to 20 in the heart of the English Lake District.

Monkhouse Hill Cottages

Monkhouse Hill Cottages

Once a 17th Century farmstead, Monkhouse Hill sits in 5 acres of landscaped grounds with woodland and lake features. Nine ‘Gold Award’ cottages have been formed from old and new buildings to create a picturesque courtyard.


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:

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

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!

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

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