This first email helped me to make the huge decision to go full time with my Paella party business – Sandy ran ‘Happy Eater’ UK wide for 8 years - and Diana, his wife, is a Cordon Bleu chef who ran her own cookery school for 20 years!
Sept 2008
Somewhat belatedly I want to thank you for your part in my party last weekend. It was just great and quite exceeded my expectations. The Paella itself looked fantastic and tasted delicious, I have had many comments about it. But more than that your whole attitude and professionalism really made the party go with a swing, My guests loved being able to chat to you whilst watching and learning what was going on. You seemed to be really part of the party and yet in the background as well, and your clearing up was masterly disappearing behind the marquee!! Last but not least was the way you brought the Spanish weather with you!! After the summer we have had that really was amazing and a boost for everyone. A big thank you, we have already told many people about you so hope some business will come your way. With many thanks, you certainly helped make it a very special occasion.
Diana Ross
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October 2019, 130 guests
John – I have been meaning to email you to thank you and Sue for cooking for us on Saturday. The testimonials on your web-site do not lie about how good the paella is and how much everyone enjoys it. You certainly impressed all of my guests and they really enjoyed the food. My kids and their friends were raving about it and I have had plenty of thank you emails from people saying how much they enjoyed it. The party finally ended about midnight when the rain set in in earnest but other than that we had a great day.
Thank you again,
Kind Regards
August 2019 80 guests Hello John, Just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your help on Saturday. Your paella was absolutely fantastic and everybody texted me yesterday to say how delicious it was. Thanks again, Maria

July 2019 55 guests Hi John, Many thanks for coming and making our Paella Party this year such a success! Everyone enjoyed themselves and at our recent Committee meeting I was asked if I could book you again for Wednesday 22nd July 2020. We would be likely to have roughly the same number of guests (ie up to 50) and would repeat the choice of chicken & prawn or vegetarian. We realize you may not be able to quote us an exact price but if you can do it for us it would be helpful to have an “in the region of”. Thanks again for all your help. Best wishes, Coral, West Chiltington Table Tennis Club

June 2019 90 guests Morning John,Thank you so much for the wonderful paella you cooked for us on Saturday. Everyone said how delicious the food was and how much they enjoyed their meal. And weren’t we lucky with the weather? It all contributed to making our wedding anniversary celebration so very special. Thank you once again. My very best wishes, Dee

May 2019 158 guests
Thank you so much! The paella was delicious and everyone was very complimentary about it. It was so lovely to see it in the making, as well! The party did indeed go well and we have more or less managed to clear up today - all very exhausting! An early night calls!
Thank you again, Michael and Ros

January 2019 50 guests Dear John A very big thank you for again making the MND East Surrey branch January meeting so successful for the 10th year running!, everyone so enjoys your delicious Paellas. Comments pouring in. I have some for this evening, David is out so cosy lazy evening for me with paella, smashing. Take care John and again thank you. See you again January 2020. All the best Beryl.

September 2018 80 guests Dear John Thank you so much for your part in my 50th Birthday celebrations on Saturday. I have written you a google review that will be logged against your website as it always helps with your search ratings but please feel free to add it to your testimonials on the website too. Here it is: Paella Parties experience made them head and shoulders above their competitors when it came to choosing someone to do catering at my Birthday Party for 80 people in the garden and their pricing was very competitive too. John guided me through the Paella choices and was so helpful with his advice. The comments on the night and afterwards were full of praise for the delicious paella that was cooked, it was a real feature of the night and the presentation was really outstanding. Not only is it all dairy and gluten free but an added bonus were the recycled palm leaf plates and wooden forks. There was more than enough for everyone to have seconds and we were left with the remainder all boxed up so nothing went to waste. As a host the whole experience was smooth and seamless and Paella Parties come highly recommended! Wishing you all the best, Kim

September 2018 148 guests Dear John, Thank you so much for such an incredibly beautiful afternoon at our Wedding Garden Party, the Paella was delicious and we loved every moment of it. I only managed 1 plate myself but could've easily eaten 3 or 4 plates of it :). I trust all was fine with the finances?Sorry as it was quite busy meeting and greeting 135 guests etc was pretty hectic! We would love to use your services and skills for our future events. All the best,James

August 2018 56 guests John, Very many thanks for all your hard work on Sunday, we have been getting bombarded by emails saying how good the Paella was, and our daughter even had some cold, for her lunch, yesterday. Overall we think the party was a great success, enhanced by the food and the display of culinary skills. People also mentioned the great aroma in the area! It beats the slurry, any time!!!!!!! Very many thanks, Janet & Richard

July 2018, 170 guests Dear John Just wanted to say a huge thank you (and sorry it is two days overdue!) for your food on Saturday. It went down a storm - and everyone thought it was so delicious! I have to say we have really enjoyed having the left overs for the past two days too. You were great company and it was fascinating to see it come together. We had loads of compliments from Harriet’s friends so all in all, a great success all round. You helped the party go with a swing!!! We would definitely recommend you and would hope to use you again now we have seen how easy (for us!!) it was! Many thanks again and very best wishes Liz, Tony and Harriet Barsham

July 2018, 60 guests Hi John Thank you so so much for your amazing paella at our wedding on Saturday! It was so delicious and our guests have been raving about it! There were no 'doggy bags' left at the end of the night - it seemed like everyone we said 'goodbye' to had at least one in their hands (a sure sign of how much people enjoyed it)! If anyone is looking for a paella party, you will be highly recommended by us. Many thanks again and best wishes, Toni and Kyle

June 2018, 75 guests Hi John Since the party we have had a ridiculous amount of positive comments about the food, appearance and how tasty it was. You made the evening very special. We have already eaten most of the leftovers. Thank you so much! I Will be keeping your number and passing it on :) Thanks again, Alyson

May 2018, 125 guests Dear John, I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful paellas on Saturday night. You both did an amazing job! The paellas looked beautiful and tasted heavenly. I think there was a small hardcore group who did not brave the stairs for food, and opted for ‘liquid refreshments’, but everyone I have spoken to since said they were embarrassed to admit they had eaten and then gone back for seconds! To which of course I said that I was delighted! Paella for supper on Sunday night was also a wonderful treat. Thank you so much for your professionalism – we were so busy organising and running the party (and enjoying it!), so it was a joy to work with someone as organised and easy as you. I am so sorry I hadn’t realised the lighting was so poor… Next time (as I am sure there will be a next time) we will possibly do it at home, and have you in full view of the party so that we can all marvel at the magic you can create in a paella dish. With best wishes and many thanks, Robyn, Neil and Heidi

April 2018, 59 guests Dear John, Thanks to you and Wally yesterday we had very well fed and happy guests. It was all a great success and lots of people commented on the delicious paellas. Great to meet you both and until the next Kenny party..... Best wishes Alison

September 2017 70 guests
Dear John Thank you so much for cooking the most amazing Paellas on Saturday evening! As always they were delicious! Your colleague was excellent too, please send our thanks to him as well. Once again a huge thank you!No doubt we will get you back for the next bash we do! Kind regards Katie and James

August 2017 80 guests
Hi John,
Thank you so much for organising the Paella it was delicious. It all went perfectly, Sue was organised and professional. Many thanks we will recommend you to our friends and family.
Best wishes Nicky P

August 2017 98 guests
I really can't recommend John and his fantastic Paella highly enough. We booked him for our wedding and knew straightaway from first contact we had made the right choice. Such a nice guy and all the guests absolutely loved the Paella. The presentation was also amazing and was a pleasure to have him do our catering on our special day. We would definitely use him again if we get an opportunity! Thanks again!
Howard and Lara

July 2017 68 guests

Hi john
Just a quick note to say thank you so much to Pip for cooking on Saturday evening. It was delicious and everyone loved it. Thank you also for being so discreet when clearing up and leaving - many didn't even notice you go even though you were in the back corner of the garden.
Kind regards

June 2017 85 guests

Hi john
That's quite alright. We were partying hard. Thank you very much to you and Pip for doing such a good job for us. I was relaxed that the food was completely under control even if the weather wasn't! But the party spirit kicked in and it was a late night! Lots of complements about the paella - you will have seen that given the repeat seconds! And lovely to have the remains boxed up. My sisters all took some home and the rest is sitting very satisfactorily in the freezer. Hope you can now add 'I can cook paella even in several inches of hail' to your repertoire!
Best wishes and thanks, Jane

. April 2017 50 guests
I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderful meal Saturday please pass our thanks onto Pip. The Paella was absolutely gorgeous and our guests can't stop raving about it. It was something different and went down extremely well. We will definitely use you again if we ever cater another party and I have already had a few people enquire about Paella parties. All the best and thank you and Pip again for making our evening such a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Kind Regards, Pippa

April 2017 90 guests

Dear John
Thank you so very much for the wonderful paella that you cooked for us on Saturday. Everyone is still talking about how fantastic it was!!! It really looked so beautiful and tasted even more beautiful!! We were so impressed with the way you set it up and chatted to our guests whilst cooking. Loads of us would love the recipe if you wouldn’t mind letting me have it. I had the most unforgettable evening for my 50th birthday surrounded by my family and friends and your paella really contributed to a perfect night.
We hope to find an occasion to use your services again very soon!!!
Many thanks again John.

Kind regards

March 2017, 55 guests

Hi John,
We were all so impressed with the paella party and your professionalism, everyone commented on what a great meal it was.  I've also attached aphoto for you.  Will be in touch as want to use you again at some point, keep me on your mailing list!
Best wishes

September 2016 50 guests, chef - Sue
We love Sue, John - she was brilliant and just got on with the job. Everyone was delighted with the food and the party went really well - even the rain held off till it was over!! Thanks for all your help.
Jenny x

August 2016 126 guests
Dear John,
We just wanted to thank you firstly for coming up with such a genius idea of a paella party! The feedback we have had regarding the food at our function has been 100% positive, and most importantly we have feasted on it for days and frozen some as well. Lots of people wanted to take the doggie bags (or boxes) home with them which always is such a good sign and fills me personally with joy. Sue was absolutely lovely! Friendly, efficient, helpful, kind and considerate. What a lovely lady, please pass this on to her. We can't thank you both enough for helping to make our celebration a resounding success!!!
Many, many thanks,
Natalie and Nick

June 2016, 120 guests
Dear John,
Thank you so much for the fabulous food that you provided for our Caribbean-themed 50th Wedding Anniversary party. You went to so much trouble researching ingredients and making trial tastings that it was a real treat for the 120 people who attended. We have had very many compliments about the food, especially the three choices available. Watching the preparation process and the associated aromas also added to the success of the evening. Looking forward to seeing you again soon,
Ann and John.

March 2016, 70 guests
Thank you so much John. There is a note in the post to you. Everything was fantastic Saturday. Thank you for the gorgeous paellas you supplied, We really appreciate all that you did & please thank your chef Sue, to whom nothing was to much trouble. We will be recommending you to various guests who asked for your details. Have a good summer season. Julie.

January 2016, 60 guests
Good Morning John
A very big thank you for a delicious paella lunch yesterday, I am convinced they get more tasty by the year!! Seriously the paella was certainly enjoyed by all and I guess a few will be enjoying a paella meal again today from your 'doggy bags'!
Best wishes, Beryl

November 2015, 42 guests
Dear John
I just wanted to email you on behalf of my family, friends and of course myself too! Thank you so much for the fantastic paellas on Saturday night, they were absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Everyone loved watching you preparing them and i really appreciate your kind hospitality to everyone. You were right about the paellas being delicious the next day for breakfast too! My son was especially keen on your magic tricks! Once again thank you for bringing a little bit of Spain to Reigate! We look forward to seeing you in the future when we decide to hold another party!
Kind regards, Katie

September 2015, 120 guests.
Dear John
Thank you so much for doing Tom's 21st in September, it really was a tremendous success - it looked and tasted fantastic, you served it so efficiently and there was masses left over, which had all gone by the morning! I had lots of thank you letters, many of which sang your praises.....comments like "yummy Paella", "delicious food" "the Paella was superb" etc. etc. The way you served them on those really attractive disposable bamboo plates, made the whole thing so easy for us! Anyway, hoping to do the party on 18th December - just getting an idea of numbers before going ahead - Have a great holiday in Spain.
Best wishes,Jenny

September 2015, 82 guests
Dear John,
I think Thursday evening was a great success and everyone enjoyed the paella enormously - it looked so attractive and Sue did a great job and it was all so efficiently organised. Please thank her on my behalf.
best regards, Libby

September 2015, 130 guests,
Hi John
I just wanted to say what a fantastic job you did last Saturday night. Everyone loved the delicious paellas you produced and were thrilled when we encouraged them to take a doggy bag home with them. Thank you again. It was a great success.
Best regards, Nicola

August 2015, 34 guests
Good morning John,
I would just like to thank you so much for your wonderful presentation and cooking of the Paella last night, all our ladies really enjoyed both the evening and your food. As several ladies have asked me to forward on your recipes I wonder if you would kindly send them to me so I can do this. I am sure we will be booking you again next year.
Kind regards, Sandra

August 2015, 55 guests
Hi John
A brief note to thank you once again for a superb Paella on Sunday. Everybody loved the paella and watching the creation being made, I am sure you will pick up some more business from this. The six kids all took your advice and had some more with poached egg on top the following morning before heading off to Thorpe Park. Enjoy the rest of the summer and for sure we will get back when we need another Paella.
Kind Regards, Peter & Janice

July 2015, 150 guests
Dear John - That was fab! Great food, everyone really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for next year.
Best wishes, Helen x

July 2015, 110 guests
Thanks John. It was a huge success – Sue did a marvellous job with the Paella and everyone loved it. AND it didn’t rain! Now I’ll have to think of other reasons for doing a Paella evening!
Best Wishes, Val

June 2015, 65 guests
Hi John. The party was a great success. Sue and her assistant were brilliant. Feedback from guests has been very positive. Wouldn't hesitate to book you again or recommend you.
Thanks, Anne

April 2014, 32 guests
Hi John
Just a short note to thank you again for attending at Michael's 80th Birthday. It was a great success and I hope you get some orders as, from comments received, people thought Paella parties were a very good idea. Hope you enjoyed coming to our part of the county.
Kind regards

February 2014, 100 guests
Hi John, thank you so much for everything you did last night, everyone has commented how lovely the food was. Paella was eaten for breakfast in our house today by my son! Hope to see you again soon i am hopeful you will get some bookings from last night.

November 2013, 100 guests
Hi John,
Thank you for your lovely email, and a huge thank you to you and Sue for the delicious paella - we got so many happy comments from contented diners on the night who loved it! There's still a few bits of money to come in, but the total raised overall will be around £2100, so we're very pleased with that. It's great to have raised some money for the Fountains Centre, while giving everyone a good evening out. Thanks again, and very nice to do business with you again!
best wishes,

October 2013, 90 guests (cooked by Shaun & Vera)
Dear John,
Thank you so much for sending us Shaun and Vera to cook such a magnificent paella on Saturday night! They were so professional and relaxed despite being made to cook in a squashed dark corner! The party was a huge success, thanks largely to the quality of the food. It looked incredible and tasted even better and every guest ate a huge amount with big smiles on their faces! The thanks are pouring in now with the Paella top of the list. Oh and you were quite right, we have been eating the leftovers ever since, no cooking for me for a while! Fantastic. Thank you again,
Very best wishes,
Sophie and Pete

October 2013 65 guests (cooked by Shaun - chef)
Hi Shaun, thank you so much for cooking such a delicious paella last night. Everyone loved it & it all worked so brilliantly thanks to you and your daughter. Many thanks.

August 2013, 50 guests
John- I can't let the day end without telling you how much we all enjoyed yesterday and star of the show was the pealla! Thank you so much for helping our party such a success - everyone was full of praise about the wonderful taste, the decent size of the portions (no one left hungry!). One person told me he had spent some time going to Spain and your pealla was completely authentic and delicious. It was a lovely day - particularly for me - I actually had time to spend with the people I love and relax, chat instead of running around trying to do it all. My husband thinks we should do it all again next year! Roll on that I say! Many, many thanks - you are lovely and so was Shaun. People were calling you the perfect,polite pealla company! Amongst many other compliments. It was a real pleasure to meet you both. Hope to see you again.
Warmest regards

August 2013, 100 guests
Thank you SO much again for the wonderful Paella,and the ambience created by your self and staff. I think you could truely say we "rocked " here....it was a Wonderful wedding day for Sophie and Marco. We are still having guests drop by and it seemed to have turned into a wedding weekend!! We shall certainly recommend you to everyone and I know several people who were at Sophies' wedding are already interested in your details. Many many thanks, kindest regards,
jane B

August 2013,165 guests
Hi John
May I just say that you were a resounding success with all our friends who were thrilled to have the drama of watching you cook, the sheer theatricality of the huge pans and the delicious taste of each separate dish. Everyone has also remarked on how easy it was to eat. I think another time we will do less of the Veggie one and more of the Fish as that was probably the most popular of all. I am also Events Manager for the Friends of Chichester Harbour and will certainly be in touch to arrange to provide them with a similar event. Usually we do a BBQ every year but I think next year we might have a Paella Party instead. I will email you as soon as we have decided on a date, probably you will hear from me just before Christmas. Once again, many thanks for playing such a huge part in making our party the success it was.

August 2013, 110 guests
Have just transferred funds to your account. Stella and I would like to thank you for such great food. The Paella’s were just perfect and everyone commented on how good the food was. Will definitely be recommending you and using you again.
Thanks, Best Regards

July 2013 80 guests

Dear John
Thank you for your magnificent contribution to our party. Everyone was agreed that your paella was outstanding.I finally managed to have some myself - well worth the wait!
Best Wishes

June 2013 60 guests

Hi John
Thank you so much for Saturday- everyone was bowled over by the food and so enjoyed seeing you cooking too. We shall certainly be contacting you for future events, but need a little while to recover now!
Best wishes

June 2013 30 guests

Hi John,
Sorry not to have seen you when you left on Friday but thank you so much for the wonderful food. Everyone commented on how delicious it was and all the leftovers found homes to go to! It was lovely to be able to enjoy the party and not worry about the catering.
Many thanks again.

June 2013, LinkedIn recommendation

Dear john,
I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users. Details of the Recommendation: "I hired John to do a paella party for a birthday bash. Despite restricted space in a small kitchen, he produced amazing food for my guests. As a result, he received further bookings from friends who had enjoyed his food. A great way to cater a party indoors or outside, for small or large numbers." Service Category: Catering
Year first hired: 2009
Top Qualities: Great Results, Good Value, High Integrity, ... written by Julia J

May 2013 22 guests

Hi John
We are continuing our anniversary celebrations in a very wet Paris. We had a fabulous day on Saturday, and had many many compliments about our unique chef! I am sure you will get a couple of enquiries following on from our great afternoon. Unfortunately (for us) as we were not around, we've had to hand out all the left overs to friends to enjoy. An added treat for them. You were great, the food was such a special and tasty treat and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending you. I hope to see you again sometime soon via ours friends. Best wishes

May 2013, 60 guests

Hi John, just wanted to say thank you for sunday evening. You helped make it the perfect night, you really did. My friend Rory, who played for us has expressed interest in using you for a party he will be having, I will pass on your details. I must say my first experience of paella was amazing! Could have eaten more! Everybody was raving about it. Thank you once again.

March 2013, 88 guests

Hi John
Thank you for your kind email.
Wow! What an amazing evening and you really did make it extra special. All my friends really loved the paella and commented on what a lovely man you are and that you were part of the gang. That is just what I had hoped and I'm so glad that you enjoyed meeting my dear friends and family. The rest of the party went with a swing with lots more dancing and later, back home, we had a paella feast and again at lunchtime so yes, it has now all gone. Yum yum. Thanks for making it a 50th party to remember!
Best wishes
P.S. A number of friends are interested in future paella parties so I'll be passing on your details.

January 2013, 45 guests

Hi John
Many many thanks for being with us all again last Sunday, as always the Paellas were absolutely delicious and most certainly enjoyed by all. Again thank you.


December 2012, 45 guests

Dear John
Thank you so much from us all for such a fabulous paella last night – everyone commented on how delicious it was and we really appreciate the care you take in making the dishes.Many thanks again and look forward to seeing you at another party in the not too distant future!
Yours – Francesca
Dearest John
Might I add my thanks to the lovely Francesca and say how delicious the paella was. I'm delighted to have some left over for lunch ;) You made a wonderful evening absolutely perfect! I couldn't find your cards in the mayhem and would definitely like your details as fully intend to book you again!
Kindest Regards

Jules xx

November 2012, 30 guests

Thank you so much for last night! We had a fantastic time and it was so nice not to have to worry about food. It was delicious and such a treat not to have to cook or tidy up afterwards! Even bringing the leftover containers was a great idea. Toby and Stella loved theirs at lunch today and we thoroughly enjoyed ours with an egg on top. Yum! A good hangover cure. I'm sure you we will be seeing you again at one of our friend's parties in the future if not here again! Thanks again and hope you got back ok.


November 2012, 106 guests

Hi John, Fantastic paella! So many people commented on how much they enjoyed the food. It really helped make the evening so successful. Thank you so much. Really superb service.
best wishes

October2012, 26 guests


Firstly, we cannot thank you enough for your wonderful service and food last Saturday. It was a total pleasure to have you in our house, a fantastic way to do a “hassle free” party and your Paellas were quite fabulous. The feedback from our guests simply reiterates our own thoughts of how delicious the food was and how you have totally altered our, very uneducated, view of paellas.Again many thanks for your professional, unflustered, charming service and wonderful food.

Jo and Matthew

October 2012, 70 guests

Please could you thank Vera for her marvellous contribution to my 60th Birthday party. She and her partner arrived and so calmly set up cooked delicious food and I turned around and they were gone! The paella was very much the star of the party, something different and tasty and so easy for me the host to just smile and say thank you! Please pass my thanks on to Vera and her partner.
Regards Elizabeth

September 2012, 75 guests

Thank you both for helping us make and amazing day for our daughters christening. Everyone loved the paella and we will be passing your number on to anyone who asks. Many thanks

September 2012, 80 guests

Dear John
Charlie was a credit to you! The paellas were fantastic and there was plenty of it. We appreciated the fresh ingredients. Thanks a lot.

September 2012, 80 guests

Dear John,

Thank you!
We have had so many lovely comments about your delicious Risotto. I would say it was a resounding success and I do hope that you will add Risotto to your repertoire from now on. As ever, you were so efficient and calm. Everything ran like clockwork and how you managed it all in such cramped conditions I do not know! Fabulous.
Thank you so very much or should I say “grazie mille”? I look forward to seeing you again soon.

Lucy x

August 2012, 45 guests

Hi John, Thank you so much for cooking such a wonderful paella - everyone loved it. Thank you again,


August 2012, 40 guests

Dear John
Thank you so much for cooking paella for my guests yesterday. We all thoroughly enjoyed the food and I saw a lot of people coming back for seconds! A number of people also came up to me to tell me how delicious they thought it was so thank you again. You managed to be the focal point and yet were so unobtrusive - I'm already trying to come up with an excuse to do it all again - maybe next year!
Kind Regards


July 2012, 130 guests

Hi John,
Thank you so much for catering our wedding on Saturday. The paella was delicious and so many guests were telling me what a good idea it was and how much they loved it! I think it really added something to the atmosphere too. It sounds like one of my mums friends might be in touch about a party at some point in the future as well.

Best wishes,


June 2012, 95 guests

Broadwater Sailing Club

John and his fantastic paellas made the 40th Anniversary of our Sailing Club a really successful evening. From our first email and phone conversation to the clearing of the last plate, John's advice and expertise were spot on. The 100+ clean plates at the end, reflected just how tasty and popular the paellas were.

Best wishes Catherine Turner, Commodore.

June 2012, 25 guests

Will and I were thrilled with the food and the service you gave John. Everything was well organised, timely and delicious. You really looked the part too. Thank you for keeping my two children amused,you even got them eating paella. Sam wasn’t that sure when I told him to make sure he ate some, but having watched you make it from scratch I believe he had 2 portions in the end. Everyone commented on how delicious the food was. I hope they said so to you to. I will of course be recommending you to friends or indeed getting in touch with you if another party comes our way.

With our very best wishes and thanks.

Sally and Will

June 2012, 40 guests

Dear John,
Just wanted to thank Charles and Vera for the lovely paella they made for me on Saturday night. The party went well and it was so nice to have the catering catered for!
Thanks and regards

June 2012, 50 guests

Hi John
Please pass our thanks on to Charles and Vera for helping to make our party so special on Sunday.Everyone enjoyed watching how the paella was cooked right from scratch though to the finished article and then of course enjoyed tasting it all ! It is always good to try something different at a party and this certainly was a great choice! I will have no hesitation in recommending you to others.
Many thanks again.

Kind Regards.


May 2012, 87 guests

Dear John

Thank you for helping to make last Friday's Charity Gala such a success.
It was amazing having you cooking the Paella as people arrived and really added to the atmosphere.
Lots of people have commented on how from beginning to end the event was so enjoyable
and I'm sure that is partly due to your involvment, so many many thanks.

It was a lovely touch that the left overs were dished up in tubs for people to take home - and greatly appreciated.

I'd be very happy to recommend you if you ever need that.

with best wishes


April 2012, 120 guests

Dear John
Just a note to thank you very much for the Paella last night - its was truly a work of art and much appreciated by all who attended.

Kind regards,


Jan 2012, 60 guests

Hi John

Firstly huge apologies I thought I had sent you an email, but unable to trace!! So sorry but a very big thank you for another fantastic lunch, your Paellas are certainly a great hit and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Thank you for making the Meeting another huge success.
Trust you have a good year and we will be in touch again soon.
All good wishes


Jan 2012, 34 guests

Hi John
I can't tell you how pleased we were with the paella you produced for my party.
All the guests remarked on it, if need any recommendations I would be pleased to oblige
My grandson loved the magic tricks you did for him, a bonus we weren't expecting.
It was so nice not to have any clearing up as you took away everything.
Thank you so much for making my birthday celebration so perfect.



November 2011

Hi John,

Thanks for the email and for doing such a good job for us on Saturday.

Everyone really enjoyed the food and a few people have asked me for your contact details which I have passed on. Hopefully your Paella Empire will expand further!!

We may be looking to book you again for a family gathering around mid January but we need to check who is able to make etc but will call you as soon as we know.

Thanks again John and look forward to seeing you again soon.

All the best,


October 2011

THANK YOU! For helping to make our party so special. The paella was a resounding success - people really were raving about it ... and you.
We took your advice and tucked back in for breakfast.
Best wishes from Annie & Joss

September 2011

Dear John
Thank you very much for providing the delicious paella for my guests on September 17th.
Your chefs arrived on time and quickly set up their cooking station. Service was discreet and friendly and helpings generous. Everyone enjoyed the occasion and comments on the food were all favourable. I will certainly recommend you to friends who may be considering hosting events in the future.
With many thanks,
Yours sincerely

September 2011

Hi John,
A BIG thank you for an excellent paella yesterday. Everyone said how wonderful you and the food were!
Thanks again
Linda x

July 2011

Dear John
Thank you so much for your wonderful contribution to Millie’s 21st on Saturday night. You were such a hit and your paella was loved by all. From my point of view, it was such a relief to know that someone was in control and I could relax!
I shall be delighted to recommend you to anyone and am so thrilled that my friend recommended you.
Very, very many thanks for all your efforts. We are truly grateful.
Sarah, Millie and all the family.

July 2011

Hello John
Just wanted to say a very big thank you for the delicious paella on Saturday night - it was a huge success! We had the leftovers on Sunday night which was even tastier - You and your colleagues had the patience of a saint... and thank you for being so accommodating, it made all the difference to our evening!

Best wishes
Chris and Bernadette

July 2011

Dear John

We would like to thank you for such excellent food on Saturday night.
Vera and Charles cooked a fantastic Paella. They were also very polite and very friendly. My oldest daughter took a real shine to her.
Please tell them that although there was a lot left when they went home, it was all gone by the morning..!
Thanks again
Kind regards
Kate Lloyd

June 2011

Dear John
We had a fabulous party and the paella was a huge success, thank you so much! Charles was charming and really knew what he was doing, and served up vast amounts of delicious
paella to our guests who came back for seconds in droves!I really appreciated not having to worry in the slightest about the catering because it was all done so well by Charles. We have had lots of nice emails after the party, and most mention the delicious food so I hope you may get some new business. So thank you so much - if we ever summon up the energy to do this again we will definitely
come to you!
best wishes,
Sue Maccallum

June 2011

Hello John,

Now Helen and I are back from honeymoon and have survived the first week back at work... Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the Paella - and also for the help running the afternoon, a big thanks to you and your team! It worked perfectly for our party and was a huge hit with the guests! There have been lots of people asking who you were - we'll be glad to pass on your details to those who are interested.

Thanks and best regards,


May 2011

(direct quote from a letter sent to me)

Dear John
“Charlie and Vera were fantastic, you should be very proud of them, wonderful ambassadors for ‘Paella Parties’!
Kind Regards and thank you so much.
Linda Skinner

March 2011

Hi John
Thank you for your email. I meant to get in touch with you first to say thank you for such a great Paella!! it was such a fantastic evening and everyone loved the whole theme!! Thank you again! I have passed your name on to a few people already.
Louise x

March 2011

Hi John,

Thank you very much for arranging the Paella for my "Big Birthday" last Saturday.
Lots of comments on how good the food was, something different and how efficient the two people who did it all were.
We will be back again and will certainly be recommending the service to others.
A great idea.
Best Regards
Martin & Sally Blackmore

December 2010

Dear John,
I am sorry it has taken us so long to email. It has been a very busy few weeks.

We wanted to thank you for the delicious paellas you cooked for Lucy's 18th. They really were sensational - enjoyed by all. As you said, the next day we were able to reflect on the party and enjoy the remaining paellas all over again. Yummy!

We wanted also to express our thanks for your support during that very snowy day! The fact that you were able to get here in the end, that you were patient and flexible with changing numbers as we tried to decide what to do about the snowy conditions - was all very much appreciated.

Lucy and her friends really loved your paellas and enjoyed watching you create them - as we all did - so we hope that we will be able to find another occasion soon to try your paellas once again. Next time, we'll plan for a warmer time of the year!

Happy New Year 2011 and with best wishes,  Stephenie and Marcus

Oct 2010

John, I would to say a huge thankyou to you for providing such an amazing feast at Mum’s party last weekend. The Paella’s were absolutely delicious and we had loads of really positive feedback. I cant believe how much food there was…and how little was left over…definately a sign of good grub! It was great to see you again. Best of luck with everything, hopefully see you again sometime. Thanks again, Alice Shaw

Oct 2010

Hi John

Sorry I did not get back to you, things seem to have been fairly chaotic since our holidays, guess when you reach fifty you have to work harder!!!!   My 50th party was a huge success and the food was gorgeous, everyone remarked on how excellent the paella was, I think we all went back for extras. Charles and Vera were excellent, they cooked the best paella then cleared up and disappeared allowing us to carry on partying, what more could you ask for.  I will certainly be recommending you to all my friends and hope to attend another paella party soon.

Kind Regards

Sept 2010

Hi John

Many thanks for you kind email. It was a pleasure to meet you too. You were the talking point of the party with your fabulous paella. Truly magnificent.  My girls adored you and it was so nice to have such a friendly chap working with us. I enjoyed my little box on Saturday for lunch! I really hope that I can put some business your way and thoroughly look forward to working with you again. I really did think you were brilliant, so professional and I am already on the look out for another paella party to organise in order to use you ! I have forwarded your details to a great friend of mine who runs a catering company and does large smart functions. Fingers crossed !

Kind regards


August 2010

Hello John, just to say thank you for saturday, everyone was most impressed with the paella, thanks for helping make the day a great success,
yours sincerely,
Ian Dufton

August 2010

Hi John
Jonathan and I would like to say thank you again for the wonderful food on Saturday. People are still calling us up to say how tasty it was. You were great with all our guests and I'm sure you'll be getting calls in the future to do their parties too! It was a shame that the weather wasn't great, but numerous people have told us they didn't notice the weather because they were enjoying the entertainment you provided whilst cooking.
We enjoyed the paella the next day too - absolutely delicious.
The only issue we now have is how to top this party next time!
By the way, I have one of your plates here which must have slipped through the net. Next time you're visiting your son, let me know and I'll drop it over.
Thanks again. It was a real pleasure meeting you and I hope to meet you again in the future.
Anthea and Jonathan

July 2010

Hi John,
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for organising our Paella party yesteday at such short notice - Vera and Charles were excellent and the paella was the best we have ever eaten - our guests were very impressed and hopefully you might get some bookings as a result!
We are just about to eat the left overs and looking forward to that!!
Thanks again - it was definately something special and if we want to do it again you will be top of our list
Les and Sue x

July 2010

Hi John

Many thanks for your patience re delayed payment to you after I was taken on surprise holiday..

Our guest really enjoyed your paella and commented on how lovely it was, as well as what a good idea it was to have you there cooking in front of us. I thought you were very friendly and engaging to both us and our guest which was very much appreciated. I wish you well with your business
From a very satisfied customer.


June 2010

Dear John

I just wish to thank you so much. There is no doubt that your Paella is the best this side of the English Channel. The smell and colour were perfect for my party and the taste fantastic. But for me it was the professional way you arrived, set up, cooked and dished out for all my guests. I didn't have to worry for one moment. Perfect. Thanks again.

All my best wishes


May 2010

Hello John

A very belated Than You for cooking the amazing paellas for Keith’s 60th.  Everyone was very impressed with both the taste and your organisation.  Cooking for 60 on your own was quite a feat and I only hope you didn’t completely roast yourself as it was very hot that day.
Thank you for making it such a memorable occasion for us and for taking the burden off me that day so that I could also enjoy some time with old friends.
Several people have since asked me for your card, which I have passed on, and I feel sure that you will get even more business from them.

Kind regards

Fiona x

March 2010

Dear John,
Thank you so much for the absolutely delicious paella last night. It was an enormous success and I have had so many emails and phone calls today complimenting me that I had to pass them on (or feel a total fraud). You made the evening so easy for me, I actually really enjoyed the party - which is extremely unusual for someone who finds entertaining quite stressful! I am certain you will be hearing from several guests in future and have already forwarded your salad dressing recipe to two girls!
I hope you had a quick and safe journey home and enjoy a relaxing Easter. My sincere thanks again,
Best Wishes,

Sept 09


A quick note to say thank you for doing such a great job with the paella for our party on Wednesday. Everyone was very happy with the delicious food you served, and some of us even managed to have seconds for lunch on Thursday.

I hope business continues to be good, and will recommend you whenever anyone needs a fresh catering approach for an event.

Have a good weekend.

Kind regards,

Sept 09

Hi John

Many thanks for forwarding the information. I have in fact just had some of your lovely paella for my lunch!

Really good evening, great to watch how you did everything and the taste was beautiful!

Thanks again and best wishes,


August 09

Dear John

Just to say thank you so much for coming to cook our Paella party on Sunday, the food was delicious, and a great form of entertainment for adults and children alike. For Tim and I , we so enjoyed having time to chat to our quests instead of being tied to the kitchen when doing the food ourselves. I have raved about you to many friends!

Kind regards


July 09

Dear John,
I simply had to write and thank you again for the wonderful paellas you
cooked for our party on Saturday.

As you know, we didn't have the best of weather, but for us the food really
made our party a success.  The feed back from our guests has been that it's
been our best party to date and they all loved the paella!

Any reservations we may have had about booking you were dismissed when you
visited our home ahead of the party.  If we have the energy to do another
party next year we will definitely book you again.

We would be more than happy to recommend you to other potential clients.

All the best,
Santosh & Peter Robinson

July 09

Dear John

Many thanks for last night's Paella Party. Everything went very smoothly despite the weather and the food looked good as well as tasting delicious. Everyone , and I mean everyone, said how much they enjoyed the food. Several, who had experienced paellas in Spain, were particularly impressed.

I am sure that all of us in the Close wil be recommending you to our friends and families. Indeed you may well be getting your first enquiry very soon.

Again my thanks to you and Joanna for all your hard work.

Your coffee mug is here awaiting collection when you are passing.

Best wishes      John

July 09

Dear John

Thank you again for your contribution towards the success of Saturday night.  Luckily I did get to thank you personally before the end of the evening because when at the end I thanked the Social Committee and Brian Peters I also thanked you publicly (so-to-speak) and the round of applause said it all!  Unfortunately you missed it so I just wanted you to know how much it was appreciated.

with best wishes

Magistrates – Western bench

May 09

Hi John

A bit late but not because I didn't appreciate the great job you did on Friday.

Thank you so much! I think everyone was intrigued and impressed - first with how you cooked, and then with how good it all tasted. I'm sure they will all go out and sing your praises.

We completed all the walks without losing anyone or getting too wet. On Sunday we set out as it stopped raining and it started again 3 hours later just as we reached the pub for lunch. Someone was smiling on us.
We'll look forward to seeing you at the Risso-Gil's in August, if not before.

Take care.


April 09

Hi John
Sorry I didn't email you yesterday, I meant to but it went out of my head!  We're in the process of buying a house, say no more!  Anyway, thank you so much for Saturday night, I thought it was fantastic.  The paella was truly one of the most delicious meals I have ever had, it's right up my street!  Everyone that I spoke to enjoyed it as well and the demonstration was very interesting.  As I said to you, it is quite difficult to get people to come to functions at the club, and after a slow start we got there in the end.
Thanks once again

Kay Moss
Chesterholm Lodge, Residential Care Home
10 Britten Road
Lee on the Solent
PO13 9JU

March 09

Dear John

The party was a great success - everyone loved watching you make the paella and seeing all the delicious ingredients.  I had many complimentary remarks about the night and the generous portions!  As you say, a very interesting group of friends all with strong opinions and tastes who all had a super time.  I would highly recommend you to anyone considering a party - I also think you could do well in the corporate market.  As a professional events organiser, I know that people are always looking for the unusual and unique attraction for their event.  I belong to a buyers' club so if anyone asks for a great party idea, will put you forward. Have you considered exhibiting at RSVP, the big party/event planner show in April?  You could do a great demonstration at the event, which would showcase you to the corporate and charity market.

I may well do a re-run in the summer, when we can all be outside and have a lovely time and be less squashed.

Anyway, best wishes and hope to meet you again soon.


June 2008

Hi John
I feel we have to write to thank you once again for a fantastic evening on Friday. The Paella was superb, and EVERYONE said how much they enjoyed it!
The quantity was perfect, with many reports of “seconds, thirds and fourths’”!
Many thanks for all your hard work, your enthusiasm was clear for all to see, and the results perfect. I hope that we can think of an excuse to use you again in the future.
Suzanne & Trevor.