We’ve heard many stories recently about how individuals and companies have had to adapt, whilst also doing their best to support and be available to the wider community, during these extraordinary times. Here’s one from an amazing chef candidate of ours, Gary Martin.

Sticker reel with stickers saying 'Homemade with Love'

After having his usual kitchen closed due to the current pandemic, Gary was left with no work, and like many others, sent home after being told that his workplace was closed until further notice. He went home and thought about what he could do for himself, which would also support the local community around Epsom, Surrey during these tough times.

Chef, Gary Martin, standing outside a house with a meal about to be delivered

After an evening of thinking, he decided he would set up a home meal delivery service – sourcing, preparing, cooking and delivering meals to nearby residents, whilst also supporting local suppliers.

Homemade salad boxes

He set up a Facebook page and by the end of the week had local businesses working alongside him. Within a few days he was delivering homemade, healthy and nutritious meals within his local area.

Brown paper bags of food, ready to be delivered by our chef

Gary offers a simple, weekly changing menu and makes all the meals himself from scratch. To keep track of his story, you can follow his Facebook page (@privateperformancechef) and if you’re in the Epsom and wish to order, contact him through his page.

Pile of pancakes covering the photo

Gary now has lots of returning customers who, week on week, are eager to find out what will be appearing on the menu. So far, he’s prepared lasagne, chicken a la king, roast dinners and even pancakes delivered to front door for brunch!

A roast dinner, pre-cooking

He’s also had requests for deliveries of birthday and anniversary meals to households while restaurants are closed as people obviously can’t go out to celebrate.

Rows of chocolate brownies with mini eggs on top

What would you order?

Contact Gary on [email protected] or on his Facebook page – www.facebook.com/privateperformancechef

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