What our clients say...


We cater to a diverse range of clients much like the ingredients we use in our food. We've established a strong local presence in Hampstead and we love that we've become the go-to caterer for our locals & surrounding neighbouring areas such as Primrose Hill, Regents Park, St Johns Wood (North London). We also travel the world for our influential clients from CEO's, entrepreneurs, politicians, Heads of States, Celebrities & Royalty too.

All our clients love our vibrant food, stylish presentation & attention to detail. But don't take our word for it, here's just a few words from our lovely clients from the ones we can share..

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

I have worked in collaboration with Saima and The Hampstead Kitchen team to produce quite stunning showcase events in our shop to our clients as part of food and wine tasting sessions.

Saima’s food is a unique showstopper, demonstrating extraordinary culinary and presentational skills. Our clients rave about these events and I have had no hesitation in referring clients from our shop to The Hampstead Kitchen for their own private and corporate functions when we have not been able to satisfy their brief.

Philip Matthews, The Hampstead Butcher & Providore

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

The Hampstead Kitchen is my number one caterer of choice and I've booked them for various dinner parties, cookery demonstrations and also a lunch for 30 and have always been thrilled with the results. The food is without fail plentiful, tasty and vibrant, presentation is colourful and relaxed and the staff always friendly and able. Saima and her team breeze into your home, prepare a wonderful feast without any hassle and afterwards leave with your kitchen spotless and your guests begging for the contact details of this culinary Mary Poppins.

We belong to a large international business organisation and after attending Saima's enthusiastic and inspiring cookery demonstration many of the members are now booking The Hampstead Kitchen for their own parties.

Tracey Rose, WPO Member, Regents Park

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
What an extraordinary night. The joy of not having to cook and spend endless hours preparing for the evening was a joy. But far beyond this was the energy, story and food of Saima and The Hampstead Kitchen. The food was exceptional and the service and uniqueness of Saima shone through the Winter’s night. Our guests who travel and eat all around the world said it was a highlight of their year. We can’t wait for the next Hampstead Kitchen event.....

Hari & Simone Hundle , Managing Partner, London

TwinFocus Capital
Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Our friends and both of us absolutely enjoyed the food, the variety, the service, the presentation and the whole experience! Thanks so much for making it an unforgettable evening We definitely have to repeat with a bigger crowd! Thank you!

Despina & Trifon Natsis, Partner

Brevan Howard
Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
I just wanted to say a very big thank you for yesterday - it was an exceptional event thanks to you! Your speech was entertaining but with a lot of substance (so many people told me afterwards ‘What an amazing story!”, “What an amazing lady!”), your food as always was amazing (I am sure you will get a lot of new business out of this as everyone was ‘licking their fingers’) and lastly but most importantly for me your attitude was as always impeccable, smiley, laid back, approachable - I love working with you! The boys were thrilled to discover the left overs today and so I have promised them another dinner with you soon - I will find an occasion!

Valia Anyfioti, YPO Event Co-ordinater

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

The food was absolutely delicious, and we were very impressed by your organizational skills. You had everything going in no time, and ran a fantastic service throughout the night. We had many positive comments about the food and the service from our friends and family and we were really happy we chose you.

If that's ok we will be coming back to you to help us arrange some dinner nights for our friends in the coming weeks/months. We would really like to try some more of your tasty food in a more calm environment!

Mario & Esther Garcia, Belsize Park

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
The Hampstead catered my 30th birthday party and it was absolutely perfect. The food was delicious (all my guests commented on how good it was) and the beautiful crockery and table cloths they brought really added to the colourful theme.

Saima and her team were so brilliant and made throwing the party very relaxing for me. I cannot recommend them enough!

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Thank you for the delicious food at Robby and Stella’s 60th birthday.

Karan

Lord Bilimoria, Cobra Beer Partnership

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Fortunate to have had Saima from the Hampstead Kitchen cater for two special events at our house in Little Venice. First a "hen do party" for 16 lively ladies followed by our post "registry office family wedding" hosting lunch for almost 50ppl. If we could, we would have brought her and the team with us for the big wedding in Mallorca.

Tasty, imaginative and colourful food. Professional yet personal service. Guests were commenting more on the food than my dress - says it all :-)

Minna Skirgard & Ed Allchin, Little Venice

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Thank you! It was a beautiful day made all the more special by your delicious jewel like food. The food was delicious and perfectly chosen for the event. Everyone said so and your staff were wonderful, charming and low key. Many many thanks

Rachel Penfold & Jon Glazer,

Academy Films
Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Thank you so much for operating under difficult circumstances. The food was excellent and we will look to you using your services in the future.

Marc Hutchinson , Chairman

Heath & Hampstead Society
Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Saima and her team helped me to host a beautiful and relaxed 40th birthday lunch at home for 32 people and some ravenous kids. I still cannot quite believe that the whole event went exactly as I was hoping to: the food was stunning visually, as well as delicious; the flowers were gorgeous; the hired tables and chairs were assembled and after the swiftly taken away to make space for a dance floor. All this happened so quickly that I didn't even notice. Thank you very much, Saima and her great team, to make it a memorable party! We hope to be in touch with you for further celebrations.

Hoo Hoon Kang, Belsize Park

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

We wanted to thank you SO MUCH for providing such beautiful food for the party. People did not stop complimenting us on how delicious it tasted and how wonderfully presented it was.

You and your staff were gorgeous to have around - you really looked after our guests, and in particular Imogen and me! Thank you also for all that tidying away, and leaving the food looking lovely (guess what - it all got eaten!).

We will recommend you on to all friends, and will definitely ask you again for any event in the future.

Sophie & Imogen Green, Co Founders

Gatto Gallery, Hampstead
Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

I engaged Saima / The Hampstead Kitchen for a very special Summer garden party with family and friends. Having worked in hospitality for more than 20 years, I’m very particular when it comes to entertaining.

Saima and I brainstormed my event and she created the perfect solution during our first conversation. They took care of every detail and the love and care they put into my event removed all stress so I could focus on the other elements of the party.

Saima guided me along the way with important things like what time to serve, how to communicate with my guests in advance, the best options for kids and the overall presentation.

On the day of the party, Saima handled everything and I was able to enjoy hosting my guests. The dinner was a beautiful unveiling and the highlight of my party! What made this so special was that Saima treated this event as if it were her own. It felt like a family affair and my guests are still raving about the fabulous food.

In summary, I’d unequivocally recommend The Hampstead Kitchen to anyone that wants to create a very special event with extraordinary personalised service and the best food in London. It was an absolute joy to work with Saima and her amazing team!

Jennifer Ploszaj, Primrose Hill

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

I had not sampled Saima’s food but just heard about it from friends at work. At the time I was looking for a private chef that would do middle eastern home cooked food for a weekend trip in Monaco with friends. I left all the details to Saima to organise, but added I wanted a huge feast on the last day.

She asked a few questions and took care of the rest. The variety, the presentation, the taste and timeliness of all meals was duly noted by all my guests. There was something for people who were on non carb diets, vegetarian and for the pure meat eaters. Cooking for 20 people 3 times a day for 3 days was quite a task, but Saima did this with such ease and comfort, she was a joy to have a around and very flexible. We now use her for both our private & business events.

Michael Platt, London

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

I want to thank you for making my 70th birthday so special. I knew Neil had a surprise planned but I thought I was joining the extended family for lunch some where. In the event what happened was so much better and much more special. The food was stunning. I have never seen my grandchildren eat so much and they are now demanding lamb cooked in the same way again as soon as possible. One of them has now firmly turned her back on five years of vegetarianism.

I find it difficult to say which of the dishes I enjoyed most. I delight in subtly flavoured food and every dish delivered. I also enjoy food that is beautifully presented and you provided a wonderful feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. As a result of popular demand I think I might before too long make an attempt to cook the lamb and the Booraniyeh Esfenaj. I hope I can manage at least an approximation of what you produced.

Thank you as well for the manner in which you and your colleague managed the whole event. Your warmth and friendliness, as well as your efficiency were a great addition to the occasion.

Neil and I enjoyed a second lengthy and leisurely feast of the leftovers on Monday when we had something else to celebrate. So thank you again Saima for a very special event. Needless to say I will be recommending Hampstead Kitchen to everyone.

Maggie & Neil Fletcher, West Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Speaking personally, I absolutely loved the dinner - the food, the presentation, the hands-on-and-pass-it-around-informality, and you sharing your story with everyone. Very keen to work with you again.

David Roche, Entrepreneur, South Kensington

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

What can I say other than a massive thank you for the fabulous food and service you provided yesterday!

We all had such a great day and absolutely loved your food-everyone really enjoyed it and said how delicious it was. Another friend popped by later and polished off the rest of the food!

Thank you SO much. I am really grateful for all your help and kindness in making my big birthday celebration such a special one.

Patricia Ann Jenkins, Mill Hill

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
“It’s all true! We began panicking about our party and looked on the internet to find an excellent Hampstead caterer. The Hampstead Kitchen’s beautiful website caught our eye and we phoned Saima. At 2 weeks notice she agreed to fit us in. She arrived exactly as promised with superbly delicious and delightfully presented food and charmed us all with her lovely manner and very helpful and discreet assistant. It was the best party ever for us, for the first time I really enjoyed myself instead of getting in a sweaty mess cooking. We salute Saima for her truly marvellous service and needless to say we hope this will be a long association. So to repeat again, trust Saima’s website - it’s all true!”

Ruth Morgan McCall and Fiona Sinclair, South Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Many many thanks for our Mezze dinner gift with Saima at the Hampstead Kitchen, which we enjoyed last night was a real treat and we're already discussing booking her again.

RcKA Architects, London

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
It was absolutely delightful to meet you and your colleague yesterday. Thank you for the wonderful food and telling us a bit about your history and famous clients, so interesting, I could have talked to you all night. The group had a lovely evening and we cannot thank you enough for providing us with such a lovely range of colourful, tasty food. Hope to see you again one day soon.

Tracy Randall, Vanguard Asset Management

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
It was wonderful, we loved it and all our guests loved it. We have been sending out your contact details the last few days as everyone has been asking them! It was a great night and really it wouldn't been without your committment so thank you again. We'll do this again next year and in the meantime I think it is very likely to be in the same party somewhere with our friends in Hampstead. Thank you! Markku & Paivi

Markku & Paivi Lonnqvist, Pamplona Capital Management

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

A big thank you for organizing a lovely evening at such short notice! The food was a delicious selection of Persian cuisine and the service was impeccable.

Everything was taken care even though the venue did not have a kitchen so we could enjoy a great evening with friends! Again a big thank you and I look forward to next time!

Marcelle Laing, Bottega Veneta, Mayfair

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
I contacted The Hampstead Kitchen a few weeks ago hoping to have a private dinner for our family for my wife’s birthday. We were not disappointed and the dinner has continued as we are enjoying the left-overs this week, albeit without the wonderful chef.

Saima prepared a tailored menu for the evening, even providing a few extras for our young child. In all honesty, my wife was a little sceptical about having a ‘group’ in our kitchen, but to my surprise Saima herself came and took care of everything for the evening. From preparing the fresh, delicious food, to setting and serving, as well as cleaning up, she provided a memorable evening for the whole family. Even our son joined in as her ‘sous’ chef, which provided my wife and I with some rare time to sit and enjoy an evening prior to dinner. All of the food was great and the taste and quantity was superb. In the end, my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening.

It was nice to find a local chef with a unique variety of local food sources and I am eager to ‘find’ an occasion to call on the Hampstead Kitchen to provide another surreal evening.

Jason Carr , Golders Green

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

I wanted to thank you so much for making our evening so special! Everyone loved your delicious food and we could have listened to your stories all night!

I couldn’t believe how immaculate everything was after you had left! No clearing up for me! Thank you for that!.

Diane Herlinger, Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Just a quick note to say thank you to you and the team for making Saturday run so smoothly. Quite a number of comments on how great the food was, and the very slick staff, so thanks again. No doubt we’ll be in touch before the 50th..

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Thank you for the most delicious feast you prepared for us. I took a chance on you after reading your feature in The Times and you surpassed our expectations. Everything was amazing and there was something for everyone

Debra Reuben, Holland Park

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

What a pleasure it was to meet you. You are gorgeous in every respect! Saima your charm and presentation of food created a delightful interlude and we look forward to joining you again.

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

How impossible is it to have a surprise birthday party for your wife in her own home? ALMOST impossible but not if you have retained the Hampstead Kitchen You were great to work with in the planning and putting up with my worries… and then we come to the main event.

Thanks for throwing Diane and me out of the kitchen and thanks for being sooooo friendly with our guests. The atmosphere that your food and personality created made the evening even more special.

I must be a genius for having found you!

Thanks again

Steve Getraer, Southgate, London

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

I just wanted to email to thank you and your lovely team for all their support last night. The food was wonderful, we had so many compliments and it was beautifully presented. Will had an amazing 50th made all the more memorable by the Hampstead Kitchen. With gratitude and huge appreciation..

Aisling Burnand, West Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

The Hampstead Kitchen, led by the ever smiling and wonderful Saima, produces unique, colourful and delicious food which is guaranteed to be a highlight of any event.

Karen Randall, YPO Gold Member

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Thank you so much for the fantastic event you helped us to create. The food was a great success, many have commented on it. It looked beautiful and tasted very good indeed.

Thank you for being such a calm and sensible influence. I am very pleased I had the party and of course asked you cater my special birthday.

Susan & David Lawlor, Camden

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

The Hampstead Kitchen....what can I say. It must be gaining a reputation as a bastion of food innovation. I don't doubt that for a bit. I had an impromptu dinner and Saima who is pure magic, came up with a menu for 20 people which went down like a house on fire.

They're were left overs, and it was a delight to have Saima present throughout taking care of everyone and everything.

Dr Ruby Bhattia, Skinovate, Baker Street

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Thank you so much for all your hard work last night. it was wonderful to have such delicious food prepared, served in the comfort of our home and cleared away. The food was amazing and we had so many compliments on it.

Kirsten Westlake, Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

It was impossible for us to close the evening without sending you a note to say how truly wonderful the evening was – the food was beyond doubt the best we have eaten for a very long time thank you for making Elise’s birthday such a fantastic culinary experience.

We would also like to use The Hampstead Kitchen again and as a present to friends.

Danny Rose, MD, Meadway Homes, Esher, Surrey

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Thank you again for the delicious buffet. It was perfect for the occasion and went down fantastically well with everyone. I hope the rest of your day was as much of a success.

Looking forward to the next time we might be able to use The Hampstead Kitchen again!

Sam McGibbon, Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Saima, we were very pleased with the whole arrangement. The food was amazing, the service was impeccable, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. You and assistant took over the kitchen and "kept us totally out of it". We did not have to worry about anything. Everything was timely and the delivery was always with a great smile.

Having never met you or even tasted your food, we went ahead with you on total trust and it was fantastic. You became part of the family and the auntijis and uncles" all loved it. I am pleased you felt at home and warmly welcome to our house. Bhanu, as the head chef of our household, would not have it any other way.

Magan Chauhan, Edgware, London

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Saima you beat me to it! I was just about to email you to say thank you for such a lovely evening. You created such a warm, friendly and welcoming evening which is definitely the Hampstead Kitchen’s USP. We all had such a fab evening and I’ve had great feedback from all of our guests. The food, wine and service were all exemplary and it was a great pleasure working with you all or rather not working as I was a total guest in my own home!! Tracey x

Richard & Tracey Rose , Regents Park

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Saima and her team made my Mum's 60th birthday celebration a truly special occasion. The food was fabulous and every thank you card I have received has mentioned the delicious food! I couldn't recommend them highly enough

Tom Bullock, West Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

You did an 'amazing' job !! Thank you ! The food was a huge success, and everyone was absolutely overwhelmed by the way it was presented and, of course, tasted. I will definitely be calling you for any future events. Also, really appreciate you taking care of the kitchen overall. It was in pristine condition.

Ben Thomas, Primrose Hill

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Many thanks for the WPO dinner. As you could tell from all the lively conversation and festive mood it all went very well. Thanks yet again for your delicious selection of goodies. It is always a treat to indulge in your wonderful fare.

Anne Makepeace, Kensington, London

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Thank you again so much for being on our host panel & catering the event! The food was absolutely delicious (I had 2 desserts) and you epitmose a super host in the true sesne. Thanks for a wonderful evening.

Airbnb, UK Country Manager

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Thank you for the most special evening. Your food was truly delicious and your stories equally inspiring. From the incredible lamb to Michelle's dip it was a real treat! We all left with our stomachs much heavier but our pockets slightly lighter in aid of Serena and UNICEF's great initiative. All in all, a really great evening and we hope to do something similar in the near future.

Sophie Woodward Fisher, NottingHill

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Never seen a table so beautiful. It was perfection.. So much attention to detail was truly exceptional. We had arrnage 3 nights of celebrations for our anniversary. We recieved more compliments on the stunning food than the anything else that was arranged for the entire weekend. So many of our freinds are already looking to use you. We can't recommened you enough and sing your praises. Thank you!

Julia & Michel Goldberg, Knightsbridge

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

We were thrilled with our wedding day, the food, the presentation was a blast, Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely and we couldn't have asked for more.

Our sincere thanks to you for your hard work. Please pass on our appreciation to your team!

Karen Winton, Hong Kong

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Everything went very well. We were all delighted with the food, presentation and service. Your staff were extremely helpful in many ways all through the evening, and left the kitchen spotless. We had a few leftovers, which Sean intends to polish off for lunch today! We will definitely come back to you for future events!

Audrey Mandela, Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
We has the most perfect evening with your fabulous food and delightful service. The whole event was wonderful. Huge thanks from Plan International UK.

Tanya Barron, CEO, Plan International

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Saima and team produced a Persian Mezze Banquet for my birthday party . The smoked baby chicken with saffron & toasted almonds was delicious as was the slow cooked lamb in garlic and mint was a real crowd pleaser but the star of the show was the pan roasted sea bass (cooked to order ! no mean feat given we had 60+ people.

A big thanks to Hampstead Kitchen team - who made a good party a night to remember !

Connie Holden, HSBC Global Asset Management

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

The food was delicious for our special staff lunch of 75. We will definitely look to use you again.

Nikki Seymour, Audley Travel, London

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Just to say thank you for a terrific dinner party last night. Your efficiency and ease with which you did everything was marvelous and the way you found everything without help was so impressive. The food was spectacular, both in taste and look and was truly a feast. A lovely event for us.

We would like to make another dinner soon and I hope you would be happy to do it.

Again, many thanks

Jenny De Young, Soho

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

There are no words to express my gratitude so do know that when I say thank you it comes from the most deepest part of my heart.

Thank you for the happiness given to both my parents Thank you for allowing my dad to relive the taste of his home country.

Thank you for making another day into a memorable day. Thank you for your generosity and kind spirit.

Antonella Segre, CEO Connect Groups, Australia

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Thanks to you for the fab food, and service! Many people commented how flavourful and interesting the food was. Our family enjoyed the leftovers yesterday, with the fish and lamb particular favourites. It was nice to hear your story about how you ended up running this wonderful Business which you so clearly enjoy. We look forward to meeting again

Julienne Callaway, West Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
I am very happy to give you a glowing testimonial as we really enjoyed the evening and you and your team made sure we didn't have to think about anything. The food was absolutely delicious and the extra touches you brought with lanterns and fabrics made the room very inviting. Your waitstaff were really fantastic and served the drinks (although I had said we would take care of that) and made sure that everyone had plenty to eat and drink. My daughter was thrilled with her evening, close friends and family, a very relaxed, happy atmosphere, delicious food and wines and all of us able to enjoy it as your team took care of everything. You do a wonderful job and it was a great pleasure meeting and dealing with you - hopefully, there will be more times in the future!

Siobhan Keating, Portugal

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Thank you for a wonderful evening, our guests loved the food, and we would really love to hire you again for both our personal & business events, Thanks

Chris Roberts, E & J Gallo Winery

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Thanks for a brilliant day on Sunday. The food was divine, I've had so many compliments. Everyone was amazed by the colour, presentation and taste.

Thanks for everything

Rachel & Greg Phillips, Hampstead Suburb Gardens

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Thank you so much for your delicious food at the Bar Mitzvah, relaxed manner and attention to detail. We were euphoric with everything, and all our guests said how delicious it all was. We will of course think of you in the future.

Emma and Maurice Franks, Highgate

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

wanted to thank you and everyone at Hampstead Kitchen for making the night such a wonderful experience. Everyone really enjoyed the food, I keep thinking about all the dips, the tasty chicken and the baklavas… yum! It was so nice having you there and everything was arranged extremely professionally and smoothly, and I really appreciated having you there as the Founder. What you do is incredible and I hope we can ‘work together’ again in the future. I’m also very happy to hear you liked the space and company. .

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Saima prepared for my family a traditional Persian Dinner on the occasion of my father’s 70th birthday. Everyone commented on how delicious and tasty the cuisine was. It was really a feast of colours and flavours. We have had an amazing time thanks to Saima’s skills.

Stephanie Petit, LifeStyle Explorer

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
I wanted to say how much we loved the wonderful dinner you prepared for us, every single dish was so inspired and inspiring, the balance of spices was just divine and the combination of different flavours perfect. We loved every single one of them as well as their presentation in your gorgeous dishes. You are truly gifted and not just with your food. Your warm energy and open mind is wonderful, we clearly share the same values.

Congratulations for your commitment, your passion and all the great projects you give time to.

The service was excellent, super professional, kind and discreet and you did an outstanding job.

I would definitely love to do it again! I will write to Michele Hyman at Bfami and will make sure I spread the word!

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The food was absolutely delicious and looked beautiful - almost too good to eat! The whole process from booking, through set up and service to clearing everything away at the end was efficient and stress free. We received many compliments from the guests who absolutely loved the food and came back for 2nd and 3rds. I feel very lucky to have found the Hampstead Kitchen and look forward to Saima and her team catering for our parties in the future.

Lizzie Redding, Highgate

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

Thank you so much for all your hard work last night. The food was amazing and we had so many compliments on it. Having the dinner in the comfort of our home and cleared away!

Catherine Constable, Queens Park

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Saima, thank you so much for last night! It was lovely to meet you! The food was fabulous and our friends really enjoyed it! My husband was super thrilled because I got to sit with our friends and enjoy the evening with them. Thank you once again for all the care and effort you put into it the whiole evening.

Asha Pai Sethi, Maida Vale

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen

This was my first experience using The Hampstead Kitchen and I was beyond impressed by their passion and flare for what they do. Saima and her team delivered the most beautiful lunch for my mother’s 60th birthday party. From start to finish they were professional, organised and a simple pleasure to work with. The food was so fresh, innovative, flavoursome and wonderfully presented. Nearly all our guests were going up for second servings!

Saima was in total control of the entire day which meant I didn’t have to lift a finger! I cannot recommend The Hampstead Kitchen enough and I will certainly be using them again for future parties and banquets. .

Natalie & Josef Kosky, Bushy

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Thank you so much for the catering and for taking care of everything on Saturday. People were raving about the food and we loved it too - for me the fish really stood out, it was delicious! It made a huge difference knowing that you and your team were on top of everything and that we were free to enjoy the party. ust to chime in with Ariel, thank you so much for making the party wonderful, everyone loved the food and said that it was a fantastic atmosphere.

Alix & Ariel Klein, Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
Rob and I wanted to drop you a line to thank you for the fabulous food on Saturday night. The Moroccan style food was a simply delicious - it helped make the evening all the more special for for our family and friends. I hope I can find an excuse to book you again very soon!

Emma & Rob Hallinan, West Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
A huge thank you. Everyone I've been in contact with since Friday has raved about your good food and company. All our guests had a fabulous time. I just love the type of food you prepared. (So please let me know if you EVER have any left overs and I'll come running with a box!

Nicky Meyer, Hampstead

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
I initially contacted Saima in regards to my husbands 40th birthday dinner. Immediately she understood the type of evening I was hoping to have and have many suggestions as to how to have the dinner. From the moment the team arrived I didn't lift a finger. It was so great to be able to just sit and enjoy a big sit down meal in my own home whilst having everything done and cleared away for me.

From the moment guests arrived glasses were topped up with champagne, then with wine over dinner. Fantastic! And the food.... My favourite was the lamb. The food was delicious and very well presented. I am so glad I found the Hampstead Kitchen. It allowed me to have the best party I have ever had at home!

Arti Bhagat, Hadley Wood

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
We are lovers of Middle Eastern food so we were very excited to try Saima’s food & cooking out. We absolutely loved it, as a Christmas dinner for a small office party, it provided for delicious food, very colourful and festive decoration and great service. Thanks so much!

Fleur, Belsize Park

Catering by the Private Chef from The Hampstead Kitchen
It was great to meet you too! The food was delicious and presented beautifully. You dealt with everything so well and efficiently. I’d have no hesitation recommending you to anyone, including my mum and she’s the most discerning foodie I’ve ever met! I’m sure we’ll ask for your help again soon!
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Thank you for a brilliant team christmas party. The food was exquisite, as was the presentation – we were thoroughly delighted. Thank you!

Ruby Steel, Smart Designs

Shoreditch
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I loved the evening, there was so much passion, sharing and curiosity as well as delicious food. Thank you for making the evening special for the group. Your openness has been an invaluable experience for this group. THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!

Stella Afnaim, YPO

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Thank you for all of your help on Saturday. The food was delicious and we had many compliments. Even Rosie - our picky daughter - declared your chicken to be "the best" and polished off all the leftovers. Thanks also to your lovely staff - professional, friendly and a pleasure to meet. All in all, a great success. Thank you.

Daniel & Kate, St Johns Wood

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Thanks again for all your efforts today. It was the most DELICIOUS lunch. Thank you hugely for catering for us. I honestly can say that I have never been to a meeting with such delicious catering. Everyone could not stop commenting on the absolute delicious food. I’m sure THK will go from strength to strength. the proof is most certainly in the pudding (of which I ate about 300 pieces)

Leah Warren & Laura Marks, Nisa Nashim - Jewish & Muslim Women Group

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We all had a fabulous time with your fabulous food - everyone was raving about it. The table when it was all spread out…it looked magnificent. It was wonderful to be able to concentrate on the house for the day, rather than the cooking and to actually speak to my guests! Not having to clear it all up was an added bonus too.

Nicola Caisey, Highgate

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Little late on catching up on emails this week! A huge thankyou for being absolutely marvellous again last week. It really is such a huge pleasure to have you as part of the team. I’m not surprised our guests went back for seconds- it really was so delicious and the presentation was totally spot on! I can’t wait to get the photos out and onto the blog.

Looking forward to working with you again

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We are so pleased that we had Saima cater our 14 person dinner party at our flat! She was able to accommodate many different dietary restrictions and create beautifully presented and delicious dishes!

We received so many positive comments from our guests about the amazing food and exceptional service! Saima was accompanied by her assistant who was extremely attentive, professional, knowledgeable and friendly. We would highly recommend this fantastic team for any event and will certainly be asking them back!!

Christine & Mark Han-Rutledge, Hampstead

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The food was wonderfully tasty, ideal for a foodie crowd or anyone who likes interestingly spiced and varied dishes. It was the whole experience though, including the two team members who somehow integrated themselves seamlessly and with real attentiveness to the guests. The guests all felt very pampered by Saima and her team.

Elizabeth Green , Queens Park

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Our Thanksgiving dinner was a dream. Saima accommodated our dietary needs and designed a lovely menu for our group of vegetarians and pescatarians. On the day, she breezed in and found her way around our kitchen effortlessly. She was organized and took care of every detail while being warm, engaging and friendly. She even managed to entertain our 3- and 5-year-old children by employing them as her sous chefs. They were so excited to learn about Persian cuisine, taste pomegranate seeds, sniff spices and rustle dried rose petals between their little fingers. The meal itself was a delectable feast from start to finish. The dishes were surprising, delightful and bold in color and taste. Saima walked us through each course explaining the ingredients and origins of the dishes. It was the perfect change from the typical Thanksgiving dinners to which we've grown accustomed. Overall, the service was professional and extremely personable. Our evening with Saima was more than a meal, it was an experience!

Stephanie Etienne, Maida Vale

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From the delicious food to the stunning table spread, Hampstead Kitchen made my Moroccan-themed dinner party an entire experience. Everything was excellently prepared and presented — and it all (almost) looked too good to eat. Of course, all 16 of us couldn't help ourselves. My baklava birthday "cake" was probably my favorite part

Kim Anderson, Shoreditch

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Thank you for this fabulous food, all these colors in our plates and this amazing smells in our house. Our guests and kids loved everything. Of course there was so much food that we enjoyed the leftovers the next day. We would strongly recommend Saima to everyone who enjoys great food in a very friendly atmosphere. Saima is not just a chef. She has great skills to make people feel great.

Stephane Lusoli, St Johns Wood

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We wanted to thank you for the 5th - the food was was excellent and the service warm and professional. All our guests loved the way the food was presented and served. And no glass was ever empty! We enjoyed every minute of our party. Thank you so much for a lovely and stress free evening.

Biba Chaudry, South Hampstead

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Your food got a great review from our guests who are a real bunch of foodies. Thank you so much. I will endeavour to give your company as much publicity as I can. We loved the lamb and chicken and the salads were a delight. The Baklawa was lovely!! Thanks for everything.

John Cole, West Hampstead

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Saima and The Hampstead Kitchen did more than just 'cater' for our wedding, they made a truly spectacular contribution to the most memorable day of our lives. We honestly cannot rate Saima and the team at The Hampstead Kitchen highly enough! Saima was absolutely wonderful right from the start, with ideas and suggestions on how we could make our wedding day personal and special, proposing a truly delicious menu, navigating logistics and how to get the most out of our budget to name but a few.

The food was amazing - unpretentious delicious food with style that brought together people from all walks of life! Never have I been to a wedding where almost every guest mentioned how much they loved the food. The guests are still raving about it! I had a second serving despite wearing a tight wedding dress - which Saima was more than happy to oblige.

The service was seamless and was completely in the style of our wedding. The team were flexible, thought on their feet whatever the weather or set up brought. The set up of the bar outside was wonderful! Organising the catering was the least stressful part of our wedding and Saima's attitude was 'we can handle anything'.

Saima, thank you for everything, from the bottom of our hearts. Thoughtful as ever - even to send out a good luck text on our wedding day! We've been collecting clippings from magazines that you have been appearing which will go into a wedding keepsakes box. We are very proud that you were happy to provide us with your support and services.

Just trust me, Saima and the Hampstead Kitchen - outstanding food, outstanding service from the heart!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

David & Mimi Prowse, Battersea

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Thank you for the most special evening. Your food was truly delicious and your stories equally inspiring. From the incredible lamb to the Obama dip it was a real treat! We all left with our stomachs much heavier but our pockets slightly lighter in aid of Serena and UNICEF's great initiative.

All in all, a really great evening and we hope to do something similar in the near future.

Looking forward to leftovers for dinner this evening - that is unless my brothers beat me to it!

Thanks again

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Just to say that I was delighted with the buffet you provided on Saturday for my 60th birthday. The food was absolutely delicious and the service perfect. Many many thanks for making that evening even more special.

Isabelle T Tilden , Highgate

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We really enjoyed the dinner and everyone had wonderful things to say about it. We hope to use you again! I am more than happy to write something for you... We were so fortunate to have Saima and her team cater a dinner party for my husband's colleague's and spouses. The food was delicious and we received so many positive comments from our guests. Saima and her team were charming and friendly while ensuring that everything ran smoothly throughout the evening. My husband and I were able to relax and spend time interacting with our guests while enjoying her fabulous dishes. We will definitely book again in the future. Thank you Saima and the Hampstead Kitchen!

Heather Evans & Michael Komasinski, Hampstead

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the food was as fantastic as they look in the photos. Every single person said how delicious everything was. We would love to have you again. Am planning a small gathering in October so shall be in touch when the date is confirmed. Thank you!

Nalini Chapman, Queens Park

Private Client
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I cannot thank you enough for such an incredible evening!

The food was delicious, and you were just the best chefs and hosts I could not have dreamed of a more perfect experience!

I will also recommend you to everyone I know. I will definitely use you again in the future.

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Hi Saima, Just wanted to thank you for helping make our Christmas party such a great success! Your amazing food and wonderful hospitality was well received by all who attended. Greg was also a great asset to the team as he went above and beyond to satisfy our bartending needs. All in all, it was a great night ! We are definitely looking forward to our association with you for any future events. Best regards ! Lisa and Chuck ❤️

Lisa & Chuck,

Hampstead
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I used Hampstead Kitchen for my 30th birthday party. I found them through Instagram and the Cook for Syria campaign. The food was amazing, perfect for a group of 30 something foodies and very delicious.

Saima was incredibly contactable throughout the organising process and made great suggestions with the menu. Everyone loved the food and I would definitely recommend the Persian Banquet to anyone looking for a social dinner party!

Rebekah Winsor, Islington

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Thank YOU. gorgeous food as always and beautifully presented. Such a pleasure to work with you agin for our Colour Wokshops! Excited for the next one xxx

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Thank you so much for the dinner party - it was great. The food, service and presentation was amazing and I’m in awe of your ability to have so many things going on and keep in control and calm!

Jennifer Athill,

Hampstead
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Thank you for your email and thank you so much for last Sunday. It was wonderful to have you cater for Edith's special day. Everyone said how delicious the food was and the service was just perfect. We could immediately relax and know that we were in very good hands. You thought of everything and it was such a lovely level of service to create the relaxed atmosphere that we wanted so that all our friends and family had a fantastic afternoon.

And, yes, thank you for thinking of me with the leftovers, I really enjoyed them that evening when the children were in bed and all was peaceful!

Thank you again

Laura & Joe O'Brian, Highgate

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Thank you so so much for Friday evening, it was such a lovely evening. The whole evening exceeded my expectations, the food was absolutely delicious, so full of amazing flavours and presented beautifully. Any leftovers were fought over and devoured the next day. I’m already planning when I can have you over again and told everyone I spoke to over the weekend how amazing the food, as well as you, were.

Thank you, thank you, thank you...

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Thank you for following up post the supper. It was lovely to meet you (and your team) and the food looked delicious and tasted wonderful. We had lots of very positive feedback! Apologies again for the unexpected extra 20 guests or so…. My son, the host, hadn’t expected all these rappers and friends to come and those that did, he thought would only eat pizza hahaha! Your food too good to resist!
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We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the Oak Room. It was a special evening and you are right, the energy in the room was very positive.

Luckily that energy carried through to the next day at the wedding. It was a wonderful event and the two brides were very happy and they are now off to Greece on their honeymoon.

As far as the food, presentation and your service, it was outstanding. Our guests raved about the food, especially the lamb dish. We were very, very happy with the outcome. So a big thanks to you and your team.

Ingrid Sanford, Zurich

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Saima is very inspiring woman. She is always positive and full of ideas where your business could lead. She helped us to build our self-confidence which is really important in every situation. We used to talk a lot about what we want to do for living and what makes us happy. I have to say she was the right person who encouraged us to step out of our comfortable zone and do something big. And everyone needs someone who pushes you (a little bit) forward. :-) I am so grateful!! Thank you Sai

Gabi

We always feel inspired when meeting Saima. She has such a drive and passion for business and she passes it to us. When you are with her you know you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it. Saima tirelessly comes with great ideas how to achieve it.

Petr

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"Saima was great - she was completely hands on and her experience meant she was able to help with all aspects of the business and was happy to offer advice on anything we needed. We particularly appreciated her expertise with menu development and food presentation. She was able to give us the push we needed in the right direction, and her drive and enthusiasm makes her a pleasure to work with. We're really grateful to her for helping us to get our business off the ground feeling totally confident. Thanks, Saima!" Lots of love, thanks and best wishes!
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Saima was a great support when we were starting out in private catered events. Although she’s has many high-end clients, Saima is clearly a supporter of social causes and dedicated her time, advice and energy to the organisation on a pro bono basis. She channelled her know-how into helping us build our private events package, deliver operationally and offered advice on maximising revenue streams and fundraising opportunities. A real asset!

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I contacted Saima for advice when I was trying to develop a brand identity for my floristry business. I was really struggling with a name that captured what I wanted my business to be about.

Saima got instantly what I was trying to create and helped me from developing a brand concept to name, logo ideas and style. She really help me understand and identify who my customers were, whilst having the confidence to being true to myself.

Saima has creativity flair, style, and her knowledge of branding, tips and recommendations of people to use in the industry is invaluable.

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Having met Saima by chance a couple of years ago, it became obvious that our paths were destined to cross. Her work ethic and know how is simply mind blowing. After being invited to join forces to support the Grenfell Tower victims, we were absolutely humbled by her professionalism. Saima guided us through the process and empowered us into what we wanted to offer as part of our cafe experience but just didn’t know how to be a great caterer for private events. Her business mentoring has empowered us to serve our clients better and be true to our brand. Saima is one person we’d trust more to guide us through catering for our private events. Without Saima’s encouragement, we truly would not know where to begin. If you’re looking for someone to show you the in’s and out’s of our great food industry, look no further. Our business has evolved a lot in just a short few months and thanks to her we are able to secure multiple private events every month in addition to running our deli/cafe.

Saima will grasp your strength and help you shine, she will show you the path to gaining an audience, and most importantly, to keep it, maintain it and nourish it. We have now monthly meetings where we review our brand goals, objectives & strategies and have the structure to achieve them.

Saima have never failed us and we can safely say that she has provided us with tools and the right audience/clients we never knew we could serve before meeting her. We have pure gratitude for her.

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Saima helped advise us on our website and branding for our organic olive oil company All about the Olive.

She helped us with our website content, develop our story and social media.

She has a real creative eye and had loads of tricks and tips on everything from social media to apps to marketing materials. Thank you Saima! X

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Saima is a woman of great vision and exudes confidence and clarity in her thinking. When I made the decision to make the journey from my Banking career into setting up my own brand,  I had the pleasure of many insightful conversations with Saima, who has made that journey herself. Saima’a advice provided me with great nuggets to support my mind-set in making the transition from a full time career into the world of the entrepreneur. Saima’s own journey through The Hampstead Kitchen is an inspiration in its own right and to witness the growth of her brand over the years is a phenomenal testimony to her capabilities.

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I contacted Saima as I wanted to launch my own private catering business. Saima help me find my own unique voice to attract the young clientele I wanted to cater for based on the food I love to cook. She helped me with the process, orgnisation, menus based on teh season, stylin, sourcing and food presentation. This has elevated my style and confidence in so may ways. I am in the pricess of creating a website, but for now I focusing on creating a brand that meets needs the requirements of the client's I wanted to cook for. Thanks for everything Saima.javascript:void(0)

Sofia Allaoui, Private Chef & Caterer

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Saima was such a great help in setting up the details of my first supper club. Not only did she help me find the right venue and suppliers, but she also gave me precious advice on the day of the event and contributed to make it a great success. Her calm, beautiful personality and endless creativity definitely made everything easier. Thank you Saima!