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well travelled, hard working
Andy Bates is a champion of British food and family-style cooking. His love of cooking started at the age of 15, when his holiday job was as a kitchen hand at his local country pub, the Hooden on The Hill in Kent. After finishing school in 1994, he was determined to pursue his love of food and headed to Canterbury College to study catering where he qualified in 1997. During the course, Andy worked, evenings and weekends, at 1-Michelin-starred Reid’s Restaurant in Faversham as a Commis Chef. He went on to spend part of his third year, working for the Fecamp Chamber of Commerce in Normandy, France, at the well-known Frigate and La Plaisance restaurants, famed for its classic regional cuisine and seafood where he also learned fine dining and French.
Following his qualification, Andy was appointed Regional Manager and Head Chef of restaurants of the Hooden Horse Inns (subsequently Business Inn’s PLC) where he worked until 2000. Between 2000-2008, Andy went on to work in media production, ending up as an AD; but he never stopped cooking, working at weekends and evenings at various respected restaurants and bars such as BAFTA and the Light Bar. It was in 2008 that Andy saw a new trend, which was in street food and he started a number of market stalls in London, celebrating great British baking, where he became well-known for selling his award-winning signature cold-raised pies and scotch eggs, along with his famous Victoria Sponges and renowned custard tarts. This ultimately led to him getting his first break on television, thanks to a keen-eyed TV producer.
Andy loves to create modern twists on classic dishes from traditional British to international street food inspired by his travels for his Food Network TV series, ‘Street Feasts’. He is also a regular contributor on the BBC Two series, Food & Drink. Andy has a passion for discovering the places and the people/characters behind the dishes and regularly participates at food festivals and events both in the UK and around the world including, for the first time, the Abu Dhabi Food Festival. His Food Network TV series ‘Street Feasts’, now in its third season, has consistently rated on the channel and also airs on Food Network international channels across the EMEA and Asia.
Andy has become a leading expert on street food and new food trends. He has also written a cookbook offering modern twists on classic dishes and is the founder of catering business ‘Eat my Pies’ which specializes in classic British pies, Scotch eggs; pastry and tarts. Andy lives by the quote "You should always finish on a little bit of pudding". Andy ensures he keeps an active hand in kitchens/catering with residences at friend’s restaurants as well as pop-ups. He is also working across the country on new street food ventures, helping support and guide local small businesses on how to achieve their ambition, across British and world cuisine, inspired by his experience and travels.
For me, cooking is...
A never-ending story, keep learning, listening and enjoying. Be like a sponge and absorb it all!
I learned to cook at...
Mums kitchen, college, France, London, The world... In that order
A role model in the kitchen is...
All the inspiring chefs I've meet on my travels
A cooking secret...
Fewer, better ingredients that are well prepared
As a Private Chef, I can offer you:
Simply tell me what you're craving! I would love to create the perfect menu for your special occasion in Bay Lake.
I can do weddings, birthdays and corporate events in Bay Lake. You name it!
Because "sharing is caring". I would be happy to teach you all sorts of techniques and recipes in Bay Lake.
Interactive or demonstrative, I can provide showcooking services all around Bay Lake.
Andy's Food Gallery
We all eat with our eyes first! Below you can find a little demonstration of what I can bring to your table.
Chef Andy's reviews
We hosted a joint Birthday dinner with close friends, who just happen to be in restaurant business. Finding the right fit was crucial and we did just that with Chef Andy. Every detail was just perfect and we truly appreciated the experience we shared. We will definitely use Chef Andy in the future.
Edgar Lozada - Jun 20 2022
Chef Andy made the process easy and the food he prepared was amazing. Wine pairing was great! It was a perfect evening celebration!!
Stacey - Mar 22 2022
Andy was an amazing chef! He prepared five meals for us over three days, each from a different cuisine. Just when we thought we had a great meal he would prepare something even better! He prepared many dishes for each meal and each was superb. Our kitchen was not well stocked because it was a rental Andy brought a lot of his own kitchen supplies. He even shopped for us while purchasing groceries for our meals. I highly recommend Andy!!!
Becky Banyasz - Feb 23 2022
Chef Andy created an amazing menu taking into account our favorite foods and dietary preferences of our guests. The menu was incredible - our guests commented all night about the complex flavors and taste of each dish. Chef also recommended wines to pair with each dish and did not disappoint. Chef Andy and the server her recommended were a pleasure throughout the night, engaged in conversation with everyone and made our night and meal one to remember. Would highly recommend choosing Andy to serve up a delightful meal!
Sandip Patel - Feb 14 2022
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