The Chef’s Friend

The discreet extra pair of hands which make entertaining stress free

 01582 462335
 07708 075207

Why go out when you can have restaurant quality food delivered to you at home? I am based in Harpenden and provide a personal catering service tailored to your requirements with delicious, fresh food delivered to your door. Food can be delivered ready to serve or ready to be popped into the oven with minimal fuss so you can honestly say you have cooked it yourself!

Just give me the details of your event and I will suggest a selection of menus at affordable prices with regards to particular tastes or allergies. I make a wide range of dishes and prices depend on the ingredients used and the intricacy of the dishes.

So, whether it's a dinner party, canapé party, buffet, christening, family lunch or supper, you can relax and concentrate on you, knowing that the food is taken care of.

Fully registered, hygiene tested and insured.

Please call or email me to chat through your requirements. All quotes are given with no obligation.



My son attended a cookery day and absolutely loved it. It has made him much more interested in how food is prepared and made him a more adventurous eater too! The food he made was delicious and he was justifiably proud of himself. He is very keen to go again.

Sharon, Harpenden.

“Just to say that I just had one of the best dinners ever cooked for me! Camille was so pleased and proud. I tried both dishes and they were just delicious. Many thanks”.

Sandrine, Welwyn

Janice taught my daughter (aged 10) too cook “real” food. The chicken en croute was superb, really tasty, and my daughter’s face when she presented it that evening for our tea was fantastic, she was so proud of what she had made. How she got the girls to make a vegetable and potato accompaniment, AND a Xmas log from scratch is amazing. Katie felt relaxed, able to make mistakes and learn. She has made all of it again.  Janice has given my daughter more confidence in the kitchen. She will definitely by taking another cooking class with Janice and I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her.

Helen, Harpenden.

“You make unusual but tasty things. It’s good for mums as they don’t have to cook dinner. Janice gave us the recipes so you can make it again, anytime you want”.

Libby, age 7, Luton.

Everything Cara made is absolutely delicious. She had great fun and was really proud to have made us lunch. In the car on the way home, the first thing she asked was when she could come and cook with you again.

Lauren, St Albans

“It was so relaxing cooking in Janice’s kitchen”.

Leo, age 12, Harpenden


The Chef’s Friend/Janice really did make for hassle free entertaining. After a long day at work, the food arrived, I served it, my guests were happy and the food delicious – perfect! Janice thought of everything.

Laura, Harpenden

The food was wonderful and went down a treat. Everyone was raving about it.

Helen, Harpenden

I’ve used The Chef’s Friend for a few informal gathering. Janice has just done a main or a pudding, it takes the pressure off so you can talk to your guests and the dishes are superb.

Sarah, Harpenden

I have used The Chef’s Friend for a mum’s night in for over twenty ladies. Janice made everything really easy – the only hard job was choosing what to order from her wonderful suggestions! The food was fabulous and came ready to serve. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and will be using her again!

Sharon, Harpenden.

“Exquisite looking food that tastes as great as it looks. Janice always has the right ideas up her sleeve for the right occasion!” Sandra, Harpenden

Cookery classes

I also run cookery classes for groups of up to four people, from age 8 upwards, so why not come with friends or encourage your children to become more adventurous in the kitchen? Absolute beginners welcome as long as they are keen to learn. Menus vary from smoky sausage ragu, classic carbonara and chocolate brownies, to stuffed pork fillet with dauphionoise potatoes. Children leave proud of what they produce and take home the food to eat with their families, plus the recipes to make the dishes again. New undergraduate cooking classes also provided.


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