Me…

I have worked for many years as a live in chef in large private houses in the UK and France. I now live on Anglesey and work freelance as a private chef and outside caterer.

Hilary-web-pics-001Hilary-web pics 027Hilary-web-pics-021Hilary-web-pics-036I come from a family where food was important, not just the fuel for life, but the stuff of celebration and solace. We were always trying new things, reviving old recipes and experimenting. I studied Hotel Management, but quickly realised that it was the creativity of the kitchen where my true passion lay.

Hilary has cooked to a very high standard and produces delicious meals with great flair and imagination.     Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor

It is a huge privilege to be invited into peoples lives to cook for them, sometimes for years , a week or just  for one occasion.

Hilary was a delight to have around. She is warm, friendly, funny, intelligent and utterly professional. She is a particularly good cook creating many delicious and well planned meals for all of us. TS.

I have cooked for a wide variety of clients  in many different venues;  stately homes, country houses with fantastic kitchen gardens, a fort, a castle, a chateau and on private estates some with their own beaches. I worked in a writer’s residential creative studio, a spud pub in Ibiza,  have catered for large groups  in remote locations, assisted Jackie Kearney “the hungry gecko”with her wonderful asian street food at festivals and ran a delicatessen.  Learning from  all ,this has taught me to value the freshness of ingredients, to be imaginative and creative, sometimes miles from shops and reliant on what is to hand. I  love making  my own jams, chutneys, preserves, smoked salmon,  sausages and I bake bread. I love feeding people.

Most of all I just love to cook ………………..

Hilary Cooke