Private chef

Introducing… Coventry cook Sophie Hyam

No, this isn’t an ad. I just think what Sophie does looks fab, is something different, and she’s local so I’m bigging her up 🙂

When you think of the food scene in Coventry & Warwickshire, it’s easy to focus on restaurants, cafes and bars – maybe even the odd food festival. But there are plenty of other ways of enjoying great eats in our local area, and some you might not necessarily think about.

If I was to say ‘private chef’, you might dismiss the idea as a bit poncey and potentially out of the average person’s price range. But Sophie Hyam doesn’t seem to be your stereotypical private chef.

An award-winning cook herself, Sophie’s passionate about food and a key figure in our local food and drink scene. She trained early on as a chef then returned to it later to follow her dream of cookery. In 2017 she won Warwickshire Home Cook of the Year, sponsored by Aubrey Allen and now does everything from pop-ups and events across the county, as well as serving slap-up meals in people’s own homes.

Sophie’s got plenty planned over the next couple of months and they’re all going up on the calendar. You guys know I like to champion what’s going on in the area and I want to tell you about what Sophie’s up to to show you that there are a whole load of experiences beyond your average lunch or dinner at a restaurant.

Recipe Book Club: Month Eight – Monday, November 4

This event at Emily’s Cafe in Earlsdon features six dishes from Nigel Slater’s The Christmas Chronicles, showcasing dishes you might not have originally thought of for the festive season.

They include pig’s cheek terrine, potato and feta pancakes and mincemeat and mascarpone tarts.

The evening runs from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Emily’s Cafe, Earlsdon, CV5 6EJ. Tickets are £15 and a non-refundable deposite is required to secure your place.

Pop-up restaurant – secret menu inspired by Earth, Wind, Fire, Water – Friday, November 15

We’re all used to a menu when it comes to going out for dinner, but what about trying an evening where the menu is a complete surprise. Sophie will be serving up four courses inspired by the four elements – Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.

There are 12 seats available for the event at Emily’s Cafe in Earlsdon. Tickets are £40 per person and a £10 non-refundable deposit is needed to secure your place.

Pugs & Puppies at Binley Woods Village Hall – Sunday, December 1

Fancy getting your pet pooch together with some other four-legged friends for the festive season? Sophie is holding a Christmas Pug & Puppies Cafe at Binley Woods Village Hall on Sunday, December 1 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Your pups will get doggycinos on arrival and there will be a festive buffet for human guests. There’s even a prize for the best-dressed pup. Tickets are £15 each and you’ll have to pay a £5 deposit to secure your booking.

Christmas Afternoon Tea

How about afternoon tea in your own home? Sophie is offering a Christmas Afternoon Tea menu throughout December, excluding Christmas and Boxing Day. You’ll enjoy treats like turkey and stuffing sandwiches, stilton and rocket tarts and mini Christmas sausage rolls, as well as macarons, chocolate yule log slices and mince pies.

The price is £18 per person. Book quickly to get your date in.

New Year with a difference

Looking for something a bit different for new year? See 2020 in with Sophie, either with a bespoke New Year’s Eve dinner or a New Year’s Day lunch. You can organise your very own menu, choosing from starters like pan-fried scallop on pea puree or French onion soup, mains including shrimp risotto or lamb fillet and desserts like Eton mess cake and Limoncello syllabub.

To book any of these or to find out more, contact Sophie via her blog here or seek her out on Twitter.

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