Are you looking for a chef for your next retreat?
The dining table is where guests have the opportunity to come together, socialise and unite over food, 3 times a day, so it’s no surprise that food plays a very important role in each and every retreat. However feeding a large group of people, sourcing food, and managing a budget can be a headache for a retreat owner, so why don’t you recruit a specialist retreat chef to handle all of this for you?
Retreats are my thing. I have been specialising in catering retreats for over 5 years, now and have catered 50 retreats in that time. Retreats have ranged from short weekend getaways at a manor house in Somerset, to 5 nights in a private villa on the Amalfi Coast. They might have a yoga or fitness focus, nutrition or self-development, but good food is a common denominator.
Work as a retreat chef is varied from driving a left-hand drive car, negotiating European supermarkets, to managing serious allergies and of course plating up delicious food. Over 50 retreats I have gained a huge amount of experience to deliver you the best experience for your guests. I have also attended many yoga retreats as a guest myself, which is what initially drew me to the role, this enables me to fully understand the needs of a retreat guest.
I currently have a close relationship with the retreat company Replenish You, through which I have catered for influencers such as Tally Rye, Rhiannon Lambert, Alice Living, Alex Crockford and Lucy Mountain. I also work with a number of individual yoga instructors on a regular basis particularly Lululemon ambassadors Chloe Faulkner and Katy Bateman. I have also worked with Stretching the City, The Retreat Club and The Reset.
My food is always vibrant, veg-centric and seasonally led, and I take inspiration from local foods wherever I travel; for example making the most of a sweet tray of apricots in South West France in June or the bounty of fresh fish from the fish markets of The Algarve.
I usually suggest a buffet breakfast and lunch, so guests can choose to fill their plates to suit their appetites, and then a plated sit down dinner for the evening meal so guests can enjoy the experience to the fullest. Long dinners with friends are always my favourite parts of a holiday, and provide an extended time to sit and chat, review the day and put the world to right! I often join the guests for dinner and am always happy to chat about my recipes and share cooking tips.
I have a non-diet approach to healthy cooking, and simply like to celebrate beautifully vibrant food that tastes as good as it looks.
I usually provide a vegetarian menu with the option of a pescatarian meal a number of times throughout the retreat pending budget.
I can provide vegan options if requested, and am always happy to tailor my meals to cater for allergies.
Sample 1 day menu for a 5-day yoga retreat in Europe
Breakfast – buffet
Bircher/home made granola yoghurt, fresh fruit platter or fruit compote, hard boiled eggs, sourdough bread, local jams
Lunch – buffet
Puy lentil and cherry tomato salad
Roasted cauliflower and spinach salad
Whipped feta & hummus
Dinner – 2 or 3 courses, plated and served
Tomato gazpacho with garlic and olive rubbed toasts
Chickpea stuffed aubergines, courgette ribbons, herby yoghurt sauce, pea and goats cheese stuffed courgette flower
Chocolate Mousse with figs
Fruit Bowl | Flavoured water + tea and coffee provided throughout
“Ceri was an integral part of our retreat and her food absolutely wowed our guests. We all know what you eat can make or break a trip away and it was critical to get it right. Knowing Ceri was in the kitchen preparing incredible seasonal, locally sourced meals made our lives easier while running a busy retreat.” Vicky Shilling and Lauren Healy, The Reset, Portugal, March 2019
For my current confirmed retreat schedule please check out my events page.
Want to work with me? Please contact me via email email@example.com for information on my rates and booking schedule. Please note I am not taking bookings for 2020 until September 2019.