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Chez Vous Events was launched in 2000 by Founding Partner and Executive Chef Martin Bradley. Since then, Chez Vous Events has provided event catering for over 1000 Weddings and Events throughout Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Kent and London including private party catering, corporate event catering, wedding catering, barbecue catering and annual society and school ball catering.
Chez Vous Restaurant opened in Warlingham in 2011. Our Restaurant in Surrey continues the success of Chez Vous Catering and mirrors the excellence that has earned Chez Vous Events its reputation as one of the Surrey’s finest catering companies. Chez Vous Restaurant has a French Heritage combined with strong British roots and features unique dishes influenced by traditional cooking and modern trends. Our relaxed atmosphere and contemporary setting promises a refreshing dining experience with every visit.
Chez Vous Hotel promises a relaxing stay with our newly refurbished accommodation perfect whether on business or leisure breaks in Surrey. Our Surrey Hotel is easily accessible and well positioned in Warlingham, Surrey - only 10 miles outside of London.
The story of Chez Vous actually began in 1982 when the award-winning restaurant La Barbe first opened its cheerful blue doors in Reigate. The popularity of La Barbe encouraged the partners to form the catering division Chez Vous Events, run by Executive Chef Martin Bradley. Now after 27 years as Head Chef at La Barbe, Laurent Paucaud is proud to take up an operational role with Chez Vous and head up the kitchen at the Chez Vous Restaurant in Warlingham.
Founding Partner and Executive Chef
With over 30 years’ experience, Martin’s enthusiasm for great food is stronger than ever. His expertise and the ability to take everything in his stride were fine-tuned in the kitchens of The Savoy, The Hilton Park Lane and Gleneagles – top hotels with world-class reputations.
Martin has catered for glittering occasions attended by The Queen, Nelson Mandela, The French Ambassador and Tony Blair when he was Prime Minister.
He knows how to create the “wow factor” when it’s called for, but his real skill is in understanding what you want and preparing food that is just right for your occasion whether it be catering in a marquee, a party at home or at a wedding venue.
Asked what he enjoys most about his role at Chez Vous, Martin says:
“It’s being able to work with customers from the first meeting right through to the follow-up. Everyone has a different vision and it’s very satisfying to develop ideas. Each time people come back with repeat business, or tell their friends and colleagues about Chez Vous, it gives us a real buzz.”
Partner and Head Chef
Laurent started his professional career as an apprentice under mentor MOF Jean Claude Pastoureau in La Baule, France. This led to him successfully finishing as ‘best apprentice Ouest of France’.
After a year cooking for Michelin star chef Yves Chopelin in Monchengladbach, Germany, Laurent performed his military service in the French Navy, where surprisingly the standard of the cuisine had to be really high providing meals for twelve commanders and the Admiral De Gaulle. On return to his beloved Pornic, Laurent seconded Yves Vetelle in Le Gilles de Retz.
Laurent then embarked upon his impressively long career as Head Chef and Director of the renowned French restaurant La Barbe, in Reigate. There Laurent always kept abreast on the latest culinary trends and regularly attended events such as the MOGB, Les Lauriers D’OR and many more.
Laurent is a bit of a show man and loves to share his passion for food by regularly getting involved with the local community in school cooking competitions and cookery demonstrations at various local venues.