Honest Foods began location catering in 2006 by providing for commercials and music videos. Since then we have moved more into the world of film and television working for all the biggest production companies in and around London.
We have the facilities to cater for long and short shoots using our 17 foot kitchen, 21 foot kitchen and refrigerated support vehicles. On several occasions we have brought both kitchens to cater for 350 extras on a film set.
The thing that sets us apart from other film set caterers is that all our chefs are REAL chefs with experience in top London restaurants and 5 star hotels. This is thanks to the private catering side of the business which caters for top events, private dinner parties and weddings.
What makes Honest Foods so popular with film crews is our ability to be diverse and meet all the needs of the crew. There’ll be roast joints of meat for the geezers, great veggie food for the vegetarians (something we really pride ourselves in) and special touches for the foodies, like home made pastry, cakes, stocks, sauces and most recently ice cream and sorbet. We do not use ‘packet’ rubbish!
Honest Foods strive to achieve the highest standards in modern European cooking with our team of chefs who have all trained in top London restaurants and hotels.
Our year is made up of regular corporate clients’ events, the summer is busy with weddings, christenings and garden parties and the end of the year is our busiest, as we begin catering for the Christmas season including some special events on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.
No event is too small or large for our experienced team. Sometimes it entails setting up kitchens within marquis for private events or bringing along mobile kitchens to awkward venues.
Head Chef and founder, Leon Rothera started his career working for Douglas Jordan at the ‘Blackgate Restaurant’ in Newcastle. Head Chef and proprietor Jordan took him under his wing and taught him a respect for good ‘honest’ cooking he’d never forget before sending him on his way to London at 17 to train under Paul Gayler at ‘The Lanesborough Hotel’, which at the time boasted the highest graded hotel restaurant in Europe (The Conservatory). After some hard and career molding years there he moved on to work for Herbert Berger at the Michelin Starred ‘No.1 Lombard Street’.
He did a few stints helping to open some other restaurants in London before deciding to start Honest Foods in 2002 by doing small dinner parties in peoples homes. This quickly lead to bigger private and corporate events such as weddings, corporate functions and even became popular catering for some celebrities such as Peter Jones (The Dragons Den), Paul Weiland, Ruby Wax, Harry Enfield, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter.
Honest Foods are now a well established catering company but never lose touch of their ethos which is to cook great ‘Honest Food’.