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Catering – it’s a tall order!

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Posted: Friday, 9th March 2018, 16:50

Jan with colleagues Marie-Louise Wynn (left) and Lainey Gilkes. Jan with colleagues Marie-Louise Wynn (left) and Lainey Gilkes.

Tall Order Catering was set up in 2015 by owner Jan van der Lely – 20 years after he first entered the food industry as a trainee pastry chef at Corse Lawn House Hotel.

From the outset Jan knew he had found his niche – baking had provided him with an opportunity to shine in creating delicious food that made people smile. Job satisfaction!

Soon Jan was preparing and cooking starters, mains and desserts – learning all aspects of the day to day operations and management of a professional kitchen.

Over the next couple of decades he achieved formal catering industry qualifications and gained knowledge working with top chefs at a variety of establishments, including The Daffodil in Cheltenham, as well as mastering the variety of skills necessary for preparation and management of event catering – in particular weddings.

After tasting success wherever he went – helping to develop brands and enhance customer experiences – Jan decided the time was right to take the plunge, and Tall Order Catering was launched.

Jan has delivered great culinary satisfaction to many clients in the last two years, while simultaneously developing a superb set of menus and a team to match.

‘You name it, we can deliver it’
When asked about the company’s name, Jan explained: “I treat every job as a ‘tall order’ to put pressure on myself and the team to deliver the very best. Whether it’s fine dining for a small group in a client’s home, or catering for hundreds of guests at a wedding, we constantly push ourselves to make certain every customer is totally happy.”

Jan also takes great pride in the flexibility of services and variety of dietary requirements he caters for – he says: “You name it, we can deliver it!”

For larger event bookings Tall Order Catering prepare ‘tasters’ from some of their menus in advance, to help clients confirm they’ve selected the right dishes for their guests. From a barbecue or hog roast to canapés, a tailored buffet or sumptuous dinner – Jan and his team have it covered.

So, whether you’re planning a wedding breakfast, anniversary party, birthday bash, life celebration or any other type of function or event – including corporate gatherings – Jan would love to hear from you. More information, including sample menus, is also available on the Tall Order Catering website.

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