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:
"What I hate is going to a restaurant and being faced with a menu on which nothing grabs my fancy, I want people to be stuck for choice when they come here; as much as I love food and cooking, my passion really lies in giving the customer what they want."
Founding Partner and executive 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.
"From the age of 15 my passion for cooking started and has never stopped. Discovering and cooking new products for my customers is a thrill and I also sincerely believe that traditional dishes should be kept alive and be passed on to future generations."
Our Events & Weddings Team
Our Wedding Co-ordinators are highly experienced in wedding planning and have a shared desire to exceed your expectations in making sure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day. Our small, professional team are approachable and friendly offering guidance and direction in the planning stages and ensuring you have confidence in Chez Vous all the way through so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your wedding day!
Your wedding will have a wedding co-ordinator assigned who will plan the details with you and be there on your wedding day to make sure everything runs smoothly. Our wedding co-ordinators have over 20 years experience in the catering and events industry and work tirelessly to create a service that will keep your guests talking for a long time after they have enjoyed!
Our Chefs are passionate about our menus being kept fresh and exciting with new ideas emerging constantly to keep up with modern trends in the catering industry. Your wedding is going to be unique and they understand the importance of listening to you and developing your ideas to create a menu especially for you and your wedding day. Our Chefs have over 30 years experience as caterers and work tirelessly to create food that will keep your guests talking for a long time after they have indulged!
Our team of Waiting Staff are experienced, friendly and a pleasure to work with at your wedding. Each member of the Chez Vous team completes an induction and ongoing training sessions to ensure continuation of the highest levels of service for all of our guests. Our team enjoy their work and most have an ambition to continue in the service industry because of their experience within the Chez Vous team.
Every wedding will have waiting staff assigned who will assist in the set-up and preparations as well as the serving of your food and drinks. No job gets left undone from lighting candles to collecting coats, our catering team are here to assist you and your guests throughout your wedding.