Frenchman in the Kitchen offers bespoke luxury dining experiences for private dinner parties and small events in the comfort of your own home or holiday rental across Dorset and Hampshire. 

Having a dinner party and want to impress with mouth-watering gourmet dishes? Want to enjoy the evening with your guests rather than being confined to the kitchen? 

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply getting together with friends, Frenchman in the Kitchen can provide hassle-free fine dining tailored to your requirements. With several menu options to chose from, or the opportunity to co-create something completely bespoke, we can cater to your needs.

Chef-Owner – Loic Gratadoux

Having been classically trained in Paris at Ferrandi, L’Ecole Superieure de Cuisine Francaise Loic has worked in numerous 1, 2 and 3 Michelin star restaurants in France, including the prestigious Eiffel Tower, followed by The Pier restaurant in Sydney Harbour when it won “Best Restaurant in Australia”. Since moving to England in 2007 he has worked as Head Chef at the 4* Christchurch Harbour Hotel in Mudeford, and more recently the 4*, 2 AA Rosette Harbour Heights Hotel in Sandbanks, and over the years has built strong relationships with local producers who share his high standards when it comes to ingredients.

Image - Loic with Ken Hom
Loic with Ken Hom OBE at a special event

“I have a passion for fine dining and entertaining. Whilst I love going out to nice restaurants the cost adds up quickly before you even get to the food (extortionate wine lists, taxis, babysitters, etc), and for me there is nothing more enjoyable and satisfying than creating your own fine dining experience in your home for friends or family. The only downside of a D.I.Y dinner party is that you often find yourself spending most of your time in the kitchen, rather than with your guests (do you find yourself rushing through your starter and abandoning your guests before they’ve finished so you can crack on with the main course? Or do a quick frantic washing up session?). 

After much reflection, menu trials and research amongst customers, suppliers, industry contacts & friends, I took the leap and left my job as Head Chef at the luxury 2 Rosette, 4* hotel where I managed a team of 10 talented chefs, and set up Frenchman in the Kitchen, offering luxury bespoke private dining experiences in the comfort of your own home.

I am passionate about finding great produce, and using my creative flair and fine dining experience to cook something really special. I work with my customers to design their perfect menu, and enjoy being part of creating a truly memorable private dining experience”

Loic Gratadoux

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