Reviews

I have cooked for and taught some wonderful people – thanks to them, I love my work…

“Every year we look forward to our family holiday in Cornwall – apart from the beautiful beaches and fantastic surf, it’s the delicious food that awaits us from Laura. Using local, fresh produce, her menus are creative, yet have a real home-cooked feel; everything is always so tasty, hearty and flavoursome and her puddings are off the chart! We never leave Laura after our holidays without a big care package of salted chocolate chip cookies.” – Jamie Oliver & Jools Oliver

“I crave and relish not only Laura Pope’s cooking, but her creativity and all-round positive energy too. Laura has cooked for our travelling caravan of family and friends in Cornwall, London and the countryside over the years, and is everyone’s absolute favourite. Can’t recommend her enough, though hate sharing.” – Laura Bailey (model, writer & photographer)

“Laura has cooked for our families off and on for seven years. We would travel far and wide to eat anything she makes (especially her evil Pavlovas). She always cooks with the freshest seasonal ingredients, puts together mouthwatering menus, and accommodates our adventurous eaters and our picky young ones alike. Her meals manage to somehow feel surprising yet deeply comforting at the same time. We are trying to get her to come to us in the US.  If we had to choose between her food and her company, we don’t know which we would pick.” – David Benioff, D.B. Weiss (writers, directors & producers), Amanda Peet (actress, writer & producer) and Andrea Troyer (writer & producer)

“We all adore Laura and her brilliant cooking, every meal relished and savoured. Whilst we wish her luck in her new ventures, we know that her special stress-free combination of talent, creativity and kindness will bring her continued success. Laura’s modern healthy approach to cooking and entertaining is both inspiring and satisfying, and we have learnt as we feasted.” – Eric Fellner (co-chair of Working Title Films)

“Laura Pope has cooked for my family whilst on holidays and at our home. I love her ‘nothing’s too much trouble’ approach as well as her flair for fresh, healthy and very delicious food. Laura’s love of Italian-inspired fare mixed with her own modern ideas have always been just what we feel like eating. She has a great eye for colour and passion for everything she makes. Her interest in anti-cancer diets has been very useful and I feel very lucky to have been fed by her!” – Emily Dyson (founder & owner of creative concept store “Couverture” in Notting Hill)

“Words can’t stress how talented Laura Pope is. But her food can. Laura is a pleasure to work with and the utmost professional. She takes detail seriously and will go to the limit to please. That’s why we keep coming back for more!” – Claudia Moselhi (PR for Comté Cheese UK)

“Laura has worked for me for several years, both for our luxury chalet company in Verbier and in Cornwall cooking for our family and rental guests, all of whom expect only the best and a real versatility in style. Her beautiful, rustic food is perfect for Cornish summers, not to mention her fantastic baking, delicious jams and preserves and irresistible home-made granola and Nordic crispbread. She is an absolute pleasure to have around the house, not to mention reorganising my larder and freezer.” – Liz Berman (founder & owner of CK Verbier & CK Rock)

“Laura is a phenomenal private chef. She has cooked for our family on several holidays in Cornwall and her cooking and repertoire is fantastic. She has made wonderful picnics, evening meals making great use of local and seasonal ingredients as well as special meals for children which are always left with clean plates. Her chocolate brownie is to die for.” – David & Clare Sismey (private clients at CK Rock)

“Laura is talented and versatile; she has cooked for me on a number of occasions covering both informal and formal events, family gatherings to meals for 40. There is really no better food in the world. Laura listens to what you want and what you love, then responds accordingly, using her intelligence and expertise to conjure up meals that are unimaginably delicious and unimaginably beautiful. She can produce the healthiest, cleanest food and also more decadent, traditional recipes, vegan feasts to Middle Eastern banquets to shepherds pie…. She uses ingredients in a modern, refined and creative way, yet her food is never over-fussy or overloaded with ingredients. She also does everything with ease and grace and generosity. Amazingly, I have never seen her appear stressed or hurried. Thank you Laura!” – Tree Sherriff (private client)

“Finally we have found a chef that intelligently participates in menu planning, is meticulous in her approach and delivers a feast. Happy client, very happy guests. Thank you Laura.” – Mort & Simona Mirghavameddin (private clients)

“Laura did a beautiful little cooking party for my daughter’s birthday – they made really interesting puff pastry savoury tarts, which they cooked and ate with delight. Laura has a lovely calmness about her that rubbed off on the children. It was a lovely afternoon. Laura has also made delicious drinks party canapés for us made with proper ingredients.” – Beatrice Walduck (private client)

“Laura Pope was a super tutor and brought to the course an excellent variety of recipes for us all to attempt and ultimately to master. There were no exceptions, everybody achieved! I cooked and baked recipes that I have constantly avoided over the years for fear of thinking they were too difficult. Laura showed us that the twice-baked soufflés were not only delicious, but that the initial preparation could be done well in advance, and the final result could be baked and served in minutes. I had never cooked a terrine before – the ingredients seemed to be a minefield and difficult to combine. Again, Laura showed us that it is a fairly straightforward dish to prepare with a quite delicious and impressive result. I could continue, but for fear of being tedious I’ll finish with saying, without exception, all the recipes were tasty and I know I will use them frequently in future. Well done and thank you, Laura.” – Jeanine Maclaine (cookery student at Denman College)

“Laura cooked for us in Cornwall. She offers an irresistible combination of modern food and traditional classics, all cooked with delicacy and care using the finest local ingredients. Her passion for food is evident in abundance and she is a charming and courteous hostess. It was an absolute pleasure to get to know her and to eat her fabulous food.” – Jacqui & Paul Land (private clients at CK Rock)

“A superb and warm welcome to the cooking class (demonstration). Laura was an excellent chef and host. A beautiful home and we enjoyed a wonderfully prepared and served lunch for 8 persons. Thorough recommend the experience.” – Jackie Barkham (via Google Reviews)

“I was lucky enough yesterday to have lunch cooked for me by the brilliant Laura Pope of @thedorsetkitchen. A delicious experience but also a learning one as Laura offers cookery classes in her beautiful home. After a warm welcome I settled around her kitchen island with a small group of other diners and we watched and chatted while Laura cooked and shared her pro chef tips. A highly recommended and very pleasant way to spend 4 hours.” – Sarah Rudder (@thekitchentabledorset, via Instagram)

“I came to Laura’s class looking for inspiration and I left with lots of ideas, as well as the knowledge and confidence to execute them myself. In fact, I recreated the citrus salmon with all the side dishes and apricot cake for dessert for a lunch party – and my guests loved it! I’ll definitely be returning for more.” – Chloe Fawsitt (via Google Reviews)

“It was a great experience. Very well thought out and delivered to perfection. A very enjoyable four hours and a delicious lunch in the company of other interesting participants.” – Jennifer & Allan (via Airbnb)

“What a lovely lunch in a wonderful setting – with wild deer in attendance. Laura made our daughter’s 18th birthday lunch very special – thank you Laura. We enjoyed seeing Laura prepare a lovely lunch with lots of tricks of the trade – Laura made it all look effortless. Lunch in the dappled shade of the garden was a delight. Fabulous to see an expert in effortless action. Laura struck a super balance between attention and leaving us to enjoy the meal. Thank you so much.” – Ian (via Google Reviews)

“What a treat! Watch a talented chef cook a delicious meal whilst learning lots of the tricks of the trade and then get to enjoy eating it all in the most beautiful setting of Laura’s gorgeous home. I feel inspired but more importantly confident to now recreate it all for family and friends. Laura is an excellent teacher. Witty and knowledgeable and made the whole experience lots of fun. Thoroughly recommended.” – Anna (via Airbnb)

“I so enjoyed a morning spent with Laura in her lovely home, showing us how to cook a delicious spring inspired lunch. Her kitchen is perfectly set up for an intimate group, the dishes were something that I wouldn’t think to put together myself but felt easily achievable once Laura expertly showed us how. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions along the way as well as pick up some more general cooking/kitchen tips. At the end it was lovely to sit down and sample the food overlooking the beautiful garden. I have already made the blondies at home – delicious. Thank you Laura.” – Tamsin (via Airbnb)

“A really fun, delicious and inspirational day. Laura is an excellent chef and a great teacher. I went away full of ideas and eager to try some new recipes.” – Annabel (via Airbnb)

“Fantastic from start to finish. Inspiring recipes and some really useful tips on techniques that take the stress out of preparing a meal. I cant wait to try every dish for myself. A lovely relaxed atmosphere where every question was masterfully answered by Laura who was so generous with her knowledge. I highly recommend to all and will definitely be booking in again!” – Alice (via Airbnb)

“I really enjoyed this experience. I like to think I’m handy in the kitchen already but I certainly picked up a few new tricks and techniques. It was great to walk away with some great recipes and a full belly of delicious food. One thing that makes this stand out is the detailed cooking timing plan for the meal which will help remove the stress when trying to recreate the dishes.” – Johnny (via Airbnb)

“A fabulous, thorough, well organised and fun cooking demonstration followed by a delicious lunch in a beautiful setting. It was a relaxed but very informative and inspirational. I’m looking forward to trying the new recipes and planning tips! Hope to be back again soon.” – Sukie (via Airbnb)

Laura cooking in The Dorset Kitchen
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