Hot Knives - Catering - Richmond

4.5/5 based on 33 reviews
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We used Penny for a number of corporate events, the food was fabulous and well presented. Penny could not do enough to help us and gave us great support on the day.
We have used Penny from Hot Knives a few times both for dinner parties and school events. Every time, the stress is removed and we can enjoy the evening knowing that the food will be top class and the service second to none. Penny works very discreetly and at speed so that the food circulates efficiently and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her and her team (the wonderful Joyce in particular) for a small gathering or a large event. We will certainly be using Hot Knives again in the future, as will other parents who've enjoyed the experience!
Hot Knives is first rate! The home catering for my 70th birthday party in Kew was superb.Food was delicious, service excellent and the setting and clearing up took all worry out of the day! I am from Australia and I wish they would open a branch in Sydney! Come over down under!
I decided at the last minute to celebrate my birthday and found my self with 30 guest and less than a week to organise, fortunately Penny from Hot knifes didn't think it was a problem and with her cheerful smile and her professional abilities she not only solved my night with her delicious and easy to eat finger food, but also with her amazing presentation created a nice atmosphere, where every body was delighted with the variety of flavours and tastes of her food. I definitely will call her again and give her 5 Stars.
Penny Subbotin's Hot Knives catering company did a wonderful job - at extremely short notice - undertaking the catering for a reception I co-hosted for 60 people in Richmond. Penny listened, came up with solutions for other requirements, including flowers and linens. Above all she made the most delicious canapes - traditional and beautifully presented. Her team of waiters were friendly and efficient. I would highly recommend Hot Knives.
Christmas is upon us and I have already booked Penny to cater for our smallish Party of 50 odd guests ! This is not the first time either ! The most memorable being a Birthday Party for 80 guests in the garden with 30o in the shade…! I could not manage without Penny's calm and super efficient handling of the catering: the large choice of freshly home made canapés, hot or cold, jointly agreed on as I trust her advice, allows for a varied and interesting range of flavours … Her staff, discreet, friendly but very attentive have never been obtrusive. My kitchen becomes hers and the beauty of a spotless kitchen once the guests are gone is the icing on the cake ! Thank you Penny, I am looking forward to Christmas!
Penny was extremely professional and as soon as we met she exuded calm confidence and I knew we could trust her to handle the event. It was a large party in a very big house, and not only was the food superb, the choices were extensive and the presentation was exceptional. Penny co-ordinated every aspect of the event including the flowers, hiring the staff, finding the chairs and cutlery/glasses with smooth efficiency. Her team paid close attention to all our requirements, and went way beyond what was necessary to be helpful to all the guests and to us, the hosts. I have had several compliments about the food and staff since the event. The prices were also very competitive and much less than a Central London caterer would charge. I would heartily recommend Hot Knives and use them again without hesitation.
I'd decided for my 50th I wanted to have paella for 35 with five tapas to start with. Penny from Hot Knives didn't bat an eyelid. Her only comment was "this will be fun", and it was. The food was fantastic and the service relaxed, but professional. Most of the food was cooked outside, which required a lot of organisation, as well as good humour, with everyone getting in the way. I would recommend Penny wholeheartedly and I'm looking forward to my 60th, though I probably can't wait that long.
Fantastic food, very helpful with ideas and great helpers. Would definitely use again. Would give them 5 stars Hazel
We had a christening on Sunday and felt a bit daunted about doing all the cooking ourselves. Penny from Hot Knives provided the food for us. The selection of food was great and every guest commented on how wonderful it was. Penny was so calm and efficient and filled me with confidence before the day! I would definitely recommend her and use her again!
I gave a party for an 80 year old actor friend in my house & garden. The guest list was his - all celebrity actors. A bit daunting for me! Hot Knives were fantastic. Calm, cooked everything on my premises and provided friendly, professional staff. The food was of an exceptionally high and delicious standard. Everyone who attended the party commented on how splendid it was - the canapes that preceded the lunch were so good, some guests thought they WERE the lunch! I had 38 letters complimenting me on the food & wonderful service! A hostess likes to claim the success of a party for herself. On this occasion - the success was due to HOT KNIVES. I thoroughly recommend them. I look forward to my next party.
For the first time in my life, I decided to use a catering company to help me with an event at my home. I was fairly nervous about it since I had no recommendations to go on, and I had no experience in the matter. But, Penny made the whole experience very easy and even pleasant. Not only was Penny easy to work with, the food was fantastic (especially the desserts!) and her staff was just as pleasant as her. My husband and I have decided that we're through doing all the work ourselves - we'll be using a catering service much more frequently now and of course, using Hot Knives!
Penny of Hot Knives catered our dinner party and she fitted in perfectly. We provided the ingredients and emailed her our thoughts on recipes. On the day of the gig she arrived with only her knives and created three courses of outstanding cuisine. Her efforts totally changed the way we now approach a dinner party. Quiet, efficient, expert and thorough. And she listened to our requests as well. I'd recommend her to anyone looking for that bit of extra, but very personal, help
We easily agreed a great selection of canopes with Penny before the "big five oh" party for about 40 guests. On the night, it just all happened seamlessly. We handed over the kitchen to Penny and she went into action. The team of ladies manned the champagne delivery to start things off. Then for the next few hours wonderful food from Penny just kept coming round. The ladies made sure everyone's glass was charged, also manning the bar and keeping the glasses under control. We had nothing to do but to enjoy ourselves! I have no hesitation in recommending Penny and her team for any party.
Penny recently catered for my 50th birthday party. The food was fantastic, extremely tasty, original, plentiful and delicious. I received many compliments on the food from my guests, and I'm more than happy to pass them on. She took over the kitchen so I was free to mingle with my guests, and left it spotless at the end of the day. Penny's catering really helped make my celebration special. Deborah P
Penny, thanks so much for providing the catering for our recent event. Penny stepped in and provided the catering for the VIP Marquee at our recent rugby festival. The food was fantastic and plentiful, a key requirement when catering for hungry professional rugby players, many of whom were seem going up for three helpings!! The feedback has been brilliant from everybody. So a big thank you from us all. You really helped us to make sure that everything ran smoothly and were helpful throughout all the planning as well as the execution of the event.
Penny exceeded all our expectations when she catered a large function for a school event. The food was well presented, very delicious and represented outstanding value for money. Penny was unbelievably helpful, courteous and professional, and ensured the smooth running of a great night.
Penny has established herself as one of the best caterer's in the area. She creates innovative, inspired and utterly delicious feasts for any event, big or small. I have used her services on several occasions and the calm, organised manner in which she delivers her food is wonderful. I thoroughly recommend Hot Knives if you love good food!
Penny has established herself as one of the best caterer's in the area. She creates innovative, inspired and utterly delicious feasts for any event, big or small. I have used her services on several occasions and the calm, organised manner in which she delivers her food is wonderful. I thoroughly recommend Hot Knives if you love good food!
Penny's food is fantastic! I highly recommend her tapas which she provided for a surprise 40th birthday party for my Spanish partner. He absolutely loved them - as did all 40 guests. I now see little point in cooking for even small gatherings when Penny can take care of the food and provide such wonderful staff. You can just chill and enjoy the company of your guests! Marc Nyte
Penny's food is fantastic! I highly recommend her tapas which she provided for a surprise 40th birthday party for my Spanish partner. He absolutely loved them - as did all 40 guests. I now see little point in cooking for even small gatherings when Penny can take care of the food and provide such wonderful staff. You can just chill and enjoy the company of your guests! Marc Nyte
Penny's food is fantastic! I highly recommend her tapas which she provided for a surprise 40th birthday party for my Spanish partner. He absolutely loved them - as did all 40 guests. I now see little point in cooking for even small gatherings when Penny can take care of the food and provide such wonderful staff. You can just chill and enjoy the company of your guests! Marc Nyte
I used Penny's catering company to provide tapas food for my partner's surprise 40th birthday party. Bearing in mind that he is a real foodie and Spanish too - I was nervous how well the Spanish menu will go down. Not only did he enjoy Penny's authentic and delicious food, so did all of our 40 guests. Penny's food was amazing and her staff were fantastic. I look forward to using her services again in the future. Marc Nyte
Penny Subbotin provides the most delicious and interesting food. Penny's style of food is out of the ordinary and her combination of flavours is always exciting. Penny takes time to help her clients obtain the perfect balance in their selection of dishes. Endlessly creative, Penny stands out from the best. This is not just a job for her, Penny really does love to cook and research new recipes, keeping her standards to the highest level.
Penny manages to make food we would love to be proud of! She prepares and creates delicious, innovative, original dishes, presented beautifully and served by friendly, professional staff. I have known Penny for several years and have used her catering services and attended functions in which her calm and organised approach ensured a successful and scrumptious event. She clearly has a great passion for food - flavour is paramount and achieved with careful blending of ingredients, researched, tried and tested over many years. I thoroughly recommend Penny who is capable of providing food for any event, big or small.
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