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How it all works

The T's & C's

Making a booking

Once we have decided on your date and number of courses a 25% deposit of the quoted amount is required within 48 hours.

Once received your booking will be confirmed. This deposit is non-refundable.


No one likes to cancel an event and we will always work with you to try and secure another date when Chef Alan can cook for you. 

If you do need to cancel your deposit is non-refundable. If we are able to secure another booking for your date, then we will refund your deposit. 


For cancellations within 48 hours, the entire amount paid will be forfeit.

This is to cover the cost of ingredients already purchased, and time spent creating your tailored menu. 

Changing guest numbers

If you numbers change prior to the date please let us know as soon as possible.

If your numbers increase to be over 12 people then please be aware that we may need to invoice you for an extra staff member (depending on the menu you have selected - Alan Dawes Private Chef will communicate with you before any changes are made). 

If your numbers decrease within 48 hours of the event, then please be aware there are no refunds of funds already paid as ingredients will have already been purchased. 


We understand that it may sometimes be necessary to change the date of your booking. Date changes are permitted up to 30 prior to your event and your deposit will be moved to a future date without penalty. Do keep in mind that Alan Dawes Private Chef is generally out booked for Saturdays 6 months in advance so you may need to be flexible if you need to change. 


Menus are created on a seasonal basis and may differ from the sample menus on the website. Your menu will be sent to you 7 days prior to your event. Dietary requirements can be catered for and must be provided before the final menu is sent to you. The menu is a chef's choice and your party will all receive the same menu, with the exception of those with specified dietary requirements. Changes of mind regarding preferences will not be accommodated on the night. 


Menu requests 

If you would like a specific item included on your menu, please be aware that due to the rapidly increasing cost of ingredients that this may not be possible. Your menu is created around seasonal availability and asking for premium ingredients or items which are not in season may incur surcharges.

To experience the best produce around we recommend selecting the Premium 9 course menu. 


Children under 12 can be catered for with mains and desserts for $45 per person. Children's meals must be booked at time of booking. Once your menu has been sent to you, simply select the two dishes you would like to serve as children's meals. 

Wine pairing

Alan Dawes Private Chef is a licensed vendor and can provide wine pairings to compliment your menu. These are based on a standard industry 75ml tasting pour per person per course. Alan Dawes Private Chef is a one man show, and currently waitstaff and wine glasses are not included. Please reach out if you would like waitstaff provided at your event as we may be able to source or recommend staff.