In Winter 2012 I used Dean’s services as a chef during the shoot of a feature film based in and around London and Shepperton Studios. Dean provided breakfast, lunch, dinner and several snacks through out the day, usually working 6 day weeks.
While I have a vegetarian/vegan diet, and Dean is not specifically a vegan chef, I found his menu to be creative, varied and exciting, and his food to be well presented, tasty and of high quality. Whilst on location, at times Dean had to work with limited resources and he was able to adapt to these circumstances and continue to deliver great food.
Having enjoyed his work, I invited Dean to my home to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal for my family and friends, all of whom were impressed with his ability and his attention to detail.
On a personal level I found Dean to be very polite, friendly and personable, and considered him an asset to our team.
Oscar award winning actress, Natalie Portman
Asgard Film Productions
I booked Dean to cook for one of our top Manchester United Players on Valentines day. The booking was short notice but nothing was too hard for Dean, he was very polite, understanding and efficient.
He cooked a wonderful four course meal for our player and his girlfriend and we had great feedback. They really enjoyed the food and the whole service Dean provided.
The Manchester United player would love to have him back.
Key Sports Management
“The quality of Dean’s food is excellent in all aspects of taste, presentation and balance.”
I am House Manager at a large country house in Northumberland. The quality of the food and service insisted upon by my employer for his guests are of the highest standard. I have recently had the pleasure of working with Dean Harper who came to work for us for several days.
The quality of Dean’s food is excellent in all aspects of taste, presentation and balance. My employer and several of his guests went directly to Dean to compliment him which is testament to his skill as a chef. He works in an extremely organised manner and in the short time he was with us developed an excellent working relationship with all other employees at the hall. (Unlike several of the chefs we have employed in the past). His organisational skills and obvious ability meant he worked extremely well under pressure despite the many and often short notice changes in requirements. The volume of work is excessive, from breakfast; mid morning snacks on the fell, shooting lunches and a four course meal of exceptional quality in the evening Dean’s ability to work on his own at speed and with others meant he easily coped with the workload.
East Allenheads Estate
Dean provided ideas/menus which offer variety and are refreshingly different. The food was cooked to perfection and served to the guests in a friendly and professional manner. In the kitchen Dean was organised, clean, tidy and discreet, which all contributed to excellent dinner parties. All of our guests commented on the excellent food, service and whole ambiance and Dean received further bookings from these parties.
We are looking forward to the next time Dean caters for us as we are able to devote our full attention to our guests, being worry-free as to what is happening in the kitchen! We cannot recommend Dean highly enough for any catering events.
“Dean managed to create a large portfolio of menus using a varied, vibrant range of meats, vegetables and spices.”
A-list Leading Actor, Chris Hemsworth
I had the pleasure of receiving Deans services during 2012, whilst filming a sequel to Thor at Shepperton Studios.
His role was to cook for the leading actress although he supported my chef and cooked for me on several occasions providing me with a constant array of meals throughout day.
Due to physical demands of the role in which I played, I was on a strict high protein (paleo diet). Which incurred the need to eat on a two hourly basis throughout the day. With so many meals to cater, it would have been very easy to become complacent and repetitive. However Dean managed to create a large portfolio of menus using a varied, vibrant range of meats, vegetables and spices. During the shoot I also altered my diet to include Macrobiotic elements.
Dean showed his versatility and professionalism by working with the onset dietitian who he would liaise with on weekly basis. Dean sourced the highest quality organic produce, which he bought from specialist stores. Ensuring he met my every requirement and achieved the best results.
Over all, I found Dean to be very passionate, professional and personable to work with.
A-list Leading Actor, Chris Hemsworth
“I found his menu to be creative, varied and exciting, and his food to be well presented, tasty and of high quality.”
Oscar Award Winning Actress, Natalie Portman
Dean Harper cooked for a high profile Manchester City & England football player. He designed a fabulous five course meal for the player and his partner.
We had fantastic feedback from the player and his partner. They loved every course and though the food he sourced was at the highest level. The food looked elegant on the plate and presentation was second to none.
They thought Dean was a really friendly guy and they felt at ease with him. He was very unassuming and gave the couple plenty of time in between each course. Dean left the kitchen spotless and left the house with smiles all around.
Celebrity Chef Agent
“The food looked elegant on the plate and presentation was second to none.”
Deans cooking and attention to detail is excellent. We would not hesitate to ask him back. On top of that, he’s a really nice lad who can provide the whole dining experience and be very unobtrusive. He’s quiet and unassuming which the majority of celebrity chefs could learn from!
I have eaten at many Michelin star restaurants in the UK, New York and Paris and know what the best dining is. I’ve also eaten at all of the top restaurants on the West and South coast of Barbados. I would highly recommend Dean and feel sure that you would be very pleased with him.
We have employed Dean Harper over a shooting week-end and we could not have been happier with the outcome.
He is an imaginative and highly motivated cook, produces delicious dishes that are also pleasing to the eye, excellent time keeper, calm in a household of many and we were sitting at meals a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 and he coped admirably. He got on very well with the staff and we would be delighted to have him back.
Mrs Kyra Dickinson, OBE