Area: Gloucester, United Kingdom
Benson’s Catering Limited is owned and operated by James Benson, former Claridge’s Chef; James has been cooking since the age of 3, when, as family legend goes, he stood on a chair by the stove and taught Nana how to make ‘rivotto’ before he could even pronounce it. He started his career as a chef at the Goblets Wine Bar, part of the Lygon Arms, Broadway, whilst also studying at Stratford-upon-Avon College in my spare time. Charingworth Manor came next before a move back to the Lygon Arms Hotel, where he started a larder apprenticeship. After leaving the Lygon Arms he worked at the world-renowned Claridge’s in Mayfair, London, serving Royalty, Politicians, Celebrities, and all the rest of the world. Here he specialised in canapés, buffets and starters, serving all variations of world cuisine to anywhere between 50 and 1000 people a day, all with the super-perfection that the guests expected. A place in the semi-finals of the Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence, four promotions, two Employee of the Month awards and an Employee of the Year later and it was time for new things. He moved back to Broadway and struck out on his own, catering in private and holiday homes, as well as many local venues. James now operates a small and successful catering company, offering everything from private dinners to large buffets and weddings. The company caters for around 800-1200 guests a month during peak seasons, and every event is planned and prepared under James’ personal supervision, whether it is a delivery meal for a family of 6 or a wedding banquet for 120.