Stress is usually a key ingredient when hosting a dinner party – but one Sheffield food-lover is hoping to take away the problem.
Sophie Godwin has launched a bespoke dinner party service.
The 23-year-old has launched her own business – offering hosts the chance to relax while they dine in the comfort of their own homes.
She hopes it will appeal to families who want to avoid a babysitter charge and busy workers who don’t have time to fillet monkfish or prepare profiteroles from scratch.
Sophie, of Clementson Road, Crookes, said: “There are people who offer catering services but it is from a set menu.
“In terms of cooking people whatever they want, my service is the only one like it in Sheffield.
“I can design an entire meal based on people’s requirements and budget.
“I think the service will appeal to people who work a lot and have small children but want to have their friends over. A dinner party can be stressful if you are doing all the work and quite often the hosts don’t get to relax until dessert. So this is a way of having a really good, informal dinner at home, but being able to enjoy it.”
Sophie, a food blogger who graduated in history and English from Sheffield University last year, has even roped in her bar manager boyfriend, Jonathan Bateman, to act as an optional cocktail waiter on his nights off from the Wig and Pen.
And she is prepared for unusual menu requests.
Sophie, who works as a cook at Marmadukes Cafe on Norfolk Row in Sheffield city centre, said: “I’m open to any ideas for menus really.
“I like cooking all kinds of cuisine, so we will have to see what people come up with.
“I’ve loved cooking since I was about 14 and have been working as a cook since last summer. The cost of it depends what people want to order. Obviously there is a difference between steak and chicken, but I’d say it would be between £15 and £25 a head for three courses.
“But it can be cheaper than a restaurant because people can drink their own alcohol and won’t have to pay for a babysitter.
“The first party I did was for a family friend’s 40th birthday and they loved it.”
n For details of the service and to read Sophie’s food blog, visit http://sophieonaplate.com