Cornwall Living

The finest of flavour

Drawing from Cornwall’s rich natural larder, we meet Dan Cowell, founder of superb Cornish catering company, Dan’s Cornish Kitchen.

Dan’s Cornish Kitchen is a bespoke catering solutions business based in Cornwall and run by chef patron, Dan Cowell. Dan launched the business in 2016, after spotting a gap in the market for luxury private chef services in very different sectors of the luxury Cornish holiday market, as well as in the local community.

Dan grew up surfing, fishing and sailing on the north coast of Cornwall. He tells us:

“I used to forage for mussels with my father and we’d regularly go off to Exmoor, hunting game and tickling trout!”

After studying for a GNVQ in Kitchen and Larder Management at Camborne College, Dan has gone on to cook all over the world, utilising some of the planet’s finest ingredients. He’s been Head Chef in hotels in the French Alps and has even travelled as far as Australia, heading up a kitchen team there, too! He has extensive experience cooking in private homes too, as well as helping local restaurants and businesses to build strong local support.

“The key to a successful menu,” says Dan, “is using local produce that is in season and keeping flavours uncomplicated through different cooking techniques, giving the customer an extra sense of location and really showing off the produce.” He is a particular fan of cooking Cornish seafood and shellfish, and can offer seafood and shellfish cookery lessons either in the privacy of your own home, or at a location throughout Cornwall. He can also provide bespoke tasting menus for exclusive dinner parties, and what could be better than working your way through all the classic seafood you love, before washing it down with a flute of champagne? Imagine mussels in garlic and prosecco, pan seared scallops, lobster, crab, mackerel and sardines, all served to you and your guests in bespoke and individual ways

Dan’s Cornish Kitchen brings more than 25 years of catering experience to the table and, whether it’s a luxury dinner party or a 60th birthday party; a bespoke meal for a rare family gathering or even a special, once-in-a-lifetime wedding breakfast, Dan offers a menu that caters to your exact requirements and occasion. So if you’re planning an event that requires the very best in Cornish flavour, be sure to contact Dan and see how he can help make your occasion that extra bit special.



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“I used to forage for mussels with my father and we’d regularly go off to Exmoor, hunting game and tickling trout!”