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Cotswolds catering firm welcomes two London chefs

Kempson and Howard have joined Cygnet Catering - picture contributed
Kempson and Howard have joined Cygnet Catering - picture contributed
28 June 2024
Kempson and Howard have joined Cygnet Catering - picture contributed

Cotswold-based private hire caterer Cygnet Catering is cheering the arrival of two London Michelin star chefs - Phil Howard and Mark Kempson.

Howard , of Elystan Street restaurant, Chelsea and Kempson, of Kitchen W8, Kensington, are available for hire or can assist with menu choices for corporate occasions, private partis or family events.

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Cygnet is the brainchild of Steve Cook, landlord of The Swan Inn in Swinbrook, Oxfordshire, which has been named Dining Pub of the Year by The Good Pub Guide for two years running and holds two AA Rosettes.

Cook has also recently acquired the lease for The Golden Cross Inn, Cirencester.

"I am ecstatic to finally and officially offer Cygnet catering to the Cotswolds," he said.

"I came up with the idea after working with Phil when he was the special guest chef for a sold-out evening at the Swan and the feedback so positive I sounded Phil (Howard) out about the idea.

"With two titans of the industry at the helm we believe we have something that is unique of great quality and affordable. We have had a huge response to the news since we launched the website, with weddings and private dining parties especially popular.

"Mark was recently named the best game chef in the country, so there has been a huge number of enquiries from potential shoot parties. They can or we can design a bespoke menu with you to make sure every event is unique to the individual guests. We can work around most budgets and catering requests. There is even the incredible option of having one, or both of, these legends of British cooking personally cater your event, whether it is for 10 or 250 guests."

Kempson added: "I am delighted to be part of the team at Cygnet catering. Bringing Michelin Star food to the Cotswolds for all your events, large or small. We offer a bespoke and personal service that is tailored to your needs. I truly believe this will make your experience extra special."


Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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