Ian Hewitt is our most prolific Chef and has been with us from the very start of Cook at Purewell and the Neff Cookery Theatre demonstrations back in 2014. Along with putting on amazing demonstrations for us, Ian juggles his own catering business Hewitt’s Home Dining, with educating primary school children alongside the Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust, teaching in a local secondary school and working the odd shift in well known local pubs and restaurants! As well as hosting many of our cookery demonstrations, working with children in schools also naturally lends itself to Ian being our ‘Little Chefs’ Chef. Little Chefs is a lovely hands-on cooking event for 8 children aged 6-12 which is held 3 to 4 times a year, focusing on healthy eating, preparation and hygiene. It’s a lot of fun, very messy and every child goes home with a meal they have made. In theory. Most choose to eat it there and then!
Ian Hewitt is a highly qualified chef, with more than 15 years experience. He arrived into the world of cheffing, taking an unusual route of studying for a degree in chemistry first, deciding that food was more important!
I enjoy working with food. I think it’s important that people sit down and have a meal – food is an important part of everybody’s life and it’s becoming very neglected. “
As well as sharing his food and nutritional knowledge with our audiences, Ian has many tips and tricks up his sleeve to make our every day cooking experience easier and quicker. Of course this is made easier by us having lots of goodies and gadgets in our theatre and Cookshop for Ian to try out and demonstrate! Ian has demonstrated so many different cooking styles and dishes over the 30 or more events he has held for us, including Indian &Thai Curry, Fish & seafood, Bread making, Cake making, Italian, Chinese – you name it, he’s probably cooked it!
Hewitt’s Home Dining
Talking of his Home Dining business, Ian says
Our aim is to create a menu to suit our clients’ tastes and budgets, and to provide
a dining experience of the highest quality. By discussing requirements with a client,
and with our experience and skill, we are confident of achieving that aim. “
Hewitt’s Home Dining provide home dinner parties, buffets, hog roasts, barbecues, wedding and christening celebrations, and all your catering requirements. Creating bespoke menus designed with the host & guests requirements, and budget in mind, from the ultimate stress free dinner party to wonderful weddings and stunning buffets, it’s all covered.