I’m Dido and I have always had a love and passion for food! My earliest memories stem back to the simple enjoyment of tomato sandwiches as a child, through to the love of visiting my local deli in Oxford to soak up the sights and wonderful smells. I remember at the time thinking how I would love to own something similar and venture into this world as my future career. Growing up, food was a reason to celebrate – on special occasions my family home would be filled with beautiful home cooked meals and elaborately laid tables, whether that was for a birthday or an anniversary celebration. I was taught from an early age that food was there to be enjoyed, savoured and to create memories from.
Fast forward a few years, after studying Latin at The University of Nottingham, I went straight into working in an office environment, which I felt never fully suited me. It was then that I decided to fully pursue my interests as I took the leap into the world of food to train at Leith’s School of Food and Wine, an award winning cookery school based in London. From there, I went on to working at the wonderful Le Caprice restaurant for three years, where I gained a wealth of experience across all sections. My next journey was to work at the popular French restaurant, The Bleeding Heart where I was a Junior Sous Chef, before returning back to the Caprice Group again, this time working for Daphne’s. I loved the buzz of London and the fast paced environment of working in busy kitchens under the watch of talented and inspirational Head Chefs.
I returned back to Thame in Oxfordshire to raise my family, but my heart never left the world of food and being a Chef! This is when dido’s fine foods was launched. I had a desire to take everything I had learned from my time in London and create my own catering and food consultancy company. I have been fortunate to work with some wonderful clients ranging from being a private chef for small, bespoke dinners to full-scale events and weddings. My passion really lies with helping my clients to create food and menus, which are not only delicious but also memorable. I love working on and overseeing each project, assisted with the help of my fabulous team.
More recently due to the Covid pandemic, I have been able to launch dido’s @ home. This is my new weekly menu, which is delivered to homes within a ten mile radius of Thame. Using seasonal ingredients, I create a delicious, weekly three course menu, which can be heated and easily assembled at home. Restaurant quality food but enjoyed in the comfort of your own home, during these unprecedented times.
So whether you are looking for a special dinner created for a memorable event or you are simply looking to find a local Oxfordshire based catering company who will deliver high quality food to your home, then dido’s have the answer.
Please feel free to call me for a chat about your catering requirements, or take a look through my online menus. Either way I would love to hear from you.