The-Approach

the-recipe are an award winning event catering company based in Old St, London. Set up in 2006, the-recipe have built a reputation for providing impeccable catering for corporate & private clients looking to give their event, that extra edge.

A creative, bespoke approach means never

standing still – always looking to develop new, innovative ideas & concepts.

With a very personal touch each unique enquiry is treated as such and the response carefully crafted to ensure your event, stands out from the rest. Take a look at some of our work here.

The-Team

David Wolanski

David is the creative force behind the-recipe. His passion for food, eye for detail and relentless demand for flawless service keeps the team on their toes and the-recipe on the cutting edge.

He quickly cut his teeth working for Marco Pierre-White at L’Escargot before setting up his own award-winning, Café Soho. 

Even outside the office, you’ll find him living & breathing (&, of course, eating) food. His recent projects include acclaimed pop-up restaurants Rock Lobsta & English Launderette. Down-time is filled with watching  Spurs, going to gigs, snowboarding or, most recently, kite-surfing.

David Wolanski
Most memorable meal?

El Bulli in 2008

Best gig?

Radiohead, Beacon Theatre, NYC

Personal aim for 2014

Spend more time with my family!

John Stockton

John has more than thirty years’ experience in event catering.  Following various roles within restaurants and hotels in the North, John came to London and joined Moving Venue Caterers, where he stayed for seventeen years. At MVC John gained unrivalled experience: operating at London’s most prestigious venues, developing his management skills and eventually landing the role of Managing Director. John joined the-recipe in 2010 and, armed with his wealth of expertise and established name in the industry, has set about steering the-recipe towards its vision: a seat at the top table of London’s event caterers.

John Stockton
Most memorable meal?

Dinner at Les Crayeres, Reims

Best gig?

Led Zeppelin, Knebworth 1979

Personal aim for 2014

Learn to weld!

Simon Wolanski

Simon takes care of the ‘business’ end and is the perfect complement to his brother’s creativity. Having progressed through his Chartered Institute of Management Accountants exams whilst working at IMG, Simon went on to start up his own car importing business. Then, in 2005, the opportunity to work with David setting up a catering business arose and he jumped at the chance. Simon brings both financial management and commercial savvy to the organisation and takes great pride in upholding the administrative side of the business, enabling the-recipe to enjoy the commercial success it deserves.

Simon Wolanski
Most memorable meal?

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London

Best gig?

Live Aid

Personal aim for 2014

to get fit and in shape ready for my new baby in May

Lotte Martin

Lotte joined the-recipe in 2011 with a wealth of experience in the London event catering industry. After studying at Central St Martins she applied her design skills with a high profile event company producing spectacular results. She now channels her creative flair into designing & planning fantastic events and gives her all to ensure every event she works on, is one to be proud of.

Lotte Martin
Most memorable meal?

Age 6 in Vichy. My first experience of frog’s legs – delicious!

Best gig?

Bon Jovi – 1 metre from the stage and Jon Bon in his white leather suit

Personal aim for 2014

Learn to drive – I think I have put it off long enough!

Jack Ackland

Jack is one of those chefs who lives and breathes his work (well except when he is looking after his two young children or playing for his Sunday league football team).

Since joining the-recipe in 2011 he has reignited his passion for fine dining  - taking him back to his days at the OXO Tower in the 90′s. His established career in events has taken him across the globe and has included cooking for royalty on numerous occasions.  Namely a banquet for all the European Heads of State and also Prince William’s 21st Birthday Party. 

Jack Ackland
Most memorable meal?

James Knappetts Kitchen Table @ Bubbledogs

Best gig?

Oasis at Wembley

Personal aim for 2014

To be better in all areas than the previous year!

Ed Watts

Ed is the life & soul of every party…and event. His passion shines through when working .  After learning his trade at a high profile event catering company in London he was then snapped up by a contract caterer to set up their  their events business, which he did with great success. We are delighted to have him on board and you will find him operating events as well as supporting the rest of the team as and when required.

Ed Watts
Most memorable meal?

The Thai meal for my 30th b'day

Best gig?

Private Alicia Keys gig on Brighton seafront

Personal aim for 2014

Stop smoking, lose a stone, find love, earn a lot of money - the list is endless!

Kathryn Perceval-Price

Passionate foodie Kathryn joined the-recipe team from Rhubarb at The Royal Albert Hall in 2013. She has diverse experience working in the events industry ranging form food festivals in Manchester to  being part of some of the most high profile and exclusive corporate & charity events in London.

When not working you will find Kathryn cycling round town on her pushbike and taking in the food & music culture of the Capital.

Kathryn Perceval-Price
Most memorable meal?

A nameless Indian restaurant, Chungking Mansions Hong Kong, 2009

Best gig?

Major Lazer, Westway, Portobello Road, 2012

Personal aim for 2014

Get to grips with my sewing machine!

Neil Stringer

A solid event operator who has cut his teeth in event catering in London since returning from working the ski seasons in 2011

Neil Stringer
Most memorable meal?

Sardines cooked on an open flame

Best gig?

Coldplay, Prague, 2012

Personal aim for 2014

To ski Couloir Canadien, North face of the Bellecote, Vanoise, Fr