Looking back on my wedding day, there are many things that went exactly as I had hoped and expected and some things that I would have done differently. I can say without a doubt that hiring Bob was the single best decision I made during the entire wedding process and he greatly exceeded my expectations. From the day I reached out to him until the day of my wedding he was extremely attentive, organized, helpful, kind, professional, genuine and caring. Bob went above and beyond and I considered him to be more of an event planner than a caterer - he helped me make sure every single detail was perfect and well thought out over many long phone calls and emails. I thought he was amazing well before I ever even tried his food. The food at our wedding was absolutely beautiful, elegant and delicious. Every single guest raved about their meal and said that Bob prepared the best steak they have ever eaten. If you are looking for catering or a personal chef, I promise you that you do not need to look any further. Bob is one of the rare wonderful humans out there and you would be lucky to meet and work with him!
A huge THANK YOU to Chef Bob Friesen and his team at Gourmet Chef At Your Table. He is more than just a caterer - he is an event planner! Not only did he carefully prepare the delicious hors d’oeuvres for our wedding, he also provided the linens, glassware and cutlery, as well as the servers and the bartenders we needed to complete our event. Over many calls and emails, Bob showed that he was professional, attentive, organized, helpful, caring and had a great sense of humour – basically a bride-to-be’s dream! All of our guests raved about wonderful food and service that he and his team provided. It was a pleasure to work with Gourmet Chef At Your Table and I would highly recommend them for any occasion.
Bob and crew catered our backyard wedding on July 20/19.
We and our guests (70) were just thrilled at the service that was provided and the wonderful menu that was to perfection! The enthusiasm, promptness, courtesy and efficiency from step 1, right through the entire event was very professional and satisfying. We did not have to worry about a thing! Thank you, Bob!
Susan Veenstra & Dean Knight
I came across gourmet chef at your table online and I am so happy that I did! Bob came and cooked for us in May so that we could sample our wedding meal with our parents before our big special day in September! The whole experience was absolutely amazing. Bob created each dish with elegance and passion. From the burst of flavour to the small elegant touch of garnish everything was absolutely perfect. We spent most of the night laughing about how none of us could cook in comparison to the perfectly finished meals. Bob is a fabulous cook but also an amazing person. He took over the kitchen and it somehow felt natural-- in no way did it feel like an almost stranger was cooking in the house!
We are so absolutely thrilled that our guests get to experience his fine dining in September! I can't wait! Thanks Bob for creating a memory we will all cherish forever!Thank you, Bob!
Bob and his team prepared an afternoon tea for 15 of my lady friends . In a word it was terrific . Finger sandwiches,3 kinds of scones and decadent little desserts all beautifully prepared and presented to rave reviews of my guests .Cleanup was perfect . I would definitely recommend Bob for a special event .
We had the pleasure of having Bob cater our 40th wedding anniversary open house. He served hors d’oeuvres and wines that paired perfectly. Everyone raved about the food and enjoyed the opportunity to watch Chef Bob prepare the canapés. Being an open house, Bob cooked and served in batches so the fare was always fresh and warm as people arrived. It was a superb day that we will always cherish!
Brent & Luanne Toman
Close friends and family recently enjoyed the most wonderful dinner in celebration of our son-in-law’s 40th birthday...Bob’s attention to detail and the exquisiteness of the taste and presentation of his dishes was appreciated greatly by all of us...Seldom have any of us enjoyed a dinner more... anywhere...
Thank you, Bob!
We were very fortunate to be included in a dinner catered by chef Bob this past weekend. Everything was perfect ! One of the best meals I have ever had ! I would highly recommend chef Bob ! Thanks again !!!
Alan and I consider ourselves very lucky to have ‘found’ Bob. From first contact he was friendly, helpful and efficient. He catered a special dinner for our small wedding and the food was all magnificent; he was incredibly organized and the evening was stress free. If you’re looking for a special event, I highly recommend Bob!
Pat Wootton Carter
We had Bob cater Lynn's retirement. The event was for 60 people. The meal was excellent and people are still commenting on how good the meal was. We highly recommend Bob and will definitely use him in the future.
Deke & Lynn Lesemann
Our children arranged a dinner for 6 for my husband's 70th birthday. Previously we had been at a summer birthday celebration for 20 that Bob cooked for. Both meals were magnificent and the service was fantastic. All the tableware, wine glasses etc were supplied and my kitchen was left spotless. The food was delicious and awesome we all loved it, so much so that we are having Bob come back for an anniversary dinner. Why go out to a restaurant when everything can be done in the comfort of your own home? Thanks again Bob , we can hardly wait for the experience.
I had the real pleasure of helping Bob, as server, with a private dinner. It was a grand event for 10 and, at the last minute, moved to an outside table in a beautiful garden. Shifting to a second kitchen (closer to the terrace was as much trouble as an eye blink. The food was beautiful and well received. Bob's timing and plating was perfect. Along the way, he even gave me some cooking tips! Thank you for this great experience.
Bob prepared dinner for eight of us last night. It was a wonderful experience and
I highly recommend him... the wine matches, the apps, salad, salmon and the dessert were beautifully plated, and delicious... he took all the stress out of the evening and even cleaned everything up! Everyone loved their meal and we got the chance to enjoy our guests.
Picking our caterer for our wedding was not easy. We wanted to give an experience to our guest that they had not experienced before at other weddings. We talked to few other caterer's but it wasn't to our expectations. I had found Chef Bob on a website for vendors and received an email, and a call from him. My fiancé and I felt we hit the jackpot after we got off the phone with him and were really excited.
We had changed our minds a few times on the things we wanted to serve, change in the vegan menu and sides, etc. Chef Bob was very patient with us and accommodating! We recently had our menu tasting and he blew the crowd away with his professionalism, cleanliness, wine pairings, presentation of the dishes, and how everything tasted. I never had such good wine with my meal ever in my life before Chef Bob! He presents unique dishes (the beet/sweet potato & avocado salad is out of this world), but also the classic caesar salad but elevated. We had our menu tasting at my mothers place, and it didn't even look like it happen because they cleaned up so well! From this experience, we are definitely using Chef Bob as our caterer and will be using him anytime we want to learn more from him, or need some sort of caterer. Good job Chef Bob & Thomas, you did a phenomenal job... we still dream about the food many days after it was that good.
Michaela and Razvan
The challenge: an outdoor cocktail party for 30+ guests. Guest comments: "such delicious and interesting creations, so tasty", "exceptional food", "wicked calories", "many delicious treats". Chef Bob did a magnificent job!
I cannot begin to thank Chef Bob for all his help. Chef Bob worked with me and came up with a menu within budget during a very difficult time. On relatively short notice, he delivered everything and more. Our guests and staff all commented on his professionalism, the quality of the food and the presentation. It was perfect.
I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend Chef Bob.
I couldn't have picked a better vendor to cater our event. Bob is a fantastic cook, his presentation is stunning and he's very professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend working with him, he will not disappoint.
We were referred to Bob by our wedding supplier and are very grateful to find Gourmet Chef at Your Table. The food was bright, flavourful, innovative and served very professionally. Our guests are still raving about the custom chocolate salted caramel cupcakes he created for us. Bob knows more about just the catering and was instrumental in advising and guiding us about all aspects of the event. We'd highly recommend Bob to anyone wanting to make their day flow smoothly and impress their guests. Thank you again Bob!
Janice and Scott
We booked Chef Bob to do an intimate dinner for 6 this weekend and I can't say enough on how amazing it was.
From watching Chef Bob arrive, to his efficient assembly of everything was a sight to behold. Everything was delicious and we would not have changed a thing. The wine pairings were perfect. The Shrimp Bisque was delicious. Just everything was outstanding. Can't wait to book you again Bob. Cheers!
Sharon Schnarr, Sebringville
Wow, wow, wow doesn’t come close to expressing how amazing my big birthday dinner celebration was, thanks to Chef Bob! He made it easy to sit back and enjoy a stunningly beautiful and absolutely delicious evening; from the menu plan, wine pairing suggestions, table setting and flowers, to serving the bubbly and the gorgeous three course sit down dinner for fourteen, he took care of every detail. Bob is impeccably well-organized, fun to be around, and an exceptional chef. And he takes wonderful photos too! Everyone raved about the meal and no one had to help clean up! I would enthusiastically recommend Chef Bob for any event. We all felt so pampered and special, it was a great treat for us and our guests, a birthday celebration we won’t forget! Thank you Chef Bob!
Jennifer Otter-Leaney, Stratford
When you want to get together for a fabulous dinner celebration with your extended family but have several young children amongst the group, it can be very difficult to arrange a dinner in a fine-dining establishment. So for my Father-in-Law's recent birthday we got Bob to bring the fine-dining experience to us! The reviews of the food were unanimously positive, Bob was a professional in every respect, juggling a dinner for ten by himself without a glitch, and as the host you can bet I appreciated not having to clean up ANYTHING afterwards. Do yourself a favour. You'll be glad you did.
Leigh Cooney, Stratford
Recently we celebrated a 60th Anniversary Celebration at our church. Bob provided a beautiful luncheon for 180 people with a tasty assortment of sandwiches, salads and desserts as well as coffee, tea and punch. When I first contacted him he was a big help in giving me great suggestions on how to make the occasion a special time. Bob was very professional and courteous to deal with and I had so many positive comments about the lunch. It couldn't have worked out any better.
Recently, we hosted a business party for 80 people. I asked Chef Bob to prepare some elegant hors d'ouvres for extra panache and spot-light. He gave us more than our money's worth - the guests were so pleased with his fresh and delicious offerings. He demonstrates flair and creativity in his presentation; and I enjoyed working together with him in my kitchen. I would highly recommend Chef Friesen for any occasion.
RL Read, Stratford
We had Bob cater our staff party last night. It was absolutely amazing ... the meal AND the venue!! We enjoyed an incredible 4 course meal in a private room at the beautiful Gallery Stratford. Looking forward to having another event catered by Bob!
Carla Vancea, Sebringville
We recently had a 5 course birthday dinner for my 86 year old mother in law who was visiting with family from the UK. Not only did Bob provide suggestions and fine tune the menu to suit all of the guests he also provided me with wine suggestions for each course. When the night came he was more prepared than I could have imagined. Everything went smoothly, he listened to our service timeline and left our kitchen spotless. Every course was professionally presented and most importantly tasted great! It is very easy to highly recommend Chef (Bob) Friesen to anyone who wants an exceptional, relaxed evening and dining experience in your home, while spending quality time with family or friends. Laurie Landy, Stratford
Laurie Landy, Stratford
Bob prepared a wonderful meal for our group of 11. Everyone agreed that it was one of our best meals ever in Stratford.
In Bob’s very competent hands we enjoyed a very relaxing meal between shows.
Definitely looking forward to adding Bob to our annual Stratford reunion. gatherings.
Peter Restler, New York
We had Bob cater some canapes at our pre-wedding garden party in August. All were absolutely beautifully presented and delicious. Many thanks for helping us celebrate in style.
Phillip Horner, St Marys
We had Bob cook for my mom's 65th birthday for over 20 adults and children. The meal was amazing and he prepared and cleaned up everything. Our favourite part was how he engaged us after he was done and shared his tips on cooking with the kids.
Diane King, Stratford
Bob was an incredible teacher. Witnessing his artistry and mastery in the kitchen and his passion for food was truly and honor. The food itself was curated perfectly, and the co-creation aspect made the experience unforgettable.
Negin Sairafi, Toronto
We had a wonderful family meal to celebrate our mom's 65th birthday. Chef Bob created a very tasty BBQ & outdoor dinner for our family of 23 people. He even catered to the children's taste buds. It was a nice time together and a bonus is we didn't have to lift a finger or do the dishes and clean up! We all highly recommend Chef Bob for the great food, friendly service and relaxing experience. We will being using him again.
Melanie Vandenhoven, Stratford
Thank you for a beautifully prepared meal for my sister’s birthday! The flavours were utterly astounding and so delicious. You kindly answered our many questions, patiently, about what you were doing, which we appreciated. It was a taste experience none of us will forget!!
Jane Givens, Stratford
Fantastic!!! I can honestly say, I’ve never had such an AMAZING meal! Everything was exceptionally wonderful! I’m not sure I can actually put this into words just how fabulous it was! Bob was a great teacher... made it fun and so phenomenal!
Lori Pierce, Stratford
A tremendous evening! Bob’s meticulous attention to detail and thorough preparation guarantees a scumptuous party with lots of culinary learning.
Joel Ziegler, Kitchener
Chef Bob prepared us a beautiful four-course dinner party in our home. From setting the menu and pairing wines, to table service and clean up, he made the event a breeze for us. With such professional presentation, our guests were impressed and we were able to relax and enjoy with them. The meal was simply delicious. Would highly recommend!
Christopher Kelly, St. Marys
My husband and 6 of his friends learned new culinary skills and confidence in the kitchen, preparing a gourmet meal in one evening, all while enjoying Chef Bob’s amazing expertise, talent, humour and easy going personality. This is the second event we’ve booked due to the overwhelming popularity and success of the first one!
Beverley Maranger, Stratford
Thank you for an unforgetable dining and learning experience. The food was fantastic, and getting to be a part of the preparation was so much fun for our group. Highly recommended!
Dan Ballantyne, Waterloo
Really cool to be part of creating a 5 course meal. Everything tasted amazing.
Dave Lambert, Waterloo
An amazing dinner experience. Thank you Chef Bob for sharing you knowledge, passion, and expertise to deliver a unique, personal, and delicious meal.
Chris Wolfe, Waterloo
I have been to two dinner parties. They were both exceptionally AMAZING. One was a BBQ Theme and one was The Chefs Table. They were both fun and easy going atmosphere to learn and enjoy cooking in the Kitchen or on the grill. The tips and tricks you can do in your own home are awesome to impress your friends at the next dinner party you host. Looking forward to the next time I get to learn from Chef Bob Friesen
Ryan Rutledge, Stratford
Wow, what a night! Bob, thank you so much. We had such a great time. Hope to do it again in the future.
Corrie Ballantyne, Waterloo
Tom Irvine, Waterloo
I attended a home party with Bob as our chef. My Brother-in-law Adam celebrated his 40th birthday. Bob was brilliant at his course selection, wines to go with every pairing, and his organization skills were very professional. If you choose Bob, for any event, I am positive you will be impressed, and made to feel at ease throughout the night. I hope we can have another night with Chef Bob soon!