“You were an absolute star at Glenmuick and I am glad that you were able to enjoy it too. We all enjoyed the food, which I thought was faultless, so thankyou. I have written to you separately to thank you, but if you ever want a recommendation, just ask. All the best and do keep in touch, you really made it a very successful week not only for me but all the guests and it was so stressless -perhaps you were like a swan, I will never know.”

EK, bespoke hospitality for group of 25, Royal Deeside

“Once more this happy band of sportsmen made their way to the Dell Estate for their annual hunting, fishing and shooting trip. But this year it was different there was an addition to the expectations. What would James put on the table? After last year's excellence the question was could he do it again? He certainly did and the challenge was taken. We gave James the raw material still intact with fur, feather and fin and he delivered some of the best game cooking we have ever had. Happy days and as Burns said " a' their weel - swall'd kytes belyve, are bent lyke drums". Much appreciated - very much enjoyed - thank you again."

EK, bespoke hospitality, at Dell Estate near Loch Ness

"James, I cant tell you how happy we were with ALL the service you provided. The food was just amazing. Comments about the food from guests was that 'it was the best wedding food we ever tasted', 'variety and standard were exceptional'. Just beautiful. Your team were great - hard working, friendly and nice to have around. We are just so happy that you were able to provide us with such a great service all round and that everyone enjoyed the food - there was not one single thing that I wasn't happy with. We love your ethos with food it just fitted so well with ours. I know doing big events isn't your normal line of business but I can't even express how wonderful the whole operation was! Such a massive thanks!"
EK, bespoke hospitality and event planning for a down-to-earth, eco-friendly, vintage village hall wedding at Strathkinness, near St Andrews.

"Thank you a lot for spoiling us so much...it's always a pleasure when you're with us...and I don't    speak    only    about    the incredible    food,    the beautiful    decorated tables and    the great service!!!!"

EK, bespoke hospitality, client villa in Corsica

"James made a special family holiday on The Isle of Mull extra special.James'food was absolutely excellent and we were cosseted constantly. His patience in dealing with ten adults and ten children under their feet in the kitchen at busy times was way beyond the normal call of duty. We will have a golden wedding to celebrate in five years, please hang in there and be available."

EK, bespoke hospitality for a group of 20 at Knock House on the Isle of Mull.

"Thank you for making the evening such a success - it was a great experience working with you".

EK, bespoke hospitality at The Cocoa Tree Cafe in Pittenweem. The Elemental Kitchen created a chocolate-inspired Valentines Dinner for 16 guests at The Cocoa Tree Cafe, which was transformedinto a romantic, candle-lit evening venue for the occasion.

"Occasionally it all comes together as it did for us at Dell last week. After a little email tennis it was clear that James was absolutely on our wave length regarding our needs for our stay in Scotland. After a day on the hill or loch it was great to be looked after so magnificently by James's fantastic expertise in the kitchen. James's skills in preparing and presenting game was much appreciated by our army of sportsmen who marched very well indeed on their expanding stomachs! Thank you."

EK, bespoke hospitality, at Dell Estate near Loch Ness

"Thank    you    again    for    your hard    work    and kindness and    for    making    Jimmy's    birthday celebration such a success! I hope our paths cross again someday!"

EK, bespoke hospitality at Glenmuick Lodge, Royal Deeside – the week included a gourmet picnic, medieval banquet and traditional Scottish piper, to celebrate the host's birthday. The final night featured an exclusive acoustic performance from our in-house singer-songwriter, James Lowe, following requests from this music-loving party of 24.

"Thank you for a wonderful evening on Friday night. The food was absolutely delicious and we all had a lovely, lovely time. Thank you so much for all the hard work. We will continue to recommend you to all guests at The Rocks."
EK, bespoke hospitality at client's holiday home, The Rocks, Elie, East Neuk - a family birthday celebration

“Everyone raved about the delicious food and there is no doubt that the success of the party was    due    in    no    small    measure    to your    hard    work.    It    was    all presented beautifully and apparently effortlessly. Wonderful."

EK, bespoke hospitality at Torosay Castle, Isle of Mull - a spectacular birthday celebration included a relaxed lunch for 70 guest, followed by an elaborate evening banquet celebrating the birthday boy's love of Scottish seafood, locally sourced meats and sweet treats!

"I can't tell you how grateful we are to you for making the weekend a rollicking success - the food went above all possible expectations, and contributed enormously to the atmosphere and enjoyment. Lots of people have asked for your details, which I will pass on."

EK, bespoke hospitality at Torosay Castle, Isle of Mull

“thankyou so much for making my partner's 40th Birthday so fantastic. The drive (due to ash cloud flight cancellations) was so worth it for the beautiful scenery and lovely people, and not least for the fantastic food you made for us. Our friends who came with us are still raving about it. James is a fantastic chef and all the suggestions he made for the menu were amazing. Thank you so much again - I can’t recommend The Elemental Kitchen enough. We hope to eat your food again soon."

EK, bespoke hospitality at Muckrach Castle, Strathspey - a group of friends visited the highlands for a unique birthday celebration in an ancient Scottish castle

"Once again, thank you for your kind attention during our stay. We appreciated a lot the very good cooking. Congratulations"

EK, bespoke hospitality at a private Strathspey estate - theparty enjoyed ingredients sourced from their own hunting trips, combined with traditional French flavours, during their visits to this highland estate in the foothills of Cairngorms

"James, thank you SO much for feeding us, fattening us and filling us with joy!"

EK, bespoke hospitality at Glen Muick, Royal Deeside

" James's food is absolutely delicious and exactly what we had asked for - savoury or sweet, it was all scrumptious! Thank you! Thank you!"

EK, bespoke hospitality at Glen Muick, Royal Deeside - traditional cuisine was given a lighter, contemporary twist for this hunting party

" We were so happy to have you taking care of us. The culinary art was very, very good"

EK, bespoke hospitality at Glenmuick, Royal Deeside - a family holiday group of 23, visiting from Belgium were treated to a celebration of ingredients sourced from the beautiful Scottishelements. We also helped to create a holiday itinerary of beach picnics, cycling trips and mountain walks, before ending with a live acoustic performance from our own professional musician James Lowe, a special request from this talented, musical family.

“James, from all our heart, thank you for your kindness and for the delicious food and beautiful table. It was so good to end with music {reference to chef James, who is also a singer-songwriter}. If you come to Belgium, you are always welcome. It was such a wonderful week and we can dream about it during the whole year."

EK bespoke hospitality, Glen Muick, Royal Deeside

“James, you made our holiday absolutely perfect. We could never have hoped for such a relaxing, jovial time with ourfriends... The combination ofservice, smiles and gourmet food will    keep you    in greater    and    greater    demand.    We    wish    you    every    good    wish    and our heartfelt thanks.”

EK bespoke hospitality at Kinveachy Lodge, Strathspey - an eclectic menu was created for this adventurous party of 25 who enjoyed a fusion of Scottish classics and world cuisine

“I spoke with my parents at the weekend and theyasked me to pass on their many thanks...everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly and they couldn’t fault you in any way, they sung your praises! Thank you for making their week so special.”

Lesley Dodds, Coastal Life Properties, Edinburgh -EK bespoke hospitality in St Monans, East Neuk

“James was very professional, demonstrating great capability and innovation. It was really such a culinary experience to have him in Corsica and I look forward to having him at my house again."

EK bespoke hospitality at a highland Scottish estate using estate game & local produce. We have also worked with our client at a villa in Corsica sourcing ingredients from incredible local markets to create truly fresh, light, exciting Mediterranean cuisine

"Congratulations for a very fine cuisine which comes with a very friendly, efficient service. We enjoyed both very much."

EK bespoke hospitality, Glencalvie, Sutherland

“James cooked for and looked after between 18 and 22 of us of varying ages and tastes for a week    in    a    lodge    in Scotland.    Not    only    was    the food    delicious but    he    coped    with    great good humour with constant changes of plans, numbers and menus".

EK bespoke hospitality at Glen Muick lodge, Royal Deeside

“We are delighted that James is to return to cook at a very prestigious event, launching a new whisky for a national firm of distillers. James menu played a significant part in the decision to bring the event to Torosay."

EK bespoke hospitality & special project at Torosay Castle - creating tea room menus and a home made frozen food range. (March - June 08 / Sept 08)

“For catered read cosseted. We are cared for by our host and chef, Vicky and James, who turn out a gourmet four-course meal every night...... these bright people are more than able to deliver excellent service without the atmosphere becoming servile.” Kate Simon, London, Travel Editor, Independent on Sunday

EK catered for journalist at luxury ski lodge, Meribel
(article published Sunday 13th January 2008)