It’s been a busy few days for chef James Barrett – not only did he deliver his third daughter, Clio, who arrived suddenly at home, but also found time to launch his third business venture.
James, 35, spent 18 years honing his skills, starting at Michelin-starred Fischer’s in Baslow, continuing under Oliver Peyton in London and later working his way around the country, and abroad, as a freelance consultant.
He realised a dream in 2011 when he and wife Katie opened their own restaurant, Barrett’s Bistro, in Hutcliffe Wood Road, specialising in informal dining with a touch of class.
Less than a year later, they took over a former butcher’s at Crookes to set up Barrett’s @235, a coffee shop that also sells fresh bread, cakes and snacks.
Now their range of services has been completed with the launch of new outsidecatering service, Barrett’s Bespoke.
“After being repeatedly asked if we could supply the same dining experience found in the bistro and coffee shop, we’ve launched this outside catering division,” says James.
“It’s my way of offering the bistro food and service to large numbers. We’ve already received a lot of interest, with two weddings booked and a 100-cover marquee event.”
The business specialises in weddings, corporate events and family parties, tailoring the menu to individual needs.