A lifetime of love for all things food
From Humble Beginnings
My name is Caroline Haylor, and I have a story to tell – a story of humble beginnings, of inspiration, dedication, a passion for creating great food made from the finest fresh ingredients. A story of success.
Cooking is in my blood. Catering is my life.
It all began with Mum – my inspiration. It was she who inspired me from the start. All I ever wanted was to become a chef – but not any chef. I wanted to be the best chef ever! I’ll leave it to the testimonials to tell you how close I’ve come to achieving that childhood ambition!
We celebrated a birthday, a new baby and the first time seeing my in laws since the start of lockdown today so I wanted a feast for us all to enjoy without any work whatsoever. We ordered a mixture pf the Ploughman’s boxes and the Afternoon Tea boxes, including two children’s Afternoon Teas for a 5 year old and a 3 year old. It was delivered to our door on time and beautifully presented in individual boxes. I had planned to plate it all up but we ended up just putting the Afternoon Teas on our stands because they are sentimental but leaving the ploughman’s in their boxes as they looked wonderful! Everything was tasty and fresh. The chutney in particular was delicious. The scotch eggs-yum! Every plate was clear at the end. The lemon cake was super zingy, the cream was light, the Raspberry Coulis dipping sauce was to die for. Cannot Recommend highly enough for any occasion.
Another fantastic afternoon tea delivery to my parents to mark their anniversary. Mum and Dad were delighted with this surprise; beautifully packaged and bursting with delicious sandwiches and sweet treats. Sadly I didn’t get to try it, but I am assured everything was perfectly delicious. Huge thanks to Caroline who created this treat and ensured it was delivered safely and in time for my parents to enjoy this afternoon in the garden. Cannot Recommend highly enough!
We had two ploughman’s delivered for a treat for our parents, they were super fresh very tasty and the portion was very generous, would highly recommend and will certainly order from Caroline again!
Caroline prepared a Mexican inspired feast for our monthly team lunch. Every thing was freshly made and tasted amazing, she even lent us her hotplates so the fajita’s didn’t go cold. To be honest it didn’t last long enough to be needed.
I would recommend Caroline and Red Pepper Catering as the food was amazing, great value for money. I wouldn’t hesitate to use again, Thank you Caroline.
I ordered a fathers day Dinner delivery from Red Pepper Catering and the food came early as requested. The meal was absolutely delicious, as I cook from scratch at home, I find myself being disappointed when eating out but the food was far better than I could cook and I could tell very good ingredients were used.
I found the service very flexible, I was able to pick different meals from different menu’s and there were no issues at all. I have dietary requirements as well which were all taken into account. I would highly recommend. It gave us all a nice break from the kitchen and we were able to sit down as though we were in a restaurant.
We also ordered a picnic for my birthday which was also lovely, packaged up so easily so we could just take it with us. The food again was of a very high standard, very tasty! Don’t hesitate, just book.
Cooking is in my blood
Training with Prue Leith
Even as a young child, I appreciated all the different delicious flavours and textures. Then, of course, there were the beautiful smells from the home-grown vegetables and herbs that Mum would use in our family meals. Home was a farm. I soon learned where food came from and what a fantastic difference fresh ingredients make.
During the early stages of my career, I trained at Prue Leith’s School of Food and Wine and worked in several restaurants. Here I learned all about the intricate workings of a professional kitchen.
Creating tasty and exciting food
Then it was time to broaden my horizons, so I John Lewis PLC, staying for 15 years, working my way up to Head Chef/ Section Manager.
I’ve always been one who relishes a new challenge. There have been few challenges more exciting and rewarding than using my passion for creating tasty and exciting food in my own catering business. And so … Red Pepper Catering was born!
Of course, setting up and establishing Milton Keynes’ premier catering company takes more than a passion for food!
Dedication to customer service
I also love dealing with customers. I derive enormous pleasure from seeing how they enjoy eating food as much I enjoy preparing and cooking it.
Our dedication to customer service is legendary. Our customers tell us time and again – they love our friendly approach. Whenever possible, we visit you to discuss your requirements face-to-face. We respond promptly to phone calls and emails – always making sure that you are the focus of our working day!
I always strive to create new and exciting dishes to tantalize my client’s palates. And yes – I admit it – the dream of a restaurant and that coveted Michelin star is never far away!
The Red Pepper mission
It’s my mission to deliver to you the very best luxury food experience. I want you to enjoy your food as much as I enjoy cooking it.