The Catering Service That Comes To You

Sophie has been catering for the last 12 years offering private dinner parties, stand up canape events and long table dinners. Sophie has a competent team who work with her.


Choose from the Canape menu or for all dinner parties or long table events please contact us for a bespoke quote.

Taste Budds Canape Catering Menu



pork belly, Bravo apple sauce, crackle (gf)
chorizo, Oak Valley hazelnut romesco, date (gf)
mini yorkshire pudding, slow braised beef brisket, horseradish cream
mini sausage, mustard mash, onion jam (gf)
chicken satay skewers (gf)
asparagus, halloumi, pancetta bundles, balsamic (seasonal) (gf)


smoked salmon, chive sour cream, egg crepe roll, caviar (gf)
lemon myrtle fish goujon, desert lime aioli
buckwheat pancakes, blue swimmer crab, lemon aioli, chives (gf)
chermoula prawn skewers (gf)
snapper ceviche, raspberry, lime, chilli (gf)
local scallop, creamy cauliflower, sage brown butter (gf)
thai fish cakes, dipping sauce (gf)

fresh natural oysters (choose toppings) (gf)

- shallot vinegar
- cucumber, watermelon, rice vinegar, coriander
- thai sweet and sour
- soy, sesame, lime

crumbed oysters (choose toppings)

- proper tartare sauce
- wasabi and pickled ginger aioli


homemade potato crisps, gherkin cream cheese, onion jam (gf)
potato, leek, Somerset hill cheddar croquette, truffle aioli
ricotta and native thyme stuffed mushrooms (gf)
potato and silverbeet tortilla, garlic aioli (gf)
spiced sweet potato cakes, cumin and mint yogurt cheese (gf)


mini onion bhaji, mint and coriander chutney
lupin falafel, smokey eggplant hummus (gf)
almond cracker, cashew cheese, grilled eggplant (gf)
crispy fried tempe, peanut satay dip (gf)
turmeric, coconut roasted cauliflower, chickpea pancake, roast garlic hummus (gf)

Sweet Canapes

polenta and apple cake, wattleseed cream (gf)
cold lemon souffle pots (gf)
chocolate mousse pots (gf)
salted caramel chocolate brownie, ganache
Eton mess - berries, thick whipped Bannister Downs cream, meringue (gf)
Carnarvon mess - bananas, thick whipped Bannister Downs cream, caramel sauce, wattle seed meringue
orange and almond cake (gf)
chocolate and hazelnut truffles (gf)

Substantial Canapés

slow cooked lamb tagine with dates, jewelled couscous
slow cooked pork shoulder, ratatouille, creamy mash (gf)
little beef burger, brioche bun, beetroot relish, smoked cheese
little chicken burger, brioche bun, crispy lettuce, curried aioli
mushroom and chickpea burger, brioche bun, smoked paprika aioli
halloumi burger, brioche bun, roast pumpkin, cashew cheese, chilli jam
pork, apple and chestnut sausage roll, onion jam
lamb kofta, homemade flatbread, tzatziki
meat paella - chicken, chorizo, pork (gf)
seafood paella - squid, prawns, white fish, vongole, mussels (gf)
mushroom risotto, truffle oil, parmesan (gf)
roast chicken, sweet potato, thyme risotto (gf)
Note: gluten free grains, breads and buns are available on request



10 x bites per person (choose 5 x canape choices) - $50 a head plus GST
12 x bites per person (choose 6 x canape choices) - $55 a head plus GST
14 x bites per person (choose 7 x canape choices) - $60 a head plus GST

Canapes and Substantial Canapes

10 x canape bites plus 1 x substantial
(choose 5 x canape choices and 1 x substantial choice) - $60 a head plus GST
12 x canape bites plus 2 x substantial
(choose 6 x canape choices and 2 x substantial choice) - $75 a head plus GST


Chefs - $55 per hour plus GST (4 hr minimum)
Events Manager - $55 per hour plus GST (4 hr minimum) (for larger events)
Front of House Staff and Kitchen Hands - $50 per hour plus GST (4 hr minimum)

We will quote you on staff once you have chosen your menu and we have all the information we need on the event so we can ensure your guests are taken care of.

Corporate Team Building with a Difference!

Option 1: Mystery Box Challenge - Cook & Dine

A 2 hour cooking challenge where you turn fresh, surplus food into nourishing meals for visitors of Tranby Homeless Centre with a team building event full of fun, rivalry and a whole lotta heart.

Here’s the rundown:

  • Teams cook Masterchef style for 2 hours, making as much food as possible.
  • Then, sit, eat, drink, and listen with bated breath to find out the winning team.
  • Then pack up the rest of the food to warm and fill the bellies of those in need.
  • Prizes for the winning team
  • 4 hour session
  • $170 per head plus GST
  • Sit down meal and drink (BYO) alcohol

Tranby Homeless Centre has up to 180 homeless drop in every day for food and showers.

Option 2: Mystery Box Challenge – Just the Cooking!

Here’s the rundown:

  • Teams cook Masterchef style for 2 hours, making as much food as possible and then pack it up in tubs, labelled with love ready to be delivered to Tranby Engagement Hub. (Note – this is just to cook, no eating involved).
  • Prizes for the winning team
  • 3 hour session
  • $150 per head plus GST
  • Drinks (BYO) alcohol

Option 3: Hands On Cooking Class

Enjoy a team building cooking class with a cuisine of your choice

  • Teams are assisted to learn cooking skills and cook recipes from fresh produce.
  • Teams have sit down meal and enjoy the meals they created
  • Choose from… Italian, Dim Sum, Indian, Greek, Bush Tucker, Spanish, French, Thai, Japanese and many more
  • 4 hour session
  • $170 per head plus GST
  • Drinks (BYO) alcohol

Cooking Demos

Sophie and her chefs are available for cooking demonstrations and regularly cook at shopping centres around the city as well as on stage at food events around the state.

Cooking Classes

After closing the Studio on Lord Street in Highgate at the end of 2019, Sophie now runs online and in person classes through the Class Bento platform.


Team Building

'We were lucky to experience a Taste Budds cooking experience as a team building activity. Our staff team from Ronald McDonald House were able to cook a mystery meal not only for ourselves but we were able to provide over 100 meals for the homeless.

We were divided into teams and given a mystery box of food to then come up with recipes to cook. We were guided by qualified and extremely helpful chefs. A competitive, fun, rewarding, and humbling experience all in one.'

Helen Barns - Ronald McDonald House


'I was very pleased with how my birthday party went on the weekend. All my guests were very impressed with the food and were asking for your details. I especially loved the scallops, crab tartlets and croquettes. Your staff were excellent too. They assisted beautifully to help set up and then made sure that they served to all groups. My family were very happy with the service as they were sitting outside and your staff ensured they were well looked after too.

From start to finish, you and your staff were very easy to deal with and nothing appeared to be too much trouble. Booking, food suggestions, set up on the day and the food itself exceeded my expectations. I will not hesitate to book with you again in the future and will certainly be recommending you to my friends.

Thank you for making my birthday so easy and such an enjoyable afternoon.'

Jane Taylor

About Sophie Budd

Sophie Budd’s culinary career began early on, helping her parents cook a full English breakfast at their bed and breakfast in Cornwall, UK. After graduating from College at the age of 18, Sophie sought opportunities to further develop her own creativity, becoming a Head Chef in a 16th Century Inn at the age of 21.

Sophie’s culinary repertoire flourished whilst working at Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant, followed by Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall restaurant as Chef de Partie, where she developed and refined her culinary techniques, especially with seafood, hand made pasta and gnocchi.

Sophie opened Taste Budds Cooking Studio in 2012, a cooking school fully dedicated to teaching home cooks how to make delicious meals and how to minimise food waste in everyday living.

Sophie has infused flavours from her global travels with WA produce, bringing acclaim from journalists and diners alike. An ambassador for Beta Spuds, she has since established herself as an authority for minimising food waste within the culinary industry. She has participated in multiple Food and Wine Festivals around the State as well as cooking with some of the worlds greatest chefs including Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo.

She gives back to the community by working with Tranby Engagement Hub (Uniting WA) and corporate organisations to cook food that would otherwise go to land fill and provides nutritional and delicious food to the homeless. Simply, she cooks with a conscience!

Famous Foodies

Sophie has had the pleasure of cooking for these famous foodies: Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Kate Winslet (at Rick Stein’s just after Titanic was released), The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh (at the CHOGM Big Aussie BBQ), The Forrest Family (Western Australian mining magnates), James Packer (Crown Casino owner), Kerry Stokes (Channel 7 in Australia), Neil Perry (The Rockpool Group legendary chef), Todd Carty (Mark from Eastenders), Jimmy Tarbuck (UK comedian who loved my sticky toffee pudding), Imogen Stubbs (actress who played Lucy in Sense and Sensibility), Roger Taylor (the drummer from Queen, Sophie was a chef on his 125ft super yacht, Tigerlily), Guillaume Brahimi of Bistro Guilleme.

And Sophie has had the pleasure of cooking with these amazing chefs.

  • Jamie Oliver at Jamie’s restaurant Fifteen Cornwall 2006-2007.
  • Antonio Carluccio: Antonio offered Sophie the role of Sous Chef to Charles and Camilla
  • Genarro Contaldo taught Sophie to make pasta whilst she was at Fifteen.
  • Maggie Beer, Sophie facilitated Maggie's on stage cooking at WASO
  • Simon Bryant while Simon was cooking with Maggie at the WASO event.
  • Poh Ling Yeow, runner up of Australian Masterchef 2009
  • Paul West (River Cottage Australia), Sophie cooked with Paul at the Nannup Flower Festival.


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