— OUR TESTIMONIALS —
This is just some of the amazing feedback that we’ve had from our lovely customers. So don’t just believe us about how wonderful we are, check out what people just like you have had to say about Taste Budds!
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
The Shire of Kondinin was fortunate to have the lovely Sophie Budd back in Kondinin to cook up a cracker feed at the Kondinin Community Garden inaugural ‘Gourmet in the Kondinin’ in March 2018.
This event was run by the Shire of Kondinin in conjunction with the volunteers of the Kondinin Community Garden. After several years in the making the old Kondinin swimming pool site has turned into a quirky and productive garden with an artistic edge, the perfect setting for a dinner on a beautiful autumn evening in the Wheatbelt. Arriving in her van at 10.00am, equipped with utensils Sophie took no time in getting started by guiding her local helpers in the art of preparing the food for the evening meal using freshly picked vegetables, herbs and fruit from the community garden. Meanwhile the local hogget was cooking slowly on the spit, whilst the yabbies caught locally were delivered freshly peeled.
As the sun was set the guests arrived at the community garden for pre-dinner drinks in the beautifully decorated community garden and then at 7.00pm were lead into the marquee to be seated and served a delicious meal of salt bush risotto, roasted hogget with mint and shallots complimented with Sophie’s special focaccia and a selection of salads. Making use of the abundance of rhubarb in the community garden and freshly supplied farm eggs, Sophie whipped up an amazing rhubarb trifle for dessert. During the evening meal Sophie was assisted by five enthusiastic local teenagers, which meant in between cooking the risotto and serving up the hogget Sophie was able to mingle with the guests and also provide a short presentation of what she had cooked and the local ingredients that she had used.
The marquee was fully seated with 80 guests from across the district. As one guest said ‘Kondinin your community garden is fantastic! And Sophie Budd eating that yabbie risotto was an experience in itself. It had to be one of the best dishes I have ever had!’ At the end of the evening, the fire drums were lit, the music continued to play and many stayed and chatted with Sophie on all sorts of topics into the night.
This was a fantastic event for Kondinin, so much so we have booked Sophie in again for March next year – this time to cook in the Italian theme!TORY YOUNG from Shire of Kondinin
“Sophie recently catered our wedding and we have nothing but brilliant things to say. The service that we received throughout the whole wedding planning process was personalised and made us feel like it wasn’t just another wedding. Rather than give us a list of food options to choose from, our menu planning process started with ‘What kind of food do you like to eat’ and we worked from there customising an absolutely delicious menu of our favourite things. Sophie had regular contact with us throughout the planning and also happily picked up conversations with our multiple vendors, taking some of the pressure of us. This gave us the absolute confidence on the night that everything would run smoothly and that the food would be amazing – it surpassed our expectations. All our guests raved about menu and the staff, of which they’re still talking about it now. Thank you so much for everything Sophie and the team.”NIALL AND KATIE (Wedding)
“Taste Budds was an exciting and fun way to get our teams together for building collaboration.
Not only did we really enjoy the cooking, sampling the foods our teams cooked but also being able to give back to the community to those in need of a meal which most of us take for granted every day.
I certainly recommend anyone who’s wanting to learn to cook or hold a team building event to give Taste Budds ago, you won’t be disappointed !”SUZI STAINES from BHP
I would just to take this opportunity to thank you for the catering you and your staff provided for the three AEG launch events over two weeks last month.
We had some challenging food requirements but you accommodated them and all my guests fantastically and they all really enjoyed the food.
Thanks again for services.GAVIN PARTINGTON from AEG
Sophie Budd did the catering for my 60th birthday, a sit down meal for 19 people at my home. Sophie was great at accommodating special requests leading up to the event and in putting the menu together, which made the planning far more enjoyable. On the night Sophie and her team were very professional in preparing and serving an outstanding meal which easily met our expectations – beautifully presented and delicious. I highly recommend Sophie and would happily use her again for similar functions.ROB WILCOX
Sophie is my first choice in caterers in Perth. Her food is simply delicious, good quality produce, cooked well. Sophie is the true professional so you can relax and enjoy your party.LISA ARCHARD
What an amazing well organized evening we had at Taste Budds Cooking Studio with Sophie Budd, Our team at Winning Appliance came together to do Taste Budds Mystery box, we had such a memorable and fun evening working as a Teams to put together whatever meals we could from the box. We then sat and ate together and then packaged up the rest of the meals to go to the homeless shelter. Not only do we have fun as a team with Sophie we were able to give back to the less fortunate also. I highly recommend this evening with your team or friends. You won’t meet a nicer more passionate lady than Sophie and wait until you find out who she has cooked with.JODIE STUART from Winning Appliances
Thanks so much for all your assistance. We received feedback from multiple sources that the food was fantastic and that everyone was well fed. I particularly wanted to thank the wait staff, they were both so friendly and helpful and made all the food delivery easy.RHYS SUTTON
– How did you find liaising with me on the organisation before the day?
Jade did most of the liaising but I didn’t hear anything other than how easy it was to get this organised
– Did the event run smoothly for you?
Absolutely! Everyone had a great time.
– Was there any concerns on the night on the event, myself, my staff?
None that I heard of.
– What was the overall feedback from the participants?
I’d like to think that the most memorable part of our 3 days was one of the sessions, perhaps when our CEO came to speak to the group. But alas, the cooking challenge was definitely THE BIGGEST HIT! Grads were posting about it on our Yammer page (internal Rio Tinto social media) and just about each person that spoke to a grad heard that the highlight was the cooking challenge. I was a bit nervous going in that it wouldn’t please everyone (and maybe some people hated it, but if they did we didn’t hear about it), but you and your team did not disappoint.
– Would you use Taste Budds again?
Definitely! The real selling piece for us is the give back to community and taking people out of their comfort zone.MELISSA PACE from RIO TINTO
Organising a wedding for most of us is a stressful and chaotic event let alone organising it from 900kms away! On 4th October 2014 my husband and I tied the knot up in Carnarvon at my families plantation. It was a wonderful day and we were very lucky to have the fabulous team from Taste Budds do our catering. The menu was exceptional and the food delicious, using all locally grown produce. Sophie was fabulous to work with and pretty much organised all of the food options for our wedding. They were very professional and I found the whole process stress and worry free. We would definitely highly recommend using Sophie and Taste Budds catering for any event. They were fantastic!DALE & BROOKE PATTON
Just to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed Friday’s Mystery Box Challenge. A special thanks to Brendan and Lydia who were helpful and entertaining! And a big thanks to all those who work behind the scenes, including Niamh and Robyn who patiently answered my numerous questions!MERRI BLAKEMORE from BDO
If you are unsure as to who should be catering your next function I would stop searching and choose Taste budds Cooking Studio. Sophie Budd and her team at Taste budds Cooking Studio went above and beyond for our wedding reception and created a culinary feast for the senses. From the outset Sophie was very helpful and thorough in her communication with us, leading up to the event day we did not have any major setbacks due to Sophie’s organizational skills and prompt responses. She is a pleasure to work with, and her team did an amazing job with a venue that was not prepared and lacked a lot of amenity required for their level of catering. The staff during the night were engaged and did not stop, guests at weddings can be very demanding, but Sophie’s staff were on top of everything from cleaning up to service and responding to various requests. The food on the night was stupendous…there aren’t really any adjectives to describe it. If you are seeking a unique and customized menu experience, you’ve approached the right person.
We are so glad to have stumbled across Sophie, she is a remarkable human being, and an amazing Chef, her team naturally follow suit.
xxTAHMINA & MICHAEL
Sophie and her entire team were amazing! Sophie was open to any ideas or suggestions that we had and was really easy to communicate with. They were fantastic on the night of my wedding. They took care of all the food and it made for a stress-free night. Her team were very attentive and made sure everyone, no matter what their dietary requirements, had something to eat. We even had one guest who sprung on us last minute that she was allergic to onions (ruling out a lot of things). The Taste Budds team noticed that she was passing up all the canapes and paella and whipped her up something special, so she didn’t miss out. The food was amazing! Everyone is still telling me how good the paella was at my wedding. I highly recommend Sophie and her team and would use them again in a heartbeat!ASHA VERHOOGT
Sophie and her team were absolutely wonderful to work with throughout our wedding planning process. Sophie invested time and energy early on in really understanding what our vision was, and what was important to us, so that everything from the menu to the presentation was exactly what we were hoping for. Her commitment to working with locally sourced produce wherever possible also ensured the finished dishes were absolutely delicious, and a great talking point for our guests. Sophie brought calmness and experience to the day, enabling us to just focus on soaking it all up. I can’t recommend her highly enough.BRANNON VALMADRE
Thank you to Sophie and the team at Taste Budds studio for an amazing teambuilding experience like no other. It was even more rewarding to know that the leftover food would be donated to Food Rescue for the homeless hungry around Perth!KATHLEEN HURSON from CPB Contractors
“Just wanting to let you know how much we enjoyed the Dinner and Medium demonstration with Rebecca Millman. It was a excellent night and met some great people and the food was simple scrumptious!! You must do more of these classes. Your place has such a great atmosphere and ambience and you and your staff are the BEST!!”MICHELLE HARTLEY
Thank you so much for a wonderful night on Friday! We all had so much fun, and everyone learned so much from you! Your patience, humour and lovely nature made for a brilliant and memorable night!
The food was delicious, the ingredients were so fresh and tasty and everyone went home with a full tummy and a smile on their face! Our Mum’s and Aunties were especially grateful for being a part of and enjoying a Hens Night!!
Some of the girls are already talking about doing another class with you, and one of my Aunties has already bought a papaya to make the salad!
Once again, I cannot thank you enough for helping to make my sister’s hens such a great one!
All the best for the new year, and hope to see you for another class soon!”SIOBHAN
“Sophie catered a Christmas inJuly dinner for 18 people at my apartment complex . Right from the start when I emailed my query to the finish everything went like clockwork. I had my specific menu requests which she catered for without any difficulty. She was flexible and accommodated everything I wanted . She was punctual , very efficient and worked away discreetly while we enjoyed our meal with our guests .
Most important of all we had an absolutely delicious Christmas dinner in July in Perth . I would highly recommend Taste Budds and would definitely use the service again “COLETTE HALPIN
“Hi Taste Budds team!
I just wanted to pass on a big thank you to all of your staff for taking care of us as well as you did; you were so well organised, Sam and I barely had to do anything and you made us feel very welcome.
Also, “A carer who is on the CWHP and her son (a young carer) attended the YC event ‘Shared Table’ she stated that this was the best event they have attended in a long time, it was really well organised, her son swapped emails with some other young carers and since he has been helping in the kitchen and wanting to cook at home rather than eat out. They absolutely loved it.”
Other feedback received was that the event was fun, it helped them gain more confidence and new skills and they loved the brownies!
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“Thanks for a lovely evening last night. I really wanted to learn congee for my kids but have wanted to be able to make a lovely tasting dahl for years. The Dahl and pasta were a great surprise and I am so pleased that I went along. Will be keeping my eyes open to see what else you are doing there. Your facilities are great and I love your style of teaching. Thank you.”JUSTINE WHITTINGTON
“Thank you to Sophie Budd for running a Forum Fresh Masterclass at Belmont Forum. We had so many fantastic responses from attendees who found her knowledgeable and personable. The Thai dish was an absolute hit and the attendees couldn’t wait to try it at home.”
“I enjoyed watching and learning how to prepare the lamb dish and it tasted awesome!”
“Tastebudds was fun and a good opportunity to cook with an excellent chef. I had fun cooking the Beef with Rosemary and special sauce. Everyone loved the food they made throughout the day and l loved cooking it, but it was even better tasting it!”