Everything But The Guests was created 2 years ago, after realising that everyday people deserved the indulgence of a private gastronomic experience in the comforts of their own home – despite their personal or family circumstances. We bring our restaurant experience exclusively to you, without any fuss, drama or clean up!
We pride ourselves on our communication with our clients regarding their planned event, whether a romantic dinner for two, family celebrations (small or large), corporate functions, cocktail parties and even private cooking classes with our award winning Chef Ian Woodcock.
The produce used and prepared for your desired function, is always personally sourced by Chef Ian from renowned local suppliers. We guarantee it will be of the highest standard and quality; our clients deserve only the best….
Having worked as a professional Chef for the past 25 years, I am extremely passionate about my trade. My career has given me experiences throughout all aspects of the industry, from local pub food to high end Michelin Star venues. I have had the pleasure of working with some brilliantly talented and well respected Chefs, who have passed on their knowledge, skills and experience, showing me the ways of the trade. I try to work always with very high quality produce. I believe that if you work with high quality ingredients, then the food speaks for itself and is not covered up with a numerous other needless flavours to compensate.
Some personal highlights of my career include cooking a meal personally for Marco Pierre White in Jersey, The Exclusive Channel Islands. I have also prepared meals for well known celebrities Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey and World Leaders including Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.
Priding myself in my professionalism and integrity, I take a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction in my ability to create simple mouth watering dishes in the kitchen and bringing them to your personal private residence.
"Ian and his team catered for a private party in my home , they were extremely professional , super friendly and they catered for various dietary requirements for some of our guests, the food was amazing ! Our guests have been raving about it ever since ! Not only was the service amazing they cooked in my kitchen and cleaned it extremely well, leaving it as they found it before they left ! Can not recommend them highly enough ! Do yourselves a favour , have Ian and his team cater your next party or function , you won’t regret it ! "
“A friend of mine highly recommended Ian to me and I am thrilled to say that just like my friend's experience, our party was also a huge success due to Ian and his team. Our 35 guests raved about how delicious the canapes and Ian's substantial signature bowls were. The whole team are very friendly and extremely professional. Ian went out of his way to make sure all of my guests including the few that had dietary requirements were looked after. As you can probably tell, I am extremely happy that I chose Everything But The Guest to cater my party and I will be highly recommending Ian and his team to everyone. ”
“Thanks EBTG for our lovely Anniversary Dinner last week. Matt and I celebrated at home with an intimate dinner cooked by Ian from Everything But The Guests, a wonderful catering company who not only make amazing meals, but clean up and do the dishes. I didn't have to lift a finger. Many thanks Ian and Kylie.”
“Ian and the team from Everything but the Guest helped make my 40th a great celebration. Ian put together a delicious grazing board filled with the best ingredients including home made dips, gourmet cheeses and a variety of deli meats and crackers. Once our guests devoured the grazing board, Ian and the team served a variety of sliders which were equally as delicious and the perfect finish to the party! The staff are all very friendly and attentive. Nothing was a problem and they helped ensure we could relax and enjoy ourselves at the party. ”
"We hired Ian from EBTG for our backyard wedding dinner, after a recommendation from a friend. The food was AMAZING and all our guests enjoyed their foodie experience very much! Ian's communication was always prompt, he was very flexible on dietary requirements and the house was spotless afterwards. We also hired all crockery and glassware through EBTG. I would not hesitate to recommend EBTG to anyone for catering needs! "
"With the help of Ian and his team we were able to pull off a great surprise party for my husband. Everyone loved the food and ate till they were soooooo full. Absolutely Devine food and such friendly professional staff. Thank you Ian and staff at Everything but the Guests. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ "
"The most incredible personal chef I’ve ever met. Whether you want to be surprised or personalise your own menu, Ian will make this happen! We have enjoyed intimate dinners for two, large family meals and birthday lunches all specially customised by Ian to accommodate our tastes and dietary requirements. Absolutely exquisite! We cannot wait for our next excuse to book again! "
"Thanks to Ian and his team at Everything But The Guests Brisbane for catering our daughters 18th birthday party. It was outstanding! From the personalised menu to the to dedicated staff on the night, nothing was too much to ask. Our guests were treated to quality food and we were delighted with the pricing and the professionalism with which it was delivered. At the end of the function the only thing that was left behind was a spotless kitchen. Will definitely book again. "
"I highly recommend Ian and his fabulous team at Everything But the Guests as they went above and beyond for us with my dad's 70th birthday party. The food was really delicious, good quality and plenty to go around (we had antipasto platters and canapes) During the event the wait staff even cleared plates and glasses for us, this allowed us to enjoy the event even more. I'll certainly be hiring them again and suggesting them to anyone who wants their friendly and professional services. Many thanks, Bianca and Matt. "