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Food was great and everybody had a good time!



ChefRisto from The Scandimaniac Chef has garnered rave reviews from his clients. Here are just a few:


Having you in our home was a painless experience. The food you prepared and served was wonderful and your interaction with our guests was spot on. After you quietly slipped away it was a revelation to walk into the kitchen and not see any evidence of the labour you had put in. It was spotless. The detritus of catering for 24 people completely cleared away. Thank you.


Hi Risto -

Thank you once again for helping us out at Expo!
I couldn’t have been happier with your service. I literally didn’t have to lift a finger and you were completely self-sufficient.
We have some learning's on the expected number of patrons through, however we will definitely reach out next year.


Hi Risto
My feedback is that we LOVED your food! We were blown away at how organised and well prepared you were. The food was delicious with plenty of variety and generous servings. There was nothing you could have improved on and we will definitely get you back for future events. My husband turns 40 next year so I'll be in touch!
Best regards,
PS. We loved the Finish influence in the food. I love dill!

Hi Risto,
Thankx for ur good work. It was all u claimed it to be and we were very pleased. We wish u good luck and appreciate your conscientiousness. Thanks a lot.
Host during a service: “ I have 250 staff members and they’re all very good workers. That makes me look very clever among my business partners.
Today you –ChefRisto, made me look very clever!
C&B, Broadbeach

Chef Risto,

Thank you so much for the most awesome food, what I loved was that you were self sufficient, you tolerated kids and family being around you, everything was just perfect and worth every cent. The way you left our kitchen spotless and leftovers which we have been eating since you left were beautifully wrapped and stored in the fridge. The photographer has asked for your details I think she is sending photos of you, you may want to use them. I thought when you served the entree and salads together was too much, but it was the best thing you could of done as everyone was so hungry and when you served mains I was so happy there was salad left over too. That prawn noodle salad was to die for and the meat was so tasty, I'm a very fussy meat eater and I and my guests were so happy to eat your lamb and chicken that was not chewy, perfect cuts of meat and melt in the mouth. What can I say.. Next time we have a party please visit us in Melbourne, Best wishes to you and your family, kind regards Barb and Jason M.

Hei Risto,
thanks for helping to make my birthday the success that it was. Everyone was very happy with the meal (and so they should be) with special mention of the prawn dish and the smoked fish. These two went down extremely well, as well as the rye bread and piirakat (Finnish rice pastries). Just a wonderful memorable night.Thanks again,

Chef Risto,
The best thing we ever did was have you and your gorgeous daughter Matilda cater for my husbands 50th birthday at the fabulous mansion La Casa on the hill at the Gold Coast.  Three full days of your decadent food for breakfast, lunch and Dinner, so spoilt.Our party of 14 people felt like kings, we ate, drank and were certainly merry. Thanks in a huge part to you and Matilda and the way you cared for us.The smoked salmon was divine!
My only complaint was that after you left we had to come back to the reality of the real world and cook for ourselves! We look forward to our next adventure with you.
Bless you and Matilda for being so passionate about what you do.
Kim S. Brisbane
PS.  Maybe some of our family and friends would also like to right a testimonial.


Just a quick note to congratulate you on last night. The food was truly fabulous; the whole family was sitting around this morning talking about how great it was. They were also impressed by your professional and happy approach. You helped to make this a truly memorable night for Lynda and the family.  I will most certainly recommend you to colleagues and friends; indeed, our two friends last night made sure they got one of your cards before departing.
Well Done.
Regards, Norman

Hi Chef,
On behalf of the lads we loved your food and we intend on getting you again this year mate!
I personally loved the finger foods followed up by the BBQ spread. All the food was enjoyable and you feed up the lads very well. The taste of the food was excellent and very enjoyable in particular the pasta salad and the steak was delicious.
I am keen to have a dinner party with you as our chef, would you cook up in Brisbane for 6 people?
Dean, Brisbane


The food was really tasty and we could tell the ingredients were fresh and of a high standard (the soup, pork and roast vegetables were my absolute favourite.  Your service and cleaning of the kitchen was also very much appreciated, so from my perspective it was a great experience. Top job!
It was also great to meet you and we will hopefully cross paths again.
Rgds,Bernadette @ Diamondvale Lodge, Stanthorpe

I am so missing your cooking, having you cook for us last week was such an absolute treat. Thank you so very much :-)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR AMAZING FOOD AND SERVICE at our recent Byron Bay Manor - Artists Retreat!

We miss you!! Thank you for a week of fabulous food in Byron Bay. It was wonderful to be pampered and not have to cook and clean, and to try all the new dishes : ) If you ever want to come to Newcastle and cook for me let me know!!

Hi Risto
The comments from everyone were great. You made the day very enjoyable and all went smoothly.
You were very friendly and also very professional in the way you carried out the preparations.
Many thanks

Thanks for your services last wk, we will certainly use you again. Whole service was great
Regards, Scott

Wilmar Gavilon Pty Ltd, Brisbane

Chef Risto,
Firstly I want to say a "big thank you" for making the evening of my mother's 80th birthday so special.
You quietly worked away to produce what I would describe as "perfect food", with no fuss. We hardly knew you were there and cook a meal that one can only describe as perfect.
I would like to extend my apprecaiation and compliment you on such wonderful presentation, tastiness and point out that this was done with so much ease (even though I thought how can he do it).
I would happily recommend you to any enquiry that you have and certainly will if ever needed again not hesitate to call you
Deidre W.

Hi, thanks you for a lovely dinner on Saturday. The flavours were beautiful. We had plenty left over to feed us on Sunday as well.
Your Service was so well organised and the food was absolutely amazing, will defiantly use your services again when we return to the Gold Coast.
Thanks again, Kelly F.

Dear Risto,

Wow!  Our delegates were amazed with your morning tea! (at the GoMA, Brisbane) I would say that everyone that I spoke to had something nice to say about your beautiful dishes. They were so well presented too.
Thank you for making the effort to do them! I have a feeling that you may get some work as a result of yesterday – at least I hope so!
With kind regards,
Susannah H-J
Sure-Play Pty LTD, Brisbane

Dear Risto,

Thanks very much for a fantastic dinner last night. All the ladies raved about it.
Kristin, Brisbane

Chef Risto,
We noticed the beef in the oven still...ha-ha. It was all good, mate. It was in fact a God send cause on the night we were all full as it was and then we got to experience your amazing cooking again on the Sunday night with the beef and the leftovers. Absolutely no need to refund any money.
The night and in particular the food was absolutely amazing. Everyone was very much impressed. So, thank you very much for all your hard work and great food. We will all be singing your praises to as many people as we can and hopefully give you some future work.
Thanks again
Nick, Brisbane

Good morning Risto,
thank you for last night you made our evening very enjoyable. Everyone was complementing on the lovely meals you prepared.
I will be sure to keep you in mind for our next dinner party and any staff functions we have come up. Thanks again and Happy New Year.
Regards Kim
Sent from my iPhone, Gold Coast

Hi Chef Risto,
We had a fantastic time thank you - we were very impressed with your cooking, presentation and the leftovers were great for the next day at lunch.
Thanks again
Janelle, Gold Coast

Hi Chef Risto,
Just wanted to drop you a quick email to say a big thank you for a fabulous night at Mount Tamborine a couple of weeks ago. Everyone was so impressed by the delicious food! We were also really impressed with the service you provide as a whole and the kitchen was spotless when you left.
We would certainly have you back to our next dinner party to sample some more of your exquisite food!
Thanks again,
Steph & Leon + Friends, Brisbane

Hi Chef,
When I booked your services for Cassie's Hen's dinner, I was looking forward to great food and not having to worry about cleaning up. You provided so much more than that of which I am very appreciative for. You were helpful in creating a menu to suit, flexible with any changes and your attitude to work with us considering how chaotic the day was just fantastic and of course the food was amazing!
The feedback that I have received from all the attending girls was very positive. You made Cassie's day!
Thank you Chef. I would certainly use you again and recommend your services to others.
All the best with your business!
Larnie, Melbourne

Hi Risto,
Thank you so much for your services Friday night - it was just what I'd hoped. We really enjoyed our meal, both Friday night and Saturday lunch the next day - all the tastes and flavours were really interesting and well executed. I loved the lime flavour in the dukkah and loved those lamb kebabs and your satay sauce was awesome. All your ingredients were lovely and fresh and it was a lovely combination of casual BBQ food, yet special enough to be a treat.
We all loved the dessert, I was wanting to have it again last night!
When I came back upstairs the girls were chatting about how well you managed all the demands of the evening (changing venues upstairs and downstairs etc) and you hit the right balance of interaction and leaving us to our own company. You were very organised and we are in awe of your obvious skills with a knife!
Thanks for providing services that contributed to such a lovely evening. All the steps from planning and delivery were easy and fuss free.
We would certainly keep you in mind for future girls adventures - do you fly to Bali? And we finished the jigsaw by 10am the next day!
Maria, Brisbane

Dear Chef Risto,
Myself and Tom would like to take this opportunity to thank you for providing marvellous food for our wedding!
We received many compliments from our guests on the fantastic variety of food and excellent taste. Most of all, it was fresh ingredients, which is rare to find in someone who caters for large groups. For example, one of my bridesmaids is a vegetarian, but loved your fish!! Your beetroot salad was a hit, the chicken curry was devoured and the prawn satay was eaten for lunch and dinner the following day. Each dish had a touch of Scandimaniac uniqueness which made it original and exciting. Many can cook well, but your efficiency, originality, presentation of the food and cleanliness of the kitchen is highly commendable.
We would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending your services for other weddings and functions.
Last but not least, we would like to thank Matilda for her fine service!
Thank you again and hope to taste your food at a function soon.
Kind Regards,
Mr and Mrs Lucas, Gold Coast

Hi Chef Risto,
Thanks for a great job! From readily accommodating our request for a gluten free menu to happily working with our young helpers, the professionalism of your service was outstanding. All 17 of us enjoyed the food very much. Your willingness to delay serving the second course was much appreciated too - it made the night to be able to enjoy the specially prepared DVD between courses.
Thanks and regards,

Good morning Chef,
We have finally returned from our very enjoyable holiday on the Gold Coast.
Your meal that you prepared and served to us was exactly how I thought it would be and so we were very happy.
All 4 couples were more than satisfied with the meal content and flavours and with your pricing, and we would all happily hire you again, so once again,
thank you

"Dear Risto,
You beat us to it! Having just arrived home from a very relaxing holiday in a beautiful home on the coast, we both agree that the meal you prepared and cooked for us was one of our most favourable and memorable moments. Having dined out many a time whilst we were away, our friends and I agree that your meal was by far the most enjoyable & delicious and was fantastic value. Thank you once again for this unique experience, we will be sure to have you cook for us again next time we are on the coast."
Rik & Nicole, Adelaide

Dear Chef Risto,
Thank you so much for such a lovely dinner. We had our work Christmas party as a interactive cooking class and also dinner. All the food was so delicious. It was even better that when I looked in my kitchen after everyone left, it was spotless!!!! We all enjoyed learning how to make many fantastic dishes. There was so much food!! And plenty of left over’s, which my husband was very happy about.
Thank you again.
Belinda - SmileBright Dental

Hi Chef Risto,
The feedback is coming in from our guests and everyone enjoyed not just the meal but the experience (it was a late night for us after you left).
You did a wonderful job for our party of twelve serving us a better than restaurant quality meal in our own home. The kitchen was spotless when you left and except for full bellies we would not have known you were here. You and your waitress Emily exceeded our expectations and I would have no problem recommending the Scandimaniac Chef to anyone. For thank you for a beautiful meal (but not for our headaches the next morning). Hope our paths cross again soon.
Kind Regards
Jason & Pauline, Brisbane

Dear Chef Risto,
Thank you for your service for our party. It was a truly enjoyable experience, with delicious food and exceptional service. It was a pleasure to be able to enjoy the company of my guests and not in the kitchen missing out on all the fun. The guests were very impressed. It was lovely to have you take care of everything, from purchasing the food, cooking it and cleaning up after you were done. I would highly recommend your service to anyone. (Which I have already done).
Thanks again
Kim, Sovereign Islands

Dear Chef Risto,
I just wanted to thank you very much for a wonderful evening, everyone has not stopped raving about how beautiful the food was. Your service was
impeccable and we have already recommended you to some friends that hold frequent dinner parties.
You were amazing.
Mechelle & Paul, Gold Coast

Hi Risto,
I have to apologise for not emailing you sooner. Your newsletter was a good reminder to email you.
I wanted to thank you for putting on a great night for me and my now fiancé at Circle On Cavil Apartment back in August. Your food was sensational, your professionalism is unchallenged and you made it an unforgettable night. I will recommend you to anyone looking to put on a special event or function and i am happy to be a testimonial or referee for anyone enquiring about your business. I hope all is well with you.
Kind Regards
Daniel M.Trade Development Advisor Queensland

Dear Chef,
We would give you a glowing report; excellent service, divine food and you have wonderful mannerisms. The night was beautiful and a memory we will treasure. Your menu was well planned and beautifully executed. Thank You so much, we look forward to using your superior services again
Best Wishes,
Rachael and Sharron, Brisbane.

Dear Sir,
Thank you so much for Saturday.
I had friends from Finland, UK, NZ and Australia. Everybody commented how beautifully the food was presented and the variety of dishes to suit all tastes.
My friends were so happy and excited that you explained and presented the food before the meal. Everyone has raved about how much they enjoyed the meal and it tasted fantastic.
Mrs. R.K. Brisbane

Hi Chef,
Brilliant work. In all honesty I only have good things to say. You were polite, not-intrusive, professional - but most importantly the food was really good. As I mentioned we have several 'foodies' in the group and the standard of your cooking was greatly appreciated by all of them. We also really appreciate you factoring in the fish. I will pass your details onto everyone I know up in Brisbane/Gold Coast.
Christin, Sydney

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