About Us

Made With Passion, Eaten With Pleasure

Now the really important bit, a business is after all is just a name, the people in it are the ones you need to get to know.

So, you’d like to get to know us a little better?

Here’s a bit about the company …
Sussex Chef is all about good local food, we use as much quality local produce as possible and go a little further for the rest. Our food experiences are the creation of skilled culinary techniques combined with the professionalism required to deliver high service standards for every unique event. We always make sure our clients enjoy their journey with us. Originally the vision of Michelin star trained and AA rosette award-winning Chef Ben Horle, he began the Sussex Chef journey and today Sussex Chef is one of the top event catering companies in Sussex. We are in high demand, catering for an entire range of events from family occasions such as wedding and birthday events to meeting the demands of our business clientele…..

Meet the Team

Pratheepan Ravindra

With over a decade of starting various catering companies including “Britain`s best burger” awarded by Trip Advisor (2014) at Burger Brothers (UK) LTD to Brighton’s first Latin / Japanese fusion restaurant Tropical Sushi LTD, Pratheepan (AKA Pip) has a wealth of information in the catering industry.

Chloe Githiomi
Events Coordinator

I look after clients and put together their proposals, I help plan people’s events and help them make the best choices personalized to their requirements. I love travelling and have a passion for good music.

Chloe’s Goals

  • To personalise menus to match the occasion
  • To make sure clients feel well looked after
  • To ensure all events run smoothly


Tim Strachan
Head Chef

Tim is a veteran chef of over 30 years. Since Ben started Sussex Chef, he’s had his eye on Tim for the position of Head Chef. Finally, Tim joined the Sussex Chef team in the summer of 2017. Tim is so passionate about cooking and dedicated to his profession. He is a welcome addition to the team!

Tim’s Goals

  • To source the best local ingredients he can get his hands on
  • To coach his team of chefs
  • To lay to rest the stereotype of the shouty chef, he’s cool calm and in control the whole time

Helen Hutton
Company Administrator

From a background of running various event-related companies and restaurants, I have a keen eye for attention to detail and am a firm believer that quality proves itself.

I am extremely passionate about providing our clients with the highest level of service possible.

Helen’s Goals

  • Provide the highest standards of quality
  • Make sure customers enjoy using the business
  • To garantee our clients are completly satisfied
The Sussex Chef Food Map

At Sussex Chef we are passionate about using exceptional local produce, we don’t keep our suppliers a closely guarded secret either! click the map to find out more


The Sussex Chef Story

Sussex Chef began in 2012, by Ben Horle and his wife Clare.
It started out of a catering trailer. Cooking some of the finest meals from Ben’s repertoire – out of what looked like a burger van.

Using the best local ingredients and serving in a smart, attentive yet discreet manner, naturally, Sussex Chef became very popular and very soon outgrew the trailer.

Now in a fully fitted and top-spec kitchen in the beautiful surroundings of the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park we have the ability to provide a very high-end service to our clients.

In 2019 the business was bought by one of Ben`s trusted chefs (Pip Ravi). Having worked alongside Ben for numerous years this was a seamless transition and clients still receive the same high quality of service Ben had started.

Ben`s ethos is still fundamental today and we endeavour to provide each and every client with the highest level of quality and service possible.