It is with great pleasure that we write this letter of recommendation of Gavan Murphy and his company, The Healthy Irishman Events. We have hired Gavan on numerous social occasions, ranging from small family gathering in our home to catering larger events on location. His sustainable and seasonal cooking style is exactly how we like to eat: rustic and beautiful; healthy and delicious.
Gavan possesses such upbeat positive energy, and his hearty enthusiasm and positive attitude are reflected in his cooking and presentation. He is incredibly flexible and collaborative with our wants and ideas, and satisfies our needs and tastes. His staff are wonderful and service orientated and also reflect his abundant attitude.
Gavan, The Healthy Irishman, makes our events completely at ease and joyful, so that we may enjoy our guests.
Suzy Amis Cameron and James Cameron
James and Suzy Cameron
It is with pleasure that I am recommending Gavan Murphy as a chef and caterer. From May to August 2004, Gavan was hired to prepare daily, nutritional meals that were in keeping with a specific health and fitness program. The food was fresh and delicious, and there was always variety in the menu.
During the same period, I hired Gavan to cook for private parties and was very satisfied. Since then, I've recommended his services to several of my friends and wouldn't hesitate to continue doing so.
It is my pleasure to offer a note of recommendation for Gavan Murphy, a chef I have had the fortune to employ on numerous occasions for various events and parties. Gavan's food is tasty and healthy and he is reliable and friendly. He works with his clients to understand their preferences, both in taste and in presentation. His client centered approach has made him a favorite not only in my family, but many of my friends and business acquaintances.
CEO, DreamWorks SKG.
CEO, DreamWorks SKG
I started working with Gavan several years ago. He was referred to me by a friend and has catered every event I've hosted since then. Many of our guests became fans of Gavan's and have hired him to cater their events as well.
Gavan's taste is impeccable. He is extremely easy to work with, can prepare any type of menu upon request, and his creations are not only delicious but healthy as well. I've sampled many different dishes, some old favorites and some new. Crisp seasonal salads, grilled vegetables - everything fresh - Shepherd's Pie, pulled pork sandwiches, and mini-bites of chicken...the list is endless.
Gavan has handled both small and large events at my home and his staff is always lovely. Whether it's a chill BBQ or a 200-person engagement party, Gavan can pull it off seamlessly.
Dear Gavan & Christy,
On behalf of the entire Irish Film Festival of Los Angeles organization, I would like to extend our gratitude for your generous contribution.
I want to personally thank both of you for your amazing energy and enthusiasm not to mention the excellent and creative items you provided at our event.
Your participation in the opening night of the inaugural festival enabled us to provide our 150 guests with an elegant display of the best food any of us had consumed at an event. During the following days, countless number of individuals commented to me and others about the high quality of the food we served at the reception. Everyone was well fed and no one left the party hungry!
You are so thoughtful and made everything easy for me and I appreciated your kindness and talents very much.
Again, thank you for everything. I hope to have the pleasure of working with you in the near future.
Irish Film Festival of Los Angeles
I first met Gavan when I was training Cindy Crawford and he was her personal chef. Gavan and I share many similar beliefs when it comes to food, that’s why I asked him to contribute recipes to the Action Hero Babe training program. What I like about Gavan’s approach to cooking is that he has made healthy eating not a “diet” but a “lifestyle”. His philosophy how one should achieve a healthy balanced diet is simply to fuel the body with wholesome natural foods. By choosing seasonal local produce and organic hormone free proteins, your food can be prepared simply and still be delicious.
Cooking can and should be an enjoyable experience. If you are inexperienced in the kitchen, don’t let that stop you! The recipes in Gavan’s e-book and blog are simple to prepare, yet delicious and satisfying. I just want to encourage you to get in the kitchen and try a recipe. Much like your exercise program, the more you do it, the easier it will become.
All of these recipes are approved by me and perfectly suited for the Action Hero Babe eating plan.
Love & Spices,
If you are looking for a master chef that can present menus of balanced health that tastes incredible this is the guy. I was in New York with Gavan for a job that we did together for EAS and his presentation was fabulous.
Celebrity Fitness Expert and Food Coach
Kathy Kaehler Fitness
I am so incredibly lucky to have had Gavan as part of my daily life. After the birth of my first child I found that we were eating tons of take out and junk food. Gavan set us back on a healthy track, coming into our home and making well-rounded, healthful meals that were tasty and delicious to both our eyes and palate. He always took into consideration our likes and dislikes while also introducing new flavors and ingredients. He has become a friend to our children and us.
Dr. Linda Li, MD
Star of E! Entertainment’s “Dr. 90210”
Dr. Linda Li
Linda Li, MD FACS
I have hired Gavan Murphy on two separate occasions now and for two of the most important events of my life – my 40th birthday and my 10-year wedding anniversary. Both parties were staged in my house in the Hollywood Hills and catered for entirely by this “Healthy Irishman”.
My praise for Gavan goes beyond the food, which was exceptional, despite the various dietary restrictions imposed (my wife, for example, is lactose intolerant).
Gavan really is the complete package – utterly personable, professional and an all-round great guy. I have never felt so comfortable about hosting 2 big parties, knowing that everything will run smoothly and that the guests will be blown away by the quality of food and service, in a way that lets everyone in turn relax and have a fantastic time. It’s like he laces everyone’s food with (organic) Prozac. Tell us Gavan, is that your secret?
There was one more brilliant upside to hiring Gavan. I got to eat the best leftovers in the world for a week!
Poker's Pair of Aces
I am writing with regard to Gavan Murphy and his company, the Healthy Irishman. Gavan is a total pleasure to deal with. His attention to detail and ability to transform a dinner into a memorable experience is remarkable.
Gavan provided catering services for a business dinner at my home. We were hosting a number of very important clients for a casual dinner and needed the event to be perfect. Gavan and his staff thought of everything. After our initial meeting, Gavan structured a detailed plan specifically designed to meet the needs of my guests. From the initial menu planning, staging, to anticipating the possibility of inclement weather; every detail of my event was attended to with great care and professionalism. Gavan used my serving pieces to keep our rental expenses to a minimum; thus allowing the focus of my budget to be spent where it would be most needed, on the food! The food presentation was magnificent. Everything from hors d'oeurves to dessert was delicious, abundant and served by very attentive, extremely well-trained wait staff. My guests left happy, full and carried away fond memories of our evening together. At the end of the evening their clean-up was efficient and thorough leaving my home in pristine condition.
Gavan is one of the most professional caterers I have worked with in over 25 years of planning events. I would (and have) most certainly, engage the Healthy Irishman future and would wholeheartedly recommend Gavan and his staff.
Terry & Jay Snider
Cadence Cycling & Multisport Centers
I was confronted with a challenge for my partner's 50th. I love to cook and entertain, but my work schedule kept me from planning and putting together a lunch for 50 friends and family. Gavan came to the rescue! He created a superb menu of delicious, healthy, tasty foods, and he and his friendly, wonderful crew set up and served to our very happy guests. Ours was an informal family event, and Gavan got the vibe immediately, and he was so warm and gracious everyone assumed he was one of the other guests -- which is just how we wanted it. I can't recommend him highly enough -- it's rare to find a chef who combines the ability to create an extraordinary feast with an endearing warmth of personality.
Independent Public Relations and Communications Professional
The Sonego Group
I am writing in support of Gavan Murphy, who worked for me as personal chef for 18 months. Gavan is a very personable and responsible person as well a wonderful and creative cook. Gavan is an outstanding chef who prepared many meals each week. He prepared soups, salads, main dishes, vegetarian courses and occasional desserts. My wish was to have healthy, non/fat or low fat meals prepared only with fresh ingredients. Gavan was masterful at using soy, rice milk, non-fat yogurt and non-fat milk to create savory, rich tasting dishes. His menus were varied, interesting and not repetitive unless I specifically asked for something that I had previously enjoyed. Gavan also catered many dinner parties for me as well as a Tex-Mex barbecue for 100 people. He is very level-headed and extremely well organized. I was impressed at how capable he was irrespective of the venue.
I highly recommend Gavan as a chef. His versatility is a marvelous asset.
Jackie Heller M.D.
Jackie Heller M.D.