Inspired by traditional Italian family cooking and values, The Fat Chef operates two high quality restaurants, one in Helmsley the other in Malton, North Yorkshire.
Customers can expect the finest ingredients, authentic recipes and a warm welcome, with all dishes freshly prepared in the kitchen by a passionate team of experienced chefs.
Our mission is to bring customers delicious, authentic food made from scratch using high quality, carefully sourced ingredients.
Whilst our menus are always evolving, our values will never change – it’s about quality food that everyone can enjoy, prepared with passion and served in a friendly, welcoming environment.
The Fat Chef is owned and operated by Francois Strydom, a charismatic, experienced chef with a real passion for food, and a flair for Italian cooking.
After honing his craft for several years in restaurants across the country, Francois became head chef at Jamie’s Italian in York. In 2013, he founded The Fat Chef Company, initially as an event catering business and restaurant consultancy.
As The Fat Chef Company developed, the focus of the business changed, and Francois took over his first restaurant in 2016.
At the end of 2016, Francois began working on La Pizzeria, an exciting new Italian restaurant concept in Malton which opened in August 2017.