Due to COVID 19, my business is not currently accepting new bookings for dinner parties or cookery lessons, however, I am creating recipes on a weekly basis, these can be located on the recipes page of this site.

I hope you’re all staying safe.



Welcome to Paul’s Private Dining.

Specialists in providing bespoke dining experiences and tailored cookery tuition across the North East.

Hello, My name’s Paul Short, a qualified chef based in the North East of England, experienced in a range of cuisines, methods and techniques.

My career in catering began over 20 years ago as a pot washer and tea-maker in a small restaurant. It was then that my passion for food was ignited, witnessing fresh local produce from the field and sea being cooked simply and elegantly.

Throughout my career, I have been able to work under some great Head Chef’s all with a variety of styles and skills. I am also pleased to be a member of The Craft Guild of Chefs, having joined in 2015, demonstrating my commitment to maining techniques and skills and improving the industry.AFP_PPD_130815_020

The aim of Paul’s Private Dining is to provide an exceptional, tailored and personal approach to a variety of food and dining experiences for clients to enjoy in the comfort of their home.  Using fresh, local produce is a key focus of Paul’s Private Dining and I believe the North East has some of the greatest farmers, producers and suppliers in the world.

I am available to hire to cater for your Private Dinner Party, for up to 12 people, in the comfort of your home. Let me take care of the Menu Planning, Cooking and Cleaning to give you time to relax with your guests.

With menus starting from £45.00pp for a 3-Course Dinner why not treat that someone special to an intimate dinner or arrange that long overdue catch-up with some old friends. Aside from years of experience, I also have insurance and up to date food hygiene certification to give you extra peace of mind.

Paul’s Private dining also offers tailored Cookery Tuition for clients looking to learn to cook, enhance their skills and improve their repetoire.

Areas covered include Newcastle Upon Tyne & Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Details of all the services provided can be found throughout the website. Please have a look at what I can do for you.

You can check out a selection of testimonials from previous clients below…

“Thank you Paul. R and I had a lovely evening, the food was absolutely incredible.”

Mr & Mrs H

“Thank you so much Paul – our evening certainly exceeded our expectations. It was such a treat to be catered for yet stay relaxed and informal at the same time.”

Mrs S. R

“Food was gorgeous Paul 10 out of 10 “

Ms J. R

“…it was amazing! Fab food thanks, Paul! Heartily recommend to anyone and everyone!!”

Mr W. M

“Thank you for an absolutely amazing evening with outstanding service! My Grandad thoroughly enjoyed himself and was overwhelmed by it all. You were so professional and discrete. Will be needing your culinary skills in the future!!“

Miss D. W

“Thank you Paul for the delicious food it was absolutely perfect – look forward to you cooking for us again in the near future!”

Mrs S. C

“Was stunning Paul couldn’t ask for better x”

Miss C. A

“…I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Mrs A. D

Hello Paul, Thank you very much for our cookery lesson yesterday – R and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and came away very happy with what we had produced and the many tips you gave us! … You made everything easy to understand and follow and we can’t wait to add those meals to our favourite… Continue reading Ms P A & Ms R A

Ms P A & Ms R A

Just had a great day cooking Italian food.Great people on the course and Paul and his staff were fantastic!Looking forward to eating what I cooked tonight

Mr M P

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“Thank you Paul. R and I had a lovely evening, the food was absolutely incredible.”

Mr & Mrs H

“…I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Mrs A. D