Autentico locationSt Albans, Hertfordshire, Hertforsdhire

(20 Reviews)

We specialise in Spanish & Cypriot Catering.

We’re a family run business cooking traditional recipes handed down over 3 generations, using ingredients such as the very finest rice, spices and Extra Virgin olive oil locally sourced in Spain and Cyprus.

To the best of our knowledge, we’re the only company in the UK that will deliver a traditional Cyprus feast and an authentic Spanish Paella in its pan to your home or your office.

From the originality of our family’s secret recipes to the unrivalled tastes, flavours and aromas from traditional fresh ingredients, no Spanish or Cyprus dining experience compares with Autentico.

We offer both onsite catering or delivery to your home, office or place of choice.

Auténtico can:

Deliver a wide range of freshly prepared and cooked Paella, Meze Tapas and more to your home or office for between 10 to 50 guests.

Offer an exceptional private dining service for between 6 to 12 guests, where we’ll deliver* everything you’ve ordered and lay it all out for you.

Offer onsite catering where we will cook and serve for you onsite at any outdoor event for between 20 to 200 guests.

We are highly experienced and promise that all special occasions, celebrations and gatherings, from the most intimate party to large corporate events, will be safe and successful in our hands.

Whichever option suits you best, Auténtico promise that every mouthful will be delicious, because it is always prepared and freshly cooked on the day.

*Free delivery up to a radius of 10 miles

Autentico Reviews

Autentico Reviews

Review of Autentico by Martine Franklin Jager
5 Martine Franklin Jager

The food was fabulous last night, especially the paella, it was the best I've ever tasted! xx

Review of Autentico by Tamsin Henman
5 Tamsin Henman

Amazing food, amazingly friendly family business, take aways and events catered for. A real talking point xx

Review of Autentico by Tina Machell
5 Tina Machell

I have just eaten two plates of delicious chicken salad and paella !! The best bbq food ever .

Review of Autentico by Richard Slater
5 Richard Slater

Fantastic, friendly family run business by Mel & George. Quality food cooked to perfection, with great love and care. Generous portions, the paella a speciality. Mouth-wateringly flavoursome! Highly recommended for any occasion.

Review of Autentico by Jill Almond
5 Jill Almond

Great way to finish our wedding weekend celebrations. Everyone commented how lovely and tasty the food was, I would recommend these guys to anyone. Thank you so much Mel, George and Kristian.

Review of Autentico by Trish Hamill
5 Trish Hamill

Thank you to George & Mel for the great paella & steaks at our party yesterday. Everyone loved the food and your service was first class �

Review of Autentico by Patricia Keener
5 Patricia Keener

Wonderful Paella - seafood and vegetarian version. It smelled heavenly while it was cooking and fun to watch and as you can see from the photo - there was nothing left. Would definitely recommend George and his wife for delicious food and excellent customer service! We'll use them again.

Review of Autentico by Caroline Element
5 Caroline Element

Jeff and his family prepared the most amazing paella and bbq chicken for our guests at our boys naming party. All the guests were very impressed with the food and all went for seconds and maybe even thirds! Jeff has an attention to detail to ensure that everything runs smoothly and is extremely considerate to the occasion and adaptable to the surroundings (including coping with 25+ youngsters running around him!). We wouldn't hesitate recommending bbq and more and hope to find an excuse to hire again! Thanks again Jeff.

Review of Autentico by Happy Day
5 Happy Day

Top notch food and a fantastic, friendly service. Go, go Autentico!

Review of Autentico by Aimee McHenry
5 Aimee McHenry

The lunch paella pots are so scrummy and great value. There's way more than one person can eat, so I had it for dinner as well! My 3 year old daughter is also a fan and she can be pretty fussy! �

Review of Autentico by Tom Brand
5 Tom Brand

George and Mel did the catering for my parent's 60th birthday and it made the event even more memorable than it would have been, much more individual than going for a meal with friends and family, and the food was the best barbecue food we have ever eaten.

We went for the lamb and chicken and it was flying out the door and people were still talking about how good it was after they had eaten. Very good value for money and excellent quality.

George was great at cooking in front of all the guests and added a bit of theatre to the event, a definite step up from the usual sausages and burgers!

Would definitely recommend to anyone having an event at home, really memorable and excellent quality.

Review of Autentico by Hazel Allison
5 Hazel Allison

Thank you to BBQs & More for preparing and serving your wonderful homemade Paella at our recent Travel Event. Both the Vegetarian and Seafood option were delicious.

Review of Autentico by Emily Johnson
5 Emily Johnson

Fantastic food, great service too! Mel was extremely helpful from day one to delivery! Food was amazing Xx

Review of Autentico by Allison Peace
5 Allison Peace

This fabulous company catered for a family party for us on Saturday. Without exception, everyone loved it. If you're looking for something to wow your guests at your next event then look no further.

Review of Autentico by Paul Trubridge
5 Paul Trubridge

A great way to finish our family day - 1 meat and 1 seafood paella delivered to our own dining table. They both tasted great and were cooked to an authentic family recipe. Amazing ! Would definitely use again and have already recommended to friends.

Review of Autentico by Paul Bingham
5 Paul Bingham

Wow wow wow. I am total foodie and fell in love with the Paella. Such a great experience, varied menu and really friendly service. I’ll be definitely using Autentico for my next family get together.

Review of Autentico by Nick Hancock
5 Nick Hancock

Recently attended Autentico’s rebranding in Harpenden and I must say I’ve never tested a Paella like it. Not forgetting the souvla (lamb & chicken) my plate was just not big enough. Could not fault the staff, service and attention to detail to the whole event and I would highly recommend you contacting them if you are planning a special occasion come rain or shine.

Review of Autentico by Eva Ioannou
5 Eva Ioannou

Mel & Jorge cooked an amazing Paella for our garden party on Sunday - what a lovely, friendly couple All our friends thought the Paella was great and made a nice change to a BBQ
Would not hesitate to recommend - thank you again Mel & Jorge

Review of Autentico by Debbie Diggle
5 Debbie Diggle

Food is amazing and service fabulous. Could have eaten a ton of that halloumi and the lamb was out of this world! The tapas were great too - I think the waiting staff got wise to us and just brought is our own trayful! Excellent afternoon - thank you so much for the invitation.

Review of Autentico by Maciek Placek
5 Maciek Placek

Mel and George once again spoiled us with their gorgeous paella! Amazing taste, generous portions and first class service left us and our guests feeling well taken care of. We recommend Autentico to anyone looking to impress their guests with original food of outstanding quality.


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What’s your signature dish?

We have Two signature dishes
Authentic Paella - Made from a recipe handed down through 3 generations. The rice and spices are imported directly from Spain.
Greek Cypriot Rotisserie BBQ - A Posh BBQ! Not burgers and sausages! Small pieces of meat marinaded in our special sauces for 48 hours then cooked slowly over charcoals for an incredible aroma.

How do you go about creating the perfect menu for your clients?

We prefer to have an informal chat with our client so we can understand their needs before recommending a menu. For example, what's the occasion? What dietary requirements do the guests have? Are there any allergies we should know of? Are they looking for on-site or a delivery service, what's their budget? Have they used external caterer before? What did they like about them? What did they think could be improved?

What do you love most about your job?

When our customers tell us how much they enjoyed our food it fills us with pride and gives us so much satisfaction.

What inspired you to start your own business?

My father was a restaurateur. He had a very well known restaurant back in the 80s. He wanted my husband and I to take it over so he could retire but although we loved the business, we were very young and the hours were very anti-social so we decided to decline his offer.
My husband's grandmother was a professional cook in Spain and she taught my husband's mother how to cook Spanish dishes who in turn taught us how to cook old family recipes. We have always had a passion for good, quality , authentic food, so it was a natural step for us when our circumstances finally allowed us to start our own business.

Why should our clients choose you?

Apart from the amazing food that we provide (please see our 5 star Google and Facebook Reviews), it's not enough just to provide good quality food. There are many other skills required to offer your customers a first class service. You have to be personable, understanding and listen to their needs. You also have to be super organised so that every thing is catered for (excuse the pun!) The catering must meet expectations as a minimum although we aim to exceed expectations, and it has to be on time. We add little personal touches that make us stand out from other caterers. We are friendly, hard working and go out of our way to help our customers as events can be very stressful for them! That's why they hire us!

Services provided by Autentico

Autentico Services

Paella & BBQ Delivery

Our Paellas & BBQs are also available for delivery! Both our best-selling onsite catering dishes are also available for delivery. If you are simply catering for a smaller number of guests (10 – 50) and either because you don’t have the outdoor cooking space or simply just want it delivered freshly cooked; then we can! Piping hot Paellas in their pans or even a BBQ on a winter’s day. *Free delivery up to a radius of 10 miles. Further away? Prices on request *For a small additional cost

Paella, BBQ & Big Pan Onsite Catering

For all outdoor occasions, parties and celebrations, we can cater for a minimum of 20 and up to 200 guests. For your big event, we have all-inclusive packages and a selection of Paella, Tapas, BBQ & Meze set menus to make your choice of food really easy. If you wish, you can create your own paella. Just choose your own ingredients! Create your own special menu for your guests – in any combination of Spanish and Cypriot food or speak to us for ideas and suggestions If you would like something that’s not on our menu then just let us know, and we will be delighted to help. On the day itself, you’ll see how the simmering Paella pans and slow turning Rotisserie’s bring all your guests together, gathering round to watch and savour the irresistible aromas and flavours of the fabulous feast to come. Our chefs will cook and serve your guests, giving you the freedom to relax and enjoy your event. Serving tables, tablecloth and chafing dishes are all provided for you. Napkins, cutlery and good quality disposable rigid plates are available at a small additional cost or are in some instances provided as part of a package. Should you require extra staff to help serve drinks and canapés and to clear away, we can offer you a team of experienced and well-presented staff to help make things run smoothly from start to finish. Experience the WOW factor! Our onsite catering provides a stunning central spectacle that is much more than just food. Just take a peek at some of the photos in the gallery from events we have catered and you’ll see the unique visual centrepiece that could be your party adding immeasurably to the occasion.

Corporate Event Catering

Freshly prepared and cooked and served at your office Office deliveries can be for as little as 10 people or as many as 50 A combination of Spanish & Greek Cypriot food If you would like something that’s not on our menu then just let us know, and we will be delighted to help. We’ll deliver everything you’ve ordered, lay it all out, and return to collect all the cooking equipment, dishes and utensils when it’s most convenient for you. For a small additional cost we can supply all the napkins, cutlery, good quality disposable rigid plates, serving tables, tablecloths etc all that you’ll need So…ready to do business?

Home & Dinner Party Catering

From 6 diners up to a maximum of 12. A combination of Spanish & Greek Cypriot dishes For vegetarians (and everyone else), Halloumi Kebabs on skewers are one of our signature dishes. Order a few extra, because they always disappear quickly! If you would like something that’s not on our menu then just let us know, and we will be delighted to help. We’ll deliver* everything you’ve ordered and lay it all out for you. If you’ve ordered items such as prawns or, halloumi that need to be cooked immediately before serving, we’ll ask the way to your kitchen! For an additional £100, we can extend our visit to remain with you for up to a further 4 hours, during which we will serve your guests, clear tables, load the dishwasher and so on. We find that our customers and their guests take an interest in what we do and so on the day we would be happy to talk to you and your guests about the ingredients and the methods we use. Relax! We’ll also bring along and are happy to provide all the serving dishes too. Just show us where you’d like us to lay everything out. You and your guests will savour the mouth-watering aromas gently filling the room, and the feast to come, beautifully laid out on the serving tables. All the while, you’ll be free to mingle with your guests and to thoroughly enjoy yourself, knowing that everything is taken care of. All of which leaves you with nothing more to do than to bid your happy guests goodbye.

Work history from Autentico

Work History

Managing Director


From May 2012 to present.

Caterer/Business Owner Responsible for ensuring customers are provided with a seamless service from enquiry to catering and right through to obtaining feedback to further improve our services. Managing a team of 7 staff to support in the delivery of a great customer service. Skilled in organising and planning events while always putting the customer first. Previous background in Financial Services as a Compliance Officer so integrity and due diligence of utmost importance

Divisional Quality Manager

Santander PLC

From September 2004 to March 2012.

Supporting the delivery of consistent high quality financial advice to regulatory and company standards in order to deliver continuous, sustained, risk aware and commercially viable business growth; putting customers at the heart of what we do and to ensure Financial Planning Managers deliver sound financial advice for the Bank’s customers. • Responsible for supervisory checking and validation of Regional Managers Financial Planning to ensure a high quality of support is being provided to progress Financial Planning Managers. • Overseeing and accountable for the remediation and investigation activity where issues have been identified to mitigate and resolve customer detriment. • Proactively identifying potential risks to reputation, financial security and legislative / regulatory exposure.

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