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Peterborough chef delivers Sunday roasts to community

Rob Fisher, a chef who has 16-years experience working in hotels and restaurants, has set up a restaurant-quality food delivery service from his kitchen, to provide meals to people in Bretton and the surrounding areas during the lockdown.
Rob Fisher, a chef from Peterborough, makes high quality cakes, afternoon teas and hot meals for the Bretton community (Photo: Rob Fisher)

After being furloughed from his job, Rob decided to set up a service for his neighbours and friends - mostly to avoid getting bored during the weeks of lockdown.

What started out as an act of generosity for his very close community has turned into a slightly larger enterprise in just a few weeks. Rob set up a Facebook account on April 23 which has gained more than 200 likes, and has daily orders from the menu of treats on offer.

Speaking to Peterborough Matters to share his news, Rob said: "It wasn't meant to be a big thing - it was just something to stop me from falling asleep in the afternoons with nothing to do! But the response has been more than I imagined.

"I make everything fresh, nothing is ever frozen, so what started as something small I could do to help my neighbours has turned into making restaurant-quality meals for people in the wider community."

Sundays are the busiest, with traditional roasts being the order of the day, but Rob is also seeing orders for afternoon teas - with one recent order for a club of 50 people, hoping to have their teas separately but together - and meals like chicken tikka masala, chilli con carne and vegetarian lasagne.

He has orders lining up for the future, too, with people ordering for parties and birthdays that will come after lockdown is lifted.

Because of the way Fisher's Treats operates, orders need to be made at least a day in advance; ingredients are bought as needed so that nothing is wasted.

Rob said: "The support has been amazing from day one. Demand has been so high we've had to buy another fridge for all the produce! My kids hate it; they ask what's for dinner and I'll have made some extra chilli, so we'll just be having that."

Fisher's Treats can be found on Facebook here: