Whitehouse Meets… Ben Hayes from Thyme Out, Didsbury
Thyme Out is an eatery and catering business based in West Didsbury. Owned and managed by chef Ben Hayes, Thyme Out opened its doors opened in 2007 and is a firm favourite on the South Manchester foodie scene. Popular for breakfasts and brunches and providing corporate, wedding and private catering to customers across Manchester and Cheshire, Thyme Out is a thriving independent business.
We took 5 minutes to catch up with Ben and ask him a few pressing questions…
What’s your favourite dish to cook?
That’s almost as difficult as asking what my favourite dish to eat is – there’s too much choice! We mainly cook twisted British classics and Mediterranean influenced dishes for our catering and eat in menus but like any man, I love to barbeque! Good quality, fresh meats and fish are key and I’ve recently been experimenting with some new marinades, which have been tasting pretty good if I say so myself!
Who are your culinary inspirations?
In my early years as a chef I would aspire to the ‘classic’ French chefs – the Roux brothers, Raymond Blanc and even Gordon Ramsey (before all the TV programmes). Nowadays, the food scene is so exciting and there are chefs out there doing amazing, inventive things with an ever-growing supply of new ingredients, so inspiration is everywhere. I get a lot of inspiration from my travels – I’ll always come home from a holiday with a new dish for the menu or a new idea on how to assemble or present a dish.
What food trends have you noticed lately?
Breakfasts and brunches are becoming ever more popular – this is something we have really grown a niche in at Thyme Out. We’re also set to open a pop-up venue in Manchester city centre focusing solely on breakfasts and brunches, which is really exciting. Small dishes seem to be experiencing a bit of a resurgence – we’re increasingly being asked to provide bowl food for private and corporate functions, and tapas style dishes for weddings are also very popular now.
What’s on the agenda for your business over the next 12 months
Catering is an important aspect of our business and we will be especially looking to grow our corporate catering offering over the coming 12 months. We already have a strong client base and supply business lunches and event catering to several companies in Manchester, Stockport and Didsbury but we will be looking to expand this even further and will soon be launching a dedicated new website.
Favourite Whitehouse range
I love the Zoe glassware range – its lines and clean and elegant and the quality is superb. We catered at a dinner party in December and the place setting, cutlery and glassware was all provided by Whitehouse. The Abbey charger plates in orange really brought the table to life and looked really festive in the run up to Christmas.
To find out more about Thyme Out and their wedding and event catering, visit www.thymeoutdeli.co.uk