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Essential Chefs Catering are the premiere caterers in Amesbury serving the north shore of MA and Boston. Our catering kitchen is located in the Cedar Street Studios in Amesbury, Massachusetts. It is a state-of-the-art 1,200 square foot, full-service commercial kitchen and storage facility equipped with top-of-the-line commercial equipment with separate cooking and baking sections; on-site dry, cold, and frozen storage areas; and a packaging area.

Enjoy Culinary Classes in our catering kitchen or in the comfort of your own home. Learn the Essential Cooking Skills that will prepare you for a lifetime of great cooking. Work side-by-side with our executive chefs and with other students to prepare each dish.

Premier North Shore MA and Boston Catering

Essential Chefs Premier Catering Kitchen

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Why us ?
Essential Chefs Catering are the premiere caterers in Amesbury serving the north shore of MA and Boston including southern New Hampshire, Andover, North Andover, Newburyport, Carlisle, Lincoln, and Concord. Chefs John and Dan Martin have over fifty years of executive chef and catering experience between them. Essential Chefs Catering’s artistry combined with our years of experience drives our fresh and innovative approach to event planning. From nouveau cuisine to the environmentally conscious “Farm to Fork” concept, we create events with innovation, creativity, exceptional flavor and impeccable presentation. Essential Chefs Catering is constantly evolving and stays ahead of the newest culinary trends, taste, style and presentation. Because of our clients’ confidence in us, they return again and again.

Chefs John and Dan have won many awards and have been featured in Bon Appetit Magazine, Boston Magazine, Cape Cod Magazine, North Shore Magazine, Merrimack Valley Magazine, Andover Townsman, and the Eagle Tribune.

Who we are ?
Chef John Martin is a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary School and has been in the restaurant and catering business for over thirty years. John was the executive chef of various resort hotels and fine dining establishments such as the Colonial Hilton Resort in Wakefield, MA and The Colonial Inn in Concord, MA. He was the co-founder of Brew Moon Enterprises in Boston – an upscale multi-unit microbrewery concept – and the executive chef at The Boston Andover Wyndam Resort Hotel.

Chef Dan Martin is also a graduate of Johnson & Wales Culinary School with over thirty years of experience. Dan was the executive chef at The White Elephant on Nantucket and the executive chef at the Brookside Resort and Golf Club on Cape Cod. Chef Dan is a consulting chef for Essential Chefs and is currently the executive catering chef at the Boston Public Library as part at The Catered Affair. The Boston Public Library hosts many political parties for dignitaries around the world as well as events for famous celebrities.

John and his brother Dan have been in the catering business since 2001. They founded A Hot Dish! – a highly successful catering business on the North Shore of Boston. They sold the business in 2008 and both went to work as executive chefs at The Wyndam and The Catered Affair respectively.

What we can Do ?

We are your first step when planning an event of any type on the North Shore of Boston or Southern New Hampshire. Whether it’s a wedding, dinner party, corporate event, or a simple celebration at home, all you need is Essential Chefs Catering. Chefs John and Dan have a vast amount of experience working with world-class chefs in a variety of restaurant and resort hotels. They have been exposed to and trained in many different types of cuisine and have developed their own style and technique. Their talented staff has a strong passion for food and they are constantly striving for perfection. Their featured menus are only a starting point – a collection of some possibilities. The sky is the limit when creating your special day and we encourage you to work with our chefs to transform your dream event into a delicious reality.

We work with florists, ice sculptors, photographers, lighting consultants, tent companies, etc. – preferred partners that we have worked with over the years at some of the most beautiful venues and private estates throughout MA and NH. They are talented, dedicated and well-respected in their fields. Creating the perfect event is like performing music in a symphony orchestra – it is a team effort and the whole cannot exist without all of the individual players working seamlessly together. Essential Chefs Catering is lucky to have this caliber of players on our team.

Enjoy Culinary Classes in our premiere catering kitchen or in the comfort of your own home. Becoming a great home chef isn’t just about great recipes—it’s about great techniques – Essential Techniques. Our executive chefs show you how to create delicious dishes all year long. From French cuisine to healthy cooking, you can explore a world of cuisines and disciplines.

Essential Chefs Catering expects nothing but the best, and that is what we deliver. For premier North Shore MA and Boston catering, you can count on Chefs John and Dan to be there for you from your first sip to your last bite. We will transform your dream event into a delicious reality.

Essential Chefs Catering Team

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~ John Martin ~ Executive Chef / Owner
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~ Dan Martin ~ Executive Chef / Owner
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~ Jessica Martin ~ Director of Marketing and Social Media