A CHEF from Salisbury who has cooked for a host of showbiz stars is starting a pop-up restaurant in the city called Talk Eat Laugh.

Rachel Muse first turned to food after graduating with a degree in maths and finding no jobs on offer.

Retraining, she became a patisserie chef before taking up positions at busy hotels in Reading and Knightsbridge and a private household in London.

Over the years she has travelled around the world, preparing dishes for Formula 1 drivers, musicians, sportsmen and actors on private islands in the Caribbean and yachts in the Mediterranean.

Now 20 years after first training to become a chef, she has returned home to Salisbury and is involved with creating a fine dining experience either in an individual’s home or at St Thomas’s House in the city centre.

She said: “The aim is to provide interesting food that wouldn't be found on a restaurant menu.

“It’s been going really well so far and I’ve had several bookings for private dining and catering for events as an unexpected spin-off.

“When people arrive, there are canapés and a glass of bubbly and then there’s fresh, interesting and delicious food around a big shared table alongside home-made beers and a selection of wines.

“Being a patisserie chef, on top of being a chef, all roads lead to pudding so it’s important for guests to leave room for whatever sweet delights follow the main course.”

Seats cost around £35, which includes all food and drink throughout the evening.

For more details call 07442 250888, email TalkEatLaugh@hotmail.com, visit @chefsalisbury on Twitter or look up Talk Eat Laugh on Facebook.