AUTHENTIC, TRADITIONAL ITALIAN CUISINE in North Yorkshire 

Inspired by traditional Italian family cooking and values, The Fat Chef operates a range of high quality restaurants and cafes across North Yorkshire. 
 
Customers can expect the finest ingredients, authentic recipes and a warm welcome, 
with all dishes freshly prepared in the kitchen by a passionate team of experienced chefs. 
 
FAT CHEF 
RESTAURANTS 
A friendly, traditional Italian restaurant in the heart of Helmsley, Gepetto’s has been part of the community for nearly 20 years. It’s the place to go for authentic, affordable and delicious Italian cuisine, made with passion using the finest fresh ingredients 
The Owl House isn’t your ordinary attraction café! Nestled inside the National Centre for Birds of Prey in Helmsley, it serves up a range of freshly made soups, sandwiches, snacks and cakes, alongside freshly made coffee, roasted locally in Malton. Customers can expect lovely homemade dishes, utilising the finest local ingredients wherever possible. 
OPENING TUESDAY 1ST AUGUST 
La Pizzeria is a new concept restaurant from The Fat Chef. Based in Malton, North Yorkshire, La Pizzeria serves authentic Neapolitan pizza and oven baked Italian classics, all cooked in the traditional way in a wood fired oven. This is informal dining at its finest – high quality cooking, the best ingredients and a warm, friendly environment. 
FRESHNESS 
 
All dishes prepared from scratch, using the finest locally sourced ingredients, alongside high quality, authentic produce imported from Italy. 
QUALITY 
 
Delicious food, cooked with care, passion, and attention to detail.. 

Our mission is to bring customers delicious, authentic food made from scratch using high quality, carefully sourced ingredients. 

Whilst our menus are always evolving, our values will never change – it’s about quality food that everyone can enjoy, prepared with passion and served in a friendly, welcoming environment. 
CHARACTER 
 
Informal family dining in a relaxed, warm and informal environment, where everyone is welcome. 
 
AUTHENTICITY 
 
Unpretentious, delicious cuisine, cooked in the traditional way, with no shortcuts. 
 
 
 
Born in South Africa, Francois started working in restaurants aged 14, and has been in the kitchen ever since. He left South Africa for England in 2005 and it was here, in the narrow galley kitchen of a London Italian restaurant that he first gained the nickname The Fat Chef. Whilst the weight may be long gone, the name has stuck! 
At the end of 2016, Francois began working on La Pizzeria, an exciting new Italian restaurant concept in Malton which is due to open on Tuesday 1st August 2017. 
Meet Francois 
The Fat Chef is owned and operated by Francois Strydom, a charismatic, experienced chef with a real passion for food, and a flair for Italian cooking. 
 
 
As The Fat Chef Company developed, the focus of the business changed, and Francois took over his first café in 2015 - The Owl House Café at The National Bird of Prey Centre in Helmsley. In 2016, the business expanded again, to include Gepetto’s Italian. 
After honing his craft for several years in restaurants across the country, Francois became head chef at Jamie’s Italian in York. In 2013, he founded The Fat Chef Company, initially as an event catering business and restaurant consultancy. 
As The Fat Chef Company developed, the focus of the business changed, and Francois took over his first café in 2015 - The Owl House Café at The National Bird of Prey Centre in Helmsley. In 2016, the business expanded again, to include Gepetto’s Italian.