We’re the bear family.

My Family

I live in Sheffield, England, with my wife Claire bear, our daughter Alice bear, our son Bradley bear, our granddaughter Isabelle bear and our furry spotty bear, Basil, our Dalmatian. I’m super grateful to have a loving family and cherish our time together. When we have our extended family around, cooking at home is like a PopUp restaurant operation which I love.

Food I love.

Influenced by my travels and working on Super yachts for 15 years, I love to cook food from all over the world.

My favorite food is Thai and Japanese whilst I could never be far away from a good old Sunday roast dinner. I also love Italian, French, Spanish, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican and of course, British cuisine.

I love to travel, see different cuisines, and see how they embrace there own unique food cultures. On my travels, one thing is noticeably, people love to come together and share great food and have good times.

That’s why I love Thai food, the culture of street food and its people, amaze me. It’s a great culture of beautiful people who share food that is so fresh and so tasty. 

My ambition for PopUp Chef

Bringing people together to experience good times. For me, life is to be cherished and my aim is to create catering events to remember. 


Wild Mushroom Arancini

I recently taught on my first PopUp Chef cookery masterclass, these wonderful wild mushroom and mascarpone arancini risotto balls. Risotto balls, full of wild mushrooms, creamy mascarpone and parmesan, make these arancini balls a real delight to eat. Classically they...

Whisky Cappuccino

This is another classic dish from Nobu. The famous whisky Cappuccino. If you have not had the pleasure of trying this dessert, you are in for a treat. There are 4 parts to this dessert, the coffee creme brulee, the chocolate & coffee biscuit, vanilla ice cream and...

Bread & Butter Pudding

Here's a beautiful family style Bread & Butter pudding I made at work recently, an English classic dessert. My mum and Nan have been asking for months since lockdown to make them one, sorry, it's coming soon. 🙂 This great Bread & Butter pudding recipe will...

Goat Cheese Fritters

Goats Cheese fritters with sweet red onion marmalade and dill yoghurt. Delicious, crunchy and creamy, these fritters are great for a canape or sexy starter. Simply mix the goat's cheese with the other ingredients in a bowl. Roll the goat's cheese mixture into small...

Chicken Tikka Masala

The best Chicken Tikka masala recipe. The secret is marinating your chicken for as long as possible. Overnight will produce great flavours for the chicken tikka. You can also make the masala sauce the day before for amazing results. Everyone knows that a curry always...

Peshwari Naan

If you've not had Peshwari naan before, it's a surprisingly delicious addition to a normal naan, it's sweet, nutty and the coconut gives it a unique taste. Fantastic served with my Chicken Tikka Masala recipe. I personally love coconut so once I tried this Peshwari...

Spicy Beef Samosas

Spicy and crispy beef samosas are delicious with sweet chilli sauce or for a mezze lunch with grilled flatbread and hummus. The spicy beef filling with cumin, coriander, chilli, garlic and pine nuts make these little morsels an absolute delight. You can make the the...

Yakitori Grilled Baby Chicken

Baby grilled yakitori chicken is so delicious. Succulent and super tasty with the yakitori glaze. Serve with steamed jasmine rice and grilled asparagus. Have a little extra yakitori sauce to drizzle more over the chicken and rice. The Yakitori sauce recipe is the real...

Sushi with my Family

Japanese food is an art form and even though I'd say I'm pretty good at making sushi, I am by no means a master. Sushi masters take 5 to 10 years to earn that title. Fresh sushi and sashimi are all about quality ingredients. You need the best fresh fish, the best rice...

Smoked Aubergine Salad

This is a healthy salad that is great as a mezze side dish. Smoky, lemony and full of flavour. This would be perfect with a nice grilled piece of fish such as Sea bass or Sea trout. Or if you are vegetarian, a mezze platter of falafel, hummus, grilled flatbread and...

Thai boat soup in Bangkok, 2017.

Chef Paul aka PopUp Chef

After 15 years of working in the Super-yacht industry, chef Paul is now back home, in the city of Sheffield, UK.

It has been his honour and pleasure to have cooked for royalty, presidents, billionaire business tycoons and A-list celebrities.

Now offering online cooking courses, PopUp Chef events and Dine out at-home dinners.

Chef Paul’s passion is bringing people together to enjoy delicious food and create happy cherished memories. 




Bringing gourmet dining to your home.

Enjoy a delicious top class food experience courteous of PopUp Chef’s take out service.



Thank you, chef. I loved the beetroot salad, boneless chicken wings and beef cigars.

The whole roast Sea Bass was delicious, so good.

Can you come and work for me? 🙂

Lionel Richie

This food was amazing tonight the samosas were to die for, the lamb so tender from the popadoms to dessert delicious
Thank you, Paul, for your hard work
Jean Bradshaw

Paul, the food was top draw. I cannot thank you enough and I will 100% be using you again and will recommend you to all my friends. 

Price was an absolute bargain. Thank you.

Craig Short