He’s made dinner for Bruce Willis, worked for Martin Scorsese and turned down a pub lunch with Russell Crowe.
He’s Dave Chorley, MD of Pannal film caterers Chorley Bunce Ltd, and the man responsible for filling the stomachs of some of the world’s most famous actors and directors, from George Clooney to Sandra Bullock and Luc Besson.
“I started off as personal chef to Kevin Costner on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. That starstruck me a bit, rubbing shoulders with famous actors – when you’re pulled into that environment, it’s quite a buzz.”
In 1995, he provided food for Bruce Willis and director Luc Besson as they filmed the sci-fi actioner The Fifth Element and, 17 years on, seeing his name on screen is still a treat.
“You get a bit of a legacy from it – there are not many jobs that you do out there, especially in the catering industry, where that’s the case,” he says.
“You’ll be in the credits of those films forever. Even today when I see The Fifth Element, I’m sad enough to sit through the credits to watch my name come up.I put in a lot of time as personal chef to Bruce Willis and a few others – it was a very intense time for me and it’s nice to see it; they roll it out at Christmas quite a bit nowadays.”
Recently he has worked on Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, the forthcoming Sandra Bullock-George Clooney movie Gravity, and Martin Scorsese’s Hugo – which won five Oscars.
“We provide catering to everybody, from Mr Scorsese himself to carpenters and tradesmen building the sets. It’s a family atmosphere, but everyone’s there to do a job and it’s a high-pressure environment.”
That means ensuring they are all well fed – but that’s not all.
“Actors need to control their environment quite precisely,” he says. “Food promotes a mood, so sometimes you will serve something because they are trying to get a mood out of their character.”
Chorley Bunce, established in 1999, is run by Dave and fellow MD, Mark Bunce.