Matt Phelps started Funthyme in 2011 with a view to reinvent what at the time was a very standardised event catering and wedding market. With a history that combines food and marketing, Matt can interpret catering briefs and respond with personalised and creative food and event styling concepts.
Matt took some time out before he started Funthyme to work in restaurants around the country and has managed catering operation in the luxury market since his early 20’s. Matt has a defined food style. It can best be described as celebratory, natural and bold bringing together ingredients, techniques and recipes from Europe and beyond. Matt is a pioneer of the sharing style food format.
Funthyme works with an established team of events managers, chefs and service assistants. However, keeping true to his brand Matt is undoubtedly the face of Funthyme and your point of call from the initial enquiry through to the creative process and tasting. You’ll typically find Matt managing the kitchen on events but don’t be surprised to find him running front of house operations where he is equally at home.
Matt lives in Walthamstow with his partner and baby Raf. He is obsessed with anchovies and he doesn’t like porridge.Contact Matt
"From the quote, all the way through to the day itself, dealing with Matt and Funthyme was an absolute breeze and it was brilliant not to have any concerns about this aspect of the wedding - we knew we were safe in their hands. The feedback on the food was that it was the best anyone had ever had at a wedding and the staff were friendly, efficient and 100% in control of the day. Without Funthyme, Matt and his team the wedding really wouldn’t have been the huge success that it was and I couldn’t recommend them more. Thank-you!"
Ali & Jim
"Just a quick email as we emerge from this weekend to let you know that the food and service was absolutely fantastic. Everyone was delighted and still keeps complimenting the food, from the canapés to the cake, it very much impressed and rightly so, it was delicious. It has been a pleasure working with you. "
Alice & Sunil
"We have had such great feedback from everyone about the food and a couple of friends have recommended you already to others. We cannot thank you enough for the most amazing wedding and your continued support. You really made it everything we always wanted and couldn't have imagined a better meal."
Anita & Henry
"Thank you for providing the catering for our wedding – the food was delicious, the service was excellent and the staff were lovely. We were so lucky with the weather and I think everyone had a good time, so we’re now left with loads of wonderful photographs, full bellies and happy memories!"
Anna & Joe
"The food. What can I say? I heard the word "Michelin" being used and comments like "this is the best food I've ever tasted at a wedding". People are still raving about the lamb racks which were cooked perfectly. Beyond all of this, you've been a great guy to work with - friendly, professional, trustworthy and with lots of ideas. I am so pleased we opted to go with you. You did a stellar job. Many thanks for everything."
Ben & Maleen
"Funthyme provided not only great food but also great service for our creative workshop, they set up and served food unobtrusively and on time. The food itself was really tasty, well presented and great value. Many thanks Matt."
"Just wanted to say thank you for yesterday. The food was excellent and we had many compliments throughout the night - the menu really worked well together. The staff were also very nice and professional and we had good comments on that as well."
Dave & Gareth
"Funthyme's Carnival inspired jerk BBQ menu was a delicious addition to our VIP Diesel Island Ambassador's House party and the team were a pleasure to work with."
"Thank you so much for providing the forest canapés for our Kopparberg event last night. Your beautiful food was my highlight of the night."
"Just wanted to drop you a line and say THANK YOU! It was amazing to work with your team and eat all your delicious food. It was a beautiful feast- and you could really feel all the love and effort your team put into it. Thanks for putting up with my daily emails :) Hope to work in London with you again soon!"
"LOVE working with you guys! X"
"Honestly, I can't thank you enough Matt. People won't stop talking about how amazing the food was. Totally exceed our (high) expectations, we won't ever forget it. "
Jessie & Tom
"Thank you for everything. Our guests raved about the food. They told us (and continue to tell us) that it was the best wedding food they'd ever had! Not only was the food delicious but we loved your approach to the whole event - you helped us so much and provided so many excellent suggestions, whilst never imposing anything and allowing us to keep it personal to us."
Joanna & Arpi
"I’m sending you a proper thank you card in the post but just wanted to drop you a line to say ‘wow' – the food was so incredible, exactly how we wanted it to be. It was such a big part of our day and the guests LOVED it! And your team were excellent too, please pass on or thanks."
Laura & Adam
"Thank you SO MUCH for all your fantastic work done over the weekend! Your staff were all so friendly, the presentation of the meals was lovely and most importantly, the food was delicious!"
"Thanks so much for everything at the Reebok event, the food was great! We will definitely be in touch for any future events as you did such a great job."
"It was definitely one of the most memorable meals I’ve ever had and I’m sure many people will have felt the same. You aced on conceptual brilliance, taste, originality and visual delight. The service and swiftness was great too so well done, well done! What a triumph! We’d love to work with you again soon so will be in touch with a proposal. "
The School of LIfe
"I just wanted to say an enormous thank you for being so amazing to work with - ace people, professional and impressive. The canapés were gorgeous."