Honest Chef – ready made meals for home

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Honesty is the best policy, especially with food

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The Honest Chef is a new service, operating from Clydebank by John Traynor, former head chef at The Finnieston / Kained Holdings and the person behind the Flock pop ups in Glasgow a few years ago. The aim of The Honest Chef is to provide tasty and healthy ready meals direct to your door so literally no effort is required as all the hard work has already been done by a professional chef, all you need to do is re-heat your chosen meal in the microwave. So perfect in these self isolation, fill up the fridge, can’t even be bothered to order a takeaway days.

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Each one make a healthy dinner-sized portion, coming in a microwaveable container with ingredients and allergens listed as well as cooking times and use by date, so making honest fast food at home couldn’t be any easier.

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The meals on offer will change throughout the year based on seasonality but there will always be a wide choice to pick from. Dishes currently available include:

  • Piri Piri, charred broccoli and sweet potato
  • Hoisin glazed chicken and rice noodles
  • Fanita spiced chicken, roast peppers and basmati rice
  • Aromatic chicken dopiaza with basmati rice
  • lemon and black pepper chicken with basil pesto and wholemeal pasta
  • Pork sausages with mashed potato and onion gravy
  • Three cheese macaroni
  • honey and miso glazed salmon with rice noodles
  • basil chicken meatballs in an arabiata sauce
  • Cajun cod, charred corn and roast sweet potato
  • beef ragu with spaghetti
  • tandoori chickpea curry with jasmine rice
  • turmeric and red chilli butternut squash curry
  • teriyaki chicken
  • tikka spiced salmon


We sampled a few of the meals in our delivery and you can find pictures of all of them below.

the honest chef prawns cold

Firstly, we had Sweet Chilli Prawns (£4) to start (listed as a snack on the website). This was a mix of edamame beans, spring onions & red chilli basmati rice topped with plump prawns. It only needs a couple of minutes in the microwave and then you’re ready to tuck into to the tasty little pot of Asian flavours.

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Next up Piri piri chicken, charred broccoli & sweet potato – spiced chicken breast with sweet potato chunks and tenderstem broccoli.

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And here it is plated-up so you can clearly see the portion size.

the honest chef peri peri chicken cookedFajita Spiced Chicken, Roast Peppers & Basmati Rice – a mildly spiced chunk of chicken with mixed peppers, plenty of rice and a wedge of fresh lime.

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Tikka Spiced Salmon – salmon coated in Indian spices served alongside spinach and spiced potatoes.

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Sirloin steak Served with boiled baby potatoes, fine beans & chimichurri – nicely chargrilled steak that should suit most steak cooking preferences. The chimichurri also has quite a kick!

the honest chef steak cold

Yum yum yum. Boiled potatoes are also Mrs Foodie’s favourite way of cooking potato.

the honest chef steak cooked


All of the meals were quick, tasty and well proportioned. For anyone who struggles with cooking times or needs a helping hand at dinner time, especially if you are home-schooling during these crazy times, then these meals are a godsend. Right now there is also a money off offer, where you can claim 20% off when ordering 10 meals. Simply use the code ‘HONEST20’ at the checkout. Note that the Dine At Home steak boxes & Beef Wellington are excluded (this is different to the steak dish described above). There should be enough variety to appease even the most fussy eaters in your family, find details of all the available dishes here: https://honestchef.co.uk/collections


Honest Chef Website

Nationwide delivery

For Tuesday Delivery: Order by Saturday at 10pm
For Thursday Delivery: Order by Monday at 10pm


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Disclaimer: Fred sez that we received a sample of meals for free, which was great as it meant with the time saved cooking, we could spent more time on belly rubs and dishing out treats.




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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