Most people love entertaining. Nothing beats having friends or family over for a special occasion or get-together; anything from a celebratory dinner party or a long, leisurely lunch to a sumptuous Christmas dinner. But do you ever feel you are missing out? The pleasure of feeding one’s guests a selection of fine food can be very rewarding, but for the host or hostess this can be at the expense of half heard anecdotes, missed punch lines and misunderstood points of politics or gossip, as one dashes between kitchen and dining room. Not to mention the frantic search for that last exotic ingredient and hours of preparation over a hot oven.
If you love delicious food, lovingly prepared and exquisitely presented, but do not want to do the cooking yourself, then the new My Chef service could be for you. Hiring a private chef or cook has never been easier – you can simply relax and enjoy your dinner party and let My Chef impress your dinner party guests. My Chef is the latest service from Greycoat Lumleys – a trusted name in household recruitment for over 15 years, so we know a thing or two about good service.
The inspiration for the new My Chef service came from a real gap in the market to provide an innovative, easy way of dining at home. For some time now, the popularity of dining at home has been increasing, equalled by a growing discernment among the food-loving public. The demand for great food is fuelled by a continuous bombardment of beautiful images of exquisite food in magazines and on cookery programmes, in addition to a booming desire for high-end dining.
My Chef fills a gap because it offers stress-free dining at home and makes the experience of high-end dining accessible, without the interminable wait for a high-end restaurant table booking. Clients simply have to choose a chef or cook from one of four levels, which are priced according to expertise – Michelin or rosette experienced chef, personal chef, family cook or cookery school graduate. All the chefs and cooks working with My Chef have been interviewed face to face and been subject to a minimum of two verbal reference checks. They have prior experience working in private households and bespoke environments and are used to working to the highest standards. My Chef has a wide database of thoroughly checked chefs and cooks at all levels.
The service encompasses all the needs of the client, from menu planning to shopping, cooking, serving and clearing up, all through one booking and within a budget to suit them. Clients can benefit from all the personal contact and attention to detail associated with having a personal chef or cook. So if you are looking for something more exclusive and bespoke than the food offered by run-of-the-mill catering companies, then hiring through My Chef could be the answer.
Michelin and rosette experienced chefs
For anyone with a love of food, who demands elegance, sophistication and a perfectly executed menu, booking a Michelin or rosette experienced chef cannot fail to impress.
Personal chefs are dedicated to their craft and offer a professional experience for clients who want a special occasion to be made truly memorable with perfectly executed dishes, beautifully presented.
My Chef offers a huge variety of family cooks, with equally varied experience. My Chef’s family cooks are happy to cater for dinner parties, holidays and shooting parties, whether they are formal or informal events.
Cookery school graduates
Our cookery school graduates have recently undertaken a cookery course at a reputable school; they will possess good, basic cookery skills and are often flexible and happy to muck in with other household responsibilities.