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Are you thinking about hiring a private chef? Perhaps you have a special occasion coming up, or you want to wow your family and friends at your next dinner party. If yes, there are several factors you need to consider before you decide who to hire.

From determining your needs to deciding your budget, read on to discover our top five tips for hiring a private chef.

Think About What you Want

Before you even start searching for private chefs online, you first need to determine what it is that you want and need from them.

Do you need a private chef for a single event, or do you want one on a more long-term basis? You can find private chefs offering a wide range of services, such as dinner parties, date nights, and parties, so you need to be clear about what you want before booking.

Set a Budget

Private chefs can be expensive, so it can be a good idea to set a budget from the get-go. Having a budget from the start will prevent you from getting carried away with all the delicious delicacies and innovative creations that your private chef will try to tempt you with.

In general, a buffet-style event will cost less than catering for a sit-down meal, so this is worth considering if your funds are somewhat limited.

Do Your Research

If you conduct a quick Google search, you will see a multitude of private chef services online for you to choose from. While this may seem like a good thing, many of these private chefs will not offer a high-quality service, which is why you must do your research and discern the best.

Ask family and friends for recommendations, read online reviews and customer testimonials, and speak to the chef directly if in doubt. A good chef will have a proven track record of happy clients, so use others’ recommendations and opinions to guide you in selecting the ideal chef for your needs.

Make a List of any Dietary Requirements

If you are hosting an event that requires a private chef, you must make a list of any allergies or dietary requirements that your guests have.

While most private chefs will offer a variety of different menu options, including vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free, it is always worth checking before you sign on the dotted line.

You may also want to ask for sample menus to see what types of dishes they can offer your guests with specific dietary requirements.

Ask About Their Suppliers

If you are going to the expense of hiring a private chef, you want to ensure they source the best ingredients.

Don’t be afraid to ask about who their suppliers are. For example, ask if they use local suppliers. Local suppliers tend to offer quality, fresher ingredients, and reliable service – not to mention supporting local businesses is important in the modern day.

If a private chef is not forthcoming about where they source their ingredients, this strongly indicates they might not be the right choice for your event.


Get in Touch!

After reading our top 5 tips for hiring a private chef, we hope that DinnerWithShaun is the perfect chef for you and your big event.

Contact Shaun and his team today to book your event in !


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