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Getting chefs to do romantic dinners at your home.

BuggySer Jan 18, 2007 06:01 PM

Hi guys,
I was wondering if anyone knew of any chefs in the GTA area that would do romantic dinners for two? If so do you know the type of food and costs etc.? I'm wondering if I could afford it for Valentine's for my bf.? Thanks, and has anyone ever done this before?

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    sweetspotlee RE: BuggySer Jan 19, 2007 01:03 AM

    I don't know of any off hand, especially if you want them on Valentine's Day specifically (not sure based on your posting) - then they'd have to leave their fully-booked restaurant, and I highly doubt that would happen.

    However, on a given regular night, this is possible. If hiring a reputable/marquee chef, I'd expect a dinner for two like that to run you somewhere between $500 and $1000 (chef's time, product, etc.) but this is just a guess.

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      Non Doctor RE: sweetspotlee Jan 19, 2007 01:37 AM

      Yes... it's a bit more than that... for a "name" Chef on a normal night you'd be talking $2,500 plus plus...

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        sweetspotlee RE: Non Doctor Jan 19, 2007 02:28 AM

        I'm not surprised. The figure I gave was ballparked by a very reputable restaurateur I know, but I had a feeling his quote was low. Thanks for the more accurate projection.

    2. pescatarian RE: BuggySer Jan 19, 2007 02:33 AM

      Does it have to be a chef with a restaurant? There are a lot of personal chefs out there these days. Perhaps someone on here knows some good ones?

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        SallyCinnamon RE: BuggySer Jan 19, 2007 12:38 PM

        Here is a link to the Canadian Personal Chef Association. I think there are lots of chefs out there that will do that. If you do a google seach for personal chef you will get lots of websites that you can search on.


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          chefworm RE: BuggySer Jan 19, 2007 05:04 PM

          speaking as a professional chef, if i had any time off, i would gladly do private dinners. the only problems being that this business dictates that i am usually working every night and that it is even harder for me to get time off as i run a small restaurant. the canadian personal chef association is a good choice for these functions.

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            Ice Queen RE: BuggySer Jan 19, 2007 05:16 PM

            Years ago, Senses (on bloor) used to have a "do it yourself" Valentine's dinner, where they packaged everything you need and told you how to prepare it/heat it up at home.

            Wonder if they still do that?

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              jamesm RE: BuggySer Jan 19, 2007 05:20 PM

              There is this. But I'm not sure how romantic having David Adjey's creepy head hanging around your dinner would be.


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                Cereal Killer RE: jamesm Jan 25, 2007 08:29 AM

                Funny on many different levels. If DA is a consideration, you might want to read this thread first: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/363197

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                twobyfour RE: BuggySer Jan 25, 2007 08:04 AM

                North 44 does catering and I've been told they are more reasonable than you'd think for such a prominent restaurant. give them a call

                1. Leslieville RE: BuggySer Jan 26, 2007 03:20 PM

                  I have used Tastings Catering for parties and for a dinner in my home. Their food is wonderful, and I have no qualms in reccomending them. They also do Christmas dinners at home, something to store away for future use! Give them a call at 416-446-0400, I'm sure you'll be as pleased as I am.

                  1. mainja RE: BuggySer Jan 26, 2007 03:30 PM

                    i know this sounds odd, but i think a place to check out is craigslist.

                    i have see personal chefs advertising on there, and i would imagine they would give you a sampling before you buy and probably have references...

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                      Lenova RE: BuggySer Jan 29, 2007 05:08 AM

                      I don't know about the GTA area but Mike Benninger of Burlington http://www.thymemanagement.ca
                      is an excellent personal chef
                      and very reasonable.
                      Has anyone else ever used his service?
                      He's been on CityTV's Breakfast Televison and CH Morning live

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                        BuggySer RE: BuggySer Feb 1, 2007 08:21 AM

                        Wow I haven't been on the site in a while, thank you for the flood of replies! I'm glad to know what you guys have to say because there was this person on Craig's List that was advertising home cooked dinners for like $300...and I was very doubtful because I never heard of something like it, much less something that cheap. Probably won't do it for Valentine's esp. if it's that pricey...but I was thinking maybe more of a personal chef than a restauranteur...and we're not that picky to have a "brand-name" chef....but I was thinking it was a nice idea. Thanks again guys!

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                          ztas RE: BuggySer Feb 15, 2007 03:35 PM

                          I personally would recommend

                          Chef Jono at www.chefjono.ca
                          Chef Carmen at www.amusebouche.ca

                          both of them are great


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