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tarzan69 Jan 27, 2009 02:00 PM

I'd like to hire a chef to come to my home to prepare dinner for a birthday party celebration. It doesn't have to be a cooking class per se but it would be fun if the chef demonstrated a little and talked about the preparation, ingredients, etc. as he cooks our meal. Mostly I'm looking for a great cook that will prepare a meal at my house and help serve it to my guests. Any recommendations in Seattle?

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    bourbongal Feb 6, 2009 07:45 PM

    Maybe check out Diane's Market Kitchen. I just checked out her cooking school in Post Alley a few weeks ago. I'm not sure if she makes 'house calls" but I talked to her briefly about the potential of a corporate event. See her website at

    http://www.dianesmarketkitchen.com/

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      howard 1st Jan 28, 2009 08:38 AM

      the chef who teaches classes at northgate community center (and does wonderful market tours) may be able to help as he is an experienced teacher and demonstrator. contact there is monica wort (206)684-7080

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        RouxBabe Jan 28, 2009 08:29 AM

        I know Jeremy Faber of 'Foraged and Found Edibles' is a trained chef and has been known to offer his culinary services when he's not out in the woods hunting. The only way to contact him that I know of is to visit his booth at either the U District or Ballard Farmers Markets.

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          zoogrrrl Jan 27, 2009 09:28 PM

          How about the chef who owns In Celebration, Vida. She's also a course instructor at PCC. I think someone like her is just what you're looking for!

          1. Big Cicada Jan 27, 2009 06:56 PM

            I would have to say avoid using a "culinary student" at all costs as they will typically bite off more than they can chew and get out on a limb with food they may not be familiar with....plus...are culinary students used to instructing while cooking etc???You COULD try a catering company but i think they will tend to be overly generic.....if you check my profile you can use the email address if you'd like some more information

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              cocktailhour Jan 27, 2009 03:31 PM

              My friend did this for her birthday through Culinary Communion (.com). A chef/teacher came to her house and had a class. We all participated and then ate dinner together. it was a lot of fun and it was designed for her food interests, number of guests, etc. She has the right kitchen set up, too. I am sure you could make it as interactive as you would like. Highly recommended.

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                StripperingGourmet Feb 7, 2009 01:04 PM

                I second Culinary Communion!

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                choweater Jan 27, 2009 02:29 PM

                How much are you looking to spend; how many guests will you have; what type of kitchen/serving area do you have? These are a few of the questions that will be asked to help determine whether you should have a working chef come to your home or if a capable culinary student would suffice. It also depends on what you'd like out of it. A chef will be able to talk about techniques and ingredients, but a cook might have to focus on the preparations more than the "show".

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