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Chef for all Seasons? Deal through teambuy today(Nov 26). $75 for chef at home for 2 people

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Has anyone used the "Chef for All Seasons" for at home catering/chef before? This seems like a good deal but it is still $75 so I don't want to waste money if it isn't a great service:

(This link is only valid today - November 26, 2009 so if you click on this another day you will see a different deal of the day)

How much do people typically tip for these at home services? I guess it depends on service quality but is there an expectation of a minimum of 15%?

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  1. This sounds like a fabulous deal to me. If only I could come up with an occassion, I'd be all over this.

    1. huh. sounds like an awesome deal! The groceries are included, which is pretty darn good. Would make a nice gift for someone -- now to ponder who...

      1. Thanks for the tip. I just bought one of these as a gift for my dad.

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        1. re: Toronto Chower

          I used Chadd McArthur a couple of years ago. As a gift, I worked with Chadd to customize a 5-course menu for my SO's parents in their home. I never personally met Chadd and didn't personally taste his creations, but the reports were very favourable. He arrived on time, armed with food and whatever equipment he needed. He set up in their kitchen, allowed them to observe him at work, served a fabulous dinner then cleaned up and packaged the leftovers and left them in the fridge, to be enjoyed the next day. The evening was a great success (my SO's parents provided wines from their cellar). I paid for the evening (and tip) in advance, by credit card, but normally there would be a 50% deposit, with the remainder (plus tip) due at the conclusion of the event. I'd call on Chadd again in a heartbeat. He was very professional, communicative and open to suggestions.

          I don't recall how much we tipped, but we were generous. He was a one-man show that night. Even though I wasn't present at the dinner, I expected that as chef, server and dishwasher he was quite busy. For his efforts, I probably tipped 25% or so.

        2. Can also confirm the quality...very good! My wife got him to come last year as my Christmas gift, this deal is HOT. Here are some of the dishes


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          1. re: Wil

            Wil, did you intend for all four photos to be identical? Not that the salad isn't gorgeous, but ... You might want to try a second post for the remaining photos.

          2. I'm curious what types of dishes would be offered for such a low price. I checked out the website and his menus sound fabulous, but at $75 for 2 people, I wonder what would be served? Has anyone spoken to him directly about this offer specifically?

            1. ahahah, it got posted on RFD and the deal was done 2 hours later... I managed to get one and was pondering a second. Hopefully, it'll be nice/good!

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              1. re: jlunar

                Yeah, I didn't post on RFD this morning because I knew it would sell out very quickly and I wanted people here to get a chance. I also ordered one but was debating about a second one. I figured better to spread the wealth. Someone else posted it on RFD but I was planning on posting it there around the same time this afternoon. I hope others on here got in and ordered as well. I am definitely keeping an eye on that site (They also did the "District Bistro" $40 gc for $20 a few days ago. Seems like they have had a bunch of food/restaurant promos in the past too.

                1. re: ylsf

                  yeah, it's a site to watch for sure! I added them to my twitter list. we'll see if anything else pops up that's good (noticed the District GC as well).

                  1. re: ylsf

                    District Bistro deal is back on! But I posted at RFD already, so git on it if you want it.

                    1. re: jlunar

                      7:45 am and sold out? maybe i'm looking in the wronog place but it doesn't show up in today's deals...

                      1. re: chocabot

                        Are you looking for the $40 for $20 GC? that one is live to me right now. The "Chef For All Seasons" sold out yesterday...

                        1. re: jlunar

                          sorry, i misunderstood, i thought you meant the chef deal was back on...

                      2. re: jlunar

                        Thanks for letting us know! I just signed up for one. My one experience with District was just okay, but for $20 off I figure I can give them another try.

                        1. re: jlunar

                          Did you receive notice at midnight? I still haven't heard from them.

                          1. re: drjolt

                            I didn't buy the District one, but for the chef for all seasons, I got an email and a link to a printable coupon.

                    2. Wow, thanks for the tip - I had never heard of teambuy before. I signed up and ordered two for Christmas gifts.

                      1. Thanks for the Teambuy info! I bought one just now, but according to the order confirmation I received, mine was only the 27th one sold?!
                        Here's a question: it says that only 1 giftcard per person, but does that mean 1 per table also?

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                        1. re: Chocolatemama

                          Just found the answer to my own question. It says on the site that each person dining at your table can use a gift card! This makes it an even better deal than I thought. I bought another one for my husband, meaning that we will get $80 worth of food for only $40! Also, because they had this offer just a few days ago, everyone who orders today will get what they want (unless orders surpass the maximum).