Chef to cook dinner at my home
For MIL's birthday, we decided that instead of one of us cooking for 17 people or going out to dinner given the fact that SEVEN of us are under the age of 5 and would be bored with a nice long meal that we would try to hire a chef to come and cook her birthday dinner at one of our homes.
We are looking for a chef who would propose a menu, propose wine pairings then would do the final cooking /assembly here. We don't mind shopping for food and wine. If the chef would let MIL watch in the kitchen while (s)he is cooking, it would be awesome. Small cooking pointers to the whole group would even be more appreciated. Mostly, we want good food in a friendly place where there is a big playroom for the kids and beds for them to sleep when they are tired.
It would be for 10 adults, and only 3-4 of the children will be eating the adult food (the rest are too young).
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We ended up looking at each website and talking with the chefs and picked gourmeyeur since his pictures looked more appetising to us. It cost 1055 for 10 people (+ two four year olds that he did not charge for) not counting tip or wine. It was really fun and we loved it. Somethings came already prepared, but a lot more was cooked from scrach in my small kitchen. The chef was very gracious and answered a lot of questions and was happy to give tips about technique and equipment.
Also, on superbossmom's rec. i had the chance to eat at Le Tour du Chef and i have to say that next time we do this i am going to try to strongly suggest to the rest of the family that we hire him. His food is excellent.
Thanks for all the suggestions! My brother in law was suggesting a few more chefs that he had heard about /found online. We are now in the process of interviewing them trying to decide who to pick. I thought it would be a good idea to add the names we found for future searches and more importantly, so that if any of you had a negative experience with one of them you would let us know.
Goumeyer: (he e-mailed a wonderful looking menu)
oh, and a third one with only a phone number, i guess i will skip this one.
Again, thank you so much!