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Personal Chef for Mom's 65th Birthday Dinner


My mom is currently undergoing chemo and rather than taking her out for dinner to Joe Beef or Europea as we'd planned, we were hoping to find a great personal chef to come and cook a meal for the six of us to celebrate!

Any thoughts, suggestions? It seems like a tough one to find - have been searching on this forum, yelp, etc - without any real luck. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

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  1. I live in the SW of the USA and cannot be of specific help to you finding a personal chef since I do not know your area .......... however, I taught at a professional culinary institute in the US. We were forever getting requests for personal chef gigs. They could be a one-of-a-kind evening or longer term. The staff had first dibs on these and often, we would recommend a particular (advanced) student so you might try calling a school in your area. My other thought is to ask a specific restaurant to cater your special dinner. You mentioned two and perhaps one of them could fufill your request. Good luck, please let us know how this goes. I also hope that someone in your region pipes up with more specific suggestions.
    PS - your mom is lucky to have you in her corner.

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    1. re: Sherri

      Dear Sherri,

      Thank you so much! These are great suggestions! I really appreciate it. Will let you know how things go!

      All the best!

    2. I have not used such services but you might give a call to Jonathon Cheung at Appetite Books as he would have an idea of what goes on foodwise in city

      1. Check out this previous thread. It may give you some leads.

        1. What kind of food does your Mother like.Is she adventurous or are you looking more for comfort food. You do have a good choice here in Montreal.

          1. Instead of "personal chef" you might want to try searching here for "caterer," "catering" and the like.

            Also if Joe Beef or Europea were the initial plans. You could also call up either the Ferrer group and/or David MacMillan and co. explain the situation and ask if they have anybody that they would recommend.

            And finally, I hope that your mom comes through with flying colors.

            1. Maybe this isn't as exotic as you'd wanted, but at the very least APDC always does take-out orders of most menu items.

              1. You could try www.mchef.com by Chef Marie-Dominique Rail. She has an amazing bubbly personality and is quite talented.

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                1. re: daviiiiiid

                  thats an interesting suggestion to bookmark + I am going to try her scalloped potato recipe! A bubbly chef who entertains at the piano as well, could make for memorable evening!

                2. You might want to contact the professional cooking schools in Montreal and see if they have recommendations. A good caterer would be able to coordinate a meal of this nature for you. As well if you were not against reheating you could go to a caterer and restaurant and order a special meal. I'm sure your Mom will enjoy her special dinner, you sound like a very considerate and caring family.

                  1. Dear All,

                    Thank you all so much for your thoughts and advice on this. I wound up taking your advice and making a personal appeal to one of the restaurants and they made a special exception and came to the house to cook for my mom. It was a truly magical, delicious, once in a lifetime meal.

                    Thank you all for your help in making this happen.

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                    1. re: HCooper

                      Thank you for the update HCooper, it sounds like a wonderful evening and a very special birthday dinner for your Mum.

                      1. re: HCooper

                        I am so pleased that you took the leap and called a restaurant for your special birthday celebration. I'm even happier that it worked out so well. The restaurant deserves a nod for their willingness to help - good for them. But mostly good for you for making a "truly magical, delicious, once in a lifetime meal" happen for your mom. That kind of celebration is pretty damned special, as are you.
                        Edit: As a cary-carrying mom to some grown sons, I am getting all sniffly thinking about what a lovely thing you did.

                      2. glad you found a positive outcome in your quest to celebrate your mom at home with great food, appreciate the feedback!