‘Skip-the-Dishes of private events’: Chef-at-home business launches in Okanagan

Soon after additional than 10 many years operating in the cafe field alongside Okanagan chefs, Jeremy Cummins knew there was a lot more to the culinary encounter than just having out.

Cummins and 4 some others from Kelowna made a decision that the Okanagan was a desired destination that could host a form of turn-crucial chef-at-residence idea.

For these hunting for an intimate dining working experience, it would be as uncomplicated as heading to Chezyou.net and scheduling a chef or party for their distinctive occasion.

“We have a database of chefs dependent in the Okanagan, who use regional foodstuff as a lot as they can,” spelled out Cummins. “The business will service all of the Okanagan, from Kelowna to Vernon, to Revelstoke and Big White.”

The business enterprise just released this November, but the firm is by now scheduling functions. Quickly to occur will be chef profiles, so shoppers can lookup out different culinary activities that they could possibly be craving.

“We will be teaming up with local wineries as properly. For example, if you really like Crown and Thieves food items, you can e book their chef to appear to do a wine-paired meal with the Crown and Burglars wine and chef,” said Cummins.

Availability will be dependent on the chefs and their schedules.

Cummins thinks the chef-at-household principle is a person that is really sought after in the Okanagan but understood sourcing a chef for birthday or Xmas functions was no effortless endeavor, and that gave way to a sector for a style of scheduling agent that could offer this company.

“We want to be that 1-prevent-shop for folks wanting to seek the services of for occasions,” he claimed. “We contemplate ourselves the Skip-the-Dishes of private gatherings.”

Chez You chef Lucas Istace prepares dinner for a private party of 10 in West Kelowna. (Chez You/Submitted)

Chez You chef Lucas Istace prepares supper for a private social gathering of 10 in West Kelowna. (Chez You/Submitted)

Cummins says Chez You also provides servers, hosts, cleansing staff and sommeliers if the consumer is fascinated in web hosting a larger celebration.

This principle didn’t just catch the eyes of customers either, as nearby cooks have been also keen on the idea. Chez You supplies a contract-type prospect for chefs, for them to produce their own plan and get the job done as significantly or as tiny as they want.

“Chefs ended up also intrigued in the means to make their possess menus as effectively as perform facial area-to-confront with visitors, which they might not have although doing work in a cafe kitchen,” explained Cummins.

Now, there are about 25 unique chefs to select from in just the Okanagan and Chez You is usually searching for additional to indication up.

Other possibilities the enterprise is on the lookout into is to go further than bringing a chef to your house, this sort of as owning a chef vacation on a household getaway to destinations like Mexico or absent on a retreat.

The rate for a non-public eating encounter ranges from $40 a human being for an intimate tapas food to a thing as extravagant as $250 a man or woman, for a 4-study course food party.

Born and bred in the Okanagan, Chez You hopes to go national and then into the U.S. by upcoming spring.

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