Cross-posted from my food blog.
Our whole family has always had a great interest in food and cooking, and my entrepreneurial nephew, Edouard de Martrin Donos(brother of talented Paris-based chef Alexis Braconnier) has parleyed that interest into a brand-new start up in Sydney with two of his friends: a company calledMenuChef, which offers an unusual new service, turning your home into a fabulous venue for a fine dining experience. To explain the concept, the story behind it, and what’s on offer, I invited Edouard onto the blog. Enjoy!
by Edouard de Martrin Donos
My name is Edouard de Martrin Donos, I’m the CEO of menuchef.com.au.
I am a French & Australian entrepreneur, growing up in a large French Australian family that combined the best elements of a successful family reunion: extraordinary dishes & passionate entertaining dinner.
Food & cooking always took a big part of my life as well as that of my whole family (my brother is a celebrity chef in France). I grew up in a family where everyone knows how to cook and shares the same passion of multi-cultural dishes and flavour explosions to bring the true essence to our plates. We always have organised big feasts for family and friends when great food and animated debates were crucial part of these reunions.
I have built my company with two of my friends, Olivier and Chris, who share the same vision and passion of entertaining at home.
We want to share our vision and change the way that people think of dining: why dine-out when you can dine-in?
At MenuChef we believe that professional chefs can get out of their kitchen and give you an exclusive access to their world. We want our customers to experience an extraordinary culinary and entertaining adventure in the comfort of their own venue.
What do we offer?
We offer a private & premium personal chef service where the chef will cook for you and your guests.
Also, we are offering some great culinary experiences to choose from:
Romantic dinner to impress your special someone
Cooking class where the chef comes to you and teach you how to cook your dream dish.
Special events for a unique and tailor-made gourmet catering for any corporate or private function (High Tea, Wedding, Celebration, Seminar, Christmas party, etc..)
How does it work?
We know how tricky it can to host a dinner with the stress of cooking, organising and cleaning. This frees you up so you get all of the the pleasure and none of the pain!
STEP 1: Simply jump on the website, select your menu online based on your taste, inspiration and budget. Book your selected menu based on your selected criteria (cuisine type, chef, menu range).
STEP 2: Your chef will contact you and will do the grocery shopping for you.
STEP 3: The chef will come to your door at the date and time indicated on your booking and will cook for you and your guests.
STEP 4: Your chef will serve you and your guests and clean up before leaving.
How do we select our chefs?
Our chefs are selected based on their cooking skills and professional cooking CVs. We have a strict recruitment process that the chef must follow in order to integrate the menuchef team. The chef’s final selection is done with our critic’s team (Bloggers, critics and menuchef representative will validate the chef during a booking trail).
Once the chef is validated, the chef will establish his/her menus and will set up a profile visible on the website. After a final review, the chef is ready to get his/her first booking for menuchef.