Tuesday, April 02, 2013

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A private, unique and memorable dining experience for your guests at your next dinner party doesn’t have to mean booking a reservation at an upscale restaurant or finding somebody good enough to cook for a crowd (if a group of eight to twelve can be considered a crowd). And that’s thanks to Chef’d Up, a startup founded by three Harvard guys: David Snider, John Feeney and David Werry.

With Chef’d Up, you get to bring home premier chefs in the Boston area that include Danya Bader-Natal, a former Clio chef, Katie Barry, former Rialto chef and currently with Lumiere, and Jitti Chaithiraphant, formerly with Radius and Lumiere and now with Franklin Café South End. Chef’d Up has a total of 10 chefs in its roster at the moment.

To book a chef for your event, first, browse through the chef’s profiles, including reviews from previous guests who have experienced receiving the chefs in their homes. Once you’ve selected a chef, you’re ready to provide the initial details of your event on a request form. Your chef will then contact you to discuss the event, the menu and the event price. Once the details are in place, your chef will confirm the agreed-upon event price in the Chef’d Up system, and you finalize the booking by paying via the site prior to the scheduled event.

On the day of the event, your chef will acquire the ingredients, prepare the meals in your kitchen, even clean up if you wish, allowing you to concentrate on hosting.

Chef’d Up, according to co-founder Snider, is a unique way to make high-end dining accessible to a larger part of the population.

Except for a $5,000 award from Harvard Business School’s FIELD program, Chef’d Up is mostly bootstrapped. The company makes money by receiving a portion of the fee paid to book a chef.

[Via - NicheGeek.com]

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