Hiring A Private Chef for Your Holiday

This could be a perfect compromise on a self catering holiday.

If you are reluctant to put your cooking skills to the test for a fortnight, or simply prefer not to worry about what is for dinner every night, hiring a private chef could be the solution.

Self catering breaks have been traditionally associated with holidays on a budget, and basic cooking facilities. However, as upmarket self catering accommodation has become more widely available, many people have begun to add a luxurious touch to their holiday by arranging for a personal chef to do the cooking for them.

What are the benefits of hiring a chef for your holiday?

Apart from the obvious benefit of being able to relax instead of preparing meals, hiring a chef for your self catering holiday has a number of benefits. In the majority of cases, you will be able to specify exactly what the chef’s work will include. This means that you can leave the responsibility of shopping, menu planning and even washing up to someone else. An added bonus is that professionally trained chefs can whip up gourmet treats that most of us can only dream of creating, so that you can enjoy restaurant quality food, in the comfort of your holiday accommodation.

Of course, you don’t have to employ the chef to cook every meal you eat during your holiday. You might be happy to handle breakfast yourself, or prefer to eat out on several occasions. In some cases, you may even want to hire the chef for one special meal only – for example if you plan to invite guests to visit your villa or apartment for a dinner party.

Are there any downsides to hiring a chef for your holiday?

The main downside to hiring a chef for your holiday is the cost – and depending on your preferences, this service can be expensive. This, however, is the only real downside – any other concerns, such as whether the chef’s cooking style will suit your tastes can be dealt with by a thorough interview process (see below).

Top Tips for Hiring a Chef

  • There are numerous agencies which specialise in supplying private chefs for events and holidays. Although their services come at a cost, they put their employees through strict testing processes and perform background checks – which is vital, as you will be letting a stranger into your holiday home.
  • Other options for finding chefs include advertising in newspapers and magazines, or through the Internet. Should you prefer to find your chef without assistance from an agency, be sure to check references and ask short-listed chefs to cook a meal for you, so that you can test their skills.
  • Anyone you hire to cater for you should hold current Food Handling Certification, which means that they have passed a course in hygiene and food safety.
  • Try to build up a strong idea of what you will want from your chef. Ask yourself questions such as “What kind of food do my family like to eat?” “Do I want the chef to use local ingredients?” “Does anyone have any specific dietary needs which have to be catered for?

We would like to know your thoughts on this – Have your hired a chef for your holiday or would you consider it?

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