Zest X LDN – Private Chefs

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What To Consider When Booking A Private Chef In London

Booking a private chef allows you to enjoy an appetizing menu that’s tailored to your specific needs for any number of occasions. Whether it’s for a dinner party, birthday, wedding, graduation, or any other special celebration, there are a few things to consider during the hiring process.

The following guide outlines what you should factor in before booking a private chef in London and beyond.

Reviews

Reading a private chef’s reviews is the easiest and best way to determine if they’re the right choice for your special occasion. Reviews can come through via Google or third-party sites such as Hometainment, Poptop and Dineindulge as well as Trustpilot. It’s also important to make sure you look at the actual private chefs personal reviews as opposed to the 3rd parties company reviews!

By the time your personal chef for the evening arrives to work their magic at the dinner party, they should already have a good relationship with you as the client. As such, a bad review often means something worth writing about occurred, which is a red flag to note.

When reading private chef reviews you should look out for things such as ‘quality ingredients’, ‘professional service’, and ‘great service’. These are all the building blocks of a great private dining experience at home.

Experience

Your private chef should make their experience in fine dining at home and professional kitchens clear. Look out for Michelin trained chefs as they’re a league above the others when it comes to quality, service & professionalism. The best private chefs usually have experience in top London Michelin star restaurants and 5-star hotels. As a result, you can almost always guarantee a flawless service from these providers.

Produce

It’s common practice for some private chefs in London (or anywhere else for that matter) to source the cheapest ingredients possible to boost their margins. They might source their produce from cheap supermarkets but if you’re paying over £50 per person, low quality produce isn’t an option. Always ask your chef for a list of suppliers before making your booking to ensure you’re getting quality ingredients that match the price you’re paying.

Waiting Staff

Having more than 6 people over for a dinner party can put a lot of pressure on your personal chef for the evening without waiting staff. Cooking, plating, and serving guests at the table as a one-man band will reduce the overall quality of your fine dining experience. To ensure your private chef hire lives up to the occasion, ask for waiting staff in these instances. Each waiter or waitress will add £100 to your final bill but it’ll be worth it!

Health & Safety

When visiting restaurants, you always have the peace of mind that the restaurant is registered with an appropriate health and safety body in the area. With private chefs however, it can be a little more unclear. Before making your booking, always ensure your private chef service is registered with the local food standard agency to ensure yourself and your guests’ safety.

Insurance

Cooking, in and of itself, can be a big risk as any range of things can go wrong. Just make sure your private chef is covered with public liability insurance for extra peace of mind during your fine dining at home.

Pricing

Private chef services range from £30 per person to £200 per person. As the saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’, so it’s important to decide what kind of dining experience you’re looking for before you start your search. Do you want a basic menu where guests are required to get up and help themselves and you take of cleaning everything away? Or are you looking for Michelin star food made by professional chefs with waiting staff, sommeliers, and a full set up and clean down service?

In addition to the cost of the food and your chef, there are other costs to consider. As previously mentioned, waiting staff will usually cost around £100 each. You’ll also have to consider whether you have enough crockery, cutlery, glassware, table settings, napkins for the number of guests you’re inviting. If you need all of this provided as part of the chef hire service in an area like London, it can cost upwards of £300 for a medium sized dinner party.

Take all of this into account when deciding on which private chef in London or further afield to go with for your special occasion.

How Does Zest X LDN Measure Up?

Here’s how Zest X LDN measures up to each key element outlined above.

Reviews

All our reviews are 5/5. You can view them below:
Our Google business page reviews
Our Bark profile reviews

Experience

All our chefs have experience in Michelin star restaurants and 5-star hotels such as The Savoy Hotel, Pollen Street Social, and Sketch. For over a decade, we’ve been working to the highest culinary standards in both London and Copenhagen.

Produce

We are proud to support local independent British producers throughout all our menus. So much so that we highlight where our produce is sourced in our menus on the map, which you can view here –

Some of our top producers are Ginger Pig Butchers (who also happen to make the best sausage rolls in London), Loch Duart Salmon (by far the best quality salmon available in the UK if not the world), and Panzers (too many amazing products to even begin to list).

Waiting Staff

We provide waiting staff free of charge on all bookings. Whether it’s a dinner for 6 or a dinner for 30, we will provide adequate staffing for your group size — and this is all included in the price per person.

Health & Safety

We are registered with Brent Council Food Standards Agency, so you can rest assured that a booking with us meets the appropriate Health & Safety guidelines.

Insurance

ZEST X LDN LTD has public liability insurance coverage for £5 million. So, you can book with confidence, safe in the knowledge that you’re completely covered in the unlikely event of any issues during our service in your home.

Pricing

Our pricing is typically in the £100 to £125 per person range. But keep in mind that we provide so much within the pricing. All our bookings come with all the following including for free:

Waiting staff
Plates
Cutlery
Glassware
Table settings
Printed menus
Full set up and clean down service.

In addition to the cost of the food and your chef, there are other costs to consider. As previously mentioned, waiting staff will usually cost around £100 each. You’ll also have to consider whether you have enough crockery, cutlery, glassware, table settings, napkins for the number of guests you’re inviting. If you need all of this provided as part of the chef hire service in an area like London, it can cost upwards of £300 for a medium sized dinner party.

Take all of this into account when deciding on which private chef in London or further afield to go with for your special occasion.

The Best Private Chefs In London

If you’re looking for a private chef in London, our service is second to none. From glowing reviews to unrivalled experience, quality ingredients, and the highest level of service, chef hire in London doesn’t get any better than Zest X LDN. Get in touch today to get the ball rolling on an unforgettable fine dining experience for any occasion.

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Reviews

nicholas connolly
nicholas connolly
2022-04-17
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They were an amazing team, providing exceptional service and the finest food and drinks. Not for one moment did we nit consider them full value for the money. They started work the moment they arrived and left having cleaned down the kitchen. A great team we would welcome back
Heidi Hemmings
Heidi Hemmings
2022-04-16
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Can not thank these three men enough! Such amazing food and incredibly professional. They bring everything they need and have left the kitchen cleaner than when they arrived. Would recommend to anyone and will most certainly be using them again!
Sian Thomas
Sian Thomas
2022-04-10
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Whatever search engine or recommendation has brought you this far you can stop looking now. Edward and his team are absolutely superb. Of course the food is exceptional but it's the whole package - service, discretion, knowledge, organisation, logistics - that make them so good. They bring everything, take everything away, no fuss and you don't have to lift a finger, just concentrate on enjoying the evening. Highly highly recommended.
The Foodie Dentist
The Foodie Dentist
2022-03-29
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Edward and Jacob were absolutely fantastic!! They were so lovely, super professional and cooked us an absolute dreamy 3 course asian meal. The food was absolute perfection and loved every bite of it. Would definitely recommend and definitely having them again very soon :) thank you team zest!
Alan Lavenu
Alan Lavenu
2022-03-21
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Edward, Simon and Jakob always exceed expectations, the food and drinks service were first class. I would have no hesitation recommending them.
Eleanor Knox
Eleanor Knox
2022-03-12
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We had the tasting menu for 10 people and the food was wonderful - definitely up there with food at London's best restaurants. And Ed and his team were an absolute delight to have in the house - completely professional and attentive, but also very relaxed and friendly. Can't recommend them highly enough!
Caroline Burchell
Caroline Burchell
2022-03-07
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proffesional from the first communication until they left my kitchen (immaculate btw) Super menu - fabulous service - lovely people and will be using them again - all of my guests asked for their details to use them themselves .... If I could give 10 stars I would !!! Thanks chaps Caroline xxx
Brooks
Brooks
2022-02-28
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Brilliant experience and could not fault Edward and his team. The food and service was top quality and we will definitely be using them again. Thanks for creating such a great day!
Ross Bagni
Ross Bagni
2022-02-19
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Edward, Simon and Jakob are just superb and are only bettered by the food! Thank you for making Shelagh’s celebrations, with her family, the best ever!
May Khazen
May Khazen
2022-02-09
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Edward and his team- Simon, Jacob and Alex were just brilliant. The food was delicious and service spot on. Definitely recommend them!!

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