Food & Drink

Chef De Home | The Verdict

By Tessa Gallagher - 08 Dec 2015


If you’ve ever dreamt about an incredible chef coming to your house and cooking an amazing three-course dinner for you and your friends, read on because Chef de Home is going to be riiiiiiiight up your alley.

This clever little concept was created by Chef Ben Munro who, after exploring the globe and tasting plenty of amazing food along the way, returned to his home town of Perth to share his love for food in people's homes. 

Ben’s food philosophy is to take simple ingredients and make them look and taste stunning. The whole idea may sound a bit weird (a stranger cooking in your kitchen! Eeeek!) but let me just tell you why this is so brilliant.

Firstly, the food. I can’t stress this enough, this is not your run-of-the-mill dinner. The food is top restaurant quality. Like ‘how can this delicious food have possibly come out of my kitchen?’ quality. 

Aaaand you get to eat all the delicious food in the comfort of your own home! Yep, you could wear your PJ’s if you wanted, you have access to your wine stash and you don’t have to haggle for a taxi after dinner because you can just toddle off to bed. Boom.

Also, the Chef de Home crew bring everything they need to make an epic dinner for you. I’m talking every single thing from all the food (obvi), to cooking utensils, serving equipment and cutlery. PLUS (and this is a big plus), they leave your kitchen looking immaculately clean (actually way cleaner than when they arrived, thanks guys!)

I was lucky enough to experience a Chef de Home dinner a few weeks back and am still dreaming about the whole experience.

Ben and waitress Kristen arrived at about 6:30pm and what seemed like moments later, two delicious canapes (tuna and pork belly) were served to us as we hung out on my couch. Before we knew it, we were led to my dining table (which Kristen had beautifully set up) and our entrees arrived. There were four of us and Ben whipped up two different entrees, mains and desserts. The entrees—pan-roasted snapper (with a panko potato cake, pickled fennel and corn salad) and a confit of pork belly with cauliflower and horseradish puree were both incredible and set the scene for what we knew was going to be an epic night.

The mains were also both incredible—the Harvey beef tenderloin was melt-in-your-mouth delicious while the sous vide lamb fillet with beetroot jelly, broccolini, goats chevre and mint jus was flavour perfection.

As expected, the desserts were both gorgeous looking and tasting. I dug into both the jaffa chocolate fondant and the coconut cream panna cotta with gusto and despite all thinking we were too full for dessert, we pretty much licked the plates clean.

No occasion is too big or too small for these guys (think intimate wedding proposal to a 150 person charity dinner) but I think Chef de Home would be perfect for a milestone birthday dinner with friends or even your girls or guys Chrissie catch-up.

Want more details? Find Chef de Home in The Directory!

Image credit: Chef de Home

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