Can’t be bothered
to leave the house
and face a busy
go out and suffer the indignity of
waiting for a table when you can
have a chef come to your home and
serve you dinner for around the
First, you select a cuisine.
They’re all Chinese so far, but
there’s a good range including
Shandong, Sichuan and
Then pick how many
dishes you want: four plus a soup
for 79RMB, six plus a soup for
Then it gets a bit Tinder. You
scroll through all the different
chefs and pick the one for you
(there are ratings to help you pick).
You can then choose specific
dishes or ask for your chef’s
recommendations. There’s one
last killer feature: choose whether
or not your chef does the shopping.
He brings the supermarket receipt
along with him.
Put in your details such as address and time and hit go – it’s as easy as that. Well, kind of. After we booked we received a phone call saying that choosing to eat at 8pm was too late as the chef might find it ‘inconvenient’ to get home.
A Tinder-esque chef profile
Then another call came to say
the chef wasn’t available.
the app might be offering more functionality than the service can
deliver, but we wanted a chef in our
kitchen, so we went with it.
At this point it really helps if
you speak Chinese because the
chef calls to discuss the menu.
We got a real talker, but very
professional. This was a useful
step as we had to explain that the
kitchen wasn’t fully geared up for
Chinese cooking, so he agreed
to bring all the condiments and
On the day, he arrived already
wearing his chef’s hat, carrying
a branded suitcase and all our
shopping, including an entire
chicken and a giant fish. He even
brought packs of wet wipes for
He cooked hard for two and
a half hours and didn’t mind a
more or less constant audience of
guests asking ‘what’s that?’.
There was just one oversight:
he doesn’t cook rice. Imagine.
Get that going yourself or just
eat the cooked dishes served
banquet style – they’re bigger than
restaurant portions so you should
have more than enough.
The table was covered in food,
with plenty of garnishes.
was cooked well – the fish was
particularly good – though a couple
were a little bland, such as the
smoked tofu. This was probably our
fault for asking that not every dish
be spicy. Next time, we’ll just roll
Our advice is to be particular
and pick every dish yourself rather
than taking recommendations. While we ate, our chef even
began cleaning the kitchen, which
kind of sealed the deal for us. Our
guests enjoyed the experience,
too, and said they’d be tapping up
their own chefs soon.