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Here’s how Brendan Marshall, co-founder and CEO of Kitchit, describes the bring-a-chef-home-for-dinner service: “We set out to take the stress out of hosting a dinner party at home. Planning a menu and sourcing great ingredients can be a real hassle. So we thought, What if a chef could come over for the night to help pull it off? We staged a trial run, and that’s where we had our ‘aha!’ moment. Customers loved the party—and when we eliminated the stress of entertaining, everyone began to see the true joy of bringing friends together over great food. Chefs loved the experience because at the end of the night they got a standing ovation—something they’d never received in their restaurants. Kitchit provides an online tool for members to customize a full-service, in-home event. We take things like target price, headcount, and type of event, and match you with a growing community of handpicked chefs who fit your criteria. We’ve recruited Michelin-starred chefs and James Beard Award winners such as Eduard Frauneder of Edi & the Wolf and Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen, and we’ve arranged everything from clambakes on the beach to intimate parties for close friends. Once people realize they can have a private chef with friends for less than going out to a nice restaurant, they start having all these get-togethers. ‘Hey guys, we can have this mind-blowing meal for $50 a person, and everything’s included.’ The events I’ve hosted usually cost $40 to $75 per person, but one of our clients just spent $7,000 on dinner for two. We flew in ingredients from all over the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t get an invitation—and there weren’t any leftovers.”
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