WE LOVE FOOD EXPERIENCES

Australia's Largest Private Chef Platform

SECRET SAUCE

We help chefs achieve their true potential while bringing out-of-this-world dining experiences to customers. Backed with experience from thousands of events, we provide world-class menu planning & event management solutions with unmatched satisfaction. Shhh, that’s our secret sauce! 

To date, our platform has connected more than 250 chefs in Australia with over 60,000 guests across 1,496 jobs. More than ⅓ of our clients rebook through CHEFIN, enabling us to experience 3x year-on-year growth. 

VISION

To enable precious human connections by empowering local Chefs to create unique & unforgettable dining experiences that spread the love for food.

GOALS

How do we achieve this goal? Like most great ideas, it’s actually quite simple. Our online Experience Booking Platform offers the most convenient way to access personalised suggestions for Private Chefs around the country. Partnering with local suppliers to source nutritious & delicious ingredients.

FOUNDER'S STATEMENT

Food is magical in the way that it allows people to connect and create shared memories over the dining table. It was our passion for food that paved the way for our development of the CHEFIN platform. We wanted to create a never-before-seen platform that would innovate and disrupt the hospitality industry while making the love of food & creation of precious memories the focus. The CHEFIN platform paves the way for chefs to be creative, independent, and successful in their careers. Through our platform, chefs have the freedom to run their own business, connect with guests, share their passion for food and cooking, and forge a clear career path.

CHEFIN-CO-FOUNDERS

The origins of CHEFIN

The inspiration
An Italian friend of mine was visiting all the way from Sicily. As the host, I cooked for him a few times and, feeling inspired, he started returning the flavour favour.

At that point CHEFIN was not on our lips or minds. We were using words like ‘stir’ and ‘sauce’, not ‘startup’ and ‘success’. Then we realised something – food is such a passion, it’s a core ingredient in all those good times. Food makes us happy and we love to share that joy with the people around us.

The observation
We started paying more attention to the world of social dining. My friend was working in hospitality, so we looked at all the issues people have with restaurants: overcrowding; long waiting times; group booking challenges; poor catering for children and elders. And that’s before you even consider the food.

At restaurants we choose from a menu. We can’t talk to the chef in advance about our favourite dishes or the ingredients we fancy. Our selection is limited. In many cases food is also inconsistent. If we have a bad experience at our favourite place we say, “They must have changed the chef!” But we just don’t know.

The expectation
We decided to speak to chefs because we wanted to know how they felt about their industry. The response was eye-opening. Many chefs told us the current model was far from perfect. Chefs and staff are often overworked and underpaid. They’re unhappy, and that means your meal is prepared without love!

So what do chefs want? They want to cook for people who appreciate their art, and their passion. They want to see the smiles their food brings to faces. They want to create, interact and share their knowledge, not hide in the kitchen.

And that’s when the very first seed of CHEFIN was planted …

Soon I’ll share with you the second phase of our wonderful journey.

OUR PHILOSOPHY…

At CHEFIN we all have one thing in common: we love good food. But of course it takes more than just a shared interest to launch an amazing new business! So how did we get to where we are today? Like many big ideas, it started small.

Our philosophy is simple, we are here to re-connect the world by empowering local chefs to create unique & an unforgettable dining experience that spread our love for food.

 

Giving back

Giving back to local communities is essential for the team behind CHEFIN. We know that access to amazing food is a basic human right that everyone deserves. As a result, we try to share the love by supporting a range of not-for-profit organisations. 

One of the ways we give back is by providing private chef dining experiences to charities. This enables them to charge a premium price to guests at fundraisers. This initiative has worked exceptionally well with our partner charities, and together we have helped raise more than $2 million.

The CHEFIN team also supports local homeless communities by providing fresh and nutritious meals to those who need it the most. In particular, we have donated more than 200 meals throughout the 2021 COVID-19 lockdown periods to satisfy hungry tummies in Sydney’s CBD and Pyrmont areas.