How To Hire The Best Private Chef For Your Rental Estate

The best way to hire a private chef for your rental estate / property is to speak to your luxury booking agent. This could either be the concierge services you are using, the estate manager, or your luxury travel agent. Often times your estate / rental property already has a list of reputable chef’s they can recommend for your culinary needs.

However, being a private chef myself I can also offer some insight and guidance to hiring the best private chef while on vacation. If you are renting the estate you have the right to use whatever chef you like to complete your culinary services while under contract. Although the estate has rules the chefs and outside vendors must adhere to while on the property you can still select another chef that is not “recommended” or “approved” by the estate. Often times rental estates select or recommend chefs which offer a bounce back commission for booking your services. This can often lead to the chef not being the best available or offer the most top-notch dinning experience for you and your guests.

Some tips I can share with you are to always ask if the person recommending the chef has tasted their food. This will absolutely clue you into if they are referring the work for an alternative reason besides offering you the best experience while on vacation. Most estates & vacation rentals goal is to provide the best experience possible for their customers so in most cases you have nothing to worry about and they are referring the chefs they are because they have had wonderful feedback from other clients are trust worthy. Regardless you should ask to see the chefs website so you can assess if this is the right chef for you and your guests based on their style of cooking, brand equity and feel of the website. Look for customer testimonials and specifically estate testimonials, which highlight the private chefs culinary techniques, service standards, and overall customer experience.

In my 17 years experience as a chef in Hawaii many return customers I have serviced are often disappointed with the chef they received while staying at an estate because they didn’t meet or exceed their expectations. The best words of advice I can give anyone looking to hire a private or personal chef while renting a vacation estate is to clearly outline your expectations and make sure that you clearly communicate them with the property. Tell the person in charge that you want to interview or speak to the chefs they recommend yourself to insure they will provide you with the type of services and standards you are expecting. Should you feel any doubt visit reputable private chef websites and look for additional recommendations until you find the chef that is right for you and your family and most importantly never let the estate dictate your final decision as they may have more invested in it than your best interests!

Covert Affairs is a private chef company in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ryan Covert is both the owner and head chef of Covert Affairs, which caters to both locals and celebrities alike. His dynamic cooking style is a global celebration with a highlight on Asian-Pacific, Mediterranean, and Caribbean cuisines, making him the Private Chef Hawaii prefers. For a unique affair on the islands look no further than Covert Affairs Honolulu personal chef services. For a full list of private chef services, customer testimonials, client lists, menu options, to view his published recipes or to read his restaurant and wine blog visit him at –


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