How to Find The Best Personal Chef on Vacation

Being a personal chef in Hawaii I have had first hand experience working with both good and bad chefs. Many of my clients are world-wide travelers and have told me that they wished they had some insider tips to finding a reputable and trust worthy chef while on vacation. I have put together a list of 3 steps on how to find a personal chef that you can trust and full-fills all your service needs and expectations while on vacation.

The first tip is to not just randomly search online for a chef, but rather to visit the American Personal & Private Chef Association website. This association has a vigorous approval process which insures its chefs have professional training as well as an established business. The association has a good reputation and national database which covers every state in the USA. Go to the website and select the location you will be vacationing in to view the chefs that are affiliated with this organization. Make sure you contact chefs, which are on the island you will be visiting or live on. Next you will want to view a few chef’s websites and beginning the information gathering stage. Important things to look for on the website are credentials which qualify that individual to be your personal chef. Good credentials include affiliations with prestigious organizations and attending a reputable culinary school. A trained professional chef understands about food contamination and proper cooking techniques, which insure the food is fresh, and bacteria free. Make sure the website contains privacy policies, terms & conditions and a clearly defined cancellation policy, which protect your interests.

Next you will want to read some clients testimonials so you can get a first had glimmer of what your experience will be like. The testimonials should be clearly outlined with client names and give you a sense of security about the quality and service of the personal chef you are selecting. Look for video and written client testimonials from reputable organizations and persons, which will increase your sense of security with the chef you are hiring and insure your vacation is stress free.

The final step is asking for a quote. Once you have viewed all the website information and are satisfied with the reputation and style of the chef or chefs call them and ask them what locations they service as well as for an estimate of costs. This stage is important because depending on where you are staying the associated costs for labor may vary. For example, If you are staying in Honolulu, you want to make sure your chef services Honolulu. After receiving estimates and menu ideas select whichever chef fits of style of communication, budget, and required services.

If you follow these steps above you can feel confidant selecting the right chef even if you have never meet them face-to-face. The most important thing is to trust your gut and go with the chef that takes care of all the details. The chef you select should offer to contact your estate rental for a visit to make sure the kitchen is fully equipped and stocked with food before you arrive. Aloha and I hope you enjoy your stress free vacation!

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 – http://covertaffairs.com

 

Gordon Biersch

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Service: The service is usually  good at Gordon Biersh but it can be slow when it gets really busy you just have to hope you get a good waiter. The appetizers come out pretty quickly so order some for the table when you site down so you don’t get fussy (Oh and a few drinks!).

Food: The food is pretty good at Gordon Bierch in Honolulu. It’s nothing fancy or really exciting but its classic American food and it delivers on its promise. The ingredients are fresh and prepared with care. It’s a great place to go with kids and their is truly something on the menu for everyone.  They also have a great Happy Hour Mon-Wed (4-6:30pm) with discounted appetizers only $5-$11 range and $1-$2 OFF Lagers, Ales and Wines by the glass. To top it off you can get a premium cocktail for only $5 making this a local favorite hangout.

Favorite Dishes: Southwest Egg Rolls, Gorgonzola Pear Salad, Southwest Chicken Sandwhich, Fresh Fish, Cajun Pasta, New York Strip (with Gorgonzola!), Burgers, Garlic Fries, Beers of course!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Gordon Biersch is awesome AND it was the first brewery in Hawaii. They are located right on the water and the view is both pristine and amazing. They have live music most evenings and its always a happening place to go with friends for dinner or pupus after work. Even lunch is nice and relaxing… it’s the perfect place to go for a stay-cation and enjoy Hawaii like you where on holiday.

Consistency: It’s pretty consistently fun and good. Whenever you go you get what you are expecting and our nieces and nephews love it.

Parking: The offer validated parking at Gordon Beirsch for 3 hours. If you valet you still have to pay a percentage of the total even WITH a validation so keep that in mind.

Price Range: Medium ($10:50-$28:50) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour
Live Music Entertainment

Address:
1 Aloha Tower Dr # 1123
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 599-4877
Website:
http://www.gordonbiersch.com/default.aspx
Check website for detailed live entertainment schedule each week.

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Happy Hour:
Monday-Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Nobu

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Service: The service at Nobu is exceptional. Each waiter is very professional and you know you are sure to get stellar service when you go for dinner or drinks. The sushi bar in particular has excellent service and it is fun to watch the sushi masters create each roll.

Food: Wow the food is above and beyond delicious at Nobu! each bite is packed with unique clean flavors that dance on your tongue. Nobu has a wide variety of dishes from sushi to salads with exotic global flavors. Each dish created by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is well balanced and the sashimi is so fresh it melts in your mouth. No matter what you order its  sure to be memorable and super yummy. They also have a fantastic happy hour Monday-Friday 5-7pm in the lounge area with special dishes, $4 beers and $8 martinis.

Favorite Dishes: Spider Rolls, Nobu Tacos (Lobster and Crab), Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Eggplant with Misa, Miso Black Cod, Salmon New Style Sashimi, Shitake Salad, Sakitini (Sake Martini – cold and fresh), EVERYTHING

Atmosphere: We just love the atmosphere at Nobu. The restaurant is very grand with high ceilings and red/ gold color scheme. The lamps are also very trendy and have a modern meets antique feel to them. The tables are dark wood and there are both circular tables and booth seating available. Although the restaurant is large its not very noise which makes it the one of the best restaurants in town. The bar/lounge area is also lovely and very chic feeling. Its nice to go for a drink before dinner or even to have dinner at the bar with a friend.

Consistency: This restaurant receives my top personal chef approval for being one of the best Japanese restaurants in Hawaii. Each dish is always consistently tasty and you know what to expect.

Parking: Nobu offers Validated parking at the hotel.

Price Range: Medium-High ($18-$46) per Entree
Corkage Fee: Wine $25 per bottle, Champagne $35 per a bottle
Reservations Recommended
Take Out Not Available

Happy Hour in Lounge

Address:
Nobu Waikiki
2233 Helumoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
waikiki@noburestaurants.com
Phone: +1.808.237.6999
Fax: +1.808.237.6990
Website: http://www.noburestaurants.com/waikiki/experience/introduction/

Hours of Operation
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Monday – Sunday: Bar Lounge 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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New Style Sashimi

Nobu's miso black cod

Miso Black Cod

Cumin & Chili Salmon Tacos

Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking Time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients:
12-14 oz Fresh Salmon Filet (Skinless & Boneless)
Taco Shells
2 Large Radishes
½ Half of Red Cabbage
1 Green Apple
½ Chopped Cilantro
1 Lime
1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce (Or Substitute with Soy Sauce)
1 Tablespoon Oil Olive

Seasoning For Salmon:

2 Teaspoons of Cumin
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
½ Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
¼ Teaspoon Black Pepper

Directions:

Begin creating the slaw by pealing the apple and then shredding into very thin pieces. Place into a large bowl along with cleaned and shredded radishes and red cabbage. Squeeze the lime into the bowl and add the olive oil and fish sauce. Add in chopped cilantro, toss the slaw all together then set aside. The Next step is to blend all seasoning ingredients into a bowl together. Cut salmon into small strips about ½ inch thick. Toss salon into seasoning until both sides are lightly coated. Sear salmon in a sauté pan with olive oil on high heat for 1 min covered on each side (or until cooked). Follow the instructions on your purchased taco box and heat up the tacos in the oven for a few minutes before serving. Add a favorite hot sauce to spice it up!

Cumin and Salmon Taco Recipe

View Other Hawaii Personal Chef Ryan’s Coverts Recipes Featured in KTA

Hiring a Personal Chef in Oahu

If you are planning a vacation and would like to hire a personal chef while on vacation in Hawaii it’s important to start the information gathering at least 45-60 days before you arrive as many vacation rentals and chefs are booked weeks in advance. The best way to find a qualified chef is to utilize prestigious American Personal & Private Chef Association pre-approved vendors or speak to your rental agent to see if they can recommend a chef who has a good reputation and has worked for that estate before. The next step is to visit each personal chefs website to get a feel of their cooking style and type of services offered. Before you start information gathering it is important to outline your expectations so its easier to make your final decision when comparing chefs to one another. A good example of your expectations would be did you want each meal platted individually or served buffet style for a family? what seems like a simple question can change the dynamic of your dinning experience and is an important to outlining your expectations in advance so you receive the best service possible while hiring a personal chef in our beautiful islands.

Furthermore, when hiring a personal chef in Hawaii the only way you will be able to communicate with the chef over the phone or email and will not get the chance to meet them face-to-face which can be stressful for many individuals. To insure your making the right choice its very important to carefully review the chefs credentials and website to make sure you feel comfortable with their level of expertise and brand equity. Visit each chefs website and look for clearly outlined clearly outlined Rates, Terms of Service and Privacy & Cancellation policy which protects your interests. Also look look for what culinary education they have received as well as previously held positions in the industry in there “About Us” section. Good credentials also include excellent client testimonials and client lists which validate and endorse the chefs quality of work.

Finally, the most important thing to remember when hiring a private chef in Honolulu, Oahu is you want to feel comfortable and relaxed while on vacation. Make sure to hire someone who has excellent work ethic and responds to your inquiry within 48 hours in a professional manner. This includes being flexible in their culinary style and menu preparation. If you have food allergies or sensitive conditions to gluten, nuts, dairy, shell fish, or are diabetic or vegetarian its important to let your private chef know up front so you can assess if they have the skill set to prepare meals for your and your families unique needs.

Aloha from Private Chef Ryan Covert with www.CovertAffairs.com and we hope you enjoy your vacation in paradise!

Finding a Personal Chef in Hawaii

Being a personal chef in Hawaii I have had first hand experience working with both good and bad chefs. Many of my clients are world-wide travelers and have told me that they wished they had some insider tips to finding a reputable and trust worthy chef while on vacation. I have put together a list of 3 steps on how to find a personal chef in hawaii that you can trust and full-fills all your service needs and expectations.

How To Steps – 1 – visit the American Personal & Private Chef Association website. This association has a vigorous approval process which insures its’ chef have professional training as well as an established business. The association has a good reputation and national database which covers every state in the USA. Go to the website and select “Hawaii” to view the chefs that are affiliated with this organization. Make sure you contact chefs, which are on the island you will be visiting or live on.

How To Step – 2 – View each chef’s website and beginning the information gathering stage. Important things to look for on the website are credentials which qualify that individual to be your personal chef. Good credentials include affiliations with prestigious organizations and attending a reputable culinary school. A trained professional chef understands about food contamination and proper cooking techniques, which insure the food is fresh, and bacteria free. Also look for privacy policies, terms & conditions and a clearly defined cancellation policy, which protect your interests. Next you will want to read their clients and testimonials so you can get a first had glimmer of what your experience will be like. The testimonials should be clearly outlined with client names and give you a sense of security about the quality and service of the personal chef you are selecting. Look for video and written client testimonials from reputable organizations and persons, which will increase your sense of security with the chef you are hiring and insure your vacation is stress free.

How To Step – 3 – Asking for a quote is the final step to finding a personal chef in oahu. Once you have viewed all the website information and are satisfied with the reputation and style of the chef or chefs call them and ask them what locations they service as well as for an estimate of costs. This stage is important because depending on where you are staying the associated costs for labor may vary. If you are staying in Honolulu, you want to make sure your private chef services Honolulu. The same is true for Kailua, North Shore or Hawaii Kai. Since Hawaii is locate on an Island their tends to be a lot of commuter traffic which could put added pressure on your stay should your chef have to commute a long distance to services you. Please keep in mind that most chefs will only offer you a general food estimate because Hawaii has higher food costs than on the Continental United States. After receiving estimates and menu ideas select whichever chef fits of style of communication, budget, and required services.

If you follow these steps above you can feel confidant selecting the right chef even if you have never meet them face-to-face.  The most important thing is to trust your gut and go with the chef that takes care of all the details. The chef you select should offer to contact your estate rental for a visit to make sure the kitchen is fully equipped and stocked with food before you arrive. If you still are not sure how to find a qualified private chef in Hawaii please visit my website at http://www.covertaffairs.com

Hy’s Steakhouse

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Service: The service is always excellent. The staff is friendly, attentive and professional. Your waiter is also very present through the experience as Hy’s has table service (i.e. they make the salads and desserts at your table fresh).

Food: Caesar Salad, New York Strip (medium), Baked Potato, Sauteed Spinach, Cherries Jubilee, and the House Merlot.

Atmosphere: The “Library” is beautiful, romantic and very classic in its architecture. The ceilings are very high and the booths are charming. You may end up seated in the top room which doesn’t really feel like Hy’s classy atmosphere but the food is still good. It’s recommended when making reservation to request “Library” seating.

Consistency: Always consistently delicious! being a personal chef in Hawaii I always appreciate and acknowledge consistency. When you go to many restaurants the food is different depending on who is in the kitchen and its having excellent consistency that  separates a good chefs and restaurants from bad ones.

Parking: It’s located at at the Waikiki Park Heights hotel so you can valet your car.

Price Range: High ($30-$70) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $25 per Bottle
Take Out Available
Entertainment – Live Music preformed Weds – Sat nights
Reservations Recommended

Address:
2440 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 922-5555
Website: www.hyshawaii.com

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Fri: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Sat, Sun: 5:30 – 10:00 pm