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 –


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 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

Olive Tree Cafe

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Service: The Olive Tree is a seat yourself restaurant and  the service is fantastic. The service providers are friendly, pleasant and very quick to take your order and clear tables. A great idea if you are concerned about waiting for a table is to call in advance for take-out. You can typically pick up your order 15 min after ordering, walk straight to the front of the line and be home before a table opens up!

Food: The Food at the Olive Tree is traditional Greek. It’s fresh, flavorful and always delicious.  It’s hands down the best Greek food in Hawaii and a fun affordable place to go with friends, family and even a date.

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Fish Slovaki (TIP: If you are trying to not eat bread order this dish without the pita and ask for extra salad!), Lamb Slovaki, The Daily Special, Hummus, Babaganoush, Olives and Feta Cheese, and the Dolmas.

Atmosphere: The Olive Tree has a wonderful, hip ambiance to it. It is a seat yourself restaurant and you can select a table out doors or in doors depending on availability and the weather. The restaurant plays authentic Greek music to add to the experience. It is extremely busy so its recommended to have one person hunt for a table while the rest order inside or you could wait forever.

Consistency: The restaurant is very consistent and you always get what you are expecting. Being a private chef in Honolulu I have first hand experience what restaurants retain the integrity of their dishes time and time again.  Over the past years we cannot think of one instance where we had bad food at Olive Tree Cafe!

Parking: The Olive Tree has free parking if for about 10 cars. The parking is directly in front of the restaurant but also shares with Subway. If you are not lucky enough to find a spot you can park on the street outside of the Kahala post office.

Price Range: Low ($8-$15) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!

Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

4614 Kilauea Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816-5309
Telephone: (808) 737-0303‎

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 5pm-10pm