Bring home your own chef

Sep 08, 2014, 05:45 IST | Dhara Vora

An innovative food service, Hopping Chef will allow you to select a chef as per your taste, to whip up your favourite cuisine from the comfort of your home

If you’re in the mood for a romantic date minus the waiting time at a restaurant or would like to throw a small bash for your besties without bothering about stocking up for the spread, call Hopping Chef. This food enterprise set for a launch next month, aims to bring the chef in the limelight and curate an eating experience that will leave your taste buds in a tizzy.

Scrambled eggs and toast with smoked salmon roses

Shaival Chandra, Dhaval Udeshi and Sid Ugrankar are the men behind this enterprise. “When you travel outside India, you realise that chefs are the stars in the food industry rather than the restaurants. You would visit a restaurant because you know the value of the chef and what he is good at. Here, chefs step back, and it is the restaurant that people are aware of,” feels Chandra. Acting on this thought, the founders thought of the concept of Hopping Chef, where foodies can interact with the chef in their own kitchen, and not have to bother about getting things ready for the party.

Salmon ceviche with coriander root and sour cream
Salmon ceviche with coriander root and sour cream

They offer to cater two to 30 people; the cost for a meal for two ranges from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000. This includes the cost of the ingredients, cutlery, and the cleaning post the dinner. Currently, they have 10 chefs specialising in different cuisines on offer (the names will be revealed on launch day). Their executive chef is Aditi Keni who specialises in culinary and baking pastry arts. Based on your choice across nearly 20 cuisines, including Ethiopian, Jamaican and Indian, you can select the chef. You can view videos related to the skills of each chef on their individual profiles on the website. “With a minimum of three days of notice, we can customise a meal made using the best ingredients on offer (which you can see for yourself), be it organic or kid friendly,” assures Chandra.

Balsamic dressed salad of olives cucumber and tomatoes finished with balsamic
Balsamic dressed salad of olives cucumber and tomatoes finished with balsamic

The city today has quite a few gourmet catering services. So, apart from the variety of cuisines on offer, we asked Chandra on what else is on the platter, “We are open to experimentation. Last week, during our tasting sessions, we came up with Bacon Khandvi, as scandalous as it might sound, and Scallops Sev Puri.” We can’t wait.

Hopping Chef launches next month.
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