A new chef for hire website, plus a round-up of private chefs and caterers in Dubai

ChefXChange - chefs for hire DubaiWhen I first started FooDiva all of four years ago, I also had another idea – an online community showcasing chefs for hire. Since then, a week does not go by when I am asked to recommend a private chef or boutique caterer, and we have so many in Dubai now. Well someone beat me to it – meet ChefXChange – a website that spotlights chefs who can cook for you at home taking care of the menu development, grocery shopping and of course cooking, and even washing up! These are not just private chefs for hire, but restaurant chefs are on their books too – covering all different cuisines, whether it’s a special dinner party, an informal soirée, or even weekly meals. What I love about at-home entertaining is the cost saving in alcohol, avoiding the premium prices Dubai hotels and restaurants demand. Dubai aside, ChefXChange’s reach extends to London, Geneva and Washington DC.

But back to our home town, there are many personal chefs and independent caterers in Dubai, with some covering other emirates, so I have updated an ancient post to bring you a new round-up of these folks in town. Voilà…

Chefs for hire:Chef for hire Maurizio

A few more who I’ve not tried and tasted, but do come recommended:

  • Chef Greg – one half of the duo behind gourmet online grocer Chez Charles.
  • The model-turned-chef Paul Frangie – no harm having eye candy in the kitchen ;).
  • Chef Hadrien aka JunkFoodMan on Instagram – not quite sure if the nickname transcends to the cuisine.
  • Chef Gus – of Gustronomy.
  • Cena Dining – a newly launched private dining service.

Boutique caterers:

  • Yes Chef – run by ex-hoteliers offering a number of catering options from set menus and canapés, to buffets and barbeques.
  • Elements Catering – from canapés to big bites and bowls, right through to sit-down dinners.
  • Dish – catering to anything from 20 to 700 guests including canapés, barbeques and sit-down meals.
  • Ghaf Kitchen – the much-beloved, retro Citroen van that can be hired to cater for dinner parties or private events. Cuisine tends to be Brit-influenced seasonal fare as you can see from a FooDiva review here.
  • Marta’s Kitchen – helmed by Spanish chef Marta Yanci providing bespoke catering from home-made dishes to innovative gastronomy, whether canapés, tapas, buffet menus, or sit-down dinners.
  • Top Chef – the well-known Jumeirah cooking school now dishes out chefs for hire too.
  • Lafayette Gourmet – the Dubai Mall franchise of the famed French food emporium caters to anything from a formal dinner party, casual gathering and corporate lunch, to a cocktail reception, sit-down wedding dinner, and buffet with interactive cooking stations.

And finally if you’re after canapés, finger food, a buffet spread or just hot home-cooked meals delivered to your doorstep here’s a trio to choose from:

Any more recommendations? Happy eating and entertaining 🙂

A bientôt.

FooDiva. x

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15 Responses to “A new chef for hire website, plus a round-up of private chefs and caterers in Dubai”

  1. Chef and Steward February 11, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Good roundup Samantha.

    • FooDiva February 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks C&S 🙂

  2. Chorcha February 12, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Market & Platters have a beautiful range of ready to eat platters – shellfish, artisanal cheeses and fresh cut sushi.

    Great for home parties, yacht parties and fuss free dinner parties!

    • FooDiva February 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      They do indeed and I can personally vouch for them…the tartares and ceviches in particular 🙂

  3. Massimo February 12, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    We have used Náis Italian Kitchen from JLT a few times and have always had great food and service

    • FooDiva February 15, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      I do like Nais Massimo, even though I must admit I have not visited in a while. There are many restaurants that offer a catering service in town…this list would be never-ending if I was to include them too!

  4. Nancy February 15, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Bookmarked! Thanks Samantha 🙂
    On my list of things to do this year is host a dinner party at home though if I have one of these pro chefs in to cook, that might be considered cheating!
    Oh well, it’s still very exciting and one to look into.

    • FooDiva February 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      It’s very tempting isn’t it Nancy…takes away the cooking headache so you can concentrate on entertaining your guests. Do one of each and compare!

  5. Kate February 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Samantha, thank you so much for including us in your catering directory. Please visit http://www.dish.ae for more information or call 04 422 1613. Regards, Kate Dyer

  6. Foodie April 1, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve used Elements Catering and was amazed by their fantastic and unique food selection and service. Highly recommended!

  7. Rowena November 23, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hello Food Diva! I do follow you and have to say you don’t disappoint and have now taken your word as gospel when it comes to food and dining. We are foodies and on top of that I have a Man Who Grills (and not cook). For his 50th, I’m thinking of hosting a Grillin’ & Smokin’ Masterclass for him and his buddies. So desperate to get a recommended chef who knows his way around smokers, grills, wood chips, from seafood to red meat – and would enjoy a day with Men Who Grill (not cook). I’m sure you get the picture. Would love to get your advice. Merci!!!

    • FooDiva November 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Rowena. Chef Tomas mentioned here is good with a BBQ, but not sure how extensive his expertise is on that front. Why don’t you try P&B’s at Madinat – perhaps you can hire their chef for the day? Or else another American chef good with a smoker is Chef Spencer Lee Black, now at Rove Hotels. He’s pretty active on Instagram if that helps 🙂

  8. Hind January 24, 2017 at 4:48 pm


    I’m planning on throwing a private bday dinner for my husband only for 4 ppl. Would like to get a private chef to my house.

    Any recommendations would be appreciated.


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