You would probably assume that you can only enjoy a fine dining experience or exquisitely prepared dishes in the surroundings of a top restaurant. Alternatively, if you have reasonable culinary skills yourself, you can put in the effort and attempt to create meals yourself. However, there is now another option as it is now possible to eat dishes that are skilfully prepared and stunningly presented in the comfort of your own home with virtually no effort on your part.
A new company called Cozymeal uses private chefs to prepare fine dining meals in your own home and clients have the option to help and learn if they wish. The company was founded by Sam Nasserian who wanted to resolve some of the problems he had experienced when eating out at restaurants. His experiences included noisy restaurants that served mediocre food and did not allow the guests to interact with the chef.
His concept aims to remove all these problems and to create an entirely new experience. Cozymeal gives clients the opportunity to enjoy a one-on-one culinary experience with a top chef and then to enjoy their meal in a comfortable home environment.
Nasserian wants his service to combine convenience with quality to create the perfect service for foodies who have discerning tastes. The service pairs clients with top chefs who come and make the clients a top-quality meal in their own kitchen. The prices of this service vary depending on what you request. To have a cooking class in your home, the prices start from $95. Another option is to have a Michelin-quality meal prepared for you by a top chef. The starting rate for this service is $105 per person.
You may question what qualifies a meal as being Michelin standard or how the service classifies top chefs. In response to this question, Cozymeal gives the example of Chef Pierre as one of the chefs they have working for them. The Los Angeles-based chef is a former protégé of Alain Ducasse, who has several Michelin-starred restaurants in various international locations.
Chef Pierre is just one of a collection of talented chefs at Cozymeal. Nasserian has explained that they now have a large selection of chefs on their team and that they have employed chefs who are local to the cities in which they operate. Many of the chefs have worked as the chefs of celebrities, are the authors of their own cookbooks, or are the former executive chefs of restaurants that have been awarded Michelin stars.
Cozymeal has expanded rapidly and the service is now available in 26 cities across the United States. These include Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. While this service is currently enjoying its peak, it is in direct contrast to the meal-kit delivery services. Although these services promise customers the ingredients and instructions to cook gourmet meals, this trend has experienced a downturn. Some examples include Hello Fresh and Blue Apron as these companies have experienced a decline in subscriptions for membership. This is probably because the meal-kit market became saturated at the height of the trend.
Nasserian believes that his company stands out because they are offering something completely unique, so they are not struggling against the competition. Not only does their service allow clients to enjoy the meal in the comfort of their own home, they get the unique opportunity to spend time with the chef and to learn some new culinary skills into the bargain.
Although Nasserian accepts that there are other companies that offer private chefs that will come into your own home, these are usually limited to certain locations. He believes his company stands out because they offer a much bigger selection, both in terms of the chefs on offer and the locations in which their service is available. He also believes that they are a cut above the rest because of the quality of the chefs and the stringent vetting processes used by Cozymeal.
At the moment, the company is earning all its money through a combination of corporate team-building events and private cooking classes in people’s own homes. They plan to expand to 50 more cities across the United States over the next few years so that their service will become even more widely available. Cozymeal also plans to begin conducting food tours before the end of 2019.
Written by Garrett Parker
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