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You do the hosting, we’ll do the cooking - and the washing up!
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"Nomad Cooks is a brilliant idea. It's the only way I will do dinner parties from now on. Loved our chef Sassy and the platform is easy to use."
Tayne Rankine
Dinner party
"Amazing! Chef Izzie was spectacular - saved us from a last min cancellation and swooped in and created and cooked a fab menu."
Ella Cardinali
Corporate event 
"Effortless entertaining! I had to host a small but important dinner party, and did not want to have to fret over food preparation. Jacob was super-responsive - we quickly chose a menu and he adjusted it for dietary requirements."
Mrs P
Formal event
"Fantastic experience as a first time user of the platform, highly recommended (two of my friends are already customers)."
Catalina Schveninger
Birthday party
"Exceptional food and service. Made my 40th birthday dinner party a fantastic night to remember, thank you."
Sarah Sandland
40th Birthday
"Nomad cooks is an absolutely fantastic service. We chose to use nomad cooks for the catering – extremely easy to organise, delightful people, and most importantly absolutely delicious food."
Catherine Kidd
Engagement party 
"100% recommend. So happy I found this company - had an amazing evening for my mums surprise 70th birthday with a great chef (Jacob) and all the organising and communication was seamless. Would 100% use again."
Sarah Humphreys
Surprise party
"It’s the first time I’m using this service and I’m completely sold! Everything worked smoothly and we had a great dinner with no usual stress of hosting!"
Laura Cornelsen
Dinner party
30+ cuisine specialities
Seated meals from £30/head
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Vetted private chefs with real customer reviews
Kitchen size and dietary requirements are no problem
They buy the ingredients, cook, serve and wash up
Kitchen size and dietary requirements are no problem
Vetted private chefs with real customer reviews
They buy the ingredients, cook, serve and wash up
Pick from the best chefs
All applicants are vetted and only ~10% (2022) are accepted to join. We evaluate based on three main traits: culinary quality, reliability and communication skills.
A menu tailored to you
To create the perfect menu for your event you can chat directly with our chefs for bespoke suggestions and tailor your choices.
Enjoy your party
On the day, your chef will do all the work for you. They'll buy the ingredients, cook, serve and event do the washing up.
No kitchen requirements
Our chefs can work in smaller, open plan kitchens, bringing the required equipment with then. Nomads can event help with bringing cutlery, crockery and serving dishes if needed.
One Feeds Two donation
For each meal we serve we donate a meal to a child in need. Visit our charity partner One Feeds Two to find out more.
Fair chef pay
Our chefs receive 100% of the menu cost you pay, they also work directly with you to plan the perfect dinner. We charge a 15% service fee on top of the menu cost.

Our Services

Plated
From £40/head
Birthdays · Seated events · Individually plated meals
Sharing platters
From £30/head
Relaxed entertaining · BBQs · Serve-yourself style dishes
Canapés & bowl food
From £20/head
Drinks parties · Standing events · Large catering events
Holiday chef
From £100/day
Weekend to long term chef hire · One-off in location events
24/7 customer support
There'll always be someone from the Nomad team to help you.
Your event is insured by us
There'll always be someone from the Nomad team to help you.
10 day 100% refund policy
If you make a mistake when booking, or your plans change then you're covered by us.

How hiring a chef works

1
Look
Browse available chefs, read reviews and view menus.
2
Book
Enquire for free with chefs you like. Start chatting in minutes to agree a menu.
3
Hello Cook
On the day they will buy the ingredients, cook, serve and do the washing up.

New private chefs on Nomad Cooks

Bella Haycraft-Mee
Seasonal British
Katie Locker
Asian
Max Nevile
Italian
Abhilasha Chandak
Indian
Nancy O'Neill
Plant based
Sean Zurek
Pan-Asian
Layla Powell
Africa and Middle Eastern fusion
Fergus Blair
Modern Global Fusion
Pratap Chahal
East Asian
Alistair Pringle
Mediterranean
Sal Dhalla
Modern British (V)

Hiring a chef FAQs

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Who are the Nomads?
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The Nomad are a community of talented up-and-coming chefs. Each “Nomad” must meet the highest standards and only 10% make the cut.

Are Nomad Cooks available in my area?
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We’re currently available throughout Greater London, within the M25. Outside the area? Start a chat with us (bottom right) and we will see what we can do.

Can you cater for bespoke requirements and events?
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Yes, absolutely. Please reserve the chef that you like for the event date. You can then chat with them and tailor everything to fit your event perfectly.

What if my kitchen is only small, or I don’t have much cooking equipment?
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Nomads can create amazing food in just a typical kitchen. They will need an oven, four hobs, and some space for preparation. Your Nomad will ask you for details when you discuss your event.

Who buys all the ingredients?
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Your Nomad will buy all the fresh ingredients before your event. All ingredients are included in the price of your menu.

Can Nomad Cooks cater to different dietary requirements?
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Nomads can adapt or create new dishes to range a wide range of dietary needs. Please ensure you include all dietary requirements and allergies when making your booking. Your Nomad will respond with some suggestions for alternative dishes.

Where does my money go?
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100% of the menu price and travel costs go to your Nomad.

We charge a 15% service fee on top of the menu cost. With this we are able to offer priority customer support should anything go wrong before or during your event. We also donate a school meal for each guest we serve through One Feeds Two.

What is One Feeds Two?
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Our partnership with One Feeds Two means that for every guest served by a Nomad, a child in poverty receives a free school meal.  Their approach in combatting child hunger through hot school meal promotes both education and essential nutrition.
Read more at onefeedstwo.org

About us


How we started
Hi, I'm Jojo, I started Nomad Cooks after I witnessed first-hand how agency-booked private chefs couldn’t deliver dinner guests the experience they deserve.

Poor communication, lack of personalisation and cost-cutting led to second-rate dining experiences for guests.

There were issues for the chefs too: low pay, lack of autonomy, and no ability to create bespoke menus their clients would love.


How we're changing things
On our platform, each chef gets paid 100% of the cost of the menu. Our chefs work as freelancers. They're passionate about making each dining experience a unique and memorable experience.

We are partners with an amazing charity called One Feeds Two. This means that for each guest we serve, we donate a school meal to a child in poverty.


Where we are now
In the last 12 months our amazing Nomads have served thousands of happy guests.

I’d love for you to try Nomad Cooks, or send me your feedback on how I can improve the service.

Nomad Cooks is only a year old so we’re listening, learning and growing every day. Please contact me any time with any question jojo@nomadcooks.co.uk.

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