The private chef problem
While working for a private chef agency I became fed up with the dismal pay and a lack of contact with clients. The process was very impersonal; I was simply sent off to an address and told to get on with it….the worst bit about it was the sheer injustice of the pay, I was doing all the work in the kitchen but only seeing a tiny portion of the profits.
I became aware that for the customer for whom I was cooking the experience was much the same; no idea who will turn up or what to expect from them.
A freelance solution
I began to work on a solution - a platform where freelance chefs could advertise their services, like a shopfront, and be judged on the merit of their cooking through a review system. By sidelining the extortionate agency fees and implementing a structured booking system it seemed possible to create a fair and affordable way of booking a private chef. Chefs will be able to work more autonomously by creating their own menu, setting their own prices and choosing which jobs they take on.
So, while at university, I launched Nomad Cooks. Using a pool of young talented trained chefs with whom I have made contact with over the past few years, I have created a booking platform where you can book a private chef (a Nomad) at a price which is not extortionate. You can also choose the menu, cooking style and pricing of your personal chef and be able to read a resumé of his or her experience and food interests in advance.
The Nomad community
We are now a rapidly growing team of skilled, young and friendly freelance chefs available for booking in London for dinner parties or holiday/weekend jobs. Each Nomad works on a freelance basis taking home 85% of what you pay.
We have tried to make this service as easy to use as possible so that you can effortlessly connect to private chefs. To start the process click 'New Event', if you have any questions go to 'How It Works' or 'FAQs'.