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NEW YORK (
MainStreet) -- Want a fine-dining experience in your home, but don't have the time, effort or energy to attempt it, nor access to top chefs who'll swing by and whip it up?
All is not lost.
TravelsinTaste looks to Kitchit, a website that connects members with the most talented and creative local chefs to craft individualized, full-service "bespoke" dining experiences in their homes. The site even helps plan the event, coordinating rentals and decor and emailing invitations.
Co-founded by Brendan Marshall, Ian Ferguson and George Tang, this Web-based culinary community just launched in New York City (following San Francisco and Los Angeles last year) and allows guests to work one on one with the area's finest chefs, including Dan Kluger of the James Beard Award-winning ABC Kitchen. Kitchit allows members to customize their event by target price, head count and date; the website displays results for chefs who fit the criteria. Its roster includes such culinary icons as Jason Lawless of
Tocqueville, Floyd Cardoz of North End Grill, Harold Dieterle of Perilla and Traci des Jardins of Jardiniere.
Brendan Marshall is co-founder and CEO of Kitchit, which will find a chef for your private party in three U.S. cities.
The company says it seeks out professional chefs who strike a balance between precise food and friendly service, primarily those who have worked renowned restaurants and private homes. "All of our chefs are hand-picked, meaning that our chef network team personally vets each and every chef that is on our platform," Tang says. "For some chefs, their reputation precedes them -- it would be downright silly for us to 'vet' the likes of Dan Kluger and Christopher Kostow -- and for others, we do whatever we need to do to ensure that these chefs can uphold our high standards, whether it means an in-person interview, a tasting or having a member of our chef team shadow the candidate on an outside event."
Experiences range from casual get-togethers to no-expense-spared events, Tang says, giving an example: "A group of friends who haven't seen each other in a while and want to catch up over a nice dinner. They are looking for something unique and interesting, and Kitchit is the perfect solution. They bring their own wine, interact with the chef about their food and have a great time without having to lift a finger."