Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 by Will Hagle
Kitchensurfing is a community for a unique food and social experience allowing you to meet, cook and eat together, host a dinner or join others.
Kitchen Surfing brings high-quality chefs from your local area directly to your kitchen. These chefs cook and prepare a full meal for you and a certain amount of people for a predetermined price. The chefs also offer additional services, such as cooking classes, advice and even food delivery. The best part of the site is the complete customization it offers when you’re attempting to find the right chef in your area. When you begin looking, the site asks you to name how many guests you’ll be having, your budget, and the type of meal that you’re looking for. The site then displays a handful of chefs that fit your description. Each available chef has a profile that displays all of the necessary information regarding their culinary history as well as the meals that they can prepare for you. These chefs send you menus and ideas, but you can communicate back and forth regarding specific requests.
Booking is done directly through Kitchen Surfing, and payment is carried out prior to a chef’s arrival. When the date you scheduled finally comes around, a chef will show up, cook, serve food and clean. This essentially transforms your kitchen into a full-service restaurant (and the bill has already been paid!). The amount per meal can greatly vary, but it generally depends on the amount of hours your chef has worked. These hours include planning and shopping as well as food preparation, service and clean-up. As of now, Kitchen Surfing is only available in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, the Hamptons, Los Angeles and New York. However, the site claims that many chefs are willing to travel outside one of those areas for an additional fee. For those within one of those aforementioned cities, the site offers a unique way to entertain a group of guests, celebrate an event or learn how to cook in the comfort of your own kitchen.