- POSTED: 25 Dec 2013 18:48
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More people in Singapore are opting for Christmas dinners at the comfort of their homes, but without the need to cook up a fuss in the kitchen, this festive season.
SINGAPORE: More people in Singapore are opting for Christmas dinners at the comfort of their homes, but without the need to cook up a fuss in the kitchen, this festive season.
One company which provides such services is My Private Chef, which offers customers a private dining experience.
Whether it is traditional stuffed turkey or Peranakan cuisine, casual lunch or formal dinner -- the 15 chefs at the company cater to families looking to avoid the crowds.
But hiring a private chef does not come cheap.
It usually costs around S$200 per person, but clients are willing to fork out up to S$600 for more exotic ingredients during the festive period.
My Private Chef said bookings have gone up every year since they started three years ago.
Clients are usually aged in their 30s to 50s, and often looking for more than just good food.
Stephan Zoisl, co-founder of My Private Chef, said: "I don't think that food alone is interesting enough anymore. Five to 10 years ago, you just have a couple of courses and couple of dinners, you have your wine pairing, but Singapore is a very demanding crowd.
“Wine knowledge is getting better and better, so at the end of the day, they will say, give me something more to that, so you have to be quite entertaining. As a chef, you always go to the table, you can really take the time to explain what you have done, what you usually cook, what's on the plate, and sometimes what is the inspiration behind it."
But if you are looking for convenience without busting your wallet, one "restaurant on wheels", called Travelling C.O.W. (Chef On Wheels), offers meals at around S$30 per person, but with a minimum order for 30 people.
The mobile truck parks at your doorstep, and serves up a Christmas meal on the spot.
You might also have seen the Travelling C.O.W. parked outside Singapore Polytechnic or Golden Agri Plaza to serve the office and school crowd during non-festive periods.