Your Guide to Hiring a Private Chef in Minnesota

Jason names his dream chefs for hosting a private dinner
Chef Yia Vang

Photo by Lauren Cutshall

Bougie alert!

I know, hiring a private chef isn’t for everyone (if it is for you, please invite me!), but more people are doing private dinners instead of big company parties. Maybe you want to have a couple friends over and instead of stressing out about a meal, you plan to have a great chef do it.

I’ve put together a list of chefs I’d love to have prepare a private dinner, or chefs I’ve had others recommend. Most of them will do a big event, or even a small dinner of a couple people. The budget varies, but this isn’t a bargain-hunters situation. Typically, expect dinners to start at $75 per person.

(This is not an exhaustive list – feel free to add your favorites in the comments below!)

Private Chefs

Todd Macdonald, Braise Catering (formerly Parella and Red Cow chef)

Michael Rassmussen, Chef Rassy

Lisa Atkinson, Nosh & Gather

Paige & Rick Didora, Houndstooth

Mo Kotb, Dervish Mazza (Mediterranean Cuisine)

Jametta Raspberry, House of Gristle

Clara Doe, Girl With Spoon (West African/Soul Food), email at girlwithspoon.minn@gmail.com

Robin Aspell (specializes in whole grains and plant-based cuisine), email at robin@robinasbell.com

Heather Jansz, The Curry Diva (Sri Lankan specialties)

Colin Murray & Jamie Compton, Wandering Kitchen

Carline Bengtsson, Dine4Dinners (1/4 profits go to feed the hungry)

Zach McFall, Bartlett Catering (formerly of Tilia/Spoon and Stable)

Sarah Lang, A Simple Kitchen

Ian & Nicole Baggett, Host a Toast

Restaurant Chefs

Yia Vang, Vinai Feasts

Sameh Wadi, Grand Catch/World Street Kitchen

Michael Shaughnessy, Advellum, email at Michael@advellum.com

Adam Lerner, Saint Dinette, email at adamhlerner@gmail.com

Corey Meier, The Grocer’s Table (formerly Oceanaire, CrEATe Catering)

Jim Christiansen (formerly Heyday), email at jimkc@protonmail.com, call at 612-819-8130

Sam Daigle, Brunoise (formerly Spoon and Stable/J. Morton’s Meats)

Michael Agan (formerly Xavi), email at magan17@gmail.com or text 612-730-2126

Heather Asbury, Heather’s Minneapolis, email at catering@heathersmpls.com

Jamie Malone, Keep It Grand

Soleil Ramirez, Arepa Bar

Junji Umezu, The Hapa Chef, email at junji.umezu@gmail.com, find at farmtofork.net

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