HeyChef.ae, a UAE based food-tech start-up, has launched a one of its kind on-demand personal chef service. The platform, which is a perfect blend of hospitality and technology, allows you to select a Chef based on your preferred cuisine. HeyChef offers this personal chef service across Dubai, which entails a chef coming to your house and preparing dishes based on your requirements (i.e. taste, diet needs, meal prep, BBQs, parties, gatherings etc.).
Co-Founders Pranav Arora and Mugdha Kalvade launched HeyChef in May 2020 with the concept of ‘you book, we cook’. Before onboarding any chef, the duo undertake several tasting sessions where the chefs have to prepare the requested dishes across different cuisines in the defined time, while keeping the kitchen and hygiene in order.
Based on the customer’s requirements, HeyChef also provides an ingredients and cutlery checklist at an additional charge. HeyChef’s services are offered on daily, weekly, and monthly bases ideal for parties , gatherings and corporate events. Each Chef has expertise in a certain type of cuisine, but also has the ability to adapt as per their customer’s taste palette. In addition, they cover all the popular foods that are requested by the customers.
HeyChef aims to promote fresh, healthy eating and caters to a wide range of nationalities in the region. The user-friendly website offers an intuitive booking process with a unique and simplified checkout process with different options of chefs/cuisines to choose from. All their Chefs are also fully vaccinated and go for regular booster shots with extensive training provided n terms of cleanliness and hygiene.
Launched during the pandemic in May 2020, HeyChef currently has a growing team of 6 Chefs. While cooking, Chefs can follow any special diet plans and calorie-controlled recipes that their clients desire. The company has been operating for over a year now, and has served more than 500 customers in Dubai, and completed more than 3,000 bookings.
Besides personal Chef service at home, HeyChef also provides cooking classes, BBQ services on yachts and are known for their themed night menus like Sushi Nights, Steak Nights, Dim Sum Nights and more. During the festive season, starting October-November and onwards, HeyChef will also prepare festive menus for each chef.
Co-founder, Pranav Arora says, “With the launch of HeyChef.ae, our mission is to bring hospitality [to] everyone’s doorsteps. Through our website, customers can easily book a Chef through a seamless process. As of now, our service is only offered in Dubai but we do have plans to extend our services across Abu Dhabi by next year. We are also appointing more chefs over the coming months and are in talks to develop the HeyChef App. Since May 2020, every day has been a great learning experience and our service has evolved significantly”.
HeyChef serves a diverse clientele in Dubai right from working couples, single individuals and large families with children who like to eat different cuisines. With HeyChef, customers can get access to natural, nutritious and personalized food at the comfort of their homes with rates starting from AED 130 per hour for parties and AED 65 per hour for recurring services.