Chef comes calling
I WAS at a loss.
How was I here, a full half-hour before dinner starts, drink in hand, chatting with my guests?
At any of our previous dinner parties, I would still be fussing in the kitchen, having perfunctory conversations over the whir of fan-forced ovens. But tonight, the table was set beautifully (not by me) and wine was already being poured (again, not by me).
It was magical and I liked this dinner party fairy a lot.
Launched in Perth last week, Intertain is “Uber for chefs” and is massively undersold as such.
“The chefs shop, prep, cook, serve and clean,” Intertain WA business development manager Michelle Mok said.
“It defies the conventional catering model and stands to disrupt the concept of at-home dining in the best way possible.”
We’re not talking a buffet table lined with bain-maries; instead, think chef’s table in the comfort of your dining room and you’re closer to the real picture.
My seven guests and I witnessed first-hand the beauty of this online chef marketplace as we connected over a six-course restaurant-quality menu prepared by Oliver Buenviaje.
His slow-baked Tasmanian salmon with miso syrup and minted pea puree was a stand-out, paired deftly with a 2015 Forest Hill Estate riesling. And again, we didn’t have to worry about that.
Cue Mark Leake, from Samuel Smith & Son, who matched Buenviaje’s menu with a selection of top-quality wines, even carting in all the glassware.
Wine pairing is just one of the many add-ons available upon request, with the Intertain concierge able to assist with other options such as table styling and floral centrepieces.
On Intertain.com.au, the whole process is easy. Chef’s profiles, their menus and prices are available for viewing, and with a four-person minimum to book in, there are few questions that remain unanswered.
Back at our alfresco dinner, as I settled into the treacly dessert wine that rounded off the evening, I declared that this was by far the most I had enjoyed myself at my own dinner party.
But it was the moment I stood up to bid Buenviaje adieu that I could have almost cried tears of joy, when I glimpsed my spotless kitchen gleaming back at me.
Chef Oliver Buenviaje talks dinner guests through a dish.