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Private Chef Services For Stress-Free In-home catering In Halifax, Nova Scotia

You pick a date, time, and a menu. I’ll do the shopping, cooking, serving, and cleaning.

Private Chef Services For Stress-Free Entertaining In Halifax, Nova Scotia

Pick a date, time, and a menu. I’ll do the shopping, the cooking, the serving, and the cleaning.

What you Can Expect

Hosting an in-home event can be stressful. There are countless things that can go wrong and even more things to worry about. By the time your guests arrive, you’re already exhausted, and worst of all, you don’t even end up enjoying the evening.

As stressful as doing everything yourself is, sometimes the idea of hiring a chef for the night can seem even more daunting. Questions like, “Will the food be any good?”, “Can I expect professional service?”, and “What if they don’t show up?” are valid concerns. This is your evening, and the last thing you want is for it to be memorable for the wrong reasons.

When you hire me, you don’t just hire a chef; you’re getting peace of mind. Not only can you expect expertly crafted private chef meals, professional service, and absolute reliability, but on the off chance that something doesn’t meet your expectations and I can’t make it right, I offer a 100% money-back guarantee. Unlike traditional caterers, I prepare your food fresh in your kitchen, ensuring every dish is as exceptional as your event deserves.

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Stress-Free In-Home Catering

Extensive private chef menus, a simple booking process, and clear professional communication ensure a stress-free in-home catering experience. 


More Time With Your Guests

I do the shopping, cooking, serving and cleaning so you get to spend time actually enjoying your evening and your guests.


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Piece of Mind

Expect reliability and adaptability with professional service backed by over 24 years of experience and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.





Chef Ben prepared a private dinner for our 25th wedding anniversary. This was our gift to each other and was definitely one of the most special things we have ever done. The entire experience with Chef Ben was perfect – from planning, communication, the meal itself, etc. I wish I could give this review 10 stars! Thanks so much Chef Ben!

Amanda K

I was planning to host a dinner party for family coming from out of town. I wanted to try something different that included me not in the kitchen the whole time. I had been following Chef Ben on Insta so I reached out. Ben was fantastic to work with and I would definitely recommend him. I asked for a Greek menu and wow, did he deliver. Having a private chef at a dinner party is a cool experience for your guests too. They can ask questions and watch the courses being prepared. Hands down it was such an awesome time! Thank you Ben, can’t wait for our next foodventure!!

Destiney L

Simply put, Ben delivered a top shelf dinner party experience for 10 of us in our home. Ben was professional, helpful in detailing everything he’d do and what dishes we’d need to ensure we had, and made the night memorable with a four course meal that was TO DIE FOR! Stop thinking about hiring Ben for your dinner; just do it!!

Mario A

I have only 5-star reviews on Google, Facebook, and yelp.

What you can Expect

  • 100% Money Back Guarantee – Hire me with confidence. If there’s an issue I can’t resolve, you’ll receive a full refund.
  • Streamlined Menu Selection – Select from diverse options, including plated dinners, family-style meals, buffets, and finger foods to suit any event.
  • Custom Menus – Looking for something unique? Let’s collaborate to design a custom menu that perfectly matches your event’s theme and your culinary desires.*
  • Allergies and Dietary Considerations – Menus and recipes are adaptable to meet all dietary needs and restrictions, ensuring every guest enjoys a delicious, worry-free meal.
  • Flexibility – I understand that plans can change. I’m flexible to accommodate last-minute adjustments, including additional guests, whenever possible.
  • Easy Booking Process – Booking your event is as straightforward as sending an email, making the process hassle-free.
  • Benefit of Experience – With over 24 years of professional cooking experience and expertise as a private chef since 2017, quality and satisfaction are guaranteed.
  • Punctuality – Expect me to arrive on time or up to ten minutes early, with the food served precisely when you desire.
  • Professionalism – Every client interaction and event is approached with the highest level of professionalism.
  • Discretion Guaranteed – When you invite me into your home, your privacy is my top priority. Rest assured, I uphold the strictest standards of confidentiality. I never discuss clients or capture any photographs without explicit permission. Your trust is sacred to me, ensuring a private dining experience that’s as secure as it is enjoyable.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a dinner cost?

The price of a meal depends on many factors, including how many people are eating, the specific menu items, and where you are located. On average, a three-course meal costs between $100 and $175 per person plus tax.

How long does a dinner take?

A typical three-course meal for eight to twelve people will take about four hours—two hours of preparation, one hour of eating, and one hour of clean-up. Cocktail parties generally take about six hours in total.

Do you travel outside Halifax?

The simple answer is yes. I travel all over Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and beyond. I charge a per-hour fee for every hour I have to travel in each direction. I also charge for accommodations if I have to travel more than four hours in each direction.

I am based out of Dartmouth and River Bourgeois, Cape Breton.

Do I have the right pots and pans?

No need to worry. I bring all my own pots and pans. I bring literally everything I need except the table setting and stove.

Do I need to make room in my fridge?

I will require some fridge space for certain desserts but will let you know ahead of time.

What time is the meal served?

The time you eat is entirely up to you. Generally, people like to eat between six and seven pm. I require two to three hours (depending on the menu) of preparation before serving the food. So, I will typically arrive at  four or five if you’d like to eat at seven.

Does everyone order the same thing?

Since every dish is freshly prepared in your kitchen, I generally recommend a uniform menu for all guests to ensure the highest quality and efficiency. However, I recognize the need for flexibility. I’m more than willing to modify nearly any menu item to cater to allergies or dietary restrictions. For events requiring varied main courses, I suggest keeping side dishes consistent across all plates to streamline service while accommodating diverse tastes.

Do I have to order a soup, salad, appetizer, main course and dessert?

Simply put, no. Most people order a three or four-course meal, but you can order whatever you’d like.

Is my kitchen big enough?

Whatever sized kitchen you have will be fine. As long as it is clean and tidy, and your oven works, I can make it work.

What do I need to provide?

All you need to provide is a clean and tidy kitchen and table settings. I’ll provide everything else.

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