Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located? Do you have a restaurant?Francesco is a private chef, and is located wherever YOU are! Francesco prepares all meals in your kitchen. You are hiring your own private, in-home chef for a luncheon, a dinner or a weekend.
Can you cater my event at any location?Francesco does not bring prepared food to your function. If your event venue has a kitchen, such as your home or vacation rental, he would love to make your event memorable. Francesco prepares all food on site and as a benefit, the preparation in your kitchen is part of the experience for you and your guests.
How is cost calculated?The normal rate is based largely on the number of guests. The minimum charge for chef Francesco's private dining and entertainment experience is $200.00 (for a party of up to four guests) plus the actual cost of the food. This includes all planning, shopping, preparation, service and entertainment, as well as cleanup. The private chef and entertainment fee for larger parties is calculated on the number of guests and requires the addition of one or more assistants at an additional cost.
Please call Francesco at 904.415.0472 for a complete estimate. Remember, there is no markup of the ingredients from the market, AND you purchase your own wine!
What if my kitchen is on the small side?No gourmet kitchen required! THE SINGING CHEF has worked in every size kitchen with equipment of all types (once even cooking on a 2 burner stove)! A tiny kitchen may limit the number of guests, but not the number of courses, the quality of the food or the experience!
How many guests may I invite?The number of guests depends on the type of event, and the size of your kitchen. For a sit down luncheon or dinner, 24 guests is usually the upper limit. This allows for all guests to enjoy the full SINGING CHEF experience. For less structured events, buffets or cocktail parties, 50 guests can be served. Please call 904.415.0472 to discuss your plans. If you are planning a cooking class party, the number of participants will be determined at the time of your consultation visit.
What do I need to furnish?This will be determined at the time of your consult with Francesco.
Does THE SINGING CHEF bring a staff?Yes, if the size of the party is larger than four, Francesco has professional staff that he has trained to compliment his cooking and serving style. They handle everything, from prep to cleanup.
How far will you travel?THE SINGING CHEF is available for parties up to one hour minutes travel time from Fernandina Beach, FL at his normal rate. This includes St. Mary's, Georgia, Jacksonville, Orange Park, and Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
Francesco has provided his dining and entertainment experience to clients around the globe. Engagements outside the Jacksonville, FL area may be arranged by adding travel and lodging expenses.
May each guest pay separately?Of course! This works especially well for cooking lessons or supper clubs. Naturally the host or hostess is responsible for the contracted amount, but individual payments are accepted with prior arrangement.
May my guests watch Francesco at work?Guests often visit the kitchen while Francesco is cooking, and they are welcome to watch. Cooking classes are also available and may be booked separately.
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