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Plan the ultimate kid’s birthday party with Your Private Chef

Your Private Chef - Thursday, April 19, 2018
“But we only want what’s best for you…” 

It’s one of those lines we’ve all heard at least once coming from our parents when we were growing up. While we may have thrown a tantrum when mum and dad refused that chocolate or cool new toy, now that we’re grown, it’s safe to say most of us are thankful for their resistance.

If you have kids yourself, you might even find yourself saying the same things to your own children!
As a parent, it’s only natural to want the best for your kids. Of course, that can make throwing the birthday party of their dreams a nightmare for the health-conscious parent. 

You’d be surprised how much sugar sneaks its way into even the simplest food! 

At Your Private Chef, we know how hectic the lives of parents can get. And as parents ourselves, we know first-hand the struggle to find party-appropriate food that isn’t chock full of nasty surprises. 

If you’re hoping to throw the perfect birthday party for your kid with healthy (but delicious) food, you need not worry... we’ve got your back! 

Choose the perfect birthday catering for your child’s party!

Planning a children’s birthday party can be a struggle, and without a doubt one of the most stressful parts is the issue of food. 

Kids can be picky eaters. You don’t want your child’s birthday party to be tarnished by a food tantrum! 

Fortunately, with Your Private Chef, you don’t need to worry about the food betting a poor reception. In fact, you can be pretty confident that your children and guests will be raving about the food and other goodies we’ll be bringing!

The Kids Party Box

Let’s say your venue doesn’t offer food. Maybe your own kitchen isn’t big enough. You might even simply not have the time (or the patience) to prepare everything on your own! 

That’s where our Kids Party Box comes in! Featuring bite-sized versions of classic crowd-pleasers (with a couple healthy options thrown into the mix, of course), our kids party boxes take the stress out of preparing party food. 

Let your kids gorge themselves on our selection of hot favourites. Each pack features the following:
  • Mini sausage rolls
  • Cheese arancini
  • Crispy vegetable spring rolls
  • Mini cheese burgers
  • Carrot sticks and cheddar bites

Kids sausage sizzle

You're never too old - or young to enjoy a good sausage sizzle.

That's what makes a good old-fashioned sausage sizzle another perfect option for kids.  Why not try our kids sausage sizzle BBQ package? Our thin beef sausages are perfect for small hands and mouths, and we include classic condiments on the side...

And while we're speaking of barbeque...

Kids gourmet BBQ

Another great kiddie culinary option is our BBQ package made especially for kids. Taking a range of choices from our smash-hit gourmet barbeque menu and shrinking them down to kid-friendly sizes, this is the perfect choice for a kid’s birthday party. 
Kids are sure to love our mini beef brioche cheeseburgers, petit soft baby brioche buns with mini hotdogs and healthy fruit skewers.

Your Private Chef’s American Pancake Station

But what if your child’s birthday party is big? Like, seriously big?

As in, 100 guests or even more?

Fortunately, we have you covered!

Impress your guests and spoil your kids with Your Private Chef’s American Pancake Station!

Kids love pancakes, so this option is sure to be a hit! Offering unlimited pancakes for your young (and not-so-young) guests to stack however they want. This option is perfect for those big parties.

Not only is does this option offer great value, but it also offers huge variety. We offer nine distinct toppings to choose from, including berry coulis, whipped cream Chantilly, maple syrup, warm chocolate sauce and more!

Please note: the mobile pancake station is only available for parties of over 100 - we told you it was big!

Kiddie desserts

And of course, no kiddie party would be complete without dessert to top everything off! 

At Your Private Chef, we have an endless list of desserts that you can choose from.  Fruit skewers, cupcakes, layer cakes, chocolate brownies...

And if you're looking for special occasion cake, we have a 6-inch cake that we can customise to suit your theme.  You can choose from among the following flavours:

  • Chocolate mud
  • White chocolate & raspberry 
  • Red velvet
Make your child's birthday even more special with elaborate decorative cookies. tailored to suit your theme, whether that's princesses, pirates or a simple Happy Birthday message.

For a truly remarkable dessert statement, why not choose a donut wall? Check out our various donut wall buffet selections here!

Kids Hot & Cold Platters

Too much choice? Unsure which package is most suitable for your child’s birthday party? Why not mix-and-match your birthday party snacks?   
At Your Private Chef, we have a great selection of hot and cold platters. Made up of items that’ll appeal to any kid’s palate, we give you the freedom to put together your own menu of gourmet, kid-friendly food.
Some of our most popular choices among little ones include:
  • Mini pizzas
  • Baby hamburgers
  • Homemade sausage rolls
  • Fresh fruit skewers
  • Beef sausage rolls
  • Traditional sandwich platters
And don’t forget about the grown-ups - why not order a selection of platters to offer parents and other guests.

Want a kids party that’ll be the talk of the town?

Make Your Private Chef a part of your child’s big day!

At Your Private Chef, we are proud of our ability to deliver unforgettable food experiences. Whether it’s your wedding or even little Timmy’s 10th birthday, you’re sure to find some high-quality culinary delights on our menu!

As young as they are, kids deserve all the best - and that includes getting the best and most delicious food for their special celebration. 
Fill us in on your plans for your child’s birthday and we’ll offer birthday catering options that turn your dream party into reality! 
Call Ana today to discuss on (03) 9018 932, or fill in this form and we’ll be in touch!


Tea time! 3 unique ideas to make your high tea stand out from the crowd

Your Private Chef - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The phrase “high tea” evokes a certain image of sophistication, class and refinement you don’t normally see anymore. Fine china, silver cutlery, lace tablecloths - it’s exactly these things that make high tea such alluring ideas for birthdays, special announcements, anniversaries, hens parties, or even simple get-togethers!

Alice in Wonderland High Tea catering

While high tea is great, traditionally, there isn’t that much in the way of variety. Scones, finger sandwiches and cakes alongside a brew of English Breakfast or Earl Grey... there’s nothing wrong with them, but what about putting a modern spin on a traditional style?

There’s a refreshing cool change in the air… and we’re not just talking about the beginning of autumn!

More and more Melburnians are breaking with tradition for their high tea. Here are just some of the more unique spins on high tea we’ve been loving recently!

Garden party

Before you decide on a theme, decorations or even your menu, you’ll need to decide on a location. Luckily, we Aussies live in one of the most beautiful countries on the planet - why not put it to good use? If you have a garden, use it!

Encourage your friends to wear floral attire and bright, vivid colours to bring things back to nature.  

For a more uniquely Aussie spin on the traditional high tea, consider decorating your table with some more exotic native plants. Why not line your table with banksia instead of the traditional daffodils?

And of course, you can’t forget the food! We recommend switching scones and sandwiches for something a bit more natural for your garden party:

  • Fruit and cheese - bring a bit of rustic flavour to your high tea with seasonal fruits and the best cheeses
  • Salad - a variety of salads are a great addition to any kind of menu
  • Sushi - delicious and easy to eat - perfect for a high tea event!
  • Drinks - stick with traditional tea or opt for hot apple cider or even an intimate coffee station

Fruit and cheese platter catering

Fall down the rabbit hole

When it comes to tea parties, few are as iconic as the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland.

The Wonderland theme is the perfect excuse for you and your friends to play dress up. Dust off your most fabulous dress and tallest top hat and track down your old croquet set (lawn bowls are an acceptable substitute!)

And for ideas that’ll really make you feel like you’ve stumbled into Wonderland, these quirky food ideas will make your guests lose their heads:

  • Eat me” - consider attaching quirky labels to your food, drinks and bowls
  • Mushrooms - if real mushrooms aren’t your thing, marshmallows and candy melts can be used as substitutes
  • Make some CUPcakes 

    - what cuter way to display and serve dessert than in teacups? Not only is it adorable, but it fits perfectly with the theme!

High tea catering Melbourne

Cap off your day in Wonderland with something from our sinfully sweet dessert menu - we recommend our colourful eclair and macron collections!

Care for some canapes?

Some of our favourite canape packages include:

  • The Cold Classic: choose from 6, or 8 pieces per person, and enjoy classic and beautifully presented cold canapes
  • The SIgnature cocktail package - offering 6, 9, or 12 pieces, this pack is the perfect combination of hot and cold delights
  • Canapes on the Grill: Bite-sized BBQ items combine the traditional nature of finger food with the Aussie staple: the barbeque.

High tea canapes

Browse our full canape menus here.

Add some sparkling

Alcohol has a long and fascinating history stretching for thousands of years - it’s even changed the course of history on more than a handful of occasions.

History’s not the only thing a good glass of champagne can change. If you ask us, a glass of bubbly makes any occasion just that little bit more special!

Complement your canapes with a couple of glasses of your favourite champagne or wine.

Unique high tea ideas from Your Private Chef

Once the sole domain of the gentry and absolute upper-crust of society, modern interpretations of high tea have gone from stuffy to more elegant and casual… not to mention, fun!

With Your Private Chef, you won’t have to worry about your high tea being too generic. Let us take the work off your hands and ensure your high tea is a real crowd-pleaser!

After all, even the most unique high tea theme falls apart without fantastic food!

Need help with planning the nitty-gritty of your high tea? Click here for more of our tips.

No matter the occasion or theme, be sure to get in touch with our team of expert caterers.

Call us now on (03) 9018 9321 to start planning your high tea!


How Your Private Chef can provide complete event planning for your wedding!

Your Private Chef - Thursday, March 15, 2018

It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, and while that may be true, there’s often a different story when it comes to the lead-up!

Planning a wedding can be challenging - especially when you try to do it on your own!

With so many details and considerations to look at, it’s no wonder that 86% of marrying couples report experiencing three (or more) stress-related conditions during planning!

Imagine, though, working with just one team who can help you manage all the important details needed for your dream day:

  • Venue
  • Styling
  • On-the-day planner
  • And of course, the menu

Is that even possible? If you ask us, the answer is a resounding YES!

Wedding catering and planning Melbourne

From the venue all the way down to the smallest details, Your Private Chef is here to take care of everything so you’re free to focus on enjoying your big day!

As one of Melbourne’s best wedding caterers, Your Private Chef can deliver more than an Unforgettable Food Experience.  We’ve helped plan countless weddings since our inception - here are just some parts of your reception our talented team can take off your hands.

Our wedding coordinators help you choose the right venue

There are literally hundreds of venues across Melbourne and Victoria to choose from for your upcoming nuptials.

From industrial warehouses to wineries and everything in between, options are almost limitless.

But how do you choose the right venue? Where do you start finding one that fits your style, has enough space to fit your guests… and most importantly, one that won’t break your wedding budget?

Your Private Chef has a network of preferred wedding venue partners which we would be happy to connect you with.

With venues booking out months and even years in advance, your venue is often one of the first things you need to secure.

Chat to the team at Your Private Chef if you need help securing the right venue for your wedding.

Tie the knot in style! Our styling packages

Once we’ve got the venue locked down, it’s time to think of how to dress it up!

What theme do you want for your reception? Something extravagant and glitzy? Or something a bit more rustic and industrial?

Whatever you desire, our team includes specialists in event styling - you can trust us to help you bring your styling vision to life - and to help set it up!

Wedding and event stylist

No matter your theme or style, our event stylists possess a unique eye for details and appearances that can prove a huge help in planning your reception.

Our stylists are here to ensure the theme, vision and vibe you have for your wedding are brought to life.

It’s simple, really: you decide what “look” you want, and our stylists will bring the magic to life.

Wedding styling from Your Private Chef

Event set-up staff

Don’t sweat the small stuff - let our staff look after all the details!

When we say we’ll take care of the rest, we mean it.

From decorations to tableware our event staff will ensure that everything not only looks great for your big day, but is meticulously planned and executed, too.

Want to learn more about the various wedding reception styling options we offer? Make sure you check out our styling packages and items.

Staff for your party

Running a wedding is no easy feat - oftentimes, it can take an entire army to ensure your reception or party goes off without a hitch!

While you can’t possibly manage it yourself (nor have any desire to do so!), you’ll have to trust in a team to make sure it runs smoothly and according to plan... and for that, you’ll need all the help you can get!

This is why our roster of hand-selected chefs and wait staff can assist during your wedding reception!

These professionals extensive experience catering for all kinds of events and celebrations throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

Whether you need a head chef or a team of waiters ready to serve your guests with dedication and passion, we’ve got all that for you and more!   

And of course, who could forget food?

As Melbourne’s leading wedding and event caterers, Your Private Chef is ready to deliver an Unforgettable Food Experience to you and your guests!

On your special day, expect to be treated to a delicious and sumptuous dining experience.

But we do much more than just that.

Our wedding coordinators and chefs help you plan the perfect menu for your big day, with careful consideration to dietary requirements, budget, style and personality - it’s your special day, after all!

No matter your taste, there’s bound to be an option that’s perfect for your big day:

  • Three-course fine dining is a classic winner that will never go out of style
  • Banquet-style platters for your guests to graze on
  • Bite-sized canapes will start your event off right!
  • Buffet dining is an intimate, economical, and engaging way to dine

To learn more about what we can bring to the table (pun certainly intended!), explore this blog post.

Wedding catering and styling

Looking for a wedding caterer who can take care of more than just the food?

Choose Your Private Chef’s event planners!

At Your Private Chef, we are proud to say that we are more than just your wedding caterer!  

In addition to amazing dining experiences, our wedding coordinators also take care of your entire event – from initial planning to on-the-day execution, and everything else in between!  

As one of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy’s best independent wedding caterers, you can put your confidence in our high quality planning and catering services - your wedding is in great hands when you choose Your Private Chef!

If you need someone who can help you bring your dream wedding to life, our experienced wedding coordinators are only one phone call away!

Let’s chat: call us on (03) 9018 9321 or use our contact form to get the inside scoop on how we can make the biggest and best day of your life even better!


Head over heels! Look out for these wedding trends in 2018

Your Private Chef - Monday, February 26, 2018

Trends come and go - and the wedding industry certainly isn’t immune to them.

As professional caterers, we’ve worked on a lot of weddings, and we’ve seen some tasteful and clever ideas that look like they’re picking up steam this year!

If you’re struggling to come up with ideas for your upcoming wedding, why not look towards some of 2018’s wedding trends? Join Your Private Chef as we look into this year’s popular wedding trends and see if any of these will make it to your big day!

Wedding catering

Do you need an expert wedding caterer in Melbourne? Our talented team can manage not only the catering, but the styling and venue sourcing, too! Find out more here.

Dressing to impress: wedding suit and dress trends

Something blue...

When it comes to wedding attire, grooms don’t have as many options as brides. Tradition dictates that grey suits are for daytime weddings, while black suits are for night time ceremonies.

But it’s 2018 now. And frankly, only being allowed two colours is starting to get a little bit boring!

Instead of the traditional shades, we’ve seen a lot more variety in the colour of wedding suits recently. Without a doubt, one of the biggest successes has been navy blue.

It’s no surprise that navy is such a popular wedding colour. Coming in various tones and shades, navy is versatile - but most importantly, it’s sharp-looking. There’s a reason it’s the world’s favourite colour!

We’re also seeing the guys opt for more casual duds, including beige chinos, for outdoor, daytime, and beach weddings. Of course, grooms should have the freedom to wear whatever colour they want, like burgundy or green.

Speaking of the ladies...

Of course, this wouldn’t be a wedding post if we didn’t talk about wedding dresses!

While the most important thing is to see that the bride is radiant and happy, a glamorous wedding dress wouldn’t hurt either!  

The wedding dress is the most important part of the entire planning process for many soon-to-be brides. The number of wedding dress trends that have come and gone is staggering - it can be difficult to keep up with what’s en vogue!

This year, it’s all about colour.  

Wedding dresses in 2018 are becoming bolder. Brides are becoming more adventurous, opting for dresses adorned with coloured floral details or deeper accents in a break with tradition.

Does this symbolise a permanent shift away from the traditional white? Probably not. But it’s certainly eye-catchng, and definitely worth considering for your dress!

Find the right venue!

If you’re looking for a wedding venue that’s a bit more down to earth, why not go for a more low-key venue?

Industrial spaces

Woodsy and industrial-type spaces are huge - figuratively and literally! These types of spaces generally provide you with ample space for your grand wedding reception. Not to mention, they’re in huge demand this year.

These spaces give your reception a more intimate feel - no big spectacle, just a celebration of love, pure and simple.

Is it any wonder these venues are taking off?


Foliage has been a growing trend for the last few years, but it’s only until the last year or so where it’s branched out (pardon the pun) from bridal bouquets and boutonnieres to throughout the whole venue.

Nurseries are doubling up on their functions by acting as wedding ceremony and reception spaces throughout Melbourne - they’re unique, intimate, and oh-so photogenic.

Unique wedding food: wedding day catering

And finally, you can’t forget the food!

If you were to ask any couple to name their top five wedding essentials, we’re willing to bet food would be close to the top of that list.

Good food can make - or break - any event, especially a wedding. Good food is remembered for all the right reasons!

One trend that we’ve seen first hand as private caterers is uniqueness. Couples want every moment of their big day to be memorable and a direct reflection of the couple - and that’s led to a big push for more non-traditional food choices.

Social snacking: buffets and food stations

One big hit this year (and for the last couple) is buffets. Weddings are meant to be a social event.

But if guests are nailed to their tables… well, let’s just say not that much socialising is going to be happening!

That’s why almost overnight, buffets and food stations have become an insanely popular choice for wedding food.

Buffet catering is super unique: it’s modern, social, and casual, yet still so sophisticated.

Food stations are a hot new trend soaring in popularity. Explore some popular food station ideas here!

Food that reflects you

Some of the most creative menus we’ve seen at weddings have been menus that focus on honouring the two guests of honour.

After all, it’s your wedding. Naturally, the food should reflect you as a couple and your taste.

As a result, we’ve seen more and more couples adding their own favourite dishes to the catering menu.

For a customised culinary experience, talk with our team and we can help you set up a customised food station with your choice of hot and cold food. From classics like filling hot gnocchi to delightfully fresh seafood, the power is yours.

Make dessert a little bit different!

Of course, who could forget dessert?

For many of us, it’s the highlight of a meal!

Finish your night off with a bang:

These are just some of the more creative dessert options couples have been opting for - by no means are these the only options you have. Be as creative as you want!

Wedding catering trends

Thinking of incorporating the latest wedding trends of 2018 into your big day?

Let Your Private Chef make your wedding a day to remember!

Your wedding is a major life event and you want to make it count! 

These trends are just some of the big new ideas that look like they’ll make a big impact in wedding circles this year. 

If you’re short of ideas for your big day, these trends provide a great place to start! And of course, you can’t have a memorable wedding without memorable food! Trends may come and go, but good wedding food is always going to stay in style.

If you wish to learn how Your Private Chef can be part of the biggest day of your life, give Ana a call now on (03) 9018 9321. Alternatively, tell us a few details about your upcoming event using this form and we will be in touch!


Unique Valentine’s ideas and gifts (that you can enjoy, too!)

Your Private Chef - Monday, February 05, 2018

There are only two golden rules of a winning (and non-cheesy) Valentine’s Day gift: personalisation and thoughtfulness.

This Valentine’s Day, step away from the giant teddy bear and ostentatious candy hearts; instead, go personal. Choose a gift from the heart, rather than the biggest bouquet in the florist!

We’ve collated a list of unique, personalised, and beautiful Valentine’s Day gift ideas, including our exclusive Valentine’s Day popup dinner on the most romantic night of the year.

Valentine's Day dinner

Personalised is key

Monogramming is all the rage, so why not order something practical your partner can use that is also stamped with their unique initials (or future initials; hint-hint!)

Some of our favourite monogramming ideas include:

  • Luxurious pillow cases
  • Throws and blankets
  • Chic pyjamas
  • Towels
  • Bags and purses

A romantic and intimate dinner

Haven’t yet planned anything special for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got the perfect gift!

Best of all, it’s something that you can enjoy as much as your special someone.

When roses just cut it, why not treat your special someone to a romantic 3-course dinner at Your Private Chef’s popup restaurant this Valentine’s Day?

Join us in a stunning courtyard setting at Regnier Cakes as you and your loved one enjoy an elegant entrée and main prepared by Your Private Chef’s talented team. End the evening on a sweet note with a selection of delectable desserts from renowned pastry chef Melina Regnier of Regnier Cakes.

Our romantic Valentine’s Day dinner menu

Entrée (choose one dish per person)

  • Bruschetta of Italian prosciutto, mozzarella Fior di Latte, heirloom tomatoes, mint and aged balsamic vinegar (Can be GF)
  • Citrus cured Ora King salmon with pickled pears, toasted buckwheat and lemon ricotta (Can be DF)
  • Oyster mushroom, avocado and tomato ceviche with tortilla crisps (Vegan, GF, DF)

Valentine's Day dinner Melbourne

Main (choose one dish per person)

  • Farroto of Macedon Ranges corn fed duck breast, truffled duck stock, radicchio, Parmigiano Reggiano and aged balsamic vinegar (GF)
  • Grilled Eye Fillet served medium/rare with roasted purple congo potatoes, beans a la Grecque and red wine jus
  • Cavatelli pasta with roasted cauliflower, wild oregano, burst cherry vine tomatoes, goat’s curd and witlof (Vegetarian can be DF)


Chef Melina's decadent desserts as a romantic shared platter.

Tickets to this special dinner are strictly limited, so to avoid disappointment (and to save you the stress of organising a meaningful and unique Valentine’ Day present) reserve your spot online!

Valentine’s Day dinner details:

  • Wednesday, 14th February (of course!)
  • Regnier Cakes, 162 Weatherall Road, Cheltenham, VIC 3192
  • $95+bf per person
  • Buy your tickets online here
  • If you have any questions, please call the Your Private Chef team: (03) 9018 9321

A map poster of a special city

Whether it holds significance for them or the both of you, this is a lovely and unique idea that doubles as a cool piece of artwork in the home.

Perhaps the city where you met, the first place you visited on holiday together, or a dream city you both want to visit. Some great sites where you can explore cities all around the world include:

  • Grafomap
  • Mapiful
  • Mujumaps

A personal day

Whether it be at the spa, a styling service at a department store, or a day on the green, a personalised day – based entirely around your partner’s favourite pastime or passion – is a great gift idea.

Wine with a meaning!

This really creative idea not only shows how much you care, but can once again be enjoyed by the both of you!

Pick out a variety of wines from significant years gone by.

It might be the year you met, when you got married, had your first child, or can even look towards the future, to the year you’ll celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary. A truly memorable gift!

Book your Valentine’s Day dinner at Your Private Chef’s popup

Valentine's dinner Melbourne

You’ve got less than two weeks to sort out your Valentine’s Day plans… so why not take the pressure off yourself and book tickets for you and your special someone to our Valentine’s Day Dinner in Cheltenham?

Tickets are strictly limited for this intimate evening, so head over to Eventbrite to secure your table!


Treat your team and refuel the office with Your Private Chef’s corporate lunch catering!

Your Private Chef - Monday, January 29, 2018

As the new year kicks in, resolutions are made and commitments are renewed.  

And perhaps one of the most popular New Year’s resolution is getting healthy.

When we talk about getting healthy, we don’t just mean working out, and we’d rather avoid those crash diets. Instead, we want to focus on eating better, wherever we are.

If you’re thinking how you can you can keep your resolution even when confined in the four corners of your office space, Your Private Chef has a great idea that you and your team will love - corporate lunch catering.

Office lunch catering

Celebrate a birthday or work anniversary or simply treat your team on any other weekday to a delicious and fresh lunch from Your Private Chef!

Explore some of our favourite office and corporate catering options below...

Lunch is delivered! Office catering

We’re sure you’re all familiar with the dreaded 3pm slump - we feel our brains have turned to mush, we crave junk food, and productivity has virtually flown out the window. And it’s even worse on a Friday!

Some office mistakes you might be making that contribute to the 3pm slump include:

  • Skipping lunch altogether
  • Bypassing carbs in your lunch
  • Eating at your desk

Our diet is one of the major reasons why feel tired after lunch. We rush lunch, hardly stepping away from the desk and wolfing down a quick (and often unhealthy) meal. This feeling of lethargy after eating impacts productivity and efficiency.

Now imagine every single member of your team falling into this slump. Safe to say productivity will take a real hit!

It’s time to indulge in healthy and delicious corporate lunch catering courtesy of Your Private Chef to boost team morale, and energise them for a productive afternoon.

Why not treat the team to lunch once a month?

Individual lunch boxes for everyone

Your team will love our perfectly portioned lunch boxes. Use them as an excuse to catch up for an afternoon and enjoy some non-work chatter!

Some of our favourite packs include:

  • The Ploughman’s lunch box, filled with ham, salami, grilled chicken, cheese, and more
  • Our Taste of Asia lunch box, where you’ll enjoy rice paper rolls, sushi, Asian salad, fruit, ad a drink
  • The Hearty Lunch box, filled with ribbon sandwiches, a baguette, finger food, cheese, and a drink

Sandwich platters

Baguettes, rolls, bagels - oh my! With so many amazing options to pick from, we recommend choosing a few of each of our sandwich platters. Some options include:

  • The classic chicken and spring onion ribbon sandwiches
  • Finger sandwiches filled with premium meats (vegetarian options available, too!)
  • Point sandwiches filled with fresh and yummy fillings
  • Our Dorchester Hotel collection is filled with 5 varieties of finger sandwiches guaranteed to delight your whole team

View the entire collection here, and order online now!

Mix and match platters catering

Our corporate clients love the versatility offered with our delicious hot and cold platters.

Corporate catering platters

Professionally plated, our platters make the task of serving effortless! Some of our favourite hot and cold platters that corporates choose again and again include:

  • Grilled Atlantic salmon, marinated in our Asian sauce
  • Tender lamb cutlets, char grilled to perfection
  • Cold Cajun chicken breast, ready to serve cold or can be heated

We also recommend combining a couple of hot and cold hearty platters with some sides, including:

  • A medley of European-style vegetables
  • Tuscan roasted chat potatoes
  • Mac & cheese

Spit roast and BBQ catering

Who said a BBQ was only good for the weekend?

BBQ catering is one of our most popular corporate menus, as it gives teams the opportunity to interact in a more casual atmosphere, away from the formality of work!

With Your Private Chef, you can choose a fully staffed event experience, or opt to have your BBQ catering delivered to your door, ready for grilling.

Browse out BBQ menus here.

Our spit roast catering options perfectly blend a casual feast with sophisticated dining. As above, you can also choose a fully staffed event, or delivery only.

Our spit roast catering package includes:

  • A variety of roast meat
  • Gravies and sauces
  • Sides, including potato salad, Greek salad, slaw, and couscous
BBQ corporate catering

Say goodbye to the post-lunch slump at the office!

Order fresh and delicious corporate lunch catering for your team!

Corporates, we invite you to order your free Corporate Sample Box! Contact us here.

Treat your team to a tasty lunch reward, be it a monthly delight to look forward to, or reserved for special occasions (including birthdays, workaversaries, or other company milestones).

Browse our extensive corporate menus and order online today! Alternatively, fill in this form or give our office a call on (03) 9018 9321.


Explore unique wedding catering with Your Private Chef!

Your Private Chef - Thursday, January 18, 2018

In Australia, an average of 326 weddings are held every day. With this, it’s no surprise that the wedding industry is constantly on the rise!

On wedding days, one of the busiest teams involved is the catering team: it takes a village to prepare your wedding day feast! And if you’re in Melbourne, there’s a catering service that you can count on during one of the biggest days of your life.

wedding catering Melbourne

Your Private Chef is here to provide you with wedding food experience like no other. The great thing about working with us at Your Private Chef is that we have so many dining options for you to choose from - and we invite you to explore all the options!

Letting us become part of your special day means we work with you, and for you. We make sure that we strategically devise a delicious menu that suits your style, personality and budget, and best of all, is sure to delight you and all of your guests!

If you are planning your big day, make Your Private Chef a part of it. Discover how we can make your wedding day not only a celebration of love but also a gastronomic experience that your guests will remember!

Seasonal fine dining is classic wedding catering

Classy, sophisticated, elegant

Fancy serving a three-course fine dining menu to your wedding guests?  

Just like that, your wish is our command!

With you, we will create a sophisticated three course menu guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you and your guests.

And as we understand how unique and different every wedding is, we work closely with you to bring the wedding feast of your dreams to life.

3-course wedding catering

Sharing is caring with our wedding banquet dining menu

If you’re looking for more relaxed wedding catering, we also have the family-style shared banquet option for you.

The great thing about this dining style is that you’ve still got options:

  • Opt for beautifully presented sharing platters on tables, or choose
  • A buffet station that your guests can approach

Whichever option you choose, we’ll make sure that your guests will enjoy the culinary delights we have prepared.

Get the party started with delectable canapes

Delight your wedding party guests with our delicious array of canapes!

We can create a personalised canape menu that can be served before and/or during the dinner festivities start.  It’s all up to you!

Our chefs have come up with different canape packages that you can choose from.  

Our wait staff will be delighted to go around the party venue to offer your guests the canapes that we have perfectly prepared for your wedding reception!

You can opt for the Combination Classic Cocktail which combines both our hot and cold canape faves. You can also choose our Canapes on the Grill BBQ package.  Yes, you can now serve bite sized BBQ items to your guests!

When it comes to our canape options, we have plenty of packages to choose from.  Check out our complete canape selections here.

Fall head over heels in love with our decadent food stations

Captivate guests with an impressive food station

One of the fastest-growing trends not only in the wedding industry but throughout the entire event and catering industries is setting up beautiful food stations filled with the most stunning displays of food.  

Food stations at a wedding combine elements of both buffet-style dining and fine-dining. Imagine getting the best of both worlds!

The captivating spread of gastronomic delights will surely impress and delight all your guests.  

At Your Private Chef, we simply LOVE preparing sumptuous food stations. And we’re also happy to work with you to discover exactly what you would like to display and offer your guests. If you have something special in mind, we would love to hear from you.

Food station wedding catering

Add an extra dose of sweetness with wedding desserts

Anyone with a sweet tooth would think they have found heaven when they see the sugary spread of goodness right in front of them!

Make your wedding festivities even sweeter by adding a dessert buffet to the mix!  

Choose from our sweet selection of dessert platters - a great way to offer a sweet treat at the end of the night without blowing the budget.

Dessert wedding catering

And if you’re looking at something different that will have your guests talking long after the wedding party has ended, make a statement with our incredible donut wall: a wall of donuts adorned with a floral centrepiece that will leave guests in awe and bathed in sweetness!

Looking for wedding caterers in Melbourne?

The wedding season has begun! Call Your Private Chef today!

Before the wedding bells start ringing, there are so many things that a bride and a groom must first prepare, plan, and decide!

Wedding catering is indeed one of the biggest parts of the preparation process. If you’re planning the wedding celebration of your dreams in Melbourne, make Your Private Chef a part of your day!  

As one of the city’s premier catering provider and a 2017 Independent Caterer finalist of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) awards, we certainly know a thing or two about making the wedding feast of your dreams a reality!

To find out more about how Your Private Chef can be part of the most special day of your life, give Ana a call on (03) 9018 9321. Alternatively, fill in this form  and we will be in touch!


Healthy food delivery you’ll actually want to eat!

Your Private Chef - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

No-one likes finding themselves the victim of false advertising.

Whether it’s buying an item of clothing online only to find out it looks nothing like the picture, to buying something from one of those embarrassingly bad TV infomercials, many of us will have fallen victim to false claims once or twice in the past.

And for some of us, we may have been swayed by the gourmet food delivery trend, only to find out that we are not getting our money’s worth, or are being led to believe the meals were eating are actually good for us.   

That’s when Your Private Chef comes into play: combine the convenience of pre-prepared meals with the value of taste and nutrition, and you’ve just described our gourmet food delivery!

Gourmet food delivery just for you

When some of us hear “healthy food”, we think of bland, tasteless greens or of fad diets that fade into obscurity after a week.

With such illustrious company, we really don’t blame you for being tempted to look right past the supposedly healthy option.

However, there’s good news. Healthy doesn’t have to mean plain and tasteless any more… in fact, healthy food can taste just as good, if not better than the alternative! 

Your Private Chef offers a weekly gourmet food delivery service that bucks the trend - not only is it healthy, but we guarantee you’ll actually want to eat it!

Delicious and healthy food delivery!

Healthy and delicious food delivery?! Say it ain’t so…

At Your Private Chef, our weekly food delivery is all about giving you access to a variety of healthy value packs that take away the stress of evening cooking and are full of flavours and nutrients.

Depending on your dietary needs, we have several healthy and cost-effective value packs available, designed to deliver all the good stuff in a convenient, delicious package!

The Lean Pack

Take our Lean Pack, for example. This option packs a powerful protein punch, with dishes like our salmon fillet served with rosemary & garlic chat potatoes, as well our award-winning BBQ grilled Cajun chicken breast with roasted sweet potato mash and seasoned steamed vegetables.

Vegetarian Pack

Not a meat-eater? No worries! We have the perfect 11 meal value pack for the vegetarians in the audience. Indulge in:

  • Spinach and ricotta gnocchi
  • Red lentil & tandoori spiced vegetable patties
  • Button mushroom risotto
  • And a ton more vegetarian dishes

We have also come up with a value pack that’s ideal for new mums out there - after all, mothers need a very different diet to prepare their bodies for motherhood.

New Mum’s Pantry

Our New Mum's Pantry meal package is a great option to help mummies look after themselves… not to mention, their newborns! Each pack comes with nutritious and nourishing soups, as well 12 freshly baked lactation cookies made with key ingredients that promote solid milk supply.

These are just some of our favourite gourmet food packs - view the full list here.

Gourmet meal delivery for new mums

Take back your time with healthy meal delivery

Not everyone has time to prepare a full dinner for themselves. Between work, your commute, school and any after-hours activities, you could very easily find yourself completely lacking the energy to prepare cook for yourself.

More often than not, convenient and unhealthy takeout can trump your wellbeing - after all, it’s easier to open your UberEats app than it is to prepare a meal for the family after work.

Now with Your Private Chef’s healthy meal delivery, you can cut the stress of preparing and cooking food (which could take a chunk of your time) out of your life!

Say sayonara to cooking - with our gourmet meals, dinner takes only minutes to prepare.

We also ensure the freshness and quality of all our delivered food thanks to our special blast freezing methods that lock in flavour and nutrients of your meals.

Gourmet meal delivery is more affordable than you think!

When some of us read the word “gourmet”, we immediately start thinking pricey or expensive, too.  

With our gourmet weekly delivery service, you get a gastronomic feast prepared by a professional chef for a very reasonable price tag. Our generously portioned gourmet meals generally range between $6.95 and $12.50, and when you take advantage of our value packs, you can save even more.

And we’re also happy to share that delivery within 20km from our new office location in Elsternwick has been slashed to just $6!

lean gourmet meal delivery from YPC

Craving healthy food that you’ll actually look forward to eating?

Your Private Chef’s weekly gourmet delivery in Melbourne is at your service!

With Your Private Chef’s weekly delivery, eating gourmet dishes isn’t only reserved for special occasions or for fancy restaurants. Now you can actually savour all these delectable flavours daily by ordering from us!  

Our talented chefs have carefully crafted a gourmet menu that is both delicious and healthy.

And there’s no better time to order these meals than now! Order gourmet meals online by midday on Monday for a Tuesday delivery, or call ahead and pick up from our new office (pending availability)!


First day in the new office!

Your Private Chef - Friday, December 22, 2017

Your Private Chef enjoys its first few weeks in our new office in Elsternwick!

An (almost) new year called for a new office for the Your Private Chef team! We are excited to share that we have moved from a home office to a wonderful new space in Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick.

Why the new office?

We have always had our commercial kitchen in High Street Prahran, but we started Your Private Chef’s office and warehouse the way many other great companies begin: in the garage! After bursting at the seams in props and staff, we made the much-needed decision to move to a dedicated office and warehouse space.

This is a big move for us and our staff, and a big change to be away from the family home! No more dogs and babies disrupting our phone calls (although we secretly do miss that!)

What's happening in the new office?

Essentially, all the “non-cooking” tasks get done in the new office.

This is where our staff, logistics, and packing teams live! It is also where all the exciting planning and important organisation for all types of events takes place.

A hole-in-the-wall is coming…

As we are located on a busy shopping strip in the heart of Elsternwick, we often get people walking in and asking for coffee - the building was, after all, a bakery for many years!

Once all the craziness of December and Christmas is over, we will look at opening a coffee shop serving bespoke blends as well as our lovely pastries and sandwiches.

So if you work or live anywhere along Glenhuntly Road in Elsternwick, make sure you pop in to say hi!

Pop in to pick up some gourmet meals, too!

We are also super excited to share that we will be selling our weekly gourmet meals from freezers out of the new office.

This will give people the opportunity to collect meals during business hours rather than being restricted to our regular Tuesday delivery schedule.

Enjoy the convenience of home-style meals prepared fresh and blast frozen to lock in all that great flavour and nutrition – pop in and pick up a few, and that’s tonight’s dinner sorted!

Your Private Chef in 2018

2017 has been a big year from Your Private Chef, but we already sense that 2018 will be even bigger! We look forward to meeting you when you visit our new space – whether that’s to pick up a coffee or chat to us about catering for an upcoming event or celebration!

We thank all our clients – both old and new – for a great 2017 and look forward to delivering even more Unforgettable Food Experiences next year.


In need of last-minute Christmas catering? Call Your Private Chef now!

Your Private Chef - Monday, December 18, 2017

What does your Christmas routine look like this year?

If it’s anything like ours, it probably involves a lot of running around the kitchen, frantic schedules and last-minute shopping trips. Even people who aren’t professional caterers will be intimately familiar with this!

Make no mistake, Christmas parties can be a major headache to organise at the best of times - so there’s nothing worse than having a last-minute Christmas party sprung on you!

And if you’re the poor soul responsible for organising said last-minute party… well, let’s just say it’s enough to make you have second thoughts about Christmas (even if just for a second!)

Given how busy this time of the year is, preparing the perfect Christmas feast for your last-minute shindig can be nearly impossible.

Fortunately, you don’t need to let this put a dampener on your holiday spirit!

Call Your Private Chef for Christmas catering - we will be the helper elf to your Santa Claus!

Last minute Christmas feast with the family

A family that eats together, stays together!

In today’s world, this sentiment has never been more important. The rush to work or school, social commitments, and overtime all fight for your attention - not to mention screens being everywhere nowadays.

So for many, Christmas can be the perfect opportunity to make up for lost time and simply be with family.  

Of course, we all have that one family member. You know the one: the one that shows up unannounced and forces you to hustle to get some sort of party together. It might even be the whole clan that declares that they are all coming over for a Christmas meal at the last minute!

And if you're really unlucky, your meticulously-planned Christmas feast might e ruined by a missing ingredient, a broken over, or worst of all, a simple mistake. 

What are you meant to do in these situations?

Fortunately, if you need help, you've come to the right place - for all your last minute Christmas catering needs, you can trust Your Private Chef!  We offer huge range of delicious Christmas dining options that can can be delivered quickly for your surprise Christmas event.

Christmas BBQ catering with the family

When we think of Christmas, most of us have this image of a white, winter wonderland and of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

However, unlike our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, we Aussies are blessed with a summer Christmas. And while some might decry the heat, we like to think of it as an opportunity to create entirely new and uniquely Australian celebrations, like the classic Aussie barbeque!

Summer down under is the best time to be outdoors - so why not take the opportunity to combine Christmas with that staple of Australian summers?

Since we’re talking about an outdoor Christmas feast, why not check out Your Private Chef’s amazing selection of barbeque catering packages?

We have variety of packages available that'll suit your family's unique taste buds - from our Breakfast BBQ package to our Creme de la Crema pack.

Spit roasts to share

If you're leaning towards something naturally delicious and gluten-free, our Spit Roast package is the perfect Christmas feast that you can share with the family. Not only does it taste fantastic - it looks it too!

Our selection of delectable meats that have been carefully crafted and prepared in our kitchen:

  • Grass-fed yearling beef porterhouse

  • Rosemary studded boneless leg of lamb

  • Crispy skin rolled loin of pork

Our spit roasts are more than just meat, however - each package comes with gourmet salads, gravies and house made bread rolls to make a complete Christmas meal.

Order our Spit Roast catering now!

Hot and cold platters - perfect for sharing at Christmas!

Christmas is a time of sharing and there’s nothing quite like sharing our hot and cold Christmas platters.

We have an assorted mix of hot and cold platters for you and the whole family can share.

We’ve got all the classics: from hot platters of pasta and baked potatoes to our refreshing Christmas cold platters.

Order them individually or to add a bit of colour to your Christmas party!


Corporate Christmas party in the (St) Nick of time

We’ve all been there.

The year’s wrapping up.

Work is winding down - and even if you’ve got a week left, your mind has already left the building!

You’re finally going to have enough time away from work to look after yourself and spend some time with your family.

All that’s left is to cruise through until the last week or so of December and then you can fully indulge in the festive season!

But what if you’ve been tasked with organising a last-minute Christmas party at work?

Organising a Christmas event can be stressful even with ample warning, let alone only a few days!

And if you only have a week to get things organised, it can turn what should be the calmest part of the year into an absolute nightmare!

You’ve worked hard all year. Surely you deserve a break.

If you need help last-minute corporate catering, look no further than Your Private Chef!

Christmas buffet

At Your Private Chef, we’re committed to delivering Unforgettable Food Experience for any kind of event or celebration.

In our opinion, there’s not much that comes close to buffet dining for Christmas... after all, Christmas is all about opening up, spending time with others and becoming close. That’s the beauty of buffet: it encourages mingling, centred around great food! Cut the assigned seats, give people the freedom to move around the room, and remove limits on what you put on your plate - what’s not to love?

Our ‘Tis the season buffet package might be just the ticket. Crafted from a mix of iconic Christmas classics, this package is sure to get people talking.

A delectably roasted turkey breast glazed in our spiced apricot glaze and Porterhouse beef crusted in our cracked pepper seasoning form the nucleus of our Christmas buffet. And you can choose to pair them with our healthy salad offerings like:

  • Baked root vegetable, pumpkin, sweet potato & carrot with touch of brown sugar and cinnamon

  • Moroccan chickpea salad with baby spinach, pickled carrot, coriander, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, orange juice, currants, cumin, tahini & olive oil

  • Gourmet coleslaw with red & white cabbage, mint, lemon zest, parsley, sumac, roasted walnuts & a light creamy dressing

Searching for the best Christmas catering in Melbourne?

Your Private Chef is one call away!

Apart from being the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is also one of the busiest: parties, presents and holidays… oh my! For many of us, the silly season should really be called the busy season!

And it only gets worse if you’re sprung with unexpected guests… or worse, your food plans fall through completely!

In these situations, finding the ideal caterer for your last-minute Christmas catering can seem like an impossible task - after all, most places close for the holidays. Where are you meant to turn?

Fortunately, you don’t need to look far to find the right help to get your Christmas back on track… talk to Your Private Chef now for Christmas catering!

Call Ana and the team on (03) 9018 9321 or contact us here.




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