Meet Your Private Chef - Award Winning Melbourne Catering Company…
Your Private Chef is a unique personal chef service offering an intimate and fully tailored food experience at private dinner parties, special events, corporate events, as well as weekly home food deliveries.
Our customers love to entertain and they welcome us to be part of the special occasions in their life. Apart from our food, it is our staff that makes each event an unforgettable memory. We hand select our chefs and wait staff for their professionalism, discretion, dedication and attention to detail.
With attention to the finest detail, from specialty diets to indulgent private dinner parties, corporate catering and large special events, Your Private Chef's philosophy is simple – unforgettable food experiences, with a 'nothing is too hard' attitude to our service.
Food is the family business
Your Private Chef was created by husband and wife team, internationally acclaimed chef David Kolembus and Marketing Strategist, Ana Kolembus.
David was born in Melbourne to Croatian parents. He spent much of his childhood cooking with his grandmother and helping his grandfather with homemade small goods he produced for the family. It was in these early years that a love of food and fine produce emerged.
David began his work as a head chef in some of Melbourne's greatest Italian restaurants developing a deep passion for Mediterranean cuisine. David then headed to the ski slope resorts as head chef before working on yachts in far north Queensland. Yet his greatest influence came from his 10 years spent as an international private yacht chef.
This decade allowed David to experience many interesting places around the world, try different cuisines and have the opportunity to work with some of the finest produce the world has to offer. As a result his culinary cuisine and cooking knowledge is very diverse.
David has had the opportunity to cook for many famous guests, the likes of Tiger Woods, Kylie Minogue, Keanu Reeves, The President of Kazakhstan, The Royal Family of Monaco, Princess Fergie, Carlos Slim, Bill Gates and many other respected business people from around the world.
His time in London saw David further enhance his Kosher event catering repertoires while working for London's Number 1 Jewish caterer, Tony Page as well fine hotels such as the Dorchester, Claridges and Mandarin Oriental.
Following 20 years of professional cooking under his belt David returned home to Melbourne, where he combined his high standards to train a team of private chef who now deliver unforgettable food experiences in your dining room.
Ana Kolembus is a trained journalist, professional writer, former magazine editor and commercial copywriter. Ana's career took her to specialise in tactical communications strategies, with a particular passion for working with clients in technical fields.
In 2007 Ana moved into the events arena, managing the marketing of various trade shows, film festivals and networking groups.
Ana set up Write Connection PR in 2008 as a strategic copywriting and marketing consultancy, connecting together the best writers and marketing strategists.
Also of Croatian heritage, food was the focal point of Ana's childhood in Melbourne where she learnt to cook from a very young age and bargain at the Queen Vic Market like a seasoned vet.
When Ana met David he literally swept her off her corporate feet and took her yachting - when she worked abroad as his sous chef.
It was here that their working relationship was cemented and their individual strengths combined into one joined vision.
When they returned home to begin a family, they also began the family business - Your Private Chef.
Now Ana manages all client relations, bookings, events and marketing for this growing business which has gone from a team of two to over 30 staff since its inception in 2012.