‘Seamless’ for Slopers: Live chefs delivered to your door

It’s great!: Kitchensurfing rent-a-chef Christian Raho served up hanger steak medium rare for our photographer and amateur food expert Jason Speakman, who described it as “great.”
Photo by Jason Speakman

Forget Thai takeout — a food-delivery website now allows Park Slopers to order up a chef to cook dinner in their home kitchen.

Rent-a-chef site Kitchensurfing began offering the service exclusively in Manhattan earlier this year, but customer feedback has since led the company to realize that its spiritual home is in one very specific Brooklyn enclave, a head honcho said.

“As the business went through iterations, Park Slope kept coming up,” said Jon Tien, chief executive officer of Kitchensurfing, which expanded to the lone Kings County nabe in August. “People would say, ‘Hey you’ve really got to be here, people in Park Slope are really going to love this.’ ”

Through the site, residents of the 11215 and 11217 zip codes can dial up a professional cook to come to their house and whip up a meal from a rotating menu at a rate of $59 for two adults, $79 for two adults and two kids, or $95 for four adults.

The dinner slingers bring their own ingredients and equipment, and are typically in and out within half and hour, Tien said.

The operation targets parents who want to share home-cooked meals with their kids but don’t have the time to prepare it. And one month in, Slope families are eating it up, Tien said.

“It’s still very early, but the responses we’ve gotten thus far have been positive,” he said. “People say this fits their lifestyle and is what they’re looking for — that family dinner on a weeknight.”

One thing that is not so Park Slope-friendly — Kitchensurfing does not source all of its ingredients locally. But Kings County pineapple farms are tough to come by, Tien said, and the company extols foodie-friendly principles — including eschewing artificial flavors, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms, and buying produce in peak season — that would make a co-op proud.

“We do our best to source local and organic with any ingredient that we can,” he claimed.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.

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