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Chef Amber Cate's Specialties


Great dinner

Amber cooked one evening for our family vacation and we were impressed! She set up and was able to prepare our delicious meal in a somewhat small kitchen area. Everything was seasoned very well and flavorful! She took care of cleaning up and left the kitchen in better shape than when she arrived.
Amber exceeded our expectations and we would recommend her anytime!

- Jessica Bloxom
Chef Amber

We had Chef Amber as Chef Aaron had moved. She made an amazing meal! Everyone was impressed with how good it was, including my 90 year old Grandma who we were celebrating. Chef Amber was also super communicative leading up to the dinner. I would use her again on my next Asheville visit.

- Emily Lubin

We just finished an amazing week with chef Amber! She came to our vacation rental to cook dinner nightly for our family (4 adults and 3 kids). Her menus were innovative and the dishes were all delicious! She was so accommodating to special requests and so much fun to engage with! She even brought special fruits and other goodies to entice our youngest children to eat! She even went as far as to give a baking and science lesson to two of our boys! She was a welcomed addition to our family for the week and we were sad to say goodbye. We can’t wait to have her cook for us again! Highly recommend booking chef amber for all your dining needs! She excels at fine dining, family dining and even brunch! And her desserts are so light that there is always room for them even after a large meal! We will definitely be booking her again as soon as we are back in the area!

- Kelly Fleming
Chef Amber Cate

Chef Amber Cate

Cooking was my first true love.
-Recognized at age 18 for exceptional pastry work.
-Recognized for volunteer work teaching culinary skills to students.
-Achieved Executive Chef at age 23.
-Participated in development of advanced culinary skills curriculum for students.
-Culinary Arts AAS from AB Tech
-2018 Mystery Basket Competition- 1st place winner
-2019 WNC American Culinary Federation chapter officer.
-2021 Best New Restaurant Chef Nomination
-2021 Best Dining Experience Nomination
Cooking is the only thing I’ve ever really done for work. I happened upon a summer job as a prep cook at the local country club and just never managed to stop cooking. Currently age 25, I have participated as the opening Executive Chef for 3 restaurants, I have also consulted for the rebranding and opening of two others. I believe in vibrant, bold, and flavorful food that makes a statement with just a touch of whimsy and some charm to boot. While I enjoy learning and exploring all cuisines, my focus is a healthy combination of Mediterranean and New England/New American, though admittedly, being a Chef in the south, I can make some mean southern food with a colorful twist.

Cuisines & Events: American, Anniversary, Asian Fusion, Bachelorette Party, Birthday, Farm to Table, French, Greek, Holiday, Local, Mediterranean, Wedding

How to Hire a Private Chef for Your Event

  • Pick a place, date, and time.
  • Select your chef and menu. (Each chef offers different menus which are fully a la carte. Simply choose the dishes you want for your occasion.)
  • Add details like the number of guests and any special instructions.
  • Pay for your reservation. Make any changes or even cancel up to a week before your event for a refund.
  • After you’ve made a reservation, the private chef you’ve hired will reach out within 48 hours to confirm the details and coordinate their arrival.
  • If you’ve added any special dietary restrictions or event instructions, they’ll work with you to implement those.
  • Your chef will arrive with everything they need, including ingredients, cooking equipment, and cleaning supplies. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the day with your guests.
  • The cleanup is included too! Hire a private chef with us and know that we’ll likely leave your kitchen cleaner than when you gave it to us.

Our Top FAQs

1. Can I customize the menu?

Absolutely! All our menus are fully a la carte. Once you’ve decided on a chef, you’ll see a list of all the dishes they offer and you can choose the ones you’d like for your event.

2. How is your service priced?

You pay a fixed price per guest based on your menu, plus a small, all-inclusive booking fee to our platform. You’ll be able to see exactly what you’re paying when you make a booking. No hidden costs, ever.

3. How many guests can I invite?

As many as you like! Although for events with over 30 people, we ask that you reach out to us to make an event inquiry.

4. My group has multiple dietary restrictions

That’s absolutely fine! When finalizing your menu, please mention these under ‘Special Instructions.’ For instance, you can specify that you’d like to accommodate one vegan guest and one gluten-free guest for your at-home catering and your private chef will prepare suitable dish variants for those guests.

5. Can I make changes to the menu or guest list?

Yes! You can make any changes to your booking. You can even cancel it up to a week before your event, and you’ll receive a refund.

6. Is my event insured?

Yes, it is. Our service includes full insurance for your private chef in case of any mishaps.

7. How are the Chefs chosen?

Each chef is fully vetted. We require at minimum one year of sous chef experience. Your chef has gone through an FCRA compliant background check and multiple interviews before joining our platform.

8. What is FFKs cancellation and refund policy?

We take pre-payment to secure your chef and simplify our service. No fumbling with payments after your event or dealing with multiple payments in different stages of the process. Much like our service, our return policy is simple and meant to protect you, our hosts and our amazing Chefs.

  • One week or more before your event we guarantee your refund.
  • During the week of your event we offer a 50% refund.
  • We will not be able to refund within 48 hours of your event. At this point your chef has not been available for other parties and has already planned for your event. *Please note all refunds are less processing and booking fees