Don't Worry... Eat Happy!

Chef Mark Spangenthal's Specialties


Amazing Dinner

Chef Mark was fantastic! We hosted a small dinner to celebrate our wedding. Chef Mark was very commutative in the planning process leading up to the dinner. Then the actual dinner was so great! The food and presentation of the meal was divine. I can’t recommend Chef Mark enough!

- Erin Amenta
Thank you, Chef Mark!

Mark was personable, efficient, and flexible! We changed our arrival time at the last minute and he graciously accommodated us. Best of all, his food was delicious and had very generous portions. Kitchen was immaculate when he left. Highly recommend!

- Nancy Twist
Southern Hospitality in Asheville!

Chef Mark prepared a wonderful Southern dinner during our recent stay in the Asheville, NC area. He arrived right on time and was very friendly. His preparation and presentation of our meal and its service were all impeccable. The soup, appetizer, and main course were delicious and perfectly seasoned. I would highly recommend his services!

- gabrielle navetta
Chef Mark Spangenthal

Chef Mark Spangenthal

As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Mark went on to work in some of New York City’s most exciting kitchens. Having worked up the ladder at the venerable Gotham Bar & Grill to the level of Sous Chef, Chef Mark then went on to become the Executive Chef at several of his own restaurants. This is where Chef Mark was reviewed by the New York Times earning three stars once and two stars at three other restaurants. Chef Mark has also been acknowledged by many periodicals of the food world as well as from local and national newspapers.

Chef Mark has recently made the move from NYC to Asheville in order to get a little closer to nature and spend more time in the company of his dog Milo.

Cuisines & Events: American, French, Italian

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