Oui Chef brings fine dining experience to Seychellois homes
Dalpez – a Belgian currently living in the island nation - said his company offers mainly two kinds of services: private dining catering as well as events catering. (Oui Chef Seychelles/ Facebook)
(Seychelles News Agency) - Are you a fan of Michel Roux and Gordon Ramsey? Do you watch Master Chef and wish you could enjoy this kind of dishes in your own home? If so, here's some good news: Since December, local catering service Oui Chef Seychelles is bringing fine dining experience to the comfort of your own home.
Therance Dalpez tells SNA that his business is all about quality. “I have worked in a two Michelin Star restaurant – Bruneau in Belgium -- and having attended the school “Ecole Hoteliere Provinciale de Namur – a private school often referred to as la crème de la crème. My catering is all about getting my clients to enjoy the quality of what I have learned over the years, and using primarily locally available produce,” said Dalpez.
Dalpez – a Belgian currently living in the island nation - said his company offers mainly two kinds of services: private dining catering as well as events catering. Whilst the private chef service is still slow and is yet to properly find its place in the business, Dalpez says that catering for functions and offering clients a variety of canapé is working well.
|Dalpez said his catering is all about getting clients to enjoy the quality of what he has learned over the years, and using primarily locally available produce. (Oui Chef Seychelles/ Facebook) Photo License: CC-BY|
“We have several returning clients for the functions we have catered for as we offer a variety and finest canapé which can serve at business meetings, office functions as well as cocktails, birthdays and weddings,” said Dalpez.
Dalpez said that Oui Chef Seychelles aims to cater and create the finest menus and canapé for every client needs and passion. Through his experience, Dalpez said he grew great interest in the catering field, where he enjoys working with his clients on a personal level “to meet the desires of their taste buds. Hence this new passion gave birth to Oui Chef – the private chef.”
“The service allows me to work closely with my clients and create menus for all their special functions. I want my clients to embark on a new culinary experience designed especially for them,” explained the chef, who has 10 years of experience in fine dining.
Dalpez said that it was when he was working at the two Michelin star restaurant that he discovered his true passion for cuisine. Not yet a recipient of the prestigious recognition, the chef says that it is his lifelong dream to receive a Michelin star.
|Oui Chef Seychelles aims to cater and create the finest menus and canapé for every client needs and passion. (Oui Chef Seychelles/ Facebook) Photo License: CC-BY|
Michelin stars are rating systems used by the red Michelin Guide to grade restaurants on their quality. The Michelin red guide is the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide, which awards Michelin stars for excellence to select few establishments.
According to the guide, one star signifies a very good restaurant and two stars are excellent cooking that is worth a detour.
Upon his arrival in Seychelles – a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean – Dalpez worked in his parent’s restaurant the Lounge 8. He has also worked at the Seychelles H Resort and also at a Hilton hotel in Mauritius.
Dalpez said that the private chef service is one where his clients can sit back and enjoy perfection in the comfort of their home. “Once we agree on the menu, I conduct a site visit. In their kitchen, I use only their cookers and fridge. I then bring all my utensils including pots to prepare food. I usually purchase all products. I like to use local products.”
|(Oui Chef Seychelles/ Facebook) Photo License: CC-BY|
Dalpez said that the company can also provide service for formal dining as well as providing the clients with plates, cutleries and decorations as per the client’s request.
The chef said that his service is for everybody. “Indeed my service is for everybody. Clients have a choice. We have the canapé and the buffet options as well as a menu that covers international cuisine not excluding what locals love. Besides Seychellois love their food and we are there to cater for all their tastes.”
Oui Chef Seychelles plans to expand and work with other professionals in the food sector so as to cater for clients at homes on yachts, in different functions as well on the other islands of Seychelles.