Hire your own French chef at home today
Hire your own French chef at home today
Experience deliciousness with fine dining or cooking classes in the comfort of your home
Swanky or relaxed, you set the ambience and send the invites while I take care of the rest
Send me your details and I will do the shopping, cook, serve, entertain and even clean up!
Prices below are based on a price per person for 2 people
MENU TRIO $125
Cheese soufflé with a young smoked cheese
Chicken breast, buttery Polenta, Provence sauce, Asparagus
Dark chocolate molten baby cake, Raspberry coulis, whipped Cream
MENU BURGUNDY $150
Guacamole, cherry Tomato bruschetta, fresh Basil pesto
Miso-Ginger-Celeriac petals consommé, smoked Apple, Paprika
Cauliflower creamy risotto, Bell peppers, Lemon & Cilantro, Tomato sauce
Tarte Tatin cooked in Lime, burnt meringue, Orange supremes, Caramel coulis
MENU PROVENCE $170
Pea velouté, Bacon, Cucumber, Mint, Watermelon
Fish fillet, Cauliflower purée, glazed Carrot, Beurre blanc
Beef eye fillet steak, Potato Puree, Bordelaise green Beans, Ratatouille
Chocolate mousse with 60% cocoa minimum fair-trade chocolate, whipped cream
MENU BURGUNDY $190
Traditional onion soup, grilled toast & cow’s cheese, smoked Garlic butter
Pork fillet with Cabbage stew, baked apple, sausage, Dijon mustard
Boeuf Bourguignon, onions, Portabella mushrooms, lard, bacon
Epoisses cheese baked and grilled, fried croutons, Mesclun
Rhum flambé Banana, Rum-Raisin ice cream, Chantilly
MENU GOURMET $220
Foie gras (duck liver paté) on Brioche toast, onion jam, wine jelly
Oysters served with red wine vinegar & shallot or frozen Kiwi & coconut water
Bouillabaisse (a seafood tomato chowder flambé with Pastis, Potatoes, rouille mayo)
Angus beef eye fillet, braised Pumpkin, Pommes Dauphines, fried Lettuce, demi-glace sauce
sCrepe Suzette flambé with Cognac, Orange supremes, Lemon sorbet, Salted caramel, Vodka, Mint
*** Wine pairing suggestion offered on simple request with any confirmed booking ***
With a strong preference for everything organic, I also use plant-based and biodegradable products as much as possible and avoid processed items and plastic. In case you prefer early bookings, remember that some ingredients might change with the season. Suggestions listed above are for your consideration, menus can be tailored to your specific taste and diet or needs.
Don’t hesitate to contact me, I will happily answer you as quickly as I can
Mobile: 475 655 8523
At home cooking classes and in-store demonstrations take place all year long in Connecticut and NY.
These events are tailored to suit you and your specific needs and preferences. They also make a great gift.
My customised gift certificates (dinners or classes).
One dish per hour, max. 3 hours, with min. 2 people.
My cooking classes were recently reviewed in the New Zealand Herald, by #HayleyMcLarin
I started my culinary career at the beautiful 5* Relais et Chateaux Hôtel Restaurant Le Mas de Pierre, in Saint Paul de Vence. Thanks to chef Emmanuel Lehrer, I learnt modern French fine dining, as a commis and demi chef de partie. I went on to Forum Jorges François in Nice, a social kitchen project where I led a team of 12 chefs and designed a daily Zero Waste menu for 100 people, under the supervision of chef Philippe Bouchet. In 2016, I met a Kiwi lady in Antibes and we moved to Auckland, New Zealand for the last 3 years. I love organising tailored private dinners and at-home cooking classes. I also do sensory experiments, canapes soirees, food & wine tastings, social kitchen activities and restaurant pop-ups. Since early September, my wife and I have moved to New Haven, USA where she studies musical arts as a composer at Yale university, while I create new flavours with local organic farms and producers. Follow me on social media @FrenchPrivateChef
Beverley & Sean (Cowes Bay, Waiheke)
We had the best week-end and everyone was in awe with your fantastic food. Once again a HUGE THANK YOU!!!
Hi Arno – thanks so much for the amazing dinner on Saturday evening. We have no idea how you managed to cook 5 delicious courses for 10 people (and then clean up afterward!) without any stress but we were certainly very impressed. Would happily recommend you to anyone looking for a personal chef experience. Thank you again!!
Kelly (Point Chevalier)
Arno prepared an amazing 5 course meal for a dinner party for us. The food was amazing and Arno, very professional. His attention to detail and thoughtfulness helped make the evening a very special occasion.
Helen (Herne Bay)
Arno prepared a beautiful 4 course French dinner for us in our home. The food was to die for, and it was great to be able to watch Arno cooking and explain to us the dishes and ingredients used. Arno is charming and professional, I would definitely recommend him for any in-house high-end cooking you need! Perfect for dinner parties. Thanks Arno!
Robert (Saint Heliers)
Dear Arno, we all had such a great time. The food was perfect. Everyone truly enjoyed the whole day. Thank you Arno. A birthday to remember.
Sharon (Browns Bay)
Arno, Thank you for last night. A wonderful experience and excellent food.
Thank you Arno, we all had a wonderful night on Friday. The food and service was impeccable. Many thanks once again.
Jeremy (Herne Bay)
Everything was absolutely fantastic – thank you! We all very much enjoyed the food which matched the wine absolutely beautifully.
Annette (Mission Bay)
Thank you so much for the amazing delicious meal you cooked for us on Saturday night. Everyone loved the food & it really made the night! There were quite a few people who are keen for me to forward your details to them.
Jeremy (Mount Eden)
Arno catered a party of 16 in our home with help from a waitress for drinks and food service. They were both fantastic and lovely to have in our home. The food was very good. Arno was a great help selecting fresh produce from the market beforehand. We had a whole scotch fillet beef main for which he made fresh bearnaise sauce. We would happily have him back again!
Arno catered for a special birthday luncheon for us and our friends fifteen in all. The three courses were all superb and all our guests were enthusiastic about the quality and interesting flavours of the various dishes
The snapper entrée looked beautiful and there was a great mix of flavours. Guests were able to choose between tarahiki and eye fillet steak and both mains were excellent. I had the steak which was just perfect in every way!
The Louise style rhubarb tart was so delicious that we would happily eat it several times a week. And Arno did all the clearing up too! We were so impressed by his positive approach to the meal, his efficiency and flexibility, and his whole approach to food. Highly recommended!!
Thank you so much Arno for such delicious food and such professional service delivered in the midst of everyone. Please thank the waitresses for keeping the glasses filled.
My family have gone home with the meatballs and pork and sliders for the school lunches. My friends all enjoyed themselves and appreciated your culinary skills. And great to have the cleaning up done as well.
@thenorthernclubnz "Fantastic, thanks Arno. Such a unique experience. Awesome tasting today"
The Northern Club, Sensory event and Truffle Dinner demonstration, July & August 2017
@aporchestra "Dear Arnaud thank you for your generosity in offering this auction item"
The Auckland Philarmonia Orchestra Deloitte Summer Salon 2017 & Winter Gala Dinner 2018
@dhallandnash "Delicious! The canapes were perfect and a great pairing with our champagne. Many thanks Arno"
Dhall & Nash Fine Wines, Billecart Champagne 200 years celebration event, Baran de Bordeaux, November 2018
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Remember to book early and contact me for any question! Have a great day! Au revoir :)