Brooklyn-based Kitchensurfing is a startup that connects private chefs and diners for specific arranged meals. Hosts peruse detailed profiles of chefs and order dinners or catered events. Hosts pay an upfront fee that includes everything, even a tip. Founder Chris Muscarella told The New York Times that most restaurant chefs don’t make a lot of money, saying, “You’re probably statistically more likely to make it to the N.B.A. than you are to be a chef that makes $100,000 a year or more.”
This company is riding the wave of peer-to-peer marketplaces started by Airbnb and Uber. Chefs of all levels are welcome to join the site, but there is a vetting process. Prospective chefs have to prepare sample dishes at the startup’s office kitchen.