What would you do if you won big on the lottery?

I’ve given this a lot of thought over the years, hoping the law of attraction would work its magic. I’m still waiting, but my plans are in place and I’m ready.

They fall into four categories: Delegate; Donate; Invest and Relax.

I will (notice the future rather than the conditional tense):

Donate

Donate to cancer charities and make sure my family is provided for.

Invest

Invest wisely with the help of someone more financially savvy than me.

Relax

Relax knowing I have no more money worries. I will travel, have plenty of massages and visit the gym regularly.

Delegate

So what should I delegate and to whom? I’ll start with hiring a cleaner to come twice a week and a PA to book the best holidays. And then…

Hire a chef!

How about hiring a private chef for dinner parties? Would you?

You don’t have to be as rich as Croesus to hire a chef today.

If the thought of having a highly skilled chef cook and serve your dinner in your home, and then clear up afterwards appeals to you, then check out La Belle Assiette.

La Belle Assiette has 750 local chefs in five countries. You choose the style of food you want and they match you up with a chef near you, who will bring the fresh ingredients, to make a restaurant quality meal in your kitchen, serve you and clear up.

All you have to do is invite your guests, buy the drinks, provide scintillating conversation and enjoy yourself.

I had the opportunity to try the service for myself. Our chef, Jordan Marsh, prepared an incredible array of canapés, a main course of seabass and coffee cake for dessert.

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette

Jordan Marsh

Here is our menu in full:

Canapés 

Jordan presented every dish beautifully. He served the canapés before we sat down at the table, explaining the ingredients, cooking method, and even how best to eat it (all in one bite mainly!).

Hot Oak Smoked Salmon, Dill & Lemon Mayonnaise on Shallot & Potato Rosti

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette

Pan Seared Scallops, Celeriac Puree & Pancetta Powder

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette

Teriyaki Rib of Beef, Horseradish Mousse & Micro Cress

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette

Tomato & Bell Pepper Consommé with Mint Oil

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette

Main

Fillet of Wild Seabass, Samphire, Mussels & Saffron Sauce:

The seabass was cooked to perfection, tender but with a crispy skin. The colours – the bold green of the samphire and the bright yellow saffron sauce – were a feast for the eyes.

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette

Dessert

Coffee Cake, Chestnut Puree, Toasted Mixed Nut Crumb and Pecan Ice Cream:

The cake was gluten free and while the chestnut puree was smooth as silk, the nut crumb added some crunch.

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette

Six of us enjoyed an incredible meal and when our guests left, we realised Jordan had cleared everything up, leaving the kitchen spotless. We just turned on the dishwasher and went to bed.

It was such an unusual and wonderful experience, great for celebrations or treating someone special. They have gift vouchers too.

Prices start at £39 per head. Our ‘Prestige’ menu was £59 per head. If you think about how much you’d spend on an evening out with a babysitter and taxis, the price is comparative and you don’t have to go anywhere. Everything can be booked and paid for online at La Belle Assiette.

If you’re not that confident in the kitchen, or just want to have a break from slaving over a hot stove, this could be just what you’re looking for.  No lottery win needed.

What would you do?

Much love, Vx

[Disclosure: La Belle Assiette offered me the opportunity to host Jordan’s ‘validation dinner’, as he was new to the service, in return for my honest review.]

How to host an effortless, stress-free dinner party with no washing up. For no more than the cost of a night out you can have your own private chef at home, with La Belle Assiette