My Chef is an innovative catering company, based in Durban, that offers home-cooked meals and deliveries. Delicious, healthy meal kits are semi-prepared from the freshest ingredients and delivered to your home on a weekly basis, along with simple instruction sheets on how to assemble the meal.

â??â??The idea is to assist busy urban individuals to provide their families with scrumptious, balanced meals requiring very little effort,â??â?? says Athena Pampallis, the Creative Director at My Chef and the person responsible for generating the My Chef menu.

My Chef provides yummy, balanced meals at no effort to you

Affordable family suppers are the order of the day with mouth-watering options: yummy homemade chicken pasta; roast loin of pork with magic crackling, served with apple sauce, gravy, creamed spinach, herbed baby potatoes and fresh steamed carrots; Tuscan lamb casserole, off the bone in a tomato, garlic, paprika and olive sauce with bow tie pasta, finished off with a sprinkle of pecorino cheese…..

Kiddies can feast on ready-to-eat spiral pasta with tuna and cheese sauce and munch on homemade crunchies with a drizzle of chocolate for dessert. Throw in a Deli section offering bread, milk and biltong and youâ??ll soon discover that thereâ??s a wide offering of thoughtfully put together meals and condiments to suit everyone.

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One has to wonder where Athena draws her creativity from to create such inspired menus. According to the food fundi, â??â?? having a restaurateur as a father instilled in me an interest in food that grew into a passion. My hobby has become my career and it really comes very easily to me; Iâ??m constantly tuned into sources dealing with food.â??â??

My Chef menus are updated weekly and focus on healthy eating

At My Chef the menus are updated on a weekly basis to include variety whilst repeating the favourites every so often. Pampallis comments on offering broad based variety to customers whilst giving great consideration to creating meals for the health and body conscious:

â??â??We add new meals all the time; this is in fact what sets us apart from other restaurants. Weâ??ve incorporated less fat, low carb and low GI suppers. We also have a vegetarian section, and make point of not using any preservatives or additives in our meals. The reason for the five day shelf life of a meal kit is due to using selective ingredients that are 100% fresh.â??â?? This makes it ideal to order up to four meals for the week ahead.

View weekly menus online

You can view the weekly My Chef menus online, see how many servings one kit holds, work out the preparation time for each kit and select meal accompaniments ranging from portions of veggies, mash and salads to sides of your choice. Orders do need to be placed almost a week in advance by noon every Wednesday for delivery the following Tuesday.

Whilst there isnâ??t a limit on the number of portions you can order, there is a minimum order placement to the value of R200. â??â?? If we are to make a delivery, the minimum order is valued at R200 plus the delivery fee. If however an order is less than R200 then you may collect your order from the My Chef offices based in Springfield Park,â??â?? suggests Athena.

A nominal fee is charged for catered deliveries, which can be made to most areas within Durbanâ??s central business district as well as to outlying regions. Expect to pay R40 for anywhere near Durban North, Morningside, Berea and Umhlanga; R55 towards the Ballito Bay area; R40 as far South as Glenwood and R45 moving inland and towards Assegay.

Johannesburg will be the first port of call to welcome the My Chef brand, as the management team behind the home industry have admitted to at least thinking about franchising. Now thatâ??s food for thought!

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For more information visit My Chef at www.mychef.co.za or contact the customer call centre on 0861 692 433.

Consultants are available on the consumer help-line [0861692433] until 19H00 during the week should you need clarification with preparation instructions or queries on deliveries to their area. Payment must be made prior to delivery via EFT and a 100% secure online payment system has been set up to do so.

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