The New Year's Eve dinner is the highlight of the Chinese New Year.
In recent years, a new profession - home chef has quietly emerged.
The manager of a household management company told a reporter from Beijing Youth Daily that the chefs recruited years ago were all booked in early, and after 7 days, the average income of each chef can reach more than 10,000 yuan.
The chef schedule of the housekeeping company is full
"Our company's more than 30 chefs are all full during the New Year, and now we can only hire from outside." Manager Liang of a Beijing housekeeping company told Beiqing Daily that he has been engaged in housekeeping work in Beijing for nearly ten years. The main business is confinement maids and hourly workers cleaning rooms. Since 2020, the company has expanded the new project of "home chef".
"Because there is a lot of market demand, young people can't go home and want to have a decent New Year's Eve dinner." Manager Liang said that since he launched the "home chef" business in 2020, he has recruited and filed 45 chefs from various channels. , Henan cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Zhejiang cuisine, Hunan cuisine, and Anhui cuisine are mostly.
She said that now the price of the cook for the New Year's Eve dinner has risen from the earliest 700 yuan to about 1,500 yuan.
"Because customers can order food, most of the prices are set by the chef himself, and each service lasts between 2 and 3 hours."
Manager Liang said that after 7 days, the average income of each chef can reach more than 10,000 yuan.
She said it reduced the number of registered chefs to 25 during the Spring Festival this year.
But what she didn't expect was that before the Chinese New Year, the schedules of all chefs in the company were fully booked, and she could only find chefs through her other business relationships. Because time was tight, the price would be relatively higher.
Confinement sister-in-law changed job to become "cook lady"
Ms. Zhao, 42, is from Jilin and became a confinement wife around 2021.
On the twenty-eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, she had just "quit down" from her previous client. After a day off on the twenty-ninth day of the twelfth lunar month, she went to work as a "cook" at Mr. Sun's house in Heilongjiang.
"Because I traveled all over the world in the early years and liked to study cooking, so I am more or less familiar with the cuisines of the north and the south." Ms. Zhao said that the orders were all dispatched by the housekeeping company. mother".
Ms. Zhao said that she was responsible for 14 meals in 7 days, and each meal basically consisted of about 10 dishes.
She roughly calculated the account, and she could earn more than 4,000 yuan in 7 days.
Ms. Zhao's client, Mr. Sun, said that there is a nanny cooking at home on weekdays.
But the nanny went home during the Spring Festival holiday, so they hired Ms. Zhao.
"This Spring Festival, the family feels very comfortable. It saves the time of cooking and tidying up in the kitchen. Family members who come back from various places can chat and play mahjong to communicate with each other. The money is well worth the money."
"Let parents have a relaxing year"
Mr. Huang is 29 years old this year and is engaged in the technology development industry in Beijing. During the Spring Festival this year, he invited a chef of Hunan cuisine to cook at his door.
"The master is only in charge of dinner every day, with 8 dishes for a total of 7 days. I spent more than 7,000 yuan including the grocery shopping and the taxi fare to the master." Mr. Huang said that his grandfather worked in Hunan for many years when he was young. , has a strong affection for Hunan cuisine.
The door-to-door chef was actually hired for grandpa.
"I don't know how to cook. My mother was originally the 'chef' at home. Because she fell last year and hurt her hip, she couldn't stand for a long time." Mr. Huang said that due to various reasons, one In January, he booked a chef of Hunan cuisine.
He said that his parents were strongly opposed to hiring a chef to cook at the beginning. On the one hand, he thought he was competent, and on the other hand, he thought it was enough to go to a restaurant and not spend a lot of money to hire a chef.
Mr. Huang said that his parents were frugal all their lives, and he just wanted to let them spend the New Year in a relaxed way in his own way.
"And it's not a waste to eat new ones at night and reheat leftovers at noon the next day." Mr. Huang told Beiqing Daily that he thought the 7,000 yuan was worth the money and met the needs of all parties.
"Keeping your family happy is more important than anything else," he said.
Text/Reporter Wang Haoxiong Coordinator/Sun Huili