Is this another 'tell' about the island economy?
Usually, Chef Mathayom (Mat) Vacharat charges big bucks to come to your villa and prepare, cook, and serve a sumptuous meal. You choose from a variety of menus, with individual prices beginning at $100 and rising to $175. The minimum cost for his private chef service is $425. Or it was.
"In response to the shifting needs of our client base", Chef Mat says he is eager to "fill the the need for value-minded customers" who want private chef service but don't want to pay the regular price.
At a cost of $65/person (minimum 4 people), he's now offering a "limited yet selective menu of items that are competitive with what you would find in a restaurant setting." Entrees include marinated flank steak and pan-seared citrus shrimp. Side dishes are included as well as dessert (pineapple turnover or chocolate torte).
Mat makes no bones about his in-villa services being a splurge. "For the ultimate luxury experience," he says, "spoil your guests with an unforgettable private chef dinner." If that's not your style, then his new "Home Style Chef Services" may be.