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Cost of food and beverage on Jamaica for chef service provisioning.

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Chef Service on Jamaica

Most villas on Jamaica include a chef or cook that will prepare your meals daily. Please check the staffing section on the villa page to confirm a chef or cook inclusion.
Having a private chef in Jamaica offers numerous benefits that enhance your culinary experience and overall vacation enjoyment. Here are some key advantages:

  1. Customized Dining: A private chef allows you to enjoy personalized and tailored meals that cater to your specific tastes, dietary preferences, and any special requirements you may have. They can create unique menus and dishes just for you, ensuring a delightful and memorable dining experience.

  2. Authentic Jamaican Cuisine: Experience the authentic flavors of Jamaica with a private chef who is well-versed in local ingredients, traditional recipes, and cooking techniques. They can introduce you to the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the island, preparing delicious Jamaican dishes right in the comfort of your villa.

  3. Convenience and Relaxation: With a private chef taking care of all your meal preparations, you can truly relax and unwind during your vacation. No more grocery shopping, cooking, or cleaning up. Simply share your preferences with the chef, and they will handle everything, allowing you to focus on enjoying your time in Jamaica.

  4. Flexibility and Freedom: Private chefs offer flexibility in meal timings, allowing you to eat when it suits you best. Whether you want a leisurely breakfast by the pool, a late lunch after a day of exploration, or a romantic dinner under the stars, the chef can accommodate your schedule and provide an exceptional dining experience at your convenience.

  5. Expertise and Creativity: Private chefs are skilled professionals who bring their culinary expertise and creativity to the table. They can introduce you to new flavors, innovative dishes, and unique culinary presentations, elevating your dining experience to new heights.

  6. Cost-Effective: Surprisingly, having a private chef can be cost-effective compared to dining out at restaurants for every meal. By eliminating restaurant markups and enjoying meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, you can savor high-quality cuisine while potentially saving money.

Expected food and beverage budget

The average daily grocery budget per adult ranges from $60 to $80 per day, while preteens typically require $25 to $30 per day. These amounts are subject to variation based on market prices and specific menu choices. If you desire items like shrimp, lobster, imported beef, or large quantities of other foods, the estimated budget will increase accordingly. For your convenience, your cook will purchase the initial few meals, pantry essentials, and a modest selection of beverages, such as a few bottles of Red Stripe, reasonably priced wine, and rum. Additional alcohol requests will impact your budget accordingly. Should you prefer to accompany your cook to the various markets, you are more than welcome. Alternatively, you can simply discuss your preferences and dislikes with the cook, who will handle all the shopping while you relax at the villa.

Paying for the Provisioning

At the end of the week, the chef will provide a provisioning bill that includes receipts. Payment needs to be made in cash with US Dollars. Credit cards are not accepted. Advanced payment may be coordinated. Please contact your assigned concierge to assist with coordinating payment.

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