How it Works

Choose your menu

Simply pick a date and time, then select from our range of menus featuring locally sourced, fresh ingredients.

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We come to you

One of our chefs will arrive at your home and prepare your menu from scratch.

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Relax and enjoy

Enjoy a restaurant quality meal, served family style, in the comfort of your home.

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Shore Chef

Shore Chef was founded in 2020 by Charles and Courtney O’Brien with the aim of meeting a need they saw in the New Jersey shore communities. Charles grew up in Ireland and France, and spent his summer holidays in Portugal. Courtney grew up in South Jersey and spent every summer at her family’s shore house in Ocean City, New Jersey. Shore Chef combines European-style dining with a Jersey shore vacation. Shore Chef became an instant hit during it’s inaugural 2021 season that saw it featured on the front page of Atlantic City’s Flavor magazine.


What if someone in the party wants something else?

For bookings of 8 or more, we would be happy to do a combination of two protein options (filet mignon, pan-seared halibut, Piri Piri chicken, or proscuitto wrapped salmon) combined with two sides that pair well with both. If you wish to do so, just add a note in the dietary requirements or send us an email!

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations made at least 7 days in advance are fully refundable.

Can I book for less than 6 people?

We are currently taking bookings for a minimum of four guests. If you there are fewer 6 in your party, our chef will be happy to set aside the remaining meals for you to enjoy in the following days!

Are Shore Chef chefs bonded and insured?

All of our chefs are bonded, insured and are Servsafe® certified!

How long will the chef take to prepare the meal?

Our Chef will arrive approximately 2 hours prior to your booking time. If the menu selection or add-ons require additional time, you will be notified via email at least 2 days before booking.

What if some in my party want different desserts?

Not a problem, just let us know in the Allergies/Dietary Restrictions box how many of each you want!

What cooking equipment do I need?

Our chef will require standard cooking pots and pans, as well as serving dishes. Any specialty equipment will be brought by the chef. Anything used by the chef will be cleaned and returned to its place in the kitchen.

What if someone in my party has allergies?

Our chefs will be happy to omit any ingredients due to customer allergies or dietary restrictions.

Do I need to tip the chef?

Our Chefs strive to provide an exceptional service and experience. Gratuities are greatly appreciated and it is customary to tip a percentage of the bill, as one would at a restaurant.

When do I have to book by?

Currently, Shore Chef is only taking bookings at least 7 days in advance. We are aiming to reduce this time frame in the coming months.

Can I adjust how spicy a dish will be?

If a dish contains any spice, our chef tailor the recipe accordingly. If one person wants a little more kick to their dish, we will be happy to leave you with additional spices on the side.

What are Shore Chef's Covid protocols?

At Shore Chef, we take the safety of both our clients and chefs very seriously. Our chefs are fully vaccinated and will wear masks at your request.

Do you do custom menus?

Shore Chef does offer a bespoke option. If you would like to inquire, please contact us at

What areas does Shore Chef currently serve?

Shore Chef is currently operational in Avalon, Margate, Ocean City and Stone Harbor. If you are outside of this area, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate.

What months of the season will Shore Chef be operating?

Shore Chef will begin operations 05/01/2023 and will be taking bookings through 11/30/2022. Should your preferred booking fall outside of this time frame, please reach out and we will do our best to accommodate.

Do we need to provide a parking spot?

We ask that you provide a parking space at address of service; if this is not possible, please let us know and we will make alternative arrangements.

What if I do not have a rental secured yet?

If you would like to make a booking, but have not yet confirmed or found a rental, do not worry, as bookings can be adjusted or cancelled up to a week before the booked date.

Will the chefs clean up when finished?

Our chefs will clean all work surfaces and any equipment used before leaving you to enjoy your dinner with friends and family in the comfort of your home.

Interested in joining Shore Chef?

We are always looking for new talent to join our team, please reach out if you are interested in coming on board!