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Kitchit: George Tang (left), Ian Ferguson (center), and Brendan Marshall
Brendan Marshall, George Tang, and Ian Ferguson met while studying at Stanford—Marshall and Ferguson were getting their M.B.A.s, and Tang was getting his master’s in computer science. It was during their last year of school that the trio came up with the idea for a company that would bring their favorite chefs into their own homes for events. The result is Kitchit, a service offering custom-tailored meals made by well-known chefs, like Top Chef’s Marcel Vigneron and Dan Kluger of ABC Kitchen in New York, for gatherings of under 100 people. Launched last September, the Kitchit Web site allows professional or amateur party planners to send booking inquiries directly to chefs. After working together to come up with a custom menu, the chef does all the shopping, cooking, and clean-up, while billing is handled through the site. (The Kitchit staff can refer users to recommended sommeliers and staffing companies.) The site offers an option to sell tickets to guests directly for events like fund-raisers, pop-up restaurants, or public events. Kitchit, which launched in San Francisco, expanded to Los Angeles and New York earlier this year. Costs start at $40 per person, and corporate clients have included Nestlé, First Republic Bank, and Gordon-Biersch Brewery. Photo: Maggie Marguerite