Startup Bookoo Chef cooks up plan to connect chefs, private clients

A Spokane-based group of restaurant industry and marketing professionals has started a company to connect Inland Northwest chefs with potential customers who are planning small events. 

The company, Bookoo Society Inc., will make reservation capabilities live on its website,, on March 15, says co-founder Matt Goodwin. Doing business as Bookoo Chef, the startup plans to launch its app version of the service by April 1. 

For its part in matching private chefs with event hosts, Bookoo will take a 15% to 20% cut of the total cost of booking a chef, Goodwin says. 

Chefs can set price points and select which cuisines they offer, Goodwin says. Initially, most chefs are offering private event service for $70 to $120 per person. While there is no maximum headcount, Goodwin says most chefs expect to serve small private events of eight to 20 people.

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