Chef won't cook what we want!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@mainstreet11422:  If food is a priority to you and crab cakes have been replaced with chicken fingers, I would start considering a new venue right away. Smile

Post # 4
42157 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mainstreet11422:  Is the chef the owner of the venue or an employee? If he is an employee and continues to be difficult, I would conatct the general manager or owner.

Post # 5
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @mainstreet11422:  I see this is your DEBUT Post on WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

You need to read your contract… especially “the fine print”… and talk to someone besides just the Chef on this matter (unless he is also the Owner)

I would think that as the scenario has changed (NEW Chef = NEW Menu), then the terms of our Contract has changed as well… which makes it breakable legally.

Good luck,

(( HUGS ))


Post # 8
4750 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mainstreet11422:  I would contact the venue coordinator and ask to set up a meeting ASAP. Let her know you have some time sensitive questions and, if possible, would like to try and get in with her sooner than 3 weeks. Bring up your issues, and see what she has to say. I’d be looking for a new venue if a “chef” wanted me to serve my guests chicken fingers and tacos. My guess is that the “chef” got repalced by a cook who is uncomfortable, and probably unexperienced, in making some of the dishes on the old menu.

Post # 9
8720 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@mainstreet11422:  We had a few issues with our venue changing the menu when we went to finalize our selections. When we originally signed our contract the menu had lots of options that were not considered upgrades (ie: werent extra money). 


We ended up speaking with a manager and got everything we wanted plus more! I think once you speak to someone higher up the same thing can happen. Chicken fingers and tacos are NOT a good replacement for crab cakes IMO. The only thing I would worry about is how well the new chef can prepare things that arent on his menu. 

Post # 10
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I agree. That is not wedding food. Talk with the person you signed the contract with about the problem.

Post # 11
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mainstreet11422:  I would not wait a few weeks to speak with the wedding coordinator.  You should make that call on Monday morning. 

Post # 12
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Request your original menu, and let the chef know you’ll be discussing the matter with the owner.

Post # 13
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mainstreet11422:  I think it’s too late to consider a new venue, but honestly there has to be some common ground. I feel like there should be something in the contract indicating this situation happening. I mean food is typically a large portion of the reception (especially cost wise) and played a large part for me at least in choosing the venue. Maybe you both compromise. There has to be a respectful way for you to say “I understand the menu has changed, but this is really important to us as it is our WEDDING, and we were expecting these items.” And maybe you can just choose a few things from chef A’s menu AND then choose a few from chef B’s menu. 

I would be embarassed to serve my guests chicken fingers, come on this isn’t a reception at McDonalds, thats kind of crazy that they did that.

Best of luck! <3 

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