• Personal chef

    Chef Michael Jay and his team of talented chefs can cater all of your requirements with a simple phone call or email


    Whether you are in need of a chef to put together a food plan for a specific diet, or to cater a small dinner party, you can rest assured Chef Michael will source the finest ingredients, and one of his chefs will prepare them for your enjoyment.


    We at The Freelance Chef are very flexible. You can request services in your home, or elect to have your meals cooked in his kitchen, and delivered for you to reheat.

  • We can tailor make a meal plan, to suit your budget

    A face to face consultation is highly recommended for you to feel confident about your chef. Chef Michael will give you a consultation to better understand clearly what you would like from your personal chef. This is completely free of charge.


    As our business grows, new young talent is put through Chef Michael's stringent training methods gathered from nearly 40 years of servicing the most discerning clients. Please see Chef Michael Jay's Background

    All of our chefs have gained their culinary degree at colleges like School craft, The Arts Institute, Dorsey, or Oakland college.


    If you desire a long term meal plan for dietary reasons, Chef Michael will accompany one of his chefs until you feel happy, and confident of their ability, and cooking skills.

    Chef Services Fees: All staff services have a minimum of 4 hours

    Assistant chef: $45.00 /hour

    Sous Chef: $60.00 /hour

    Chef Michael Jay $75 /hour

    Serving Staff $50.00 /hour


    We can arrange table linen, equipment rental, Floral arrangements, & Party tents.

    Please feel free to contact Chef Michael.


    Office: 810-588-6962

    Chef Cell: 313-515-5060

    Email: chef@developmentchef.com

  • Appetizers

    Appetizers by Country

  • Dinner Party Menus

    Blinis with Sour Cream & Danish Caviar
    Avocado Pear with Crab & Hollandaise Sauce
    Lox with a Vodka Sauce
    Scallops & Chicken Livers on Mixed Greens
    Warm Prawns flamed in Cognac with Mixed Leaves
    Ragout of Snails with Garlic & Cream
    Eggs Florentine
    Shrimp Bisque
    Fillets of Tilapia Meuniere
    Scallops in a Champagne Sauce
    Grilled Tuna with Anchovy Butter
    Shrimp Thermidor Tart
    Poached Salmon Mille-feuille with a Buerre Blanc
    Fillet of Salmon in Filo Pastry
    Fillet of Red Snapper with Sauce Bercy
    Breast of Cornish Hen with Burgundy Sauce
    Noisettes of Lamb Wellington, Redcurrant Sauce
    Loin of Pork with Prune & Garlic Stuffing
    Escalope of Veal Holstein
    Fillet of Beef Stroganov
    Breast of Duck with Buttered Chestnuts
    Ricotta, Mushroom & Herb Filo Parcel
    (All served with fresh market
    Lemon Cheesecake
    Tarte Tatin & Cream
    Chestnut Mont Blanc
    Two-Chocolate Terrines on Sauce Anglaise
    Crème Brulée
    Fruit Sorbet
    Coffee & Mints

    Really Special Event Menu



    Mini Spinach Pies

    Mini Tarts with Olives, Feta, & Fresh Herbs

    Mini Caprese on Sticks


    Main Meal

    Baby Spinach, Crispy Bacon, Blue Cheese, & Raspberry Dressing


    Lemon Sorbet with Peach Liqueur


    Fillet Mignon, Confit of duck, with Pan fried duck breast.

    Port Wine Sauce.

    Roasted Baby Heirloom Potatoes

    Grilled Asparagus, Truffle Balsamic Glaze


    Trio of Desserts

    Chocolate & Orange Parfait

    Lemon Cheesecake

    Mini Tiramisu

    Mango Puree.



    Assorted Cheeses (18 month aged Gouda, Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese,

    24 month Aged Cheddar, Brie de Melun, Gorgonzola) Grapes, Walnuts,

    Celery, Honey Drizzle, & Crackers



    Devilled Smelt 6.95

    Grilled Shrimp with Garlic 7.25

    Shrimp Cocktail Shooter 7.25

    Oyster Rockefeller 8.50 ea.

    Shrimp Won Tons with Plum Sauce 6.50

    Greek Angel Hair Shrimp 8.25

    Squid cooked in Tomato Sauce 7.75

    Fried Calamari with Tartar Sauce 8.75

    Mussels cooked in Marinara Sauce 7.25

    Grilled Mussels with Garlic 7.25

    Mini Crab Cakes, Remoulade 8.25

    Crab Rangoon, Chili sauce 8.50

    Seared Scallops, carrot Puree 9.25

    Steamed Giant Clams & Crispy Parsley 8.25

    Stewed Octopus with Papaya 9.25

    Mini Fish & Chips 8.00

    Empanadas (Beef, chicken, pork) 7.95

    Mini Beef Wellington 9.25

    Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops 8.50 ea.

    Skewered Chicken with Peanut Sauce7.50

    Chorizo & Mozzarella Cups 7.65

    Spanish Tortilla (Vegetable & Egg) 6.50

    Marinated Grilled Vegetables 7.25

    Marinated & grilled Mushrooms 6.95

    Croquettes (meat, fish or vegetable) 6.95

    Serrano Ham with Figs 8.95

    Marinated Cheese with Herbs 6.95

    Mediterranean Olives & Feta Cheese7.95

    Mini Vegetable Spring Rolls 6.75

    Mini Shrimp Spring Rolls 7.25

    Chicken & Leek Pot Stickers 6.55

    Vegetable Pakoras (veggie burgers) 6.75

    Mini Mac & Cheese Bites 6.50

    Veggie Risotto Balls, Marinara 7.95

    Mini Vegetable Samosas 6.75

    Mini Chicken Samosas 6.50

    Chicken Puffs 3.35

    Tandoori Chicken Kebabs 7.50

    Chicken Won Tons with Chili Sauce 7.25

    Mini spinach pies 6.30

    Smoked salmon pate on toasts 4.20

    Egg mayonnaise and lumpfish caviar 6.40

    On pumpernickel bread

    Tomato Bisque Shooter, Grilled Cheese7.95

    Cocktail links with honey & mustard7.20

    whitefish with homemade tartar sauce7.90


    Teriyaki glazed chicken wings 4.45


    Shrimp wrapped in bacon 9.00

    Smoked Salmon & Lemon Triangles 7.60
    Prunes wrapped in Bacon 6.50

    Dates wrapped in Bacon 6.50

    Mini fruit kebabs 8.20


    Assorted reception pastries (Danish) 7.90

    Assorted fresh fruit tartlets 9.60





    Appetizers By Country

    Appetizers by Country
    Please choose 10 different items.
    Chicken Sate with peanut sauce
    Beef Sate with peanut sauce
    Thai Fish cakes & dipping sauce
    Thai Green curry shrimp boats
    Hummus, Taramasalata, (Smoked carp roe)

    Tyrokefteri, (Feta, Chili, Brandy)
    Tzatziki, Melitzanosalata (Egg Plant) with pita chips
    Mini Spanakopita (Spinach Pies)
    Mini Cheese Triangles
    Mini Chicken Souvlakia
    Mini Beef Souvlakia
    Saganaki Shrimp
    Marinated grilled lollipop Lamb Chops
    Prosciutto & Figs
    Mini Caprese Kebabs
    Large pasta shell with mini meatballs & Marina
    Frito Misto
    Calamari Frit
    Seared Scallops with Pancetta
    Bruschetta with pesto
    Bruschetta with Tomato & Basil
    Mini Vegetable Spring rolls & dipping sauce
    Mini Shrimp Won tons
    Mini steamed shoa Mai
    Mini Vegetable Pakoras (Like Veggie Burgers)
    Mini Crab cakes
    Teriyaki glazed chicken wings
    Beef Sliders with Bacon Jam
    Mini Hot dogs with spicy mustard
    BBQ Pulled pork Sliders
    BBQ Slow roasted Brisket sliders
    Mini Pizzas with smoked salmon, Goat
    cheese, & fire roasted bell peppers
    Mini Fish & Chips
    Scotch Eggs
    Mini Bangers & Mash with onion gravy
    Blue Cheese Mushrooms
    Egg Salad on Pumpernickel with caviar
    Smoked Salmon & lemon on toasts
    Ham & Asparagus rolls