About us

Founded in March 2014, ChefXchange is a trusted online marketplace for Foodies to search, discover, and book a private chef all around the world – online or from a mobile phone.

Whether you are looking for an amateur chef for an informal gathering at your place, an apprentice chef to prepare your meals for the week, or a professional chef for a special occasion, ChefXchange connects Chefs to Foodies looking for an exclusive culinary experience, in the city of their choice, at any price point, and in the comfort of their homes or desired venues. With a growing community of users and food conscious people, ChefXchange is the easiest way for Chefs to express and showcase their culinary expression, transforming a commoditized product into an exclusive and convenient culinary experience.

At ChefXchange, we simply are about bringing the world to your plate...


Karl Naim

Co-Founder & CEO

Karl is the co-founder at ChefXchange. Karl has an extensive international background in Finance, spanning from Wealth Management to Private Equity with UBS AG, Goldman Sachs, and Mubadala Development Company. He is also an avid Angel Investor.

He received a MBA from the London Business School and a MSc in Economics & Finance from the Warwick Business School.

Oh, and Karl is both a foodie and an amateur chef who always finds an excuse to host his entourage!

Marc Washington

Co-Founder & CFO

Marc is the co-founder at ChefXchange. He oversees operations internationally, and is the go to guy who wears many hats. Marc has an extensive background as an investment professional. He has managed investments of over $6bn in AUM for international firms including The Carlyle Group and Mubadala Development Company.

He received a MBA from London Business School, an MSc from Stanford and a BSc from MIT.

Marc is a self-declared foodie who loves fresh game and taking it from field and stream direct to your plate.

Lemuel Formacil

Head of Tech Development

Chintan Maisuria

Senior Digital Marketing Manager

Billie Selby

Community Manager

Ghida Abou Jaoude

Community Manager

Chloe Koleilat

Community Manager


Karl and Marc met each other in 2009 during their MBA at London Business School. Early 2013, they were at a dinner party hosted by Karl, enjoying some great food and good company. They both had started using Airbnb and were discussing how great it was to have a bit more income and get a chance to expand their social network by meeting great people. That is when it hit them that all over the world, people were getting to know each other over food more-so than in any other medium. Both are foodies and thought that the same marketplace model could be applied to cooking. Karl and Marc both love cooking and hosting and could think of nothing better than having a platform to help them get paid to do what they loved (as amateur Chefs); or hosting loved ones for a truly unique Culinary Experience. Thus began ChefXchange...


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