In 2009 I started a supperclub in my home in Sickla, Stockholm after reading an article about the fenomena (but without knowing any other supperclub than my own). I named it Hemma hos Linn (At Linns place). I called the Swedish IRS and Stockholm citys department that takes care of licences considering selling alcohol and/or food. They told me that as long as was pro bono i could do whatever I wanyted. Otherwise It would be MUCH more complicated, and probably expesive.
So I started a Facebook event and wrote a coupple of words here in the blog about It and got started. Since I was working full time as a chef i wanted to sit down and eat with the guests, so the food was very simple and people payed only for the costs of the ingredients and their drinks. And the guests came! I even had waiting lists with completely unknown people within a coupple of mounths. It was so much fin!
I searched the internet for information in the subject but didn´t find much. But when me and my boyfriend at the time went to London for Easter a coupple of years later I found Ms Marmites website find a supperclub and bought two tickets to her easter brunch. I was so excited!
We arrived a little bit late because we were not at all used to the time It takes to travel within London, and, I also had to change shoes on the way (high heels you know). But we finally arrived to Kerstins fabulous garden in Kilburn and I fell in love right away.Everything with her supperclub was amazing, and it seemed like this was her primary money income, and for me, at the time that was, just wow!
A year later Kerstin came to my christmas supperclub and year after that I joined her at the event Global feast. Wich in many ways was a catastrofy, but for me personally It was just fun. And I got to stay with Kerstin and her daughter Sienna, an that way got to know them even better. I also got to cook my own dinner in a international event, and even If I was very experienced in a restaurant kitchen, this was probably the first meal that had my name printed on the menu (my supperclubs not included).
That year I started the private chef company with the same name as my supperclub and I also worked with restaurant owner Niklas Ekstedt as his assistant, making events, books and TV performances, and lead projects such as big weddings. Now I´m doing a lot of different things, events, pop ups, projects and cook at private dinners, and co hosts a regularly entertaninment/cooking radio show that runs on friday afternoons.
But when I cant fill my schedule with these projects, I also work in kitchens, mostly where I know someone that are at the moment short on staff, and It´s as much for the money as it is for the sake of being in an actual restaurant kitchen.
Nowdays a lot of my chef friens have supperclubs and the fenomena is well known along almost everybody. My old supperclub photos from back in the days looks almost like a faded copy to all of the very proffessonal ones there are out there. And a lot of people are now doing what I in 2009 taught was going to be impossible in Sweden. But It isn´t anymore. (The rules in Sweden have changed, It´s a little different now so you can actually get a license to serve alcohol and food in a more simple way than in a full equiped restaurant, and take reasonable charge for your work). Offcourse I sometimes struggle with cancellations when I put up a date to come to my studio "supperclub/restaurant nights", but everything I do is fun, and all my customers found me thru recomendations or by google private chefs. I don´t advertise, and I actually don´t want to.
I didn´t plan to quit working fulltime in a kitchen but all these fun things just came along as I started the supperclub. And Im so glad I did.
This year Me and Kerstin hosted a supperclub together at her place for Swedish midsummer, and Its going to be an annual event. Read all about It here, and If you haven´t allready, attend to a supper club event in your home town or when you are travelling, you never know what It will lead to.