What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef?
A Private Chef is employed by one individual or family full time and is
often “live in” and prepares up to 3 meals a day. A Personal Chef serves
several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are
custom designed for the clients’ particular requests and diet requirements.
These meals are packaged and stored so that the client may enjoy them at
their leisure in the future.
Do you cook in my kitchen?
Yes, I do prepare your meals in the safety of your own kitchen. I am
perfectly happy to work in any size kitchen. One of the reasons I visit your
home before the first cooking day, is to assess the kitchen and to note how
many burners are functional, etc. On our agreed upon cooking day I will
bring the fresh ingredients for your meals along with pots, pans and
utensils and prepare your entrees on site. At the end of the day I leave
your kitchen clean, and full of the aroma of home cooking!
How much refrigerator space do I need?
It depends on the number of meals you request, and the sizes of the
containers, but it does generally require a considerable amount of
refrigerator space. Why don’t we take a look at your refrigerator to see
just how much room you have available. Efficient storage is one of the
reasons we prefer to select the appropriate size, uniform storage containers
for our clients.
How long will you be at my house cooking?
It usually takes about 3-5 hours to actually cook the meals at your house.
My time spent planning, grocery shopping, etc. is about 3 hours longer than
the actual cooking time. I am happy to work with your schedule.
I’ll be home that day. Is it okay if I watch—or help?
This can be a delicate situation, as I will be preparing several different
recipes simultaneously and cannot be distracted by conversation, etc. It
would be too easy to forget an ingredient or forget about something in the
oven. I would be happy to chat or answer any questions for a few minutes
before or after. Also, I am always happy to answer any questions or take
suggestions through email or phone.
What type of meals do you prepare? Can I choose the menu?
We will have an initial meeting where we come up with the first week’s menu
based on your tastes and dietary goals. After you try the meals we will
“fine tune”…how much spice, portion size, less meat-more veggies or vise
versa, etc. I am happy to make a family recipe if you give me the recipe at
least a week in advance, so I can
test it. Menu requests are emailed to me a week or so in advance. That way I
have time to go to any specialty shops for special ingredients, etc. All
that being said, most of my regular clients leave it up to me to choose the
menu, based on their likes and dislikes. That way I can purchase what looks
the best at the market and take advantage of specials! I tend to try
different recipes, so if you want something you had a few weeks ago, please
The cost seems to be about the same as I would pay for an entrée at a
restaurant—Why is that?
The fee for personal chef service represents all the components that make up
this customized plan. For example, it includes the assessment process where
we determine what you like to eat, food allergies, etc. You are paying to
have me plan, grocery shop and have your meals prepared exactly as you like
with the freshest ingredients. There are no restaurant-type food
stabilizers, etc. added. This is not food-industry type cooking in large
quantities…It is personalized home cooking. It is also a convenience for you
to know you have a refrigerator full of healthful meals that are made
especially for you that you can enjoy anytime in your own home. Going out to
eat in restaurants is great, but a personal chef service is one more option
for healthful, convenient meals. Also consider…No time and gasoline driving
to and from the restaurant, no rude servers, no tipping, and no temptations
from the dessert tray!
Do I pay ahead for each cooking date? How far in advance can I schedule?
It is customary to pay at least a week before your cooking date. You may
leave me a check for the next upcoming date on the day I am cooking.
How long will the food last us?
Depending on how many entrees you order, and how many evenings you eat at
home we can determine approximately how long your meals will last. If you
travel for business, or entertain in restaurants during the week, or just
enjoy eating out on occasion the meals will take you further than if you eat
in each night.
How often will you come to my house to cook?
I’ll be happy to help you determine just how often you will want to schedule
my Personal Chef Service to best serve your needs. We’ll make sure it
supports your busy lifestyle without putting any pressure on you.
Do you have gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are the perfect gift for new moms, seniors, busy
professionals, and patients recovering from surgery. It is also the perfect
gift to give yourself and your family.