1. What is
a Personal Chef?
A Personal Chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and
provides multiple meals that are custom designed for the clients’ particular
requests and requirements. The meals are packaged and stored so that the
client may enjoy them at their leisure in the future. A private chef on the
other hand, is employed by one individual or family full time, and is often
“living in”, and preparing up to 3 meals per day
2. Do you cook in my kitchen?
The Health Department requires that I
either prepare food in an approved commercial kitchen, or in your
home. By cooking in your home, I'm able to offer you a more affordable
I cook in your home, I bring all the cooking equipment I need for your
service. You need only provide the refrigerator, freezer, microwave and
oven. On my cooking date I'll bring
the fresh ingredients for your meals along with my own cookware, and
prepare your meals in your kitchen. At the end of the day I'll
leave your food properly stored, the kitchen clean and full of the aroma of good home cooking!
3. How long will you be here?
As I'll generally be
preparing up to 5 different entrees and side dishes from scratch, food
preparation time usually takes 5-7 hours.
But of course I'll work with your schedule so that my cooking date and
time fits into your schedule.
do I reheat the food?
All entrees that have been stored for you in
your freezer should be defrosted overnight in your refrigerator, to be
heated and enjoyed at the peak of their flavor the next day. I'll leave you easy to follow
heating instructions for each entree.
5. How much freezer space do you 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 freezer space.
During our initial assessment, I'll
take a look at your
freezer to see just how much room you have available.
is one of the reasons I prefer to select the appropriately sized, uniform
storage containers for you.
6. Can you use my containers?
Sure I can, but once again, uniform size containers take less
storage space in your freezer. And I do prefer to bring the appropriate
containers for the entrees. If
you will clean and save the containers for me that held the entrees you have
already enjoyed, I'll take those back each cooking date and rotate containers
7. What type side dishes do you prepare?
I prepare side dishes that complement the entree you
have selected. For instance, if you have ordered a savory
stew entree, I will prepare a rice or
polenta side dish.
may even decide to select and prepare
your own green vegetables since people have such strong preferences in
that area. Otherwise, I will choose side dish as appropriate for
your entree. Additional sides can be provided for an additional fee of
cost seems to be about what I would pay for an entree in a
restaurant. Why is that?
My fees actually represents all
of the components that make up a professional personal chef service. They
One advantage of a personal
chef over restaurant is convenience! You have everything done in
your home instead of driving to a restaurant, parking, waiting for a table, hoping to get
good service, tipping the server and driving back home. With a personal
chef service, you can heat a wonderfully prepared meal and enjoy it in your own
home. And, of course, that means you can eat it when you want it and where
you want it!
9. What is
the initial client assessment?
This is the initial meeting
between you and your personal chef. During this time, I determine what you
like to eat and whether or not you have an allergies, sensitivities, or
medically specific requirements. Those are taken into account when
preparing your entrees. I also find out what your likes and dislikes
are. I will talk with you about your kitchen and storage areas. I
learn as much as I can about your specific culinary situation and then I can
submit meal selections for your approval. This meeting emphasizes the personal
in personal chef service.
10. When do I pay you for your
You'll pay for the service in
advance of each cooking date. You may pay for your first service after our
initial meeting, or we can make other arrangements. On each subsequent
cooking date, you'll leave me a check
for the next scheduled cooking date. I may even offer an online
form of payment as well, such as PayPal.
11. How long will the food last us?
It's math and logic really.
I'll make a predetermined number of entree's. Let's say...20 servings.
For two people, that's 10 meals or 10 days. Four people, it's 5
meals or 5 days. How often you eat them is up to you. The
more often you eat them, the sooner I'll be able to return.
12. How often will we need your service?
This goes hand in hand with question
11 We can set up a schedule for me to return, or just notify me
when you're ready for more food! My service is personal. I’ll make sure it supports your busy lifestyle by
catering to you.