Personal Chefs and Culinary Pros


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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 sometimes “living in” and preparing up to 3 meals per 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 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, generally meals are prepared in the safety of your own

kitchen, although some personal chefs are moving to licensed

kitchens and delivery service. Normally, on the agreed upon

cooking date the Personal Chef will bring the fresh ingredients for

your meals along with their own pots, pans and utensils, and

prepare your entrees on site. At the end of the day the chef will

leave your kitchen clean and full of the aroma of good home



How long will you be here?

The chef will likely be cooking several different entrees and side

dishes from scratch, so it will probably take several hours.

However, your personal chef will typcially be most willing to work

with your schedule or situation, and make arrangements in

advance so that the cooking date fits into your schedule



Do I heat the food?

Yes. Any entrees that have been stored for you in your freezer

should be defrosted overnight in your refrigerator, and heated, to

be enjoyed at the peak of their flavor. Your Personal Chef will

always leave you with easy to follow heating instructions for each



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. You and your chef should take a look at

your freezer to see just how much room you have availabl.?

Efficient storage is one of the reasons Personal Chefs prefer to

select the appropriate size, uniform storage containers for their


Can you use my containers?

Once again, uniform size containers take less storage space in

your freezer, and I will bring the appropriate containers for the

entrees I am preparing each cooking date. If there is an entree

that would be better suited in your own casserole or baking dish

we can arrange that. If you will save the containers for me that

held the entrees you have already enjoyed, I will take those back

with me each cooking date, so I will actually be rotating

containers in and out of your kitchen regularly.


Can I order half of the regular service?

I wish I could make that available to you, but the service doesn’t

work that way. For this to be a profitable business for me, I

cannot take the same amount of cooking time and produce half

the amount of food. It takes the same amount of planning,

shopping and preparation time to cook 10 portions of food as it

does for 20 portions of food.


The cost seems to be about what I would pay for an entree

in a restaurant - why is that?

Although my fees are expressed per entree or per serving,

they actually represent all of the components that make up a

professional personal chef service. For example, the

assessment process that I complete to determine your likes,

needs, special dietary requirements and requests is used to

customize your menu selections.

I modify all of my recipes to reflect your wants and needs;

meal selections are submitted for your approval; all of the

groceries needed for your meals are included; and your

meals are all prepared in the safety of your own kitchen.

Plus, packaging, labeling and storing your entrees are all

features included in this price.

If you were to compare a personal chef service to restaurant

service you could think of it this way...For a restaurant, you

must drive to get there, possibly wait for a table, take a

chance that your server is having a good day, and if you

have allergies or special requests you don’t always have the

guarantee that they will be honored, since most entrees are

“assembly line” ready in the kitchen. After eating your meal

you must pay for it, tip the server, and get back in your

vehicle to drive home.

If you have a Personal Chef Service, you can heat a beautiful

entree that has been prepared specifically for your palate

and requirements, and eat it in the comfort of your own


Or with Private Chefs, have the meals prepared fresh and

served a la carte daily in your home, with meal planning

services and grocery shopping handled by your chef.


Do I pay you ahead of each cooking date?

Yes, that is customary to pay for the service in advance of

your cooking date. If you like you may leave me a check for

the upcoming cooking 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 one each night.


How often will we need your service?

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. I'll make sure it supports your busy lifestyle

Personal Chef Pricing(General)