Frequently Asked Questions
The cost seems to be about what I would pay for an entrée in a restaurant. Why is that? There doesn’t seem to be a difference between dining out in a restaurant and hiring you to prepare my entrees.
I’m glad you asked that. It’s a really good question. The difference is really in the personalized service and convenience in using a personal chef.
“Although my fees are per entrée or per serving, they actually represent all of the components that make up a professional personal chef service. For example, the assessment process we complete to determine what you like to eat, how you like to eat, and whether or not you have allergies, sensitivities, or medically specific requirements is included in the fee. One of the features of a personal chef service is that the factors uncovered during the assessment process are taken into account when I prepare your entrees. Other features of this include customizing my recipes to reflect your wants and requests, submitting meal selections for your approval, doing the grocery shopping, and coming to your home to prepare your entrees in the safety of your own kitchen, in addition to packaging, labeling, and storing your entrees for your future consumption.
“If you compare a personal chef service to a restaurant service, you will see that to eat at a restaurant, you must drive to get there. Once you arrive, you may wait for a table, and you take the chance that your server is having a bad day. Also, if you have allergies or special requests, you don’t always have the guarantee that will be honored by the line chefs, as most entrees are prepared by an assembly line in the kitchen. Finally, after eating your meal, you must pay for it, tip the server, and get back in your vehicle to drive home.
“On the other hand, if you have fired a personal chef service, you can heat a beautiful entrée that has been prepared specifically for your palate and requirements, and you can eat it in the comfort of your own home. You can even enjoy it curled up on the couch in your jammies if you want.”
What is the difference between a personal chef and a private chef?
A private chef is an employee, employed by one individual or a family on a full-time basis, who often lives in with the family and prepares up to 3 meals per day.
A personal chef is a small business owner who serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are customized for each client’s request and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored so the clients may enjoy them whenever they like.
Do you cook in my kitchen?
“Yes I will prepare your meals in the safety of your own kitchen. On our agreed-upon cooking date, I will bring the fresh ingredients for your meals along with my own pots, pans, and utensils, and prepare your entrees on site. At the end of the day, I will leave your kitchen clean and filled with the aroma of good home cooking!”
How long will you be here?
“I’ll be cooking several entrees and side dishes from scratch, so it will take several hours. I cannot say exactly how many hours; however, I am willing to work around your schedule or situation, and we can make arrangements, in advance, so my scheduled cooking date is compatible with your schedule”
I’ll be home that day. Is it okay if I watch – or help?
I consider your kitchen to be my office. In order to avoid any mishaps in the way of forgotten ingredients or worst yet, an accident caused by distracted attention, I request that you allow me to perform my professional service without interruption. If you would like me to arrive and spend a brief time visiting or answering questions, I will be happy to make arrangements to do so, and will also be happy to spend a short visit and the end of my cook day.
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 then heated so you can enjoy them at the peak of their flavor. I will be leaving you easy-to-follow heating instructions for each entrée.
How much freezer space do you need?
“It depends on the number of meals you request and the size of the containers, but my entrees do generally require a considerable amount of freezer space. Why don’t we take a look at your freezer and see just how much room you have available?
What types of sides dishes to you prepare?
“I prepare sides dishes that complete the entrees you have selected. Usually each protein is accompanied by a starch and vegetable”.
What if I want to prepare additional sides dishes as well?
“I’d be happy to provide that service to you; however, it will entail an additional fee.”
Do I pay you in advance of each cooking date?
“Yes, it 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, I can determine approximately how long your meals will last. If you travel for business, entertain in restaurants during the week, or just enjoy eating out on occasion, the meals will take you further than if you eat them each night. The beauty of a service like this is that we can adjust it to your needs at any time.”
How long will we need your service?
“I would be happy to help you determine just how often you will want to schedule my personal chef service to best serve your needs. I will make sure it supports your busy lifestyle without putting any pressure on you.”