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Q. What is a Personal Chef?
A. A Personal Chef (PC) is a chef who comes to your home to prepare delicious meals to be enjoyed by you at your leisure.

The PC comes to the client's home and interviews them to determine their specific dietary needs and wants. After the client assessment is performed, the PC then uses this information to develop a customized menu.

On the selected cook date, the PC will do all the grocery shopping and bring the fresh ingredients to your home. Using their own equipment, the PC then prepares the selected menu in the safety of the clients kitchen. After all the are prepared, they are packaged and labeled. The meals are then placed in the refrigerator and freezer to be enjoyed at the convenience of the client. The kitchen is left clean and filled with the aroma of home cooked meals.

A Personal Chef is different from a Private Chef. A Private Chef usually only provides their service to one individual or family. A Personal Chef provides services for several individuals and families at the same time, usually one per day.

Q. Who needs a Personal Chef?
A. A Personal Chef is affordable enough for anyone to have one.
  • Career Oriented Singles and Couples
  • Two Income Couples with Kids
  • Independent Seniors
  • Bachelors
  • New Moms
  • Those who do not know how to cook
  • Those who do not like to cook
  • Most of these people spend much of their time in their car and at work, love the convenience of being able to come home heat up something fresh and delicious to enjoy any time of day or night. If you are tired of eating out, getting fast food, eating from the freezer section of your supermarket, or you just want some more quality time with friends and family a PC is for you.

Q. Do you cook in my kitchen?
A. Yes, all meals are cooked in the safety of the client's kitchen. I use my own equipment and leave the kitchen clean when I am finished.

Q. How long will you be in my kitchen?
A. That depends on how many meals and the types of meals that have been selected for the cook date. Typically, the service takes about 6 hours from start to finish.

Q. Do I have to be home when you come to cook?
A. No, you do not have to be home on the selected cook date. Arrangements can be made at the assessment to determine how I can gain access to the house.

Q. I will be home on the cook date, can I help or watch?
A. During the cooking, your kitchen becomes the Personal Chef's office. In order to complete the cooking in a safe and timely manner, interruptions must be kept to a minimum. The Personal Chef can answer any questions or concerns before or after the service.

Q. Do I heat the food?
A. Yes, all food is heated by the client at their leisure. Complete heating instructions are provided for each meal to insure proper preparation.

Q. How long does the food last?
A. That depends on the service that is provided. The food can be stored in the freezer for up to 90 days, however 30 days is recommended for the best taste. Different services will last different lengths of time. For example, if a classic service is ordered, 5 meals with 4 servings each, for a family of four this will last 5 days. However, for an individual thsi could provide 20 dinners. For a couple, this service can provide 10 meals.

Q. Can you use my containers?
A. No. The containers used by the Personal Chef are predetermined based on the packaging selected by the client during the assessment. These containers are stanardized to enable the Personal Chef to store them without using all the space in your fridge and freezer.

Q. Can you provide meals according to my diet?
A. Yes. During the assesment, dietary needs will be discussed and a customized menu will be provided. If the diet is uncommon, recipes may be provided for the chef.

Q. Will you cook old family recipes for me?
A. Yes. Your Personal Chef will cook any recipes provided.

Q. Do I pay in advance of the cook date?
A. Yes. It is customary to pay in advance of each cook date. A check can be left for the next cook date on the day of service.

Q. The cost seems to be about what I would spend in a restaurant, why is that?
A. Although our fees are expressed as "per entree" or "per serving," they actually represent all of the components that make up a professional Personal Chef Service. This fee includes, the assessment, a personalized menu based on that assesment, complete grocery shopping, preparation of each meal, packaging and labeling of all meals, heating instructions, and cleaning up after. Each meal is customized based on the dietary needs and wants of the client, which typically does not happen at a restaurant. With the Personal Chef Service, you can have a beautiful entree that has been prepared specifically for your palate and requirements, and eat it in the comfort of your own home without having to drive anywhere.