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!
Q. Who needs a Personal Chef?
A. Having a Personal Chef is perfect for those that want the convenience of being able to come home and 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. Do you need help with meals because…You have no time to cook
- You don’t like your cooking
- You are tired of Fast-food/restaurant/carry-out food
- You have unique dietary requirements
- You are a senior, bachelor, or new mom who has no time and/or interest in cooking
- You or a loved one have a physical limitation or were recently released from the hospital and are unable to cook for yourself
- You’re going on vacation and don’t want to spend your holiday cooking or waiting in line for a good meal
etc . . .
Q. Do you cook in my kitchen?
A. Yes, all meals are cooked in the safety of your home kitchen. I use my own equipment and leave the kitchen clean when I am finished. If you do have a kitchen tools equipment that I am capable of using, that works to. Please make sure there is a working oven and fridge space
Q. Why can’t you just cook everything at your home and deliver to me?
A. Health department and zoning laws prohibit it. If I were to cook your meals in a licensed, health department approved commercial kitchen then I would have to pass on the rental charge of the kitchen to you. Cooking everything in your home as opposed to offsite and delivering it provides you with the freshest, safest food possible. I will make each service date as low key and as unobtrusive as possible.
Q. How long does the food last?
A. That depends on the service that is provided. Usually it lasts a full week. The food can be stored in the freezer for up to 90 days, however 30 days is recommended for the best taste.
Q. Do I heat the food?
A. Yes, you will heat all food at your leisure. Complete heating instructions are provided for each meal to insure proper preparation.
Q. How long will you be here?
A. I will be cooking several different entrées and side dishes from scratch, so it will take four to six hours depending on entrée selection. However, I will be willing to work with your schedule or situation, and make arrangements in advance, so that the cooking date fits into your schedule.
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 your house.
Q. What about the groceries?
A. I shop for food as if I were shopping for my own, the day of your cook date. As noted in the Services Groceries are not included in price I do my best to get the best deals on the freshest ingredients. If you have items that you would like to use up first or add pantry items that I can do. If you would like a more expensive cut of meat or fish just note that will bring the price up.
Q. Can you provide meals according to my diet?
A. Yes. During the initial assessment, we’ll discuss your dietary needs and preferences and a custom menu will be provided.
Q. Will you cook old family recipes for me?
A. Yes. I will prepare all of your favorite recipes. If you or anyone have any favorites or a certain meal they want that week I can create it!
Q. How do I pay?
A. You will receive an invoice from paypal. Or you can pay by check
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 assessment, 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. You’ll know the kitchen is clean and sanitary and that your meal contains only fresh ingredients.
Q. Can I give your personal chef services as a gift?
A. Of course! Personal Chef gift certificates are perfect for new parents, friends or family home from the hospital, mother and fathers of the bride and just to say “I love you!”