Personal Chef

Your very own cook

The culinary arts field has expanded enormously over the past few decades. Today, the demand for chefs has moved beyond the restaurant and into the household. Some (usually wealthy) families have decided to hire personal chefs to cook meals for them, inside of their own home. After all, if you had the money, wouldn't you like to hire someone to prepare you delicious meals and snacks?

Most personal chefs purchase all the ingredients they need, prepare the meal, and clean up after the preparation. They're usually set up with an expense account in order to do so. Often the food is prepared in advance and then frozen or refrigerated so that when the client is ready to eat, all they have to do is heat it up.

Becoming a Personal Chef

Before you decide that becoming a personal or private chef is the career path you want to take, there are a few things you need to know. In order to become a personal chef, you should have certificates or degrees to prove the authenticity of your culinary arts education. This isn't an official requirement, but most families who are seeking to hire a private chef expect the candidate to possess some form of cooking education and culinary experience. Beyond that, it's just a matter of marketing yourself to potential customers.

Hiring a Personal Chef

If you enjoy fine dining and would like to have someone make delicious meals for you every night in your home, what you need is a personal chef. There are many websites which can help you find a personal chef, but there are a few things you should consider before you select one:

  • What kind of experience does the chef have? Has he or she attended top cooking schools like Le Cordon Bleu or The Art Institute? Did he or earn their certificate or degree in culinary arts?
  • What kind of foods does this chef specialize in making, and are they the kind of foods that you would prefer to eat on a daily basis?
  • What are the chef's standards of hygiene? Where will the food be prepared and how safe are the food storage methods?
  • Does the personal chef take into consideration any dietary constraints, like allergies or diabetes?
  • Will the personal chef shop for all the ingredients he or she needs?
  • Last, but not least, can you afford to hire a personal chef?

Common customers include wealthy families, busy professionals, new parents, retirees and people with special needs.

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