A Personal Chef is a culinary professional who creates customized meals for clients in the clients home.
What if I don’t have the right pots and pans?
No need to worry! I bring my equipment, including pots, pans and utensils. Rarely, would I need to use anything in your kitchen except your stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, and possibly a microwave.
Does the customer supply the ingredients?
I do the grocery shopping the morning I’ll be preparing your meals.
What about regular or pantry items such as flour, sugar, etc?
We can do this a few ways based on your comfort level:
- I can supply them and charge a small pantry fee.
- We can have a section in your cupboard for these items that I can keep an inventory on.
- I can check with you a couple days before I shop to see if you have the items, with you pulling the items out before I come to cook.
What if I have a small kitchen?
That’s okay! All I need is a working stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, clean counter space and a place to put my 3 totes of equipment/supplies. I do ask counters be cleaned off and any equipment that is kept in ovens for storage be removed. This way I can get right to work creating some wonderful smells and food!
I have a food allergy (or dietary restrictions), can you cook for me?
Absolutely! Through my training and education I have and am qualified to cook for various diets and allergies.
How long will you be in the house on cooking day?
It depends on the menu, and the type of meal service chosen. A 3×4 meal service may take an average of 4 hours, whereas a 5×4 may take up to 8 hours.
Do I have to be home?
Whatever you are comfortable with. I am insured and bonded and can provide you with references of other clients I have cooked for.
Is it expensive to have a Personal Chef?
Costs are very similar to eating out at a restaurant except there’s no waiting or paying extra for beverages and you know who prepared your food!
Do you cater?
As a Personal Chef, all the cooking I do is done on-site, or in-home. Depending on the number of guests and service style determines the number of people I am comfortable cooking for. I have comfortably prepared food for graduation parties and anniversary parties for around 100 people. Usually I will need to come in the day before the party to prep the menu; please allow ample refrigerator space for items to be prepped.
What is the difference between a personal chef and a caterer?
The difference between a personal chef and a caterer is that a PC cooks in the clients home, or on-site. We bring all of our own equipment and cook in your home (or at a site with a kitchen). All the wonderful smells are lingering throughout the day. Typically, a caterer cooks off site in a licensed kitchen, has a limited menu and transports the prepared food to the site or venue. Watch the video, “Personal Chef or Caterer?” under Meet Chef Jodi!
What other services do you offer besides Personal Chef Services and Parties?
I offer cooking classes and demos, consulting and recipe development. Please visit my webpage for more information.