Hiring a Personal Chef Can Make All the Difference
Posted Apr 26 2012 7:33pm
Cathy Vogt - A Natural Chef
After a long day of work, how many people walk into their homes only to realize they don’t have food in the house or don’t know what to make for dinner? If you had a personal chef working with you, you would never run into this problem. Today’s busy families are so over-scheduled they rarely have time for healthy, homemade, sit-down meals. This leads to people choosing unhealthy packaged convenience foods or microwaveable meals, or eating out at restaurants excessively. It can also lead to boring, uninspired meals made on the fly at home.
Personal chefs can completely transform you and your family’s relationship to food. With an eye towards health, they work with clients to customize their recipes for the client’s palate and health needs. They prepare fresh, gourmet meals right in your own kitchen, to be consumed immediately or to be refrigerated or frozen for the rest of the week. While some families have a personal chef on staff full-time, most have someone come in just a few times a month to prepare multiple meals that can be frozen and reheated. Others hire personal chefs just for special occasions and parties as an alternative to hiring an outside caterer. If the personal chef is preparing for a party they may also be in charge of serving and setting up for the party.
Personal chefs are typically experienced chefs who have worked in restaurants or in hospitality or catering. Some are accomplished chefs while others are newly out of culinary school. Some are trained through the American Personal & Private Chef Assocation or the United States Personal Chef Association.
Typically, when a personal chef is hired, they present a proposed menu and budget based on what they know of the client’s needs and preferences. Then they do the shopping and food preparation themselves. Some involve themselves in helping clients provide for their own family’s nutritional needs by helping people learn how to meal plan or how to cook. Frequently personal chefs serve as cooking instructors in addition to being chefs themselves. Some clients prefer to receive cooking instruction in the privacy and convenience of their own home.
When looking for a personal chef, don’t forget to take into consideration the types of cuisine the chef is most comfortable with and whether or not they are competent in cooking for families with the types of needs yours has. For instance, a personal chef for a diabetic should have some nutrition knowledge or training, or be willing to work with your dietitian or doctor.