Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef?
A private chef is employed by one individual or family full time, and often “lives in” and prepares up to 3 meals per day. A Personal Chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom designed for the client’s particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored so that the client may enjoy them at their leisure in the future.
Do you cook in my kitchen?
Yes, meals are prepared in the safety of your own kitchen. After we agree on cooking date, I will furnish the fresh ingredients for your meals along with my own pots, pans and utensils, and prepare your entrees on site. At the end of the day I will leave your kitchen clean and full of the aroma of good home cooking!
How long will you be here?
I will, in all likelihood, cook several different entrees and side dishes from scratch, so it is estimated to take several hours. However, I am willing to work with your schedule and make any necessary arrangements in advance so that the cooking date fits into your schedule.
Do I heat the food?
Yes. Any frozen entrees should be defrosted overnight in your refrigerator, and heated, for your enjoyment. I will always leave you with easy to follow heating instructions for each entree.
How much freezer space do you need?
It depends on the number of meals you request, and the sizes of the containers, but it does generally require a considerable amount of refrigerator and/or freezer space. During your initial consultation, we will take a look at your refrigerator and freezer to see just how much room you have available. Allowing me to choose the appropriate sized storage containers will ensure sufficient storage for your needs.
Can you use my containers?
Once again, uniform size containers take less storage space in your freezer, and I will bring the appropriate containers for the entrees I am preparing each cooking date. If there is an entree that would be better suited in your own casserole or baking dish we can arrange that.
Do I pay you ahead of each cooking date?
Yes. It is customary to pay for the service in advance of your cooking date. If you prefer, you may leave me a check for the upcoming cooking date on the day I am cooking. I also accept major credit cards.
How often will we need your service?
This will be determined during our initial consultation. We can discuss your schedule and personal needs and decide just how often you will want to schedule my services to best suit your needs.
Can I order half of the regular service?
Unfortunately, no. In order for this to be a profitable business for me, I cannot take the same amount of cooking time and produce half the amount of food. It takes the same amount of planning, shopping and preparation time to cook 10 portions of food as it does for 20 portions of food.