Personal Chef FAQ’s

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PERSONAL ASSESSMENT

  In the comfort of your home we conduct the initial assessment. The goal of this personal assessment is to learn about your taste preferences, specific food likes and dislikes as well as any allergy considerations or dietary restrictions you may have.  The number of servings and frequency of service will be covered at this time. After a survey of your kitchen layout, we will outline the amount of freezer/refrigerator space needed and discuss your preferred method of heating to determine the storage containers to be utilized.

 PLANNING STAGE

Armed with an understanding of your tastes, wants and needs Chef Jim will conduct the research necessary to prepare your customized menu. The menu will be presented for you to make your selections of entrées and side dishes. Upon receiving your selections a cook date will be set.

 COOKING DATE

On your cooking date Chef Jim will shop for the freshest, highest quality ingredients required for your specific menu.  He will arrive at your home with all the culinary tools needed to prepare your delectable meals in the safety of your own kitchen. 

 AT THE END OF THE DAY

You will be left with a spotlessly clean kitchen with only the savory aromas of the tasty meals lingering.  Your meals will be packaged and labeled per the specifications discussed during the assessment, and stored accordingly in the refrigerator and/or freezer ready for you to heat and enjoy, at your leisure in the comfort of your own home. An inventory of your stored meals, complete with specific heating instructions and room for your feedback, will be left for your  convenience on your freezer door, along with menu choices for your next service.

 PAYMENT FOR SERVICES

Cash, checks and Paypal payments are accepted and payment is due upon booking the cook date for service fees, grocery deposit and container fees based on method chosen during the assessment.  The grocery deposit will be balanced on each cook date. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 1.  What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef?

Most private chefs are usually employed full-time with one household, preparing up to three meals a day.

 A Personal Chef has several clients who regularly schedule the Chef’s services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis.

A Personal Chef provides a customized selection of freshly prepared meals, which are packaged and stored for the client to enjoy as they fit into their schedule and lifestyle. A Personal Chef usually schedules one client per day.

Personal Chefs meet the needs of clientele whose busy schedule limits their time for  meal planning and preparation, yet have a desire to integrate high-quality, tasteful meals prepared with healthy and fresh ingredients into the everyday life of their families.

2.   How long will you be here?

Because we’ll be cooking several different entrees and side dishes from scratch, it can take between 4-8 hours. It is not possible to say exactly how many hours, since it will vary based on the menu selections as some dishes take more time than others to prepare. We work with your schedule or situation, and we can make arrangements in advance so that the cooking date fits into your schedule.

 3.  I’ll be home that day.  Is it okay if I watch – or help?

    While we enjoy spending time with our clients we try to limit it to the beginning and     end of our cook dates. This is to ensure safety and the excellent quality of your meals.

 4.  Do I heat the food?

    Yes. Any entrees that have been stored for you in your freezer should be defrosted overnight in your refrigerator and heated, to be enjoyed at the peak of their flavor.  You will receive a detailed inventory of what has been stored with easy to follow heating instructions.

 5.  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 freezer space.  We will consider your freezer size when we first meet to determine your meal quantity needs, and suggest easy ways to organize the items you will be keeping in your freezer along with your freshly prepared personal chef meals. Efficient storage is one of the reasons we prefer to select the appropriate size to ensure uniform storage containers for our clients. 

  6.  What type of side dishes do you prepare?

     We prepare side dishes that complete the entree you have selected.  For instance, if you have ordered a savory stew entree, we will prepare a rice or polenta side dish to be enjoyed with the stew. Other selections are determined by your specific likes and dislikes.

  7.  What if I want you to prepare additional side dishes as well?

     We’d be happy to provide that service for you, however, it will entail an additional fee.

  8. When I breakdown the cost, it seems to be about what I would pay for an entree in a  restaurant – why is that?

     Our fees are based on service fee plus food cost, they actually represent all of the components that make up a professional personal chef service.  The Service Fee  includes the assessment process that we complete to determine how and what you like to eat, and whether or not you have allergies, sensitivities or medically specific requirements that we take into account when preparing your entrees. The time spent customizing     recipes to reflect your wants and requests, submitting meal selections for your approval, the grocery shopping, coming to your home to prepare your entrees in the safety of your own kitchen, plus packaging, labeling and storing your entrees are more of the features. The cost of food will fluctuate dependent upon your specific choices. 

   If you were to compare a personal chef service to restaurant service you could think or it this way: For a  restaurant, you must travel to get there, possibly wait for a table, take a chance that you have a professional server, and if you have allergies or special requests you don’t always have the guarantee that they will be honored, since most entrees are “assembly line” ready in the kitchen.  After eating your meal you must pay for it, tip the server, and travel back home. When you have a Personal Chef Service, you can heat a beautiful entree that has been prepared specifically for your palate and requirements, and eat it in the comfort of your own home.  You can even enjoy it curled up on the couch in your “jammies” if you want!

  9.  How long will the food last us?

       Depending on how many entrees you order, and how many evenings you eat at home  we can determine approximately how long your meals will last.  If you travel for business, or entertain in restaurants during the week, or just enjoy eating out on occasion the meals will take you further than if you eat in each night.  

       We’ll be happy to help you determine just how often you will want to schedule the Personal Chef Service  to best serve your needs.  We’ll make sure it supports your busy lifestyle without putting any pressure on you.