Personal Chef FAQs
What does a Personal Chef do?
A Personal Chef is a culinary professional who helps people with busy lives eat better, eat healthier and have more free time. Your Personal Chef does the menu planning, shopping, and cooking required for your menu or catered event.
What does the Service cost?
The cost of the Service depends on the number of diners and the number of meals you select. The price of the Service includes:
- Client consultation, food questionnaire and kitchen tour
- Customized menus designed just for you
- Grocery shopping for the very best, freshest ingredients
- Cooking, packaging, labeling and storing
- Kitchen clean-up and sanitization
Why use a Certified Personal Chef?
The designation of Certified Personal Chef (CPC) is the industry’s highest mark of excellence. Personal Chefs who have achieved CPC status have earned this designation through education, experience and professionalism. Clients can be assured the Personal Chefs with a CPC designation are committed to excellence.
How does this service work?
First, we arrange a meeting where I learn about your food preferences and dietary needs. Then, custom designed menus are created and presented for your approval. We set a date to cook and I do the grocery shopping, with meal preparation in your home. Your dinners are packaged, labeled and left in the refrigerator or freezer with instructions on how to heat. I leave your kitchen spotless and your home is filled with the aromas of home cooking.
How often will I need your services?
Some families need weekly service while others prefer every other week or even every three weeks. It depends on your unique needs. Mine is a flexible service. After the first service, we can discuss what works for you.
Where is the cooking done and what equipment do I need to have for the chef?
Meals are prepared in your kitchen. I bring all the tools and equipment necessary, all you need to have is a working stove, oven and refrigerator/freezer.
How long will you be in my kitchen?
That depends on how many meals, and the menu you have selected. Typically, the Service takes about 5-6 hours from start to finish.
Do I have to be home when you come to cook?
No, you do not have to be home on your scheduled cook date as long as appropriate arrangements are made in advance for me to gain access to your home.
How is the food packaged?
A variety of containers are used depending on the food and client preferences. We discuss this at the consultation. I use a combination of aluminum and plastic packaging. Meals can be packaged as single servings or family sized. Other packaging options are available if you choose to invest in reusable containers.
How do I get started?
Please contact the Chef to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation. The Chef will sit with you to complete a comprehensive questionnaire detailing your dining preferences, dietary needs and lifestyle requirements. We set a date to cook, I design the menu for you to approve – and we are ready to go.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes, gift certificates are available for all services offered. It's a great gift for new parents, those recovering from surgery, and as a special gift for someone who would enjoy the hospitality and gracious dining offered by “Dining By Design”.
What is the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA)?
The USPCA is the world’s largest and most recognized professional association for Personal Chefs. For more information on the USPCA, click the logo on our home page to be guided to the USPCA web site.
Contact Chef Barbara for a free consultation.