Personal Chef FAQs

Personal Chef FAQs

What is a personal Chef?

A personal chef is a chef who is hired by different clients and prepares meals in the clients’ home kitchens, based on their needs and preferences.

Who can benefit from my Personal Chef Service?

  • Anyone who would like to have more time to spend with their family and friends
  • Anyone who needs a break or some relaxation time.
  • Those who do not enjoy grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking and cleaning up after preparing meals
  • Singles with hectic careers and/or family obligations
  • Busy professionals who are tired of spending their hard earn money on fast foods
  • Those who love to entertain at home – but never get to enjoy the party
  • New Moms and Dads, College students,  Newly Weds, Retirees, Senior Citizens
  • As Gifts:  House Warming , Thank-You Gifts , Corporate Gifts for Clients, Welcome home

What is the minimum that I can book your Weekly Personal Chef service?

Weekly Personal Chef services are a  4 hr minimum. This does not include the cost of groceries.

What happens after I contact you about Weekly Personal Chef services?

Once you have contacted me, I will have you complete & submit the Weekly Personal Chef Information form.  Then we will schedule a free consultation in the comfort of your home. We will discuss how my services work, any allergies, food preferences and what tools and ingredients we might need and a start date, so that I can provide you with the best meals, tailored to your specific needs.

Payment Policies

How  much do I have to pay to secure a Weekly Personal Chef cook date?   When do I pay?    How do I pay?

After our consultation and you have confirmed that you would like to use my Weekly Personal Chef services and we have discussed the schedule, I will contact you (via email) with a proposed menu. The full Chef fee Payment is due no later than 5 days before the scheduled cook date via (personal check or  Paypal). There is a $35 fee for checks that bounce. 

What if I decide I don’t want to use your Weekly Personal Chef services after you’ve made the menus?

There is $100 fee charged If you decide you do not want to use my services after the time spent on planning and getting menu(s) together

When do I pay for your Weekly Personal Chef services?

In order to hold your cook date, chef service fee must be paid in full no later than  7 days before the cook date. Payment for groceries is due at the time of cooking.

How far in advance Can I cancel a Personal Chef cooking date?

I must be notified of cancellations 5 days in advance of the cooking date. 

Will there be a cancellation fee?

Cancellations made more than 5 days in advance of the agreed upon cooked date, are subject to a full refund (except any fees, i.e., paypal). Any Cancellations less than 5 days are non-refundable.

Food & Groceries

When do I pay for groceries when using your Weekly Personal Chef services? How much?

 Payment for groceries is due at time of cooking. Groceries are an additional charge, usually between  $60-150 depending on the quantity of food to be prepared. Groceries are not marked-up. Shopping will be done based on your request i.e.: organic, free range, or no preference.

Are groceries included with the prices?

Groceries are not included in the Chef fee. 

Do you provide side dishes?

Yes. Some dishes like soups, casseroles and stews do not need a side dish. Most other entrees come with a side dish.

Do you make desserts?

Yes, If time is available desserts can be factored into the session at an additional cost.

Where is the food Prepared?

All foods are prepared at your home. I use whatever tools and equipment that you have and bring along any additional tools I might need.

Times & Services

What if I have an event, dinner party, or guest coming over and I would like to use your services?

No problem!!  I also provide event services. Please refer to the Event page.

What days are your Weekly Personal Chef services available?

Weekly Personal Chef service are offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday -Mornings and Afternoons. Evenings and weekends are reserved for Private cooking lessons, and Events.

What if the above times do not  work for me?

Let’s Talk!!. Contact me.

How long will you be in my home?

It takes between 4-6 hours depending on the amount and type of dishes being prepared. I make all Entrees from scratch. 

Do I need to be home when you are cooking?

No, you do not have to be at home on the  scheduled cook date as long as we make arrangements in advance for me to gain access to your home.

Misc.

What if I have an allergy?

Please, Please let me know if you or anyone in your household, or anyone who will be eating the food , has an allergy. Your safety is a huge priority.

Where do you shop?

I shop from a combination of  local markets and specialty shops in your neighborhood. I shop with your preferences in mind. Here’s a list of the stores and markets where I shop.

Can I use your pictures?

Please ask to use my pictures for any reason.  If my pictures are used without permission, legal action will be taken

What other services do you offer?

I offer  in-home dinner parties, Personal grocery shopper, Holiday Prep, Date Nights, Mothers day, Fathers Day, Birthday parties, House warming, Iron chef competitions, Private cooking lessons, Personal chef services as a gift and much more. Please just ask!!!

I’m ready, what is my next step?

Contact me!!!

Prices listed here and throughout this site, are subject to change without notice.