Personal Chef Service
What do you
do as a personal chef?
I take over your kitchen and relieve you of your culinary chores,
whether it's for your everyday meals or your dinner party spread. Although I cook in your kitchen, I bring all
the equipment I need to prepare your menus. You
simply relax and enjoy the delectable treats prepared just for you.
does your service cost?
My services are tailored to your specific tastes and desires, so the
cost depends on a number of factors. Please
see the following sections for more specific information on cost: Personal Chef Service, Dinner Parties, Cooking
Big, bold flavors! My food is influenced
by myriad ethnic cuisines - Asian, Caribbean, Greek, Indian, Italian,
Mediterranean and Southwestern - but I also make a mean pot roast. I pride myself in making things from scratch,
from the to-die-for croutons for my Caesar salad, to the ethereal
crepes in my manicotti, to the flaky, buttery crust of my quiches. I even make many of my own spice blends from
freshly toasted spices for a richer, more authentic flavor.
do you offer?
As this is a purely individualized service, I devise your menu based
upon your food preferences and dietary needs. I
have hundreds of recipes to which I turn, including several signature
dishes that I have created, ensuring you get an optimum variety of
taste treats. For more specific menu
ideas, please see the following: Personal Chef Service, Dinner Parties, Cooking
Can I taste
a sample of your food before signing up?
Because I do not work out of a commercial kitchen, I am unable to
provide food samples. However, I will be
happy to provide the names of satisfied customers whom you can call as
references. I also provide a feedback form
with each service so that I can get a better sense for your likes and
dislikes and tailor the menus accordingly.
I do all food preparation in your home, however, I bring all the
equipment and utensils I need to prepare the food.
You need only provide the oven, microwave, refrigerator
time will you need in my kitchen?
With my personal chef service, I'm typically in your home for
approximately 5-7 hours, depending on the menu. For
dinner parties, I will need 2-6 hours of advance food preparation time
(the greater number of guests, the longer I'll need), in addition to
the length of time for the dinner and cleanup. For
cooking classes, I typically need approximately 2 hours of prep time
prior to the start of class.
do you cover?
I serve the greater Seattle area (roughly a 20-mile radius of
downtown Seattle). This includes north to
Edmonds, east to Issaquah, south to Renton and all points in between.
Personal Chef Service
personal chef, will you cook for me every night?
No. To make the service as economical as
possible, I spend the day in your home preparing a variety of meals in
advance (one to two weeks' worth).
Do I have
to sign up for a regular schedule, or can I just call you when I need
My service is designed for people looking for a long-term solution to
their dinner woes, so I schedule everyone on a standing cook date,
whether it's weekly or bi-weekly. That
way you're ensured of a slot in my schedule until you decide to
discontinue the service.
What if I'm
traveling or going on vacation?
I simply request that you let me know at least 30 days in advance of
your scheduled travel or vacation so that I have the option of filling
that day with another client. However, if
your travel schedule prevents you from committing to a regularly
scheduled cook date, I'd be happy to refer you to another chef.
different entrees do you prepare each service?
I prepare five different entrées with an appropriate side dish
(the number of portions will depend on the number of people enjoying
the meals). If you prefer not to include side dishes, I will prepare
six different entrées. I will not
repeat an entrée for at least 6 months unless you request it.
I just need
a couple of nights of food per week; can you do this?
The most economical option is for me to prepare a variety of meals at
once. However, many of my clients have me
prepare the 5-day service on a bi-weekly basis, as they still
go out to eat, travel or prepare meals themselves.
Are all the
The majority of your meals will be stored in your freezer, however, I
typically store your first couple nights' meals in your refrigerator,
especially if one meal is a fresh fish selection. For
those meals that do not freeze well, they would just need to be
consumed within the first three to five days.
your service fee cover?
It covers the menu planning, grocery shopping, food preparation, pantry
items (spices, oils, vinegars, condiments) and food packaging required
for your meals.
room do you need in my refrigerator and freezer?
I typically need at least 1 shelf each in your refrigerator and freezer. However, if I'm preparing 30-40 plates, then a
separate freezer is required.
Do I need
to be home when you're here?
No, in fact, most of my clients are not home when I'm there. They just provide me with a key and the alarm
code, if necessary. Trust that I will
treat your home better than my own and keep your information in the
I want to
learn how to cook; can you give me a cooking lesson while you're doing
As you can imagine, preparing five different entrees and side dishes
takes a considerable amount of concentration. Therefore,
I am unable to provide cooking lessons while performing your service. However, I'd be happy to schedule a separate
session that can be devoted to cooking lessons based upon what you'd
like to learn (see Cooking Classes for more
offer gift certificates?
Due to my regular client schedule, I am unable to offer gift certificates. However, I'd be happy to refer you to another chef.
What is the
maximum number of guests you serve?
Because most home kitchens are not designed for larger parties, I
mainly limit my service to sit-down dinner parties and brunches of 12
guests or fewer. However, I can also
handle buffet dinners or appetizer parties for up to 20 people,
contingent upon a site visit.
lead time do you need?
It depends on the size of the party. Two weeks' notice is sufficient
for an intimate dinner for two. For
parties of 4-6, three weeks is preferable, and for parties of 7-12, 4-5
weeks is ideal so that I can arrange for additional staff.
This also allows me enough time to develop and price out
your menu based upon your preferences. Parties
around major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentine's
Day, Mother's Day) require additional lead time.
are you available?
I have regular clients Monday-Friday, so I'm primarily available for
dinner parties on Saturday or Sunday. But
certainly feel free to call me about my availability on other nights.
your cancellation policy?
I collect a 50% deposit upfront to secure the date.
If you cancel within 2 weeks of your party you will
receive a 75% refund of your deposit, otherwise your deposit will be
have enough dinnerware, flatware, glassware or linens; do you provide
I can provide dinnerware and flatware for a reasonable fee; if you need
to rent linens or glassware, I can arrange for rentals for an
additional fee (my time plus the cost of rentals).
For buffet dinners, I can provide chafing dishes and
platters for a reasonable fee.
provide the wine or other alcoholic beverages?
Because I do not have a liquor license, I am unable to purchase wine,
beer or liquor on your behalf. However,
I'd be happy to provide wine suggestions based upon your menu.
handle all the clean-up?
For sit-down dinners, I will handle all the clean-up associated with
the food preparation, as well as clean up your dinner dishes. Should your guests stay longer than the
party's designated end, you will be responsible for any remaining
clean-up. For buffet dinners, my full
service option includes all clean-up, otherwise I just handle the
clean-up associated with the food preparation.
handle everything yourself, or do you have staff?
I do not employ staff, but do have professionals to which I turn when
necessary. I will prepare and serve food
for up to 6 guests; anything over that will require additional staff. Service staff will be billed at $30/hour,
4-hour minimum (staff will be paid directly by you the day of the
classes do you offer?
Although I have a few set class offerings, I can also craft a customized class based
upon what you'd like to learn.
offer hands-on or just demonstrations classes?
Most of the classes are demonstration, however, I do offer participants
the opportunity to practice the technique if they so choose. If your kitchen is large enough to accommodate
a full hands-on course, I'd be happy to discuss it with you (extra
charges may apply, plus you will need to provide additional equipment,
such as knives, cutting boards, aprons, etc.)
How much do
Most classes are $55-$75 per person, with a 6-person minimum (groceries
are included). See Class offerings for more
information. Classes for individuals or
couples are available for $100/hour with a 2-hour minimum, plus the
cost of groceries.
What is the
minimum and maximum number of people for a class?
Most classes require a minimum of six people, although I do offer
classes for individuals and couples. The
maximum number depends on the size of your kitchen, however, I've found
that classes are most effective with 12 people or fewer.
provide the equipment?
My goal is to teach you dishes that you can prepare yourself, so
ideally we'd use your equipment. However,
I'd be happy to use mine and provide you with recommendations for
purchasing your own.
leave the class with a full belly, or do you just provide samples?
There'll be plenty of food! Depending on
the menu, you will either eat the dishes as they are finished, or you
will sit down to a feast at the end.
I have a
small kitchen; can you still do the class?
I'd have to do a site visit first to determine if your set-up will work. I will need sufficient space to prepare
everything, plus there needs to be enough room for participants to
observe what's happening.
I'd be happy to answer any other questions you may have.
Simply call me at (206) 788-0280 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
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