WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PERSONAL CHEF AND A PRIVATE CHEF?

A personal chef comes to your kitchen and prepares food for you and your family, but does not live at your residence. I have flexible menu options and cook day schedules. I can personalize food selections to fit your ever changing tastes. I can create menus which conform to any food allergies or food preferences.  Everything I do is customized for you each week, as you get to choose the number of dinners I prepare for you, so you can decide how and what you enjoy!

CAN I AFFORD A PERSONAL CHEF?

In many ways, a personal chef will help save you money. You won’t go out as much and there will be much less waste. We discuss and plan your weekly menus, so you get variety and the convenience of having your meals ready whenever you are! Having my food waiting for you each day will give you the freedom to do other things you enjoy without making compromises about how well you eat.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES ?

My fees are determined by your weekly menu choices and are all inclusive for all my services, including the cost of food items.  (Please see the service plans section) I plan it. I shop it. I cook it. I store it in your fridge. And I clean it up and leave it like I found it. You get one bill for everything I do. By choose one of my dinner plans each week, you know what it will cost, with no surprises. There are no long term contracts. I make everything as easy and affordable as possible for you!!

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE FOOD I WANT?

To get started, I come  to your house for an informal “delicious experience” session. I will listen to your favorite food profiles and together we will outline what you like and don’t like and any special requirements I need to provide(gluten free, food allergies, etc.). Then each week I will provide you with a suggested menu for your approval. On the agreed upon cook day , I come to your house with everything I need(including all food items) to prepare and store your delicious experience dinners for the week. I will leave any cooking instructions, a suggested menu for the following week. At this time, you’ll pay my bill for this week’s services. (cash or check accepted)

WHERE IS THE FOOD PREPARED?

All your food is prepared for you in your kitchen or I have access to a commercial kitchen, where I can prepare and deliver your weekly meals. This is compliant with local Board of Health regulations and insures everything is fresh and delicious as well as completely safe. I bring everything I need with me to prepare your weekly meals and I clean up everything when I leave or I simply bring the finished meals ready for you to heat and serve!

WHY ARE PERSONAL CHEF SERVICES BETTER THAN BOX FOOD DELIVERY COMPANIES?

These home delivery services are great if you still have a couple hours to actually prepare the meals yourself. Using my service is all about convenience. Everything is done for you. I come with everything, I do everything, I clean up everything. Nothing for you to do but heat it up and enjoy your own delicious experiences!

HOW DO WE WORK TOGETHER?

Delicious Experience Interview
To get started, I come to your home to conduct a food preference interview. My goal 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. Typically storage to oven/microwave, to table safe pyrex glass.
Weekly Menu Planning
Now that I understand your tastes, wants and needs, I will use my personal recipe rolodex to prepare your customized menu. Menu options will be presented for you to make your selections of entrées and side dishes. Once I receive your selections for the week, a cook date will be set.
Food Preparation
On your cooking date, I will shop for the freshest, high quality ingredients required for your specific menu choices. I will arrive at your home ready to prepare your delicious experiences in the safety of your own kitchen. It typically takes 4-5 hours to prepare 5 days worth of meals for a family of four. Times vary on food choices and the number of weekly meals.
Time to Enjoy your Delicious Experiences
Once everything is prepared and stored, I will clean your kitchen and return it to the way it was before I arrived. Your meals will be packaged and labeled per the specifications discussed, and stored accordingly in the refrigerator and/or freezer with complete, easy to follow instructions for you to heat and enjoy. Now that’s convenience!!
Payment for services
Cash or checks are accepted. Payment is due upon completion of the cook date for service fees, grocery and food costs. No hidden fees or charges.

IS THERE A CONTRACT?

No contract required. We work on a week to week basis and I only bring what you order, so you never have to get anything more than what you want. As long as you’re happy, we keep sharing delicious experiences. I send you my recommended menu selections and you approve your weekly meal selections and the fees for that week’s meals. You’ll know your fees for the week, based on the menu items we agree upon and if there are any special items which require something above and beyond normal weekly services, we will cover the costs of those items or services in advance and agree on any added charges.

HOW ARE MY MEALS PACKAGED?

When we first meet I will show you the stack-able pyrex glass storage containers which I recommend. The containers are a one time fee of $100 and are your property. They are health code compliant and maximize your storage space, while keeping your meals safely bacteria free and tasting good. Everything will be prepared, placed in these containers and labeled for easy access and recognition for reheating whenever it is convenient.

CAN YOU HANDLE SPECIAL DIETS, FOOD ALLERGIES, GLUTEN FREE, ETC.?

Yes! These special food considerations are taken very seriously. Vegetarian, Paleo, Ethnic, Food Allergies, Gluten Free and any other particulars will always be noted and followed to insure your delicious experiences are worry free and great tasting.

AM I INSURED?

Yes! I carry the required food handling insurances offered through NYS FLIP, Food Liability Insurance Program. I have also passed the required safe food handling courses required by the Board of Health. Your safety is top importance.

DO YOU CATER PARTIES?

Yes! I am available to cater any special occasions from romantic dinners for two to a backyard BBQ for the entire neighborhood. I also do special Holiday meals and even am available for food needs you may have for your work or business functions. (Please see the section on Special Events). My rates for your special events will be determined once we discuss all the details of your special needs. I can also arrange any additional service staff and decorative food service equipment.