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What is a Personal Chef?
A personal chef is a trained cook, who prepares at-home meals for their clients for a fee. Personal chefs are usually employed by one family or one household; they will customize a meal plan according to the client’s dietary needs and preferences, shop for the items, prepare the meal, and also clean up the kitchen after they’re done. This saves their clients the time and effort needed to cook their own food, which can be very valuable to people that are extremely busy.

What does a Personal Chef do?
A personal chef’s responsibilities include meal planning, shopping for ingredients, cooking, and cleaning up after the meals are made. Some personal chefs work in a client’s home to cook a week’s worth of meals, and are responsible for safe packaging, accurate labeling, and convenient storage of prepared items in their clients’ refrigerator or freezer.
On special occasions, a personal chef may manage a team of cooks and act as a caterer. As a caterer, the personal chef and hired assistants may prepare foods that will be served to guests at a dinner party. This could be for a formal sit down dinner, or for a buffet style event.
Personal chefs work closely with their clients. They have to take into consideration their clients’ preferences when customizing a meal plan. It is important to follow these preferences carefully in order to ensure client satisfaction. A chef must also have nutritional knowledge, as oftentimes a client needs to follow strict dietary guidelines or has food allergies. There are also some chefs that specialize in certain types of cooking, such as vegan, vegetarian, or raw food diets.

What Is a Private Chef?
Private chefs have more opportunities than the average restaurant chef. Not only do they have the option of working for themselves or private employers, but they can take advantage of different opportunities depending on what’s popular in the culinary market. Unlike the restaurant chef, the private chef enjoys variety in his day-to-day and job-to-job environments.

Private Chef versus Personal Chef
The roles of private and personal chefs are not the same: private chefs are employed by a single family or person, while a personal chef takes on multiple clients.

Job Description
Private chefs are no longer limited to the rich and famous. In fact, they are becoming more popular in households around the Europe. Private chefs traditionally work for families and individuals as live-in service members. Though this is still the case, some are employed through agencies and will work part-time, full-time or temporary engagements for individuals and families. A new trend in private chef work is a chef who is hired only a few times per month to prepare a large variety of meals that are frozen and ready for re-heating.

Typical Clients
A private chef works for a variety of personalities, palates and types. While some clients are looking for fine dining quality meals, others are looking for meals that meet specific diet criteria, like vegetarian. Often, the types of clients who hire private chefs are busy professionals, families, senior citizens and people with dietary requirements and restrictions.

Duties
Private chefs prepare and cook meals for their clients. They follow food and sanitation rules, consider dietary restrictions and always ensure fresh ingredients are used. Meals are prepared in the client’s home, rather than ahead of time; therefore, a private chef must ensure they leave their client’s kitchen clean and sanitized after use. When creating food for storage, a private chef must ensure the dish is prepared properly for even cooking, is stored appropriately and that ample reheating instructions are provided.

Qualifications
Although formal education and training are not required, most employers prefer it. Private chefs must have working knowledge of ingredients, recipes, cooking styles and even plating. Since private chefs often complete a full meal, they must have pastry knowledge, as well. Most have completed a two- or four-year degree from a culinary institute, while others have undergone an apprenticeship or mentorship rather than formal education. Food handler’s permits are obtained through the local health department and can often be completed online.

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Duties of both Private and Personal Chef include:

  • creating a customized meal plan
  • shopping for groceries (at markets, grocery stores, etc)
  • shopping for specialty items (organic, gluten-free, nut-free, etc)
  • putting food away and storing properly
  • stocking the pantry with the client’s favourite items
  • being diligent with food handling skills
  • providing easy-to-read preparation instructions for clients
  • cleaning up and sanitizing
  • keeping up with nutritional information
  • listening and understanding client needs
  • improving culinary techniques
  • word-of-mouth marketing from satisfied clients

how it works

After receiving your CV we will get in contact with you to organise the interview. At that time please prepare your scanned documents and menu samples.
Ideally menu plan will be made for a week and will include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Containing at least three course meal for lunch and dinner.
However each Chef is individual and cook as it is comfortable to him/her.

Menu sample:

1 course meal. Main course.
2 course meal. Appetizer (Soup/Salad) Main course. or. main course. …
3 course meal. Appetizer (Soup/Salad) Main course. Dessert.
4 course meal. Appetizer (soup) Entrée/Salad. Main course. Dessert/Pudding.
5 course meal. Soup. Fish. Main Course. Dessert. …