What Exactly is a Personal Chef?

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At Chefs For Seniors, we are often asked: “what is a personal chef service?” 

“How is a personal chef service different than a local meal delivery service such as Meals on Wheels?” 

“Does the chef come to my home every day to make meals?” 

“Where does the chef cook the meals?”

The personal chef business model is admittedly new and innovative (in fact for all you accountants the personal chef industry doesn’t even have it’s own NAICS code!), so the questions are certainly understandable.  The purpose of this article is to explain both what a personal chef does and doesn’t do.

Simply put, a Personal Chef Service can provide you with customized, nutritious, delicious, and affordable meals prepared in the comfort of your own home.  You work with an individual chef who comes to your home 2x/week, weekly, or bi-weekly to prepare make ahead meals.  They get to know you, and have an understanding of your dietary concerns and specific food preferences.

So that’s basically what a Personal Chef Service does, here’s what most don’t do:

  • Meal delivery: most personal chef companies don’t have access to a commercial kitchen, so they’re unable to prepare meals offsite and deliver them.  If any personal chef tells you they can do this, be sure to ask for a copy of their catering license!
  • Other household chores: a personal chef’s craft and passion is food, so they probably aren’t the best fit for helping with landscaping, housecleaning, and other home services.  Plus, most liability insurance carried by personal chefs only covers them when they’re cooking, shopping, and driving.
  • Daily meal prep: if you have a live-in chef or someone that comes to your home daily to prepare meals, that’s referred to as a Private Chef Service.  Those services are typically much more expensive, you can expect to pay $50-$100K per year.

Hopefully, this article gives you a clearer picture of what a Personal Chef Service entails.  If you (or someone you know) would like further information on how a Personal Chef can make your life easier, give Chefs For Seniors a call at 844-237-2433.  Even if you’re not a senior, we’re always happy to chat and be helpful in whatever ways we can!

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