Be Your Own Boss And Bring Joy To Seniors

Start a meal prep business with zero overhead serving the booming aging population. Get top-notch support from Chefs For Seniors® nationwide franchise team. Plus, you don’t need to be a chef to join the Chefs For Seniors® family!

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Chefs For Seniors Franchise Opportunity

Bring joy and nourishment to seniors in your community. As a CHEFS FOR SENIORS Franchise Owner, you can make your own schedule, generate recurring income, and make a real difference in people’s lives. And you’re not alone on this journey – our supportive team at the Home Office and family of 90+ franchise owners is just one call away, ready to help you succeed. We help you by:

  • Building out your local website page
  • Advertising your business online to get you clients
  • Providing a roadmap for hiring employees
  • Assistance with determining local prices to ensure profitability
  • Offering weekly 1-on-1 coaching calls
  • Sharing our database of 175+ vetted recipes
  • Giving you a 200+ page Operations Manual with detailed how-to’s


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How The Service Works

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Book a Chef

Clients schedule weekly or bi-weekly visits with their personal chef during a free in-home or phone consultation.

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We Cook

You or your team of chefs bring fresh ingredients and cook delicious, homemade meals in the client’s kitchen.

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Bon Appétit

Clients are left with meals for the week customized to their specific diet and food preferences!

Family Run Business Since 2013

Chefs For Seniors was founded in 2013 by Barrett Allman, an executive chef and restaurant owner with over 25 years of experience in the food service industry. As is the case with many other professionals in the industry, he found it challenging to maintain a balance between work and time with family. He wanted to find a way to use his skillset as a professional chef to make a difference in his community, while giving him flexibility. In talking with senior customers in his restaurants, he was struck by how many told him they struggled to cook meals for themselves. He wanted to connect with the people he was cooking for and came up with the idea for a service that would enable seniors to age in place. A few months after the company was founded, Barrett’s son Nathan joined the Chefs For Seniors team.

For the first year, Nathan and Barrett prepared meals for clients themselves in Madison, WI (where the company is based), learning about seniors’ specific needs and fine-tuning the business model using lean startup concepts. As demand for Chefs For Seniors grew, they brought in other chefs in the Madison area, eventually expanding to other states. The company began offering franchise opportunities in 2018, and has seen rapid growth since then.

As a Chefs For Seniors Franchise Owner, you’re not just stepping into a business opportunity—you’re joining a family. With our comprehensive support system, you’ll never feel alone on your journey. Our dedicated team is always ready to guide and assist, ensuring you succeed in your community. You’re in business for yourself—but with the backing of an entire dedicated and passionate team!

Since its inception, Chefs For Seniors has prepared over 2 million meals for seniors and currently has franchises open throughout the United States. The company is currently the largest personal chef business in the country, with thousands of clients.

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Founded by the Allman family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Chefs For Seniors is the largest personal chef service in the US!

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Over 70 franchise owners in attendance for 2 days of education, training, and great food!

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An investment that fits your budget

CHEFS FOR SENIORS is one of the lowest-cost food franchises available! Whether your franchise startup budget is under $20,000 or over $40,000, the CHEFS FOR SENIORS system provides an amazing opportunity. No matter which of our three investment options you choose, you’ll always receive our exceptional service and support. You and our Home Office team will decide which tier is the best fit for your goals.

  • Fee
  • Franchise Fee*
  • Minimum Working Capital**
  • Total Minimum Investment***
  • Territory Size
  • Basic
  • $9,000
  • $7,925
  • $16,925
  • 50,000 seniors
  • Extended
  • $13,000
  • $8,295
  • $21,245
  • 100,000 seniors
  • Regional
  • $15,000
  • $8,745
  • $23,745
  • 150,000 seniors
  • Basic
  • Franchise Fee*: $9,000
  • Minimum Working Capital**: $7,925
  • Total Minimum Investment***: $16,925
  • Territory size: 50,000 seniors
  • Extended
  • Franchise Fee*: $13,000
  • Minimum Working Capital**: $8,345
  • Total Minimum Investment***: $21,345
  • Territory size: 100,000 seniors
  • Regional
  • Franchise Fee*: $15,000
  • Minimum Working Capital**: $8,745
  • Total Minimum Investment***: $23,745
  • Territory size: 150,000 seniors

* Veterans receive a 10% discount on the Franchise Fee. ** Additional working capital comprises estimated startup expenses for the first 3 months in business including insurance, software, travel for training, marketing, etc. Working capital will vary for each franchise location. *** These figures are taken from Chefs For Seniors Franchising, LLC’s FDD Item 7 issued 3-29-2024. See our latest FDD for important assumptions and qualifiers relating to these figures.

“Our learning experience began with our initial inquiry. The Chefs for Seniors Training Program provided us with in-depth operations review, hands-on demonstrations, and references. We especially appreciated the client experience insight. Throughout our journey Chefs for Seniors, has proven their commitment to support our success.”


We provide a comprehensive support system that is the culmination of over a decade of trial and error learning what works, and equally as important, what doesn’t work for growing an in-home meal prep/personal chef business. This allows you to focus on growing your business from day one, as opposed to spending time working out the kinks of the business model (pricing, menus, marketing, etc.). In addition, a significant part of our system is our marketing support to help you get clients easily, which includes digital advertising services through Google and Facebook. The 20-minute franchise info video provides an overview of the top-notch support offered.

We are looking for individuals that have good business acumen, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to follow our proven system. In addition, we want you to have a passion for food, nutrition, and working with seniors! We believe this is an important factor in engaging with and understanding the needs of your clients. Of course, previous experience in the foodservice industry is helpful but not a requirement. With every aspect of our concept fully developed, we are confident in our ability to train Franchise Owners to successfully duplicate our system.

The only differences between the three options are the initial franchise fee, estimated upfront investment, and exclusive territory size. Territory sizes range from 25,000 to 100,000 people age 62+.

Yes! Especially for the larger Extended and Regional territories, hiring employees is a great way to expand your client base while providing an amazing job opportunity.

The success you have within our system will be affected by a variety of factors including your location, skill-set, and tier selected. For that reason, we do not make specific earnings claims concerning potential income. Instead, we provide information to you as permitted by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that allows you to prepare financial projections based on your specific franchise.

This website and the franchise sales information on this site do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a franchise disclosure document. Certain states require that we register the franchise disclosure document in those states. The communications on this web site are not directed by us to the residents of any of those states. Moreover, we will not offer or sell franchises in those states until we have registered the franchise (or obtained an applicable exemption from registration) and delivered the franchise disclosure document to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law.