Become a Chefs For Seniors™️  Franchise Owner

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Chefs For Seniors Franchise Opportunity

Becoming a CHEFS FOR SENIORS Franchise Owner is a great, low-cost way to recharge or redirect your career and make a difference in your community while you do it. As a small business owner, you own an exclusive territory where you operate your own CHEFS FOR SENIORS business, decide your own schedule, and generate income.

As a Franchise Owner, you will be supported by our team at the Home Office, who are available anytime to help ensure you succeed. You’re in business for yourself, but not by yourself!


Personal chef and franchisors Chefs for Seniors owners Allman family

Founded by the Allman family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Feature story on National Public Radio in 2015.

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

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.

In May 2016, the Chefs For Seniors team participated in Batch 17 of 500 Startups, one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world. Based in Silicon Valley and specializing in growth marketing, the program has an acceptance rate of less than 2%. The accelerator program gave the team extensive knowledge of online marketing (i.e. Facebook and Google AdWords), traditional offline marketing (direct mailers, press relations), building referral networks, and personal selling.

Since its inception, Chefs For Seniors has prepared over 1 million meals for seniors and currently has franchises open throughout the United States.


Chefs For Seniors Annual Conference

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 $13,000 or over $25,000, 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***
  • Basic
  • $8,000
  • $4,575
  • $12,575
  • Extended
  • $10,500
  • $4,895
  • $15,395
  • Regional
  • $13,000
  • $5,595
  • $18,595
  • Basic
  • Franchise Fee*: $8,000
  • Minimum Working Capital**: $4,575
  • Total Minimum Investment***: $4,575
  • Extended
  • Franchise Fee*: $10,500
  • Minimum Working Capital**: $4,895
  • Total Minimum Investment***: $15,395
  • Regional
  • Franchise Fee*: $13,000
  • Minimum Working Capital**: $5,595
  • Total Minimum Investment***: $18,595

* 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 3-22-2023. 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.