Archive | May, 2012

Personal Chefs are More Affordable Than You May Think!

25 May

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After a networking meeting this morning, someone told me that I have not been including my pricing for my Personal Chef Services in my description of what I do.

First of all, pricing is dependent on the amount of time and challenge involved.  The most requested way I have done my cheffing is called a “five by four” .  This includes five main dishes, four portions each with appropriate side dishes.  I can price these as inclusive of groceries for $395.00 (additional if you need some exotic ingredients or specialty items). As part of my service, I do all of the shopping for the ingredients, after we choose the menu together.

I have also been running an introductory special for new clients to get them to appreciate my service.  for just $219.00 I can prepare three main dishes with sides, four portions each inclusive of groceries.

This special will continue until June 29,2012

Also, I do food demos, cooking lessons in your home (for 1 to 8 or so people) at $40 to $50 an hour (depending on the dishes involved) plus groceries with a 3 hour minimum.

I have partnered with a wonderful local Massage therapist, Fabien de Guffroy on a Dinner and Massage for two.  Fabien will give each of you a massage while I prepare your exquisite, delicious dinner and have your wine bottle ready.  Everything will be served by your own Personal chef .  You will be relaxed, with a clean kitchen and dessert when I leave.

For more information, call 561-676-2078 , email helen@helenshomecooking.com or take a look at my website, www.helenshomecooking.com .

Personal Chef per Wikipedia

22 May

Personal chef

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A personal chef is a chef who is hired by different clients and prepares meals in the clients’ home kitchens, based on their needs and preferences. In most cases the chef leaves the meals he had cooked packaged in containers and refrigerated or frozen for the client to enjoy later. Some personal chefs focus on preparing dinner parties and other special events, which means they are responsible for shopping, preparing the meal, serving the guests and cleaning up afterward. The menu is preplanned and discussed with the client, then prepared in their home. According to health-department guidelines, all food must either be prepared in the home of the client or in a kitchen that has passed an official health inspection.

Note that a personal chef is distinct from a private chef, which refers to a chef who is employed exclusively by one client, and in some cases lives in the client’s home.

When hiring a personal chef[1] to provide either a packaged meal service or to cook for a dinner party, a menu and a budget are submitted for the client’s approval. Typically, the chef is given approval, a deposit, or (if familiar with the guest/frequent client) an expense account for the menu. The client pays for this in addition to the cost of the chef’s services and gratuity.

Some personal chefs also provide meal planning and budget planning for homeowners and second homeowners who are busy with their own lives, but insist on nutritious and tasty meals for their families.In Europe it is still not a concept that has caught on as countries such as Spain and France it is an important part of the day to spend time with the family. Very few companies offer this convenience food service. One company that offers a full range of services including yacht provisions is Bravura chefs. Many personal chefs also offer personalized cooking instruction in the privacy of the client’s home, either one-on-one or in groups.

In terms of experience, personal chefs tend to be chefs who have worked in restaurants, hotels, catering or all three. It is not uncommon for some personal chefs—particularly those who cook for dinner parties and special occasions—to be employed in a restaurant or catering job full time and work as a personal chef in their spare time for extra income. Potential clients can either research personal chefs in their area via online membership registries such as Hire A Chef[2], or they may choose the services of a personal chef staffing agency such as Big City Chefs[3] to match them with a pre-screened professional chef.

FNI Palm Beach is now FQNI

19 May

FNI is now First Quality Networking International.  We have changed our meeting location back to TooJays at the Boynton beach MallI, 801 Congress Ave in Boynton Beach.  Meeting are Friday mornings at 8:15am. For more information call Robert Gottesman at robertgottesman2001@yahoo.com or call him at 561-676-2075

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