How to Hire a Personal Chef

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

How to Hire a Personal Chef: First Steps

Employing a personal chef to stock your fridge full of custom, gourmet-quality meals is one of the quickest ways to simplify your life. The process of hiring a personal chef, however, can sometimes prove a little complicated. After all, entrusting your family's health and tastebuds to another person is an important decision -- and one you'll want to do right.

Determining your family's unique dietary preferences, i.e: food allergies, favorite types of cuisines, nutrition concerns, portion sizes, etc. will go a long way in helping you find the perfect personal chef for you. For example, by changing your Google search from "Personal Chef, Plano TX", to "Keto-Friendly Personal Chef, Plano, TX", you'll be able to narrow down the pool of potential candidates to include only those chefs that best fit your needs.

How to Hire a Personal Chef: What to Ask a Potential Personal Chef

The next step after finding a promising personal chef candidate is to get in touch with them for an introductory chat and, assuming things check out, schedule an in-person interview later on. Some things you may want to touch on are...

  1. A chef's experience and background: Ask about a personal chef's past cooking experience and how their career as a personal chef came to be. Many chefs will have graduated culinary school or polished their skills in the restaurant industry while just as many are talented self-taught home cooks. The key is to find out what makes their personal chef services stand out from the rest.

  2. How they accommodate special Diets & nutritional Concerns: Regardless of their culinary background, every personal chef should be well-versed in a range of special diets and be able to adjust their cooking to fit even the most detailed requirements. It's also important to see whether their personal philosophies regarding organic foods, local sourcing, and environmental sustainability align with your own.

  3. Do they have liability insurance/ a ServSafe certification?: Like any other professional who comes to work in your home, it's important that a potential personal chef has dotted all their "Is" and crossed their "Ts". In the rare and unfortunate event that your personal chef's actions cause injury to you, your family, or your property, the appropriate liability insurance will be able to make things right. Additionally, a personal chef with a ServSafe certification, who has been trained by the National Restaurant Association in safe food handling, will help mitigate culinary risks caused by foodborne illnesses or harmful allergens.

  4. Client References: Personal chefs should be able to provide references and testimonials from other happy clients. Even if a personal chef has a testimonial section on their website, they should be able to provide you with a couple past or current clients who you can personally contact for reassurance.

  5. How they fit in with your family: From likes and dislikes to individual quirks, a personal chef has to get to know your family pretty well in order to provide the best service possible. They'll also be spending long hours in your kitchen so it's important that you and your family can tolerate them, at the very least. Take into account their stance on pets and small children as well as their communication/collaboration skills. Establishing a solid, friendly relationship with your personal chef ensures smooth sailing for everyone.

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