Frequently Asked Questions
Hiring a personal chef is a new adventure to many people and is a wonderful service for busy people. These are the most frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered here please email for a quick response.
Do I have to be home for you to cook in my kitchen?
No. If you are unable to be home we will agree in advance how and when I will enter your home and any pet considerations (I love all animals). If you are at home I will need to have full time use of your kitchen that cooking day. I will leave your kitchen spotless, your home smelling fabulous and your fridge and freezer full of delicious meals - all labeled and directions for usage.
My kitchen is not exactly large or full of nice pans, will that work?
I bring all my own pots, pans, spices and pantry items. I have a "fully Stocked" portable kitchen with me! I can manage quite well in kitchens from big to small.
Can you just deliver the meals instead?
Yes! Delivery is definitely an option for you if you prefer. The advantage of in-home cooking is the personal touch as I will organize each meal in your refrigerator and freezer. A delivery charge will apply.
My husband and I have very different tastes, how does that work?
This is not a problem as I can create a menu that is customized for everyone's tastes. This way you are both happy and satisfied with your meals.
We have special health and/or allergy requirements. Can you still cook for us?
Yes. I often have clients who have special restricted diets, want to lose weight, want to eat healthier, only want organic products, and/or have food related allergies. I can address all of these issues and more when we meet initially and do an in depth food questionnaire. The questionnaire tells me all about your unique eating requirements. I plan your menu especially for your IDEAL health and eating enjoyment.
Can you do a dinner party for us occasionally?
Yes, I would love to! I enjoy doing parties very much from small dinners and lunches to full-scale celebrations for large groups. We can discuss exactly how you want your party to go and what type of menu you want. If it is a large party, I have several great people I can use to help if necessary. If you would rather I just prepare the food in advance and leave it for you to serve, this definitely an option.
I understand that your charges are a cooking fee plus groceries. How much are the groceries usually?
Groceries vary depending on what type of menu you request. If you want lots of expensive meats and seafood it will cost more. It averages about $125-160 for 20 meals (single dinner servings including side dishes).