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How it Works
Initial In Home Client Meeting In the comfort of your home we conduct the initial assessment. The goal of this personal assessment is to learn about your taste preferences, specific food likes and dislikes as well as any allergy considerations or dietary restrictions you may have. The number of servings and frequency of service will be covered at this time. After a survey of your kitchen layout, we will outline the amount of freezer/refrigerator space needed and discuss your preferred method of heating to determine the storage containers to be utilized.
The Planning Stage With an understanding of your tastes, wants and needs, Chef Jes will conduct the research necessary to prepare your customized menu. The menu will be presented for you to make your selections of entrées and side dishes. Upon receiving your selections a cook date will be set.
The Cook Date On your cooking date Chef Jes will bring the freshest, highest quality ingredients required for your specific menu. She will arrive at your home ready to prepare your delectable meals in the safety of your own kitchen.
At the End of the Day Your meals will be packaged and labeled per the specifications discussed during the assessment, and stored accordingly in the refrigerator and/or freezer ready for you to heat and enjoy, at your leisure in the comfort of your own home. An inventory of your stored meals, complete with specific heating instructions and room for your feedback, will be left for your convenience on your freezer door, along with menu choices for your next service.
Payment for Service Cash or check are accepted. Payment is due upon booking the cook date for service fees, grocery deposit and container fees based on method chosen during the assessment. The grocery deposit will be balanced on each cook date.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ’S)
1. What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef? A private chef is employed by one individual or family full time, and is often “living in”, and preparing up to three meals per day. A Personal Chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom designed for the client’s particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored so that the client may enjoy them at their leisure in the future.
2. Do you cook in my kitchen? Yes, I prepare your meals in the safety of your own kitchen. On our agreed upon cooking date I bring the fresh ingredients for your meals along with my own pots, pans and utensils, and prepare your entrees on site. At the end of the day, I leave your kitchen clean, and full of the aroma of good home cooking!
3. How long will you be here? I’ll be cooking several different entrees and side dishes from scratch, so it will take several hours. I cannot say exactly how many hours, however I am most willing to work with your schedule or situation, and we can make arrangements in advance so that my cooking date fits into your schedule compatibly.
Click to the right on ** the for a video where I explain the service after my cooking demonstration: ** 4. I’ll be home that day. Is it okay if I watch - or help? I am honored that you want to be involved. I am a professional that you hired you to do an excellent job, yet being under someone’s watchful eye or being distracted by conversation or inquiries can not only slow the process, but it can also distract me and cause burns, cuts, and forgotten ingredients . You are welcome to come in and visit for a few minutes, but after that I need to be “in command” in the kitchen in order to complete the job you’ve been hired to do. I do however offer cooking classes and interactive dinner parties where you and others can participate.
5. Do I heat the food? Yes. Any entrees that have been stored for you in your freezer should be defrosted overnight in your refrigerator, and heated, to be enjoyed at the peak of their flavor. I will be happy to leave you easy-to-follow heating instructions for each entrée.
6. How much freezer space do you need? It depends on the number of meals you request, and the sizes of the containers, but it does generally require a considerable amount of freezer space. Efficient storage is one of the reasons we prefer to select the appropriate size, uniform storage containers for our clients.
7. Can you use my containers? Once again, uniform size containers take less storage space in your freezer, and we will bring the appropriate containers for the entrees we are preparing each cooking date. If you will save the containers for us that held the entrees you have already enjoyed, we will take those back with us each cooking date, so we will actually be rotating containers in and out of your kitchen regularly.
8. What type side dishes do you prepare? I prepare side dishes that complete the entree you have selected - For instance, if you have ordered a beautiful savory stew entree, I will prepare a rice or couscous side dish to be enjoyed with the stew. Although I am ethnically Indian, I cook dishes from around the world – you should try my Cajun gravy over biscuits!
9. What if I want you to prepare additional side dishes as well? I’d be happy to provide that service for you; however, it will entail an additional fee.
10. The cost seems to be about what I would pay for an entree in a restaurant - why is that? Although my fees are expressed in a per entree or per serving fee, they actually represent all of the components that make up a professional personal chef service. For example, the assessment process that I complete determines what you like to eat, and how you like to eat, and whether or not you have allergies, sensitivities or medically specific requirements. Taking this into account when preparing your entrees is one of the features - that, along with customizing my recipes to reflect your wants and requests, submitting meal selections for your approval, the grocery shopping, coming to your home to prepare your entrees in the safety of your own kitchen, plus packaging, labeling and storing your entrees are more features.
If you were to compare a personal chef service to restaurant service you could think of it this way: For a restaurant, you must drive to get there, possibly wait for a table, take a chance that your server is having a good day, and if you have allergies or special requests you don’t always have the guarantee that they will be honored, since most entrees are “assembly line” ready in the kitchen. After eating your meal you must pay for it, tip the server, and get back in your vehicle to drive home.
If you have a Personal Chef Service, you can heat a beautiful entree that has been prepared specifically for your palate and requirements, and eat it in the comfort of your own home. You can even enjoy it curled up on the couch in your “jammies” if you want.
11. Do I pay you ahead of each cooking date? Yes, that is customary to pay for the service in advance of your cooking date. If you like, you may leave me a check for the upcoming cooking date on the day I am cooking.
12. How long will the food last us? Depending on how many entrees you order, and how many evenings you eat at home we can determine approximately how long your meals will last. If you travel for business, or entertain in restaurants during the week, or just enjoy eating out on occasion, the meals will take you further than if you eat in each night.
13. How often will we need your service? I’ll be happy to help you determine just how often you will want to schedule my Personal Chef Service to best serve your needs. I’ll make sure it supports your busy lifestyle without putting any pressure on you.
14. Can I order half of the regular service? I wish I could make that available to you, but the service doesn’t work that way. For this to be a profitable business for me, I cannot take the same amount of cooking time and produce half the amount of food. It takes the same amount of planning, shopping and preparation time to cook 10 portions of food as it does for two. However, I can package your meals in smaller portions so that instead of a week’s worth of dinners for a family of 4, you could have 2 weeks of meals for a couple, or a month’s worth for a single person. There would only be an extra charge for extra packaging.
15. Can you teach me how to cook? I would love to!! Just click on the link below to scroll through details on learning in your own home - whether you desire a private lesson or would like to arrange for a group to learn with you. Or plan an interactive Crepe Making Party, Fondue night, Nacho Night, Pizza Party or other theme parties.