Think personal chefs and one thinks of the highly professional individuals that popular celebrities, athletes and socialites employ to prepare specialized meals for their everyday enjoyment or to create culinary creations that conform to very specific requirements. That is a common misconception as those people are actually private chefs who are in the exclusive service of their employer and oftentimes reside in their clients’ homes preparing breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. This makes for a closer relationship between client and private chef as compared to personal chefs who only drop by when their services are needed for the day or a specific period of time.
To enjoy a similar experience even for a day, getting a personal chef could be the next best thing minus the very high expenses and long term commitment. However, there are a lot of similarities to what both types of chefs do.
Both are hired by different clients (or exclusively to one person or family) to prepare food in their personal kitchens. The requirements are discussed to determine clients’ preferences, likes and dislikes, nutritional requirements and budgets then afterwards the chef is given pretty much the flexibility to craft a menu.
In the long term, this approach to food preparation can be a cost saver especially if the only other option is to be eating out every day, three meals a day. Needless to say, this concept is a very convenient time saver for those who have a kitchen but do not have the time or skill to use it. Other advantages are that the client benefits from professional experiences in ingredient procurement and skills in increasing nutrients of the food; and elimination of the need for clean up.
An informal way of engaging this type of service involves the chef preparing the meals and leaving it in ready to heat containers which are refrigerated or frozen for the client to heat and consume at their own convenience. If the food prepared is to address nutritional requirements, it competes with other companies that prepare ready-to-heat and eat nutritious meals for takeout or delivery.
Some countries are more open to this concept like the United States while others still prefer to prepare their own meals because they place much importance to family time, especially in Asia where cooks are oftentimes employed.
Like in hiring any employer, take some time to check credentials; ask for referrals from previous clients; and even a taste test so that expectations are clear.