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You've always said that "someday" you'll start that meal prep or dinner party business, but where do you start?

I'll guide you through the steps of starting your own personal chef business so you can quit your day job, have full control of your schedule, and make money doing work you love.

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How to Become a Personal Chef

Frequently Asked Questions

A personal chef researches recipes and plans a customized menu for each client. The chef shows up with groceries and cooks meals in the client's kitchen, then packages the meals for the client to enjoy at a later time.

As a personal chef, you choose what hours and days you'd like to work, part-time, full-time or seasonal. Some personal chefs offer other services such as dinner parties, cooking classes, kitchen equipment and pantry stocking, nutritional advice, and/or custom menu planning.

A private chef works for just one client - a group, family, couple or individual. He/she is an employee, often on salary. The client controls their hours and income.

A personal chef works for as many clients as desired. Personal chefs own their own business and are in control of their own hours and income. This website and the course Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks share knowledge about starting a personal chef business as opposed to a private chef job.

Neither a culinary degree nor membership with a culinary association are requirements for becoming a personal chef. Potential clients want to know that you can confidently provide the service they're requesting, regardless of your education or skill level.

Because individuals are hiring you, there are no "general" requirements. Similar to a job interview, each client decides for themselves what qualifications they would like to see in a personal chef.

Having been a personal chef since 2012, I have been working on my cooking skills since fifth grade, but never attended a culinary school. I have never had a client turn me away because of a lack of formal education in this field. As well, no client has ever asked if I was a member of any culinary association.

There actually is no certification needed to start a personal chef business. You will need to obtain a business license (also called a tax certificate in some areas) through your city/county Clerk's office. Some areas also require a health safety certification.

The course Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks provide business guidance on how to price your services, create a steady stream of new leads, and logistics of a meal prep or dinner party business. 

A personal chef certification is not offered because it has no legal merit. Any organization offering a personal chef certification is really just providing a certificate of completion from their courses.

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Private individuals are hiring you as a personal chef, not companies or institutions. When someone calls to set up a consultation about hiring you as their personal chef, all they're thinking about is, "how can you help me?" They just want to know if you’re able to help them with their problem. Potential clients are thinking about menu offerings you can provide them for meal prep or their dinner party. They’re not at all wondering where you went to school, how long you’ve been in business, or what your liability insurance covers. Their only concern is how you can help them.

Regardless of your culinary education or business experience, there are clients for every background, experienced or novice. Everyone had to start somewhere and everyone has a first day in business.

The following are not requirements of becoming a personal chef. One or more may be helpful, but are not required.

  • culinary degree
  • membership with a culinary association
  • high school diploma or GED
  • associate or bachelor degree
  • certificate, diploma or apprenticeship program in the culinary arts
  • restaurant or other job-related experience
  • personal chef certification

The 10-step business framework for starting a personal chef business is available in this PDF. click here

You can't decide today that you're going to be a personal chef, then start tomorrow full-time. First, you'll need to build the foundation of the business by checking out the competition, learning to price your services, and understanding the logistics of running a meal prep or dinner party business. Building the foundation will probably take about 30 days. During this time, you can continue to work at your current job to pay the bills.

Next, you'll begin marketing your services and start accepting clients. It's suggested to start with just one or two clients, perfecting your meal prep system over 30 to 60 days of practice.

Now you're ready to begin getting more leads into your business and ramp up to full-time with the goal of finally quitting your current job. As an alternative, you can choose to only work with one to two clients as supplemental income while keeping your current job. Understanding how marketing and advertising works is a key skill in determining how fast your business will grow and is taught in the course Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks.

Your income is truly up to you as you can choose to work many hours or few hours, hire additional help or work alone, accept small events or large events. You can work full-time, part-time or seasonal. It's your business so you have control over your own hours and income.

Personal chefs are  not paid by the hour and instead charge by the job, so do not draw a true salary or hourly wage. Meal prep often runs $150 to $400 depending on your area, experience and number of servings. This is for one cook session for a client that is often weekly. In my business, I schedule two meal prep clients per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Monday through Thursday are the most popular days for meal prep.

Meal prep income can be supplemented with weekend dinner parties or cooking classes of which prices vary greatly. In my personal chef business, the average size of a dinner party is ten guests and I charge $650 for the dinner which does not include the cost of food. This is for one dinner party. Dinner parties are usually on Saturday evenings.

Most important to mention is that personal chefs have control over their own income and hours. Work when you want, as much or little as you want. Choose to offer personal chef services as a side job or full-time.

Obviously none of us are fortune tellers, but I anticipate the near future will be a little more of the same atmosphere that's happening now.

Restaurants are open at partial capacity in most areas. Do you think people are enjoying going out to eat the same way we did in 2019? We're welcomed to a restaurant smelling of bleach by a server wearing mask and gloves presenting us with a disposable paper menu while hoping that none of the guests in the restaurant have to sneeze. Relaxing over a meal in this type of environment just isn't the same as it used to be.

The demand for personal chefs is increasing. Families are welcoming a personal chef to help with weekday meal preparations after a full day of Zoom conferences and child meltdowns. They're having small parties with other couples coming over to join them and love the idea of a personal chef preparing a meal instead of visiting a restaurant on Saturday night like they had in the past.

An online video course is now availabe, Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks. This is the most comprehensive program for creating a meal prep and dinner party system, marketing, and pricing your personal chef services.

Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks is the only implementation program of its kind that not only shows you exactly how to create a continuous stream of leads, but also how to go from "I don't know where to begin" to a profitable personal chef business.

Once you grab the step-by-step PDF containing the ten steps to starting a personal chef business, you'll automatically be on the list to be informed once enrollment begins. Click here for the PDF if you have not already done so.

Between working full-time in my own personal chef business and answering student questions, I only have so much time, which is why enrollment is only available at certain times of the year.

Everyone had to start somewhere and everyone has a first day in business

When someone calls to set up a consultation about hiring you as their personal chef, all they're thinking about is, "how can you help me?" They just want to know if you’re able to help them with their problem. Potential clients are thinking about menu offerings you can provide them for meal prep. They’re not at all wondering where you went to school, how long you’ve been in business, or what your liability insurance covers. Their only concern is how you can help them.

Regardless of your culinary education or business experience, there are clients for every background, experienced or novice. Everyone had to start somewhere and everyone has a first day in business.

 

CLICK HERE for the 10-Step Action Plan to Starting Your Personal Chef Business

Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks *Enrollment Begins Soon*

updated Sept 20, 2020

Personal Chef Business in 10 Weeks

This course is the only implementation program of its kind that not only shows you exactly how to create a continuous stream of leads, but also how to go from "I don't know where to begin" to a profitable personal chef business. Enrollment begins soon, but for a limited time only. Meanwhile, grab the step-by-step PDF for starting your personal chef business and to be notified once doors open.

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