Getting Paid to Meal Prep Question and Answer

Uncategorized Feb 23, 2020

Yes, I get paid to meal prep for a living. I wanted to thank you so much for all the questions I’ve been receiving about what it takes to become a personal chef. I’ve gotten so many questions that I wanted to take the time to answer some of those today. Take the course "How to Become a Personal Chef" or check out the How to Become a Personal Chef, step-by-step PDF.

You're welcome to read this blog post or watch the video answering often asked questions about the meal prep business.

https://youtu.be/S2lJMNpAjk0

For meal prep, do your clients tell you what they'd like to eat or do you offer a menu?

Let’s dive into the questions. The first question is, “for meal prep, do your clients tell you what they’d like to eat or do you offer a menu?” I actually have a discussion with the client upon first meeting where we talk about allergies, likes and dislikes and from there, I create a special menu for each client.

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Steps to Planning a Dinner Party

Uncategorized Feb 19, 2020

As a personal chef, there are numerous small steps that go into planning a dinner party prior to the actual execution of the event. Join the wait list to the workshop "How to Become a Personal Chef" or check out the How to Become a Personal Chef, step-by-step PDF.

You're welcome to read this blog post or watch the video below about the steps involved in planning a dinner party in your personal chef business.

https://youtu.be/UIK7msKk8sc

It's completely normal to be nervous your first few dinner parties.

It’s okay to be nervous the first few times you execute a dinner party. You're often walking into a strange kitchen, meeting your client for the first time, and expected to serve dinner at a precise time using appliances you may not be familiar with.

There are a lot of steps involved in planning a dinner party and ensuring the food is ready on time. It can be intimidating, but after you’ve had a few successful events, you hardly get nervous anymore.

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Choosing a Niche 🎯 What is your cooking specialty?

Uncategorized Feb 17, 2020

There's a myriad of options to choose from as a niche when starting a personal chef business. Join the wait list to the workshop "How to Become a Personal Chef" or check out the How to Become a Personal Chef, step-by-step PDF.

You're welcome to read the blog post or watch the video below about choosing a niche for your personal chef business.

https://youtu.be/8sufrFXWjFA

I have a fair amount of people asking me about how they go about choosing their specialty. You know already that you can’t cook everything and please everyone, so you need to choose a specialty.

You can't cook everything and please everybody, so just forget about that. Let's concentrate on your ideal client.

The first place to look is within. What do you like to cook? What do you want to cook? What are you already cooking? You can’t cook everything and please everybody, so just forget about that. Let’s concentrate on your ideal client.

Get out your pen and pencil, there's homework...

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Meal Kits, Robotic Kitchens, Smart Appliances & Personal Chefs

Uncategorized Jan 26, 2020

Okay, I started this video as "personal chef versus meal kit" but truly went on a tangent and spoke about robotic kitchens and smart appliances, oops.

You're welcome to read the blog post or watch the video below. Both are vastly different. Links to robotic kitchens and smart appliances are near the bottom of this article.

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Personal Chef vs Meal Kit

Today’s question is whether or not I think meal prep kits are going to put personal chefs out of business. By meal prep kit, I mean Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, Sunbasket, etc.

Similar to a personal chef, a meal kit is ordered from a menu of choices based on your dietary lifestyle. The kits usually have about ten choices and you pick three that you’d like delivered. Personal chefs of course have an unlimited supplies of meal offerings.

You choose the meal kit delivery in two or four servings to fit your family, similar to hiring a personal chef. With a meal kit, all ingredients and recipes are mailed to your home....

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Consultation Questions for Meal Prep Services

Uncategorized Jan 26, 2020

Today's topic is, "as a personal chef, what questions should I be asking during a new client consultation for meal prep services?" You're welcome to read this article or watch the video below, though both are vastly different.

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How to Become a Personal Chef

Before becoming a personal chef, I would peruse the internet for hours, trying to find the answers to what I thought were common questions about the personal chef profession. Extremely limited information came up when searching for the answer to my question, "what questions should I be asking new meal prep clients?"

I couldn't find a single article written by a personal chef. There were plenty of non-authorities sharing their idea of questions you should ask a personal chef when hiring as well as numerous culinary associations trying to get me to attend their schools and expensive groups, but alas no advice from someone in the profession.

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Personal Chef Career 🛒 Benefits

Uncategorized Jan 18, 2020

What's so great about being a personal chef? What are the benefits of having a personal chef career?

You're welcome to read the blog post or watch the video below.

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Did you know that I'm also a chiropractor?

I may have a career as a personal chef, but also have a degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life West Chiropractic College. Yep, I went to college for eight years to become a chiropractor, but the whole time I was in school, I wasn’t really into it. I graduated then opened a practice, but it was never my calling. Now, I just have a lot of student loans (that I’m almost done paying off, yay!).

Oh yeah, and was a Realtor in my past life...

I also sold real estate for about ten years and really enjoyed that. I learned so much about sales and marketing. If a person can market themselves, they can be successful in any business. Marketing is definitely the key business skill.

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How Much to Charge for Personal Chef Services

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2020

It's the most common question I'm asked, "how much should I charge for my meal prep services?" You're welcome to read this blog article or check out the video below. Both are vastly different. More in-depth calculations of pricing and service will become available in my upcoming workshop "How to Become a Personal Chef."

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I find some chefs not starting their business because they're not sure how to go about charging. Is that you too?

One of the biggest obstacles in becoming a personal chef is trying to figure out how to price your services.

Before addressing this question, let's clarify personal chef services versus catering services. As a personal chef, you’d bring all the groceries to a client’s house and cook everything there. In catering or meal delivery service, you would be working out of an approved commercial kitchen, then deliver to the client’s home.

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How to Become a 👩🏻‍🍳 Personal Chef

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2020

This video shares everything that has to do with the business of becoming a personal chef. I assume you already have cooking skills and an interest in entering this new cooking career.

You're welcome to read this blog article or check out the video below.

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I’ll be guiding you on how to go about getting a business license, how to talk to a new client about meal prep at a consultation, how to create menus, how to market yourself to potential new clients, and how to offer upsells to current clients.

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The two most common questions I get asked are, "how am I going to get new clients?" and “how do I go about pricing my services?”

Below are links to current videos so you can easily choose the topic that you need the most.

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→ Common Misconceptions

→ Personal vs. Private Chef

→ Scheduling When You Already Have a Full-Time Job

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What's tax deductible: Become a 👩🏻‍🍳Personal Chef

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2020

Today’s question is “what record keeping do you need for taxes, specifically what paperwork do you need to keep to make sure the IRS is happy?” As a personal chef, what items are tax deductible?

Per the IRS, "You must keep records, such as receipts, canceled checks, and other documents that support an item of income, a deduction, or a credit appearing on a return as long as they may become material in the administration of any provision of the Internal Revenue Code, which generally will be until the period of limitations expires for that return."

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What do you keep in a Mileage Log?

Per the IRS, "If you use your car only for business purposes, you may deduct its entire cost of operation (subject to limits). However, if you use the car for both business and personal purposes, you may deduct only the cost of its business use. You can generally figure the amount of your deductible car...

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Using 2020 Food Trends👩‍🍳in Your Business

Uncategorized Jan 05, 2020

Today's topic is food trends 2020, but more specifically how you can use those food trends in your kitchen and as a personal chef, how you can apply them to the menus of your clients.

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Plant-Based Meats

The first one is all over the news, Beyond Meat, a plant-based meat. At first thought, you may think the company is targeting vegetarians or vegans, but they’re actually targeting meat eaters, offering their product as a substitute to eating meat. Likely if you already have vegetarian or vegan clients, they’re not going to be interested in trying Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat burgers at home

To include Beyond Meat in your menu, think past hamburgers. You could offer it as a substitute for anything with ground meat. For example, I may offer lasagna, meatballs or tacos. With each of the dinner descriptions, I would add, “add your choice of meat." The meat choices could be “ground beef, ground turkey, ground bison,...

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