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 Post subject: On becoming a personal chef
PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2011 2:46 pm 
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I decided this is something I want to look into seriously. I have zero professional experience, but my food is awesome. I've hosted tons of dinner parties and cooked for up to 200 people on a few occasions at the free veggie lunch (the only cook to ever receive applause there). I've prepared lunch and dinner everyday for my mother, gluten-free vegan food everyday for a friend I was living with, food for my band, friends, guests, anyone! I know the food side, and preparing food for other people is one of my favorite things ever.

What I do not know is how to get started. Anyone have any good resources or bits of advice on being self-employed and cooking for people?


 Post subject: Re: On becoming a personal chef
PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 12:21 am 
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Maybe look into either cooking schools or some type of program where you can at least certify as a PC. Certification is important so that you are legitimized in the eyes of perspective clients--especially if you are going to be working in their homes.

Also, if you ARE going to be working in clients homes it is important that you lay ground rules for yourself ( ie; you are NOT there to walk the dog, watch the kids, answer phones, etc).

You need a business plan and a budget. How much will it cost you to operate? Will you price by the hour or by the service/meals? Do you need insurance (again, this covers you when you go into personal homes).

Will you be working alone? Will you need assistants? Do you have the budget to pay them? I would NOT hire friends or family.

Think about how much you love to prepare food for other people, because the business side of things can really suck the fun out of it--be sure you want to do this--even if you are not sure, maybe see if you can book some free-lance/consulting gigs on-line--that way you can gauge if you really (REALLY) want to pursue this.

I hope I have not scared you or anything--but these are things that sometimes are not thought of until its too late--good luck to you in your endeavor!


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