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 3 meals per day.
A Personal Chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides
multiple meals that are custom designed for the clients particular requests
and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored so that the client
may enjoy them at their leisure in the future.
you cook in my kitchen?
No, generally meals are prepared in the safety of your own kitchen, although
I have moved to licensed kitchen and we offer a delivery meal service.
Normally, on the agreed upon cooking date a Personal Chef will bring the
fresh ingredients for your meals along with their own pots, pans and utensils,
and prepare your entrees on site. At Mimmy's House A Personal Chef Service
we cook all of the food in our kitchen and deliver the food the following
day so we can allow the food to freeze properly.
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. Your Personal Chef will always leave you
with easy to follow heating instructions for each entree.
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.
You and your chef should take a look at your freezer to see just how much
room you have availabl.? Efficient storage is one of the reasons Personal
Chefs prefer to select the appropriate size, uniform storage containers
for their clients.
you use my containers?
The NYS Health Department requires all personal chefs to use never used
disposable containers for food that is prepared for consumption unless
you are using glass or stainless steal cookware to reheat your food.
cost seems to be about what I would pay for an entree in a restaurant
- why is that?
Although my fees are expressed per entree or per serving, they actually
represent all of the components that make up a professional personal chef
service. For example, the assessment process that I complete to determine
your likes, needs, special dietary requirements and requests is used to
customize your menu selections.
I modify all of my
recipes to reflect your wants and needs; meal selections are submitted
for your approval; all of the groceries needed for your meals are included;
and your meals are all prepared in the safety of our own kitchen. Plus,
packaging, labeling and storing your entrees are all features included
in this price.
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 dont 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
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.
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 one each night.
often will we need your service?
Ill 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.
look forward to serving you soon.