Personal chefs prepare meals for individuals, families, and sometimes businesses. They can be hired to serve smaller or larger groups, but they generally work in a setting that is more intimate than a restaurant kitchen. Personal chefs work in a kitchen and require a variety of kitchen appliances and culinary tools to prepare meals for the client.
The work of a personal chef is both physical and mental, as personal chefs are often put in charge of managing the budget, shopping, and meal planning for dinner parties and other functions. Personal chefs have to pay special attention to any dietary restrictions or preferences of their employer and plan meals around them. Personal chefs are often under the employ of individuals who are hosting dinner parties, either socially or professionally. Personal chefs may work alone after being given a budget by their employer, but they may also have assistants to help if the meal plan requires more work than one person can handle.
A typical day for a personal chef includes meeting with the client, preparing a meal plan, shopping for the groceries, and showing up to the work site and beginning to prep for meals. In some cases, the meals are frozen and packaged to be reheated by the client at a later date. In the case of dinner parties or other celebrations, the personal chef may serve food to the clients' guests. After meal preparation is finished, the personal chef must clean the workspace.
Employers typically require at least two to five years of culinary experience and culinary training. Personal chefs often have to be flexible regarding their hours, which may require nights and weekends.
Personal Chef Tasks
Prepare meals using safe techniques.
Shop for food supplies.
Plan menu based on clients' specific requirements.
Clean kitchen when cooking is complete.