A personal chef, also called a private chef, is a qualified chef who is usually hired by other clients and cooks food in the palates of the customers, depending on their preferences and needs. In restaurants, he/she is usually an employee of the restaurant and works in tandem with the chef staff. The personal chef’s duties may include prepping the food for cooking, preparing the food for the customer, making the food delicious by using quality ingredients, cleaning the restaurant kitchen after each meal, and much more. It is thus important that the chef selected must have a thorough knowledge of cooking styles and techniques, be well trained in fine dining cuisine and above all must possess aesthetic sense and an eye for detail. Personal chefs are usually young men between the age of twenty and thirty, and they work full-time jobs as well as taking care of their families full time.
The job of a personal chef can turn out to be quite lucrative if he/she is good at his/her job. However, it is difficult to find a good private chef unless you know someone in the business. It is therefore important that you choose your own personal chef, either through word of mouth or from advertisements in magazines and newspapers. Private chefs charge different amounts depending on the services they want, and so you must decide on how much you are ready to pay your preferred private chef.
The best way to find a good, dependable and reliable private chef is through recommendations. If anyone you know recommends a particular private chef, you can contact him/her and get a list of his/her previous services and the feedback from the customers. Most chefs will offer you a free initial consultation to assess your requirements and preferences before hiring them. You may also choose to visit their restaurant if possible to see how they do a business.
Apart from word of mouth, you can also seek help from the internet, by searching for local and regional culinary schools that have a list of their graduating chefs. A number of these schools also provide a certificate program, which covers the art and science of culinary management. The culinary institute that you choose should be accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the United States Culinary Federation (USCF). This shows that the school is recognized by the relevant professional bodies and that it offers quality training. Some private chefs also go on to pursue advanced degrees at culinary schools.
You can also look for chefs by referral from your friends and relatives. Their recommendations can be quite useful as well, because they often know people who have worked with a particular chef and can refer you to the chef if you like what you observe. Another method is to search the internet for “Chef”, followed by the name of the city you wish to visit. The search results will contain the names of many chefs in that area who may be suitable for hire. The downside to this is that you won’t know much about their qualifications or work experience.
If you do decide to go ahead with hiring a personal chef, remember to hire only an expert chef. Hire someone with many years of experience and who has completed multiple trainings. You will also want to ask for references and make sure you have them ready when the chef arrives at your home. You can also ask the chef to help you plan your meal so you can enjoy it to the fullest while benefiting from a top quality culinary school.