1 Sure Fire Recipe For Becoming a Personal Chef

The Personal Chef industry is one of the fastest growing industries in 2009. You don’t need a 4-year degree in culinary arts or restaurant experience to excel in this fun vocation. You can be a part-time Personal Chef or build your clientele to provide a full-time income. Personal Chefs generally report an income of $200 – $500 per day for full-time efforts.

There is, however, a recipe for success. The ingredients are simple. The first thing you need to know is what a Personal Chef does. According to one recognized association, Personal Chefs design and execute menus for clients. They plan, purchase and prepare meals (usually once a week) either at the clients’ home or in a rented professional kitchen. Meals are packaged and stored, either in the clients’ refrigerator or freezer with heating-instruction labels.

Follow the recipe below to create your own path to Personal Chef success.

1. Research the industry – educate yourself. Join Personal Chef associations and subscribe to enewsletters. Study the Shaw Guides to compare cooking school offerings.

2. Find and talk to others who are already in the industry – ask endless questions.You’ll probably find plenty of everyday people who are already living the Personal Chef life when you poke around the above websites. Social networking sites will be helpful in locating like-minded people who love to cook and are connected in the industry. Don’t be afraid to ask endless questions; listen well and take careful notes.

3. Join online cooking and culinary forums. Let yourself be known as a newbie in the Personal Chef field and that you’re willing to learn. You’ll find many kindred spirits with a love for culinary arts and serving others. If you feel comfortable, jump right in and answer forum members’ questions.

4. Consider professional training. There are many fine Personal Chef Associations that offer Home Study courses and On-Site education. Seek out an association who provides the best, most comprehensive, cost-effective training programs available. You can go it alone but a little education goes a long way to ensure long-lasting success. That being said, don’t let lack of formal education stop you from pursuing your Personal Chef dream.

5. Market to wealthy, local neighborhoods. Face it, you won’t find many clients in poor to middle-class areas. Find the wealthy people in your area and blanket every door knob with your flyer. If you can afford it, postcards sent to a highly targeted list would most likely yield great results. Utilize online free ad space such as Craig’s List and Backpage and advertise yourself to high-end clientele. When you market with a flyer or postcard, make sure it has an enticing welcome offer like a free dessert.

6. Make a simple plan. List main dish entrees, side dish selections, desserts, and prices. You can also offer customized dishes, depending on the particular needs of the person, couple or family you’re serving. Carefully consider your pricing structure and don’t lowball yourself and give away your services and time.

7. Assemble a portable bag with kitchen items: your own measuring cups/spoons, apron, recipes, good knives (with blades protected for safety), and a compact fire extinguisher wouldn’t hurt, along with a small box of baking soda. Depending on the kitchen supplies in the home, you might also need to bring your own pans and stirring/mixing utensils.

If words like meal planning, grocery shopping and in-home meal preparation is like music to your ears, you’ll love being a Personal Chef. If being in the kitchen is your happy place, you’ll find great fulfillment in serving others while making a very decent income.

Remember, every family is different and what one family loves, another family will find too fancy. One family might like very simple dishes and if they have kids, they very well might request the same dishes over and over. A professional couple might enjoy more elaborate meals. A senior may have special dietary needs you’ll need to pay special attention to.

There are plenty of opportunities out there to exercise your love for cooking. Experience the freedom of owning your own business while boosting your income to whatever your financial goals are. It’s satisfying to know you are providing great tasting food and giving the precious gift of time to whomever you are serving. Start today – use this sure fire recipe for your own culinary success.