1. What is the difference between a Personal Chef and
a Private Chef?
Most Private Chefs are employed full-time with one
household, preparing up to three meals a day. A Personal
Chef has several clients who regularly schedule the
Chef’s services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly
basis. A Personal Chef provides a customized selection
of freshly prepared meals, which are packaged and stored
for the client to enjoy as it fits into their schedule
2. Do you cook in my kitchen?
Yes, we do prepare your meals in the safety of your
own kitchen. On our agreed upon cooking date we bring
the fresh ingredients for your meals along with our own
pots, pans and utensils, to prepare your entrees on
site. At the end of the day we leave your kitchen clean,
and full of the savory aroma of good home cooking!
3. How long will you be here?
Because we’ll be cooking several different entrees
and side dishes from scratch, it can take between 4-8
hours. It is not possible to say exactly how many hours,
since it will vary based on the menu selections, as some
dishes take more time than others to prepare.
4. I’ll be home that day. Is it okay if I watch—or
While we enjoy spending time with our clients we try
to limit it to the beginning and end of our cook dates.
This is to help ensure the excellent quality of your
5. 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. You will receive a detailed inventory of
what has been stored with easy to follow heating
6. How much freezer space do you need?
It depends on the number of meals you have requested
and the sizes of the containers, but it does generally
require a considerable amount of freezer space. We will
consider your freezer size when we meet to determine
your meal quantity needs, and suggest easy ways to
organize the items you will be keeping in your freezer
along with your freshly prepared personal chef meals.
Efficient storage is one of the reasons we prefer to
select the appropriate sized containers for uniform and
7. Can you use my containers?
Once again, uniform size containers take less
storage space in your freezer, and we will bring the
appropriate containers for the entrees we are preparing
each cooking date. These will be determined during our
assessment based on the size of servings and method of
heating you will be utilizing.
8. What type of side dishes do you prepare?
We prepare side dishes that compliment the entrée
you have selected. For instance if you have ordered a
savory stew entrée, we will prepare a rice or polenta
side dish to be enjoyed with the stew. Other selections
are determined by your specific likes and dislikes.
9. What if I want you to prepare additional side dishes?
We are happy to provide that service for you,
however, it will entail an additional fee.
10. The cost seems to be about what I pay for an
entrée in a restaurant—why is that?
Our fees are based on service fee plus food cost.
They actually represent all of the components that make
up a professional personal chef service. The Service Fee
includes the assessment process that we complete to
determine how and what you like to eat, as well as,
allergies, sensitivities or medically specific
requirements, for consideration when preparing our
entrees. It also includes the time spent researching and
customizing recipes to reflect your wants and requests;
submitting meal selections for your approval; the
grocery shopping; coming to your home to prepare your
entrees in the safety of your own kitchen; plus the
packaging, labeling and storing of your meals. The cost
of food fluctuates dependent upon your specific choices.
If you were to compare a personal chef service to
restaurant service you could think of it this way: For a
restaurant you must travel to get there and possibly
wait for a table. If you have allergies or special
requests you don’t 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 travel back home.
When you have the TRAVELING CULINARY ARTIST
personal chef service, you can heat a beautiful entrée
that has been prepared specifically for your palate
following your dietary requirements, eating it in the
comfort of your own home. You could even enjoy it curled
up on the couch in your “jammies” if you want!
11. Do I pay you ahead of each cooking date?
Yes, we collect the service fee in advance of your
cooking date along with a deposit for the cost of food,
to be balanced on the cook date. On the cook date we
will collect the fee and cost of food deposit for the
subsequent planned service. Checks should be made
payable to TRAVELING CULINARY ARTIST. Container
fees will be determined during our initial assessment.
12. 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. We’ll be
happy to help you determine just how often you will want
to schedule the TRAVELING CULINARY ARTIST to best
serve your needs. We make sure it supports your busy
lifestyle while fitting into your schedule.