Preparing for your first personal chef visit

Now you have booked your first personal chef visit… and now what? While hiring your personal chef will give you back time and energy for other priorities in your life, there are a few things you can do to make your visit go smoothly and make sure you get the best services possible from your personal chef:

  1. Make sure you have agreed with your personal chef on the dishes he/she will prepare during your cooking day and the number of servings per dish. The more specific the better!
  2. Communicate ahead of time any dietary restrictions or preferences that you have. Some things to keep in mind:
    • Are there things that your family prefers not to eat? E.g., garlic, foods that are too spicy, certain meats or vegetables?
    • Are you following a dietary restriction such as vegetarian/ vegan, paleo, gluten-free, sugar-free, organic only, etc?
    • Do you have a style of cooking that you prefer, such as cooking with more vegetables/ less meat, low-sodium, etc?
    • Are there food allergies in the family?
    • What are some types of foods your family typically enjoys? This will help your personal chef get a sense of your family’s eating style
  3. Ensure that the personal chef knows how to get to your house and how to get in. Also alert them if there is anything they should know about pets or children in the kitchen.
  4. If you want the personal chef to store the food away in containers at the end of the session, make sure that there are containers ready to store the food. We feel that Pyrex-style glassware works best as it is refrigerator, freezer, oven and microwave safe and it is less likely to melt and impart strange flavors and chemicals into the food as plastic containers might. For example, clients may consider getting two or three sets of Pyrex-style container sets such as this one.
  5. On the day of the cooking appointment, make sure your sink and refrigerator have space for the personal chef to work. Also show your personal chef:
    • The layout of the kitchen (including stove, refrigerator/ freezer, dishes, cups, cooking utensils, mixing bowls, pans and pots)
    • Location of the bathroom
    • If you did the grocery shopping, then go over the ingredients you bought to ensure there is everything the personal chef requested to make the dishes