A private chef is employed by one individual or family full time, and often lives in, preparing up to three meals per day.
A personal chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for the clients’ particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored, so that the client may enjoy them at his or her leisure in the future.
Most people employ a personal chef because they don’t have the time, desire or know-how to cook the food they want to eat each day. This could include single people, married couples, busy professionals, seniors, new parents, those with a hectic family life, people needing a specific diet or anyone who is tired of eating out or cooking for themselves every night.
Unlike catering, all the meals are prepared in the safety of your own home kitchen, according to required state food safety guidelines. On our agreed-upon cooking date, I bring the fresh ingredients for your meals along with my own pots, pans and utensils, and prepare your meals on site. At the end of the day I leave your kitchen clean, and full of the aroma of a Simply Delicious, Dinner at Home.
Absolutely! When you add up the time and money spent on planning, shopping, cooking, and clean up, the price can be quite affordable—not to mention the other benefits you may experience when you begin to devote that time and energy to other pursuits! The cost per meal is comparable to eating at a nice restaurant. However, with my service, you will be getting individually customized meals with your specific dietary requests in mind. You will eat in the comfort of your own home, at your convenience, and will have all the extra time saved to enjoy doing the things you love!
I will be cooking several different entrees and side dishes from scratch and it generally takes anywhere from 5 to 8 hours. The length of time depends entirely on the quantity of meals prepared and the type of menu selected for the cook date. I cannot say exactly how many hours, however I am willing to work with your schedule, and we can make arrangements in advance so that my cooking date fits your schedule.
I prefer to use glass Pyrex containers with lids since they are freezer-safe, microwave safe and oven-safe. Using these dishes allows you to heat and serve your food without dirtying other dishes.
However, if you prefer, disposable containers, such as Gladware and Ziploc bags may also be used. Remember that you will have to transfer your food to an oven safe dish when using disposable containers. In either case, you simply wash the containers after you have enjoyed your meal and have them ready for the next cooking date in a predetermined location.
The one time container fee for Pyrex averages $100, depending on the size of your family and the meal plan you have chosen. I will shop for these dishes for you at no additional cost and they will be yours to keep. The container fee for disposable dishes averages $15/cook date. These can be washed and reused.
The best method for you will depend on how you prefer to heat your meals, how much storage space is available and other factors.
Payment for services is required in advance. I reserve and dedicate an entire day for a client “cook date.” A grocery deposit and a payment for your selected service will be required prior to your first “cook date.” For your convenience, I bill using PayPal.
Personal chefs fit every lifestyle and every need!
Save timeOn average, it takes most people about one hour to cook dinner – not including the initial planning and shopping for the ingredients. Multiply that by 3, and you've already spent about 3 hours of your day providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for you and your family. That's over 1,000 hours (40 days) per year you spend cooking! Why not enjoy a simply Delicious, Dinner at Home and regain some of that time, so you can focus on more important things?
Save moneyAlthough they may save time, takeout meals and restaurant dining adds up! Get the best of both worlds – saving time and money – by having nourishing meals prepared for you in the comfort of your own home.
Eat healthierBusy lifestyles call for wholesome, energy-filled meals. Chef Julianne carefully selects only the freshest ingredients incorporating seasonal foods as often as possible into each of her meals.
Personalized menu planningNo two palates are alike, so why should two menus be? Chef Julianne understands that everyone has different tastes, and that they change from time to time. That's why she'll make sure to tailor each menu specifically to the needs of you and your family. Food made with only you in mind – you won't get that at even the fanciest restaurants.
As a personal chef I provide busy individuals and families with an opportunity to eat freshly prepared, home-cooked, healthy, and delicious meals. I am committed to preparing customized meals using fresh seasonal ingredients. My personal chef service affords you more time to do what you love and less time worrying about what to prepare. I do all the meal planning, shopping, preparation and clean-up.
I begin with the in-home no-obligation consultation. The initial interview will help determine your food preferences, allergies, and dietary needs. Then, based on your preferences, I will create menus for your approval and will schedule a cook date. On your scheduled day, I will do all the grocery shopping to procure the freshest ingredients and come to your home to prepare your meals. Your meals will be packaged and labeled with complete instructions on how to enjoy them. You will come home to a clean kitchen with wonderful aromas! The only evidence I was there will be a Simply Delicious, Dinner at Home, ready to heat and enjoy!
No. You do not have to be home on your scheduled cook date as long as appropriate arrangements are made in advance for access to your home.
Simply Delicious, Dinner at Home services Santa Fe, NM and surrounding communities.
Contact me by phone or e-mail to schedule an in-home consultation. Chef Julianne at (505) 467-9249 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal chef prices change depending on how many entrees you would like prepared and how many servings of each entree you need. Check the “Meal Plans” page for prices of set packages. Contact me for custom personal chef packages.
In order to reserve your cook date, payment is required seven days in advance, along with a grocery deposit. I use PayPal for your convenience.
When we decide on a menu, we can choose kid-friendly selections. Also, I can “pull out” their portions when I am preparing a dish that is geared for more adult palates. For example, if I’m making a spicy peanut chicken dish, I can prepare your child’s portion of chicken in a more simple fashion and package it separately.
You do! I’ll provide you with an initial list of menu selections to choose from, but I may also make suggestions that I think you will enjoy based on your initial assessment. It may take a few weeks to fine tune your meals (i.e. portion size, less starch, more spice), but we’ll work together to ensure your expectations are met and exceeded.
If you have family favorites or special recipes you and your family enjoy, I will do my best to replicate and include them in your menu.
Menus are developed in advance using specifications from the client assessment. They will be presented to the you seven days in advance of the cook date for final approval. If any changes need to be made I respectfully ask that you communicate that to me at least 48 hours in advance. Rest assured your satisfaction is paramount, and I will work to exceed your expectations.
All you need to provide is your oven, stove, running hot water, ample workspace and enough space in the refrigerator or freezer to store the meals you've ordered.
I prepare side dishes that complement the entrée. As always feedback is welcome and if there is something specific that you would like, I would be more than happy to prepare anything (so long as I can obtain the product). If you have a family favorite or restaurant favorite that you just have not had time to prepare at home I will make every attempt to do so. Extra side dishes may incur additional charges.
While I enjoy spending time with my clients I try to limit it to the beginning and end of my cook dates. This is to help ensure the excellent quality of your meals, by limiting possible distractions.
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 instructions.
It depends on the number of meals you have requested and the size of the containers, but it does generally require a considerable amount of freezer/refrigerator space. I will evaluate this 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 I prefer to select the appropriate sized containers for uniform and maximum storage.
As a personal chef, I am a proud member of the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) and am covered by their General Liability Insurance. Affiliation with the USPCA indicates my commitment to excellence, continuing education and integrity. I am ServSafe® certified (Food Protection Manager Certification Examination, National Restaurant Association, 10/2011). As well as certified in Nutrition-12/2011 and Purchasing-4/2013 (both part of the Manage First Program of the National Restaurant Association). I have an Associate in Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Certificate of Pattisier from Santa Fe Community College and am a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy. I have a valid Home Occupation business license in the county of Santa Fe, NM.