Personal Chefs and Private Chefs provide a range of services, including cooking lessons, dinner parties and cocktail parties.
It also covers some of the financial issues, such as dealing with tips and deposits.
Included is a sample event planning checklist and a catering checklist.
Putting together a business plan is a key document for any business, including a Personal Chef business.
The process can be time consuming and involve hard work, but having this strong foundation will benefit you in the long term.
Learn about the key sections, what to consider and the information to research and include in your business plan.
In this module, review what a personal Chef will need to set up a home office and the Personal Chef tool-kit.
You will learn about personal safety, digital security, working from home, questionnaires, contracts, business expenses and more.
Learn how to stay organized and work efficiently.
This module addresses common dietary restrictions affecting society today, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and food
allergies and intolerances. Get an overview of how these health concerns will affect menu planning and the ingredients used.
Included: recipes to use and adapt for your clients and Personal Chef service.
This module provides an extensive collection of tried-and-true freezer-friendly recipes for your Traditional Personal Chef service.
Includes big batch meatball recipes and adaptations, a variety of snacks, appetizers, soups, stews and main courses.
Recipes cover a variety of international cuisines, ensuring that your clients will never be bored!
You became, or want to be, a Personal Chef for a reason. You love cooking and are passionate about food.
Cooking allows you to be creative - blending spices, pairing flavour profiles, creating new dishes and designing menus.
As a Personal Chef, you can supplement your current income or change your career path.
Like most small business owners, Personal Chefs and Private Chefs do much of the marketing, administration and accounting.
In addition to the time actually working for a client you need to value your time and include it in your pricing.
This module also covers deposits, some tax issues and how to justify price increases to clients.
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A Traditional Personal Chef Service or a Customised Meal Service provides properly prepared freezer-friendly meals for clients.
Learn which foods do and don't work for this service, how to package them properly and how to write heating instructions.
Also included are some freezer-friendly recipes.
This module provides essential guides in one easy to use place to help every cook, Personal Chef or Private Chef.
Includes: an endangered and sustainable fish guide and a wine and cheese pairing guide. It also features a wine glossary, food
cost calculator and common food substitutions.
Whether you are a culinary enthusiast or a 'seasoned' Chef
and are interested in 'honing' your business skills
or are looking for a rewarding career path
Personal Chef Trainer has a wide range of training modules
to give you the knowledge to help you on your road to success.
Personal Chefs typically don't have large budgets set aside for branding or marketing. This module gives you the tools to grow
your business organically and how to overcome slow periods. Learn to convert prospects into clients and avoid common pitfalls.
Can you become a service that is indispensable?
Operating any type of foodservice business,
including a Personal Chef or Private Chef
business without liability insurance
could put your personal finances at risk
if you are being sued
or cause damage while cooking
in a client's home.
Our aim is to help you to lower the stress
of running your business,
leaving you to cook great food!
new topics added
One of the many challenges of an entrepreneur is how to fund their start-up. Review new and traditional ways to raise capital,
including the pitfalls to avoid if borrowing from friends or family.
Other topics include pricing structures, raising prices, accounting and tax issues.
what is a personal chef?
With a Personal Chef career YOU are in charge - you choose the days you work, the hours you work, the services that you provide to your clients, how far you travel for work and what you charge for your service.
A Personal Chef is a culinary professional who may have been self-taught, learned from Chefs in restaurants, or studied at culinary school. No matter where they learned to cook - they all share a love for cooking and creating delicious, nutritious food for their clients.
A Personal Chef cooks for a number of clients on a regular basis - this could be twice a week, once a month, every Tuesday - whatever works for the Personal Chef and the client. They primarily cook in each client's home, although there may be instances where the cooking may need to be done in a commercial kitchen - e.g. during a pandemic where restrictions on movement are in place.
A Personal Chef may provide one core service or a range of services, such as a:
- Traditional Personal Chef service (a variety of 'freezer-friendly' dishes that the client can heat and enjoy at their own convenience),
- private Cooking Lessons - either in person or virtually,
- Dinner Party catering,
- Barbecue services and outdoor events,
- Invisible Chef services (similar to a dinner party, except that the Personal Chef leaves after the cooking is complete, leaving the client to plate and serve dinner),
- Mise en Place services (where the Personal Chef preps all of the ingredients, leaving the client to do the cooking),
- Recipe Research and Development services for clients who want to cook, but who are either too busy to find appropriate recipes or who face health challenges and need assistance with finding meals to meet their needs....
- and many other services.
Every business needs reliable, accurate bookkeeping records to determine your costs your profits (or losses).
This also helps to determine the taxes that are payable.
This modules gives an overview on bookkeeping, accounting and tax issues for Personal Chefs and Private Chefs.
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