by Linda Kissam
Travelers who hire a personal chef generally don’t have the time or ability to cook for themselves but have the resources to hire someone else to do it for them. Some families or couples are too busy with their work or family while others may just want to free up time so they can do the things they enjoy more than grocery shopping and cooking in the kitchen. Other people might simply be tired of restaurant or take-out food and some may not know how to cook and have no desire to learn. A personal chef is the answer.
- Customize menus specifically for you and your family
- Do all the grocery shopping
- Buy the freshest ingredients available (and know where to find them)
- Make delicious healthy meals that you will look forward to eating
- Accommodate dietary restrictions
- Cook preservative-free meals
- Package all materials conveniently
- Label meals for easy thawing and reheating
- Leave your kitchen sparkling clean
Here are 3 Tips for picking the right personal chef
1. Interview before hiring. When deciding upon which personal chef to hire, it is important to go with one that shares the same values as you and your family. Before agreeing to personal chef services, ascertain the backgrounds of your potential personal chefs. Find out what drew them to become chefs in the first place.
2. Verify liability insurance. An important consideration is to make sure that the chef in question has liability insurance as well as a food-handlers card. Also follow up on references, and ask for a sample menu to determine if the service will be a good fit for your needs.
3. Value involvement in professional chef organizations. Ask your prospective chefs if they are members of any professional organizations. The ones that are demonstrate not only that they are committed to a strong culinary standard and continuing education, but also that they are aware of the latest trends in the culinary world.
Isn’t it time you took your vacation to the next level? A personal chef is a good place to start.