What is the difference in a Personal Chef, Caterer and a Private Chef?
A Personal Chef does the grocery shopping and prepares meals for several individuals or families a week. We typically leave up to one week’s worth of delicious meals packaged, stored and ready for the client to heat and eat at their convenience. All meals are prepared in the client’s home with only select commercially prepared items brought in, such as breads and/or condiments.
The Personal Chef provides all of their own cooking equipment and takes it away when they leave.
A Caterer is hired per event and carries in all or a portion of the food which was prepared off-site and transported to the client’s home or facility (banquet hall, private party room, etc.) typically providing meals for more than 10 people at a time. Some purchase commercially prepared food and re-sell it to the customer. Most caterers will serve the food to the customer but not all provide a cleanup service after the event.
A Private Chef is employed to offer their services to just one client and uses equipment owned by that client. Many live at the client’s home (or a home provided to them) and travel with the client, preparing meals at home as well as for private dinner parties hosted by the employer.
In A Nutshell
It's All Good - Personal Chef Service can do all of your meal planning or simply help you by making menu suggestions. After you've determined how many days service works best for you and made your menu choices, I compile a list of all grocery items needed to prepare your meals and do the shopping for you (It's All Good Personal Chef Service provides spices and pantry items such as flour, sugar, oils, etc.) Everything is prepared in your home, on the agreed upon cook date. Each meal is then packaged & stored according to your directions. You may choose to have everything packaged as individual meals or in family sized portions.
All meals are then refrigerated or placed in the freezer for you to enjoy at a later date. We clean the kitchen to the state we found it in and even take away any scraps or refuse we generated. All you're left to do is heat your meal according to package directions and enjoy the free time you have by allowing It's All Good Personal Chef Service do the work. You don't even have to be home on your selected Cook Date. Just leave a key or make arrangements for me to enter the home and I lock up when I'm finished cleaning up.
How long will you be at my home?
I'll likely be cooking 3-5 different entrees along with side dishes from scratch. Including setup and cleanup time, this can take 4-6 hours depending on the number of meals and servings selected and how you requested they be packaged and stored. I'm more than happy to work with you so the cooking date fits into your schedule.
Will you be using my cookware and small appliances?
All I'll be using from your kitchen is the fridge/freezer, range-top, oven, prep area and sink. Everything else I bring with me; from the cookware and small appliances to pot holders and spatulas to the cleaning cloths needed to return your kitchen and prep area to the condition I found it.
So, everything is ready to eat when you leave?
Yes. All you will have to do is follow the simple heating instructions for each item. These will be left in a folder on your counter along with a list of the meals stored in the refrigerator and freezer.
Do you supply the storage containers or can you use my own?
You're welcome to supply your own containers as long as they are they are the correct size and can safely go from the freeze/refrigerator to the oven or microwave.
Uniform size containers work best and take up less storage space in your refrigerator and freezer. If you wish, we will bring the appropriate containers for each meal (your choice of disposable or reusable glass). The cost can simply be applied to your grocery bill. This will be covered in full at our consultation meeting.
How do I pay for the Chef Service and groceries?
A Grocery Deposit will be required to secure your Cook Date. Payment for services are due on the day services are rendered. There are several ways to pay your grocery deposit and Chef's fee. This will be covered in full detail at your consultation.
What about Portion Size?
Portion size is determined by the entrée and sides chosen as well as your appetite and any dietary restrictions you may have. If you or a member of your family is on a portion controlled diet, each portion will be carefully measured to adhere to your program.
A typical “plate” consists of a 4-6 ounce serving of the main entree (pre-cooked weight)and a side dish that measures approximately ½ -¾ cup or 6 ounces. Other menu items are customary serving sizes. Broth based soups measure approx 16 ounces per serving while thicker cream soups and stews measure approx 12 ounces.
Have a heartier appetite or just want seconds of your favorite entrée or side? No problem. Additional servings and side items are available for a small fee.