A 70% deposit is due before each new client’s first service date. This payment locks in the cook-date and ensures that the chef has the funds provided to purchase groceries and other expenses. For future services, payment can be arranged prior to or on the day of the client’s service, at the chef’s discretion.
I understand that things happen, and sometimes clients need to cancel. If the client cancels prior to their service, the deposit will be forfeited to cover any incidentals or materials already purchased.
If a client needs to re-schedule, it must be done at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled service date and may result in a service charge. The chef will do his best to accommodate your new cook-date within current availability.
Menu Requests and Edits:
All final menu edits or submissions should be made three (3) days prior to the client’s service date, so the chef has the proper time to plan, prepare, and shop. Last-minute requests are subject to timing and the nature of the request, and will be honored when possible.
PERSONAL CHEF SERVICES (PART TIME AND TEMPORARY)
What’s included when hiring a personal chef?
Initial consultation, multiple courses or entrees customized to your preferences, grocery shopping, advancing, cooking, kitchen clean-up, packaging, labeling, storage, and follow-up.
Is the menu the same every time when hiring a personal chef?
Only if you want it to be. Your personal chef will create a new menu for you each time you see them. Some clients go months without ever having a repeat meal.
Are groceries included?
No, groceries are paid for separately from the chef’s fee. This is to ensure you receive fine, organic meats, produce and pantry ingredients.
Can I add additional dishes to what my chef suggests?
Absolutely. You can always add an extra side, salad or soup if you feel you need a little extra. Just ask!
Does a personal chef make special food for children?
Yes! Your chef will consider everyone’s tastes when menu planning. Be sure to let your chef know in advance if children will have particular needs.
CATERING, DINNER PARTY AND TRAY PASS QUESTIONS
How do I choose between a plated dinner or a buffet?
A buffet allows the guests to help themselves to as much or as little food as they would like. Food is either served buffet-style in chafing dishes or “family-style” at the table. A plated dinner consists of multiple courses, served at the table like a restaurant. A buffet is ideal for a casual event or when you have many different tastes involved. Keep in mind buffets tend to cost more becasue more food needs to be purchased but having left-overs for the next day are very likely. Plated dinners are typically more formal and good for business dinners and special occasions.
How many courses are included with my dinner party or catering event?
A minimum of three courses will come with your event service, but you can have up to seven courses.
Can I add more courses?
Absolutely! You can add up to six courses to your event menu.
How many guests can you serve?
Chef Dame specializes in events of 1–300 guests, just ask!
Do you have servers?
Yes! I maintain a network of skilled servers and bartenders that I can staff for your event. The typical pay rate for servers is $35 per hour and for bartenders, $50 per hour.
How do you determine the budget for these events?
The budget for each party is unique depending on the guest count, style, size, and complexity of the menu. Your total will consist of a service fee and a grocery budget. The service fee is what a personal chef charges for services and labor. The average grocery budget is between $80–$150 per person. Your chef can create an estimate for you once details of a menu are discussed. She will then present you with a final budget for approval, ask for a deposit, and perhaps agree to an event contract.
Personal Chef: part-time and temporary services
Would you love more home-cooked meals? A personal chef is a casual way to enjoy fresh cooked food, made in your home.
Your personal chef will create a special menu, shop, prepare, cook and clean up for a flat fee; plus the cost of food.
The cost of a personal chef averages $400 per day based on experience and workload.
More healthy than a restaurant, you’ll always have quality food ready, in the fridge cooked just for you!
What areas do you serve?
Private Chef Consulting services Phoenix, Detriot, Tampa, Atlanta, Vegas, LA, and all of Ohio.
Do you deliver meals?
Yes! Personal chefs are available for drop-off meal services. See pricing and policy here.
How far in advance should I book?
To ensure quality and timely service, we recommend you reserve a private or personal chef as far in advance as you can.
Will my chef travel with me?
Yes. However, a small travel surcharge will be added to your bill.