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Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Chefs
What does a personal chef do?
As a personal chef I provide busy individuals and families with an opportunity to eat a freshly prepared, home-cooked, healthy, and delicious meals. I am committed to preparing customized wholesome 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.
Who needs a personal chef?
- Busy professionals who want to change that habit of “just grabbing something” on the way home
- Families on the go who want to spend more time together
- Athletes in training
- People with dietary concerns: i.e. weight loss, special diets and food allergies
- People recovering from surgeries or other illnesses
- Anybody who wants more time to enjoy life
How does this service work?
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 the food, ready to heat and enjoy!
Do you cook in my kitchen?
Yes. All meals are prepared in the safety of your home kitchen and I bring my own equipment.
How long will you be in my kitchen?
Typically, the service takes about four to seven hours from arrival to kitchen clean up. The length of time depends entirely on the quantity of meals prepared and the type of menu selected for the cook date.
Do I have to be home when you come to cook?
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.
How is the food packaged?
Packaging options will be discussed at the initial client consultation. A few of the options available are Pyrex or Corningware containers that can go straight from the fridge to the oven. Reusable plastic containers such as GladWare or Ziploc are another option.
What area do you service?
Culinary Creations by Connie services North Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek, and Phoenix.
How do I get started?
Contact me by phone or e-mail to schedule an in-home consultation.
What are the costs?
Personal chef prices change depending on how many entrees you would like prepared and how many servings of each entree you need. Contact me for custom personal chef packages.
How does payment work?
In order to reserve your cook date, payment is required seven days in advance, along with a grocery deposit.
Notice of Cancellation: Seven days’ notice is required for all cancellations of the next week’s service, otherwise a $50.00 cancellation fee will be applied to your next bill. If you cancel within 24 hours, you will be billed your entire regular service charge.
I accept cash or checks.
How long will the food last us?
Depending on how many entrees you order and how many evenings you eat at home, we can determine approximately how long your meals will last. If you travel for business, or entertain in restaurants during the week, or just enjoy eating out on occasion, the meals will take you further than if you eat in each night.
How often will we need your service?
I’ll be happy to help you determine just how often you will want to schedule my Personal Chef Service to best suit your needs. We’ll make sure it supports your busy lifestyle without putting any pressure on you.
Can I afford it?
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!