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How to Take Advantage of the Interest in Personal Chefs

October 23, 2013 Aaron Colby Minneapolis/St. Paul 0 Comments

How to Take Advantage of the Interest in for Personal Chefs

Becoming a personal chef can be one of the most interesting positions in the culinary industry.  You can have the opportunity to run your own business and you can have creative freedom in your cooking.  To get here, you need a high level of training, and an extraordinary amount of experience.  You can choose your specialty and only cater to those who want your style of cooking or if you want to appeal to the general masses you can have an open menu and show-off your culinary range. 
Here are some hints to properly run a personal chef business. 

Keep a Stocked Pantry
Find the things that you cook with most and keep them stocked in your pantry. It’s just a little cushion, so that you can avoid any emergency trips to the store. Keep a list, and always keep your pantry stocked. 

Find Your Store
Find a store that you like and keep it. With store that you know and love it’ll make shopping for supplies and ingredients easy and efficient. When getting ready to shop, write your list in sort of a map of the store so that you can get in and out quickly. 

Set Your Fees
Before getting started, do a little competitive research to help you determine your pricing.  Set your fees and stand by them.  Charge for your time, expertise and make sure that overhead is covered. Be competitive in your pricing, but never sell yourself short.

Get Insured
Set yourself up with liability insurance for personal chefs. That way you’re covered if you have any unfortunate mishaps in the kitchen.

Create a Schedule
Create a timesheet for your clients. Include details of the entire job. This will also help you determine your pricing. 

Get Organizational Software
Find software that will help you organize your business. This will help you organize recipes, costs, materials and clients.

Market your Business
Create a marketing plan and think of creative ways to market your business. Talk to other chefs, friends, neighbors and family to start a referral bank. 

Using your culinary degree as a foundation in cooking.  You should also prepare to gain a great deal of professional experience to become a personal chef.  It’s a lot of work, but like anything, if you put in your time you can successfully own your own business doing what you love. 

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/minneapolis for more information. 

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