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Become a Personal Chef

As you begin your journey, USPCA suggests several methods for you to get the information and training you need on the personal chef business model.  
 
Tailored Taste Personal Chef Coaching
 
For new chefs and experienced chefs alike, receive one-on-one email, video, and telephone training/coaching. Chef Monica Thomas, a Certified Personal Chef, is a long-time member of the USPCA and owner of Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service in the Washington, D.C. area. She has a thriving personal chef business and has successfully worked with many chefs and helped them navigate the intricacies and challenges of starting and being effective as a personal chef.  
 
You can purchase single hours or save with an 8-hour block. With her coaching, you may cover topics such as:
  • What is a “typical” personal chef service
  • The difference between  a 5x4 or a 4x6 service and what services you are interested in promoting
  • What to take in your personal chef kit
  • Contracts, food questionnaires, and client expectations
  • Effective costing
  • Containers
  • Fresh serve, refrigerate and/or freezing options within your own particular business
  • any other questions or issues you are having with your chef business
USPCA members receive discounts on 1-hour and 8-hour blocks.
 
Choose from one of the options at the bottom of the page to get started. (Members must sign in to view discounted prices.) If you have any questions about getting started, contact Annise Jackson at 800-995-2138 or ajackson@uspca.com.
 
How To Start A Home-Based Personal Chef Business by Denise Vivaldo
 
Denise is a great friend of the USPCA and has written an easy-to-read, practical look at what it takes to be a personal chef. 
 
From estimating your start-up costs and finding clients to cooking for special needs and staying profitable, this book takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based personal chef business. Whether you’re just starting to learn the trade or are an experienced chef looking to be your own boss, each chapter will guide you on how to build your own successful personal chef business.
 
Members receive an exclusive discount on this book. Log in and click here.
 
 
How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Personal Chef Business by Carla and Lee Rowley
 
This book will not teach you how to cook, although there are some sample menus. What you will learn is all the aspects of starting your business, pricing your products, marketing your business, and conducting your day-to-day business operations. This comprehensive new book will show you step-by-step how to set up, operate, and manage a financially successful personal chef business. The author has left no stone unturned in explaining the risky business of food service.
 
The book covers the entire process of a personal chef business from startup to ongoing management in an easy to understand way, pointing out methods to increase your chances of success and showing you how to avoid the common mistakes that can doom a startup. While providing detailed instructions and examples, the author leads you through finding a location that will bring success (in your home or a rented kitchen), managing and training employees, accounting and bookkeeping procedures, auditing, successful budgeting, and profit planning development, as well as thousands of great tips and useful guidelines.
 
You also will learn how to draw up a winning business plan, how to set up computer systems to save time and money, how to hire and keep a qualified staff, how to generate high profile public relations, and how to keep bringing customers back. In addition, you will become familiar with basic cost control systems, profitable menu planning, successful kitchen management, equipment layout and planning, food safety and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), low cost marketing ideas, and low and no cost ways to satisfy customers and build sales.
 
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Personal Chef Business (with CD-ROM) by Carla and Lee Rowley
 
How to Start a Home-based Personal Chef Business by Denise Vivaldo
 
Personal Chef Training with Chef Monica Thomas - 1 Hour Non-Member
How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Personal Chef Business (with CD-ROM) by Carla and Lee Rowley
 
How to Start a Home-based Personal Chef Business by Denise Vivaldo
 
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