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USPCA brings education to your doorstep to improve both your business and culinary skills. From business management to planning to culinary arts, your association serves as a one-stop destination for your Personal Chef business education needs.

From the National Education Conference to the e-Learning portal, USPCA regularly adds courses for members.

USPCA also awards the prestigious Certified Personal Chef credential to those Personal Chefs who meet the demanding criteria to hold this credential.  It is the ideal way to separate yourself in your field and have your clients recognize you for your expertise and experience.

Food Safety Manager Certification and Training


The USPCA has partnered with National Registry of Food Safety Professionals to provide an easy and affordable method to attain food safety credentials, both food manager certification and food handler certificate. All National Registry programs are nationally accredited and National Registry is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Restaurant Association.

Holding a valid food manager certification is not an operating requirement for the majority of personal chef businesses operating out of a client’s home but it is a requirement for USPCA certification and desirable for membership. However, members must have proof of successful completion of a food handler certificate course. Having the credentials and demonstrating a core understanding of food safety knowledge are important and sends a clear message of commitment to your clients.

USPCA members get access to discounted training and exams. Access to taking the food manager certification program is available on the Members Only portal after joining however food handler training is available to members and non-members.

Food Handler Training Certificate Program – $12.95

The online Food Handler Training certificate program provides Personal Chefs with the knowledge they need to safely handle food. The Food Handler Training course and assessment is based on the current state of food safety knowledge, regulations, and requirements and is recommended for people involved in the preparation, handling, serving and displaying of food. It is available to both members and non-members.

Enroll in the Food Handler Course

Tailored Taste Personal Chef Coaching for New Personal Chefs

Tailored TasteFor 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 5×4 or a 4×6 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).

All of these training options from Tailored Taste are available in the Chef’s Store.

If you have any questions about getting started as a personal chef, contact Angela Prather at 800-995-2138 x705 or

Savor Culinary Training for Experienced Personal Chefs

CD_logo_largeeChef Club Online
The first ever of its kind program designed for chefs. This online Membership Club is for Culinary Business Owners and those that want to launch a culinary business. Within this affordable Private Club, you will receive monthly group Q & A calls to get your questions answered, strategies and inspiration directly in your in-box, and support from other business owners in our private eChef Club Forum.

Master Chef Program
The 6 month program is our unique 6 month coaching and mastermind program that combines 1:1 Business Coaching, Live Strategy Meetings and phone /online coaching on a consistent basis unique to the culinary world. This program is designed as a complete package of support, clear direction and momentum every single day to help you take your business to the next level, move you past your fears and challenges and help you create much more personal freedom in your life.

VIP Private Coaching
Private coaching with Deb is for the advanced business owner that needs more individual attention. We customize this 1:1 consulting program based on your needs. You will be able to draw from her knowledge to build 4 successful culinary businesses and have a clear path of how to take yours to the next level.

All of these training options from Savory Culinary are available in the Chef’s Store.

Personal Chef Institute

personal-chef-instutute-logo-1_1400x600The Personal Chef Institute is here to teach you how to succeed in running a profitable Personal Chef Business. This program is a 5 day, in-person, immersive program based in Rhode Island and it is the best way to launch the business of your dreams!

Small class size and hands-on experience is key for you to learn everything you need in the least amount of time. This is a school for Personal Chefs by Personal Chefs, designed to help you hit the ground running.

PCI will teach you Marketing, Sales, Communication, Finances, Pricing and much more. Invest in yourself and your future and learn what you need to know. Find out more details at and sign up today!

Society of Certified Senior Advisors

CSAThe CSA difference is due to the application of the specialized senior knowledge gained through the accredited CSA course combined with your professional experiences as a Personal Chef along with highly ethical behavior to benefit and protect your older adult clients and their families.

Simply put it takes more than wanting to work with seniors to position yourself to be successfully with them – it takes knowing how to work with them. That’s what the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® education and designation program is all about. It educates you about seniors – how aging works, how it changes seniors’ lives, how it affects their decisions and how we can apply what we know about growing older to help people grow better! You’ll gain a greater understanding of how to apply your skills, how to communicate better with your senior clients and where to find the resources your seniors need.

Your credibility matters – The CSA program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Your senior clients can take an additional measure of confidence in the credibility and value of your CSA credential. Seniors today are seeking an even higher level of credibility/knowledge from those they do business with – when you add the CSA education to your expertise as a member of USPCA it gives you a distinct advantage in working with older adults.

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USPCA member Chef Amadeus hosts a weekly two-hour radio podcast regularly featuring members of the association. This is a place where listeners can take a two-hour break from their lives and spend some time with Chef Amadeus and friends and talk about travel, cooking and golf. All about the good life.View the latest episodes.