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FAQs and Terminology

What is a Personal Chef?

A Personal Chef at a minimum is a culinary professional who creates customized meals for their clients in their homes. Some Personal Chefs are the sole person in their enterprise and do the menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation in the client’s home. Some Personal Chefs work from a commercial kitchen and prepare customized meals for clients and deliver them. OtherPersonal Chef businesses have multiple chefs creating customized meals either in the client’s home or from a commercial kitchen.

What is a Certified Personal Chef

All Personal Chefs create nutritious delicious meals for clients with food safety and culinary knowledge at their fingertips. Personal Chefs at the top of their game choose to complete their Certified Personal Chef designation with the USPCA. This certification is available to USPCA members in good standing who have been in business at least two years, who can document their business experience and demonstrate their personal chef business knowledge through a comprehensive exam.

How do I find a Personal or Private Chef?

You can easily find and hire a Personal Chef with USPCA’s nationwide directory,

What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef?

A Private Chef is typically an employee of one person or one family and works full-time for that client, usually preparing up to three meals per day. A Personal Chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and works with the clients to create personalized meal plans based on their specific dietary requirements or requests. These meals are packaged and stored (in the refrigerator and/or freezer), so that the client may enjoy them throughout the coming week(s).

Why should I hire a Personal Chef who is a member of the United States Personal Chef Association?

Being affiliated with the USPCA communicates that the Personal Chef:

  • Conducts business in a professional and ethical manner;
  • Continues their professional education to improve their knowledge base;
  • Accesses  the ideas, research, insights, and expertise of the industry’s experts;

Membership demonstrates that the personal chef understands the importance of continuing education through professional affiliation. Plus, all members of the USPCA come with complete personal liability insurance coverage.

Who hires Personal Chefs?

A common misconception is that a Personal Chef service is only for the wealthy. Anyone who has a need to solve the “What’s for Dinner?” problem can hire a Personal Chef service.  From busy professionals to people with special dietary needs to seniors and their families, basically anyone wanting to improve their quality of life through healthful, delicious, and nutritious meals, along with enjoying the convenience and free time the service provides will hire a Personal Chef service.