How To Become A Personal Chef: 7 Tips To Starting Your Culinary Journey

1. Choose The Type Of Personal Chef You Want To Be

You can’t learn how to become a personal chef without choosing a career trajectory for yourself. Most people use ‘personal chef’ to both mean a chef that works for just one house and a chef that has a personal clientele.

2. Keep Learning Multiple Cooking Styles

Food is both a necessity and a hobby for people. While it helps us survive, it also satiates desire. This is why learning multiple cuisines and cooking styles are always going to be your best friend as a personal chef.

3. Develop An Understanding Of Your Client’s Preferences

Learning how to become a personal chef also includes teaching yourself to be observant and using your observations to form insights.

  • Take notes of the dishes your clients liked and highlight common ingredients.
  • Take notes of foods that don’t bode well with your clients and do the same.
  • Many times, people don’t know that they have minor allergies or foods that don’t go well with their bodies. Take notes of those and inform your clients.
  • While taste is always great to note. Make sure your clients get nutritious meals with balanced macros. Use your notes to craft dishes that are both good in taste and fulfill nutrition needs.

4. Use Social Media To Show Off Your (Culinary) Visuals

Social media is a personal chef’s ally. Learning how to become a personal chef also includes honing your marketing skills and social media is a prime way to do that.

  • Upload pictures of your dishes. Good pictures. Look up lighting and framing. This is a good guide.
  • Put up food tutorials. Tabletop videos are great if you have the gear. In case you don’t a regular video will also do the trick.
  • Show stunning advertisements of your work. Both paid and unpaid. Either make it yourself or hire a videographer and see the magic happen.
  • Engage with viewers and potential clients. Ask them questions, put up stories, go live and be…. social! Being social is important when learning how to become a personal chef.

5. Create A Website

A website is much more personal than a social media account. You can customize it and add a personal touch to it, much like you do with your dishes.

  • A good ‘About Me’ page/ section. Clients want to know who they’re investing in, along with what they’re investing in.
  • Your specialties. What cuisines are you an expert at working with? Complement your words with pictures, GIFs, and videos.
  • Your experience. All the best restaurants and clients you’ve worked with. Add pictures, videos, and logos!
  • Testimonials. There’s only one thing better than a happy client- a very happy client! Add testimonials of your happy clients on your website. Don’t make them tacky, but rather disperse them with the rest of the information.
  • Your Geographical Preferences. Do you only work in California or are you a globetrotter? Put it on your website, so your clients know.
  • Contact. How does a prospective client contact you? Add a phone number, email, social media handles, and contact form. Make it as easy as possible for someone interested to get in touch with you.

6. Hire Support Staff

While you focus on the actual cooking, it’s never a bad idea to hire support staff part-time or otherwise to take care of the administrative work.

  • Accounting: From filing taxes to raising invoices, an accountant is always a great resource to have.
  • Supplies: If you’re the director of the kitchen, your supply crew is the production unit. Hire people who know local markets and where to get certain ingredients from.
  • Personal Assistant: There are plenty of online and offline PA services available. A PA will keep you on track with work, make sure you don’t overbook, and remind you of your client’s preferences, among other things.

7. Seek Feedback And Provide Suggestions

Proactively interacting with your clients is 101 of learning how to become a personal chef. Get comfortable with talking to them. This will help you get to know them and their tastes better.

  • How the food tasted.
  • If they could taste the (X) ingredient that you tried out.
  • Something that could improve- and help guide them through the process from the portion size to the way the food looked.
  • What they thought about the time of preparation, service, etc.

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