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

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

2. Keep Learning Multiple Cooking Styles

3. Develop An Understanding Of Your Client’s Preferences

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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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