How much does the service cost?
I have a page dedicated to my pricing. My goal is to be totally consistent across the board, and flexible with clients needs. http://www.thehappycuisiniere.com/index.php/pricing/. I secretly give myself a little fist bump when I’m checking out with groceries and I stay within the quoted grocery amount : )
What does a personal chef do?
Personal chef duties can vary from person to person. My duties include using professional tools to create quality meals in your private kitchen. With every service I shop for groceries while picking the freshest produce and proteins to use for your meals. As a trained and experienced chef, if you see a service that is not included on this website, let me know so I can accommodate.
Where is the food prepared?
To stay within health codes I prepare food right in your kitchen, but doing so also ensures I can give you the freshest product possible. Any size kitchen will work as long as you have a functioning stove and space in the fridge.
What if the house doesn’t have a lot of cookware?
I’ve cooked in a ton of houses and have an idea of what is usually available so I bring along whatever cookware and tools I think I will need. Some houses have less plates/pans than others but I’ve always made it work.
Where does my food come from?
I will pick out the freshest produce and meats from the local grocery store. If you prefer organic foods, let me know, the local store has a large selection of organic meats, produce and products.
Do I have to be home for you to cook for us ?
I don’t want you to feel like you have to rush off the slopes or away from the hiking trail to let me in. Most of the houses have garage codes so I can get started and you can come home to yummy aromas in the kitchen.
How does payment work?
For regular events, I ask for a $75 deposit, and $100 for weddings. The rest is collected the day of service after I have cleaned up. I have a square credit card swiper so all credit cards are accepted. Cash, check, venmo, zelle and cash app are accepted too and come with a 3% discount : )
The deposit is non-refundable, but I know life is unexpected! If booking does not result in loss of business, I can re-book an existing reservation to another available date for a $30 fee.
I don’t live in the listed service areas, can I use you service?
While I would love to be able to cook for everyone, the service area protects myself and the client from unforeseen weather and traffic impacts 🙂
What is the difference between a private chef and a personal chef?
A private chef works for one client or family while a personal chef works for many. This makes a personal chef accessible to anyone that requires or wants personalized food preparation services.
What about the booze?
Having a personal chef definitely saves you money in that department because there is no crazy up charge like you’d find going out. You provide your own alcohol or if you tell me in advance, I’ll grab your preferred beverages while shopping.
What happens if you cancel?
I have a cooking record of 99.999999% , and is usually only due to me becoming sick. I try my best to avoid any situation that will result in me not being able to cook for you. I will let you know in enough time to make other dinner accommodations. Also, I have a few friends in the business and will put you in touch with another chef that can usually help out, even if it is for the following night! I apologize and please understand I am giving myself time so I can recover quickly, while not passing germs to my clients : ) Your deposit will be returned promptly.