The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Chef
There are many benefits to hiring a personal chef, with the most obvious being convenience. With the hectic lives and busy schedules that so many of us have, a personal chef can serve to be a huge stress reliever! As a single parent of four children and with having demanding jobs (full-time Professor and part-time therapist), I would have loved to walked through the door after work to fully prepared meals. Fifteen years ago, a personal chef would have been my hero.
Other benefits you would reap from a personal chef might include:
A wider variety of meals:
Each week you are given a list of menu options for the following week. Most of us get into a rut when it comes to our cooking habits, whereas the personal chef is much more creative in their menu planning.
A personal chef’s meals are made from “scratch”. Therefore, processed foods become a thing of the past. For example, hand-breaded chicken breast strips vs. frozen chicken nuggets made from who knows what meat parts; macaroni and cheese made sauce from real cheese or boxed macaroni and cheese made with some type of dehydrated cheese product? Seems like a no-brainer to me! The examples I could provide are limitless. As well as meals, a personal chef can make healthy snacks. Imagine your home as a junk food free zone!
Better quality of meals:
A personal chef is professionally trained. While I like to think I am an excellent cook, I am not in the same galaxy as a personal chef.
You save time:
Envision your losing your tie or kicking off your high heels relaxing and enjoying a glass of wine after work, rather than scrambling to prepare a meal for your children whom claim to be “starving”.
You save money in several different ways:
I personally believe I would have in each of the ways described below:
o Your personal chef will have a definite list when doing the market shopping and stick to it, with none of the impulse buying most of us do. One trip is made to the market per week, not multiple trips as many of us do. The combination can cost you thousands per year.
o You will not have wasted food. Perhaps you had every intention of preparing the family pack of chicken breasts, but it gets shoved to the back of the refrigerator. You remember it five days later, it smells disgusting and you just threw 6 pounds of money away in the garbage. The personal chef buys only items specific to the menu, therefore wasted food becomes a thing of the past.
You will eat fewer meals out. One scenario I read while I was doing my research for this article was written by a very satisfied customer of a personal chef. She indicated that prior to obtaining the personal chef’s services; they ate out on an average of seven times per week. For her family of five, the cost was becoming astronomical. In this case, they SAVED money by hiring a personal chef.
The personal chef prepares YOUR food in YOUR home. That means the food is fresher, not boxed and hauled from one location to another. An additional bonus is that your own dishes are used. So there is no concern about returning theirs in an unbroken state or helping to fill up the landfill with alluminum pans (which can also get expensive over a prolonged period of time).
Personal chefs can be invaluable when it comes hosting an important dinner party, graduation reception or around the holidays. Hosting in itself can stressful, without having to worry about food preparation as well. Imagine yourself calmly dressing for the event not obsessing about what is burning in the oven.
Although most the examples I provided above were specific to families, that is no way to imply others can’t benefit from the services of a personal chef.
• The elderly: Unfortunately malnutrition is relatively common. It could there physical issues that limit their ability to cook (e.g., my mom spent the last decade of her as a paraplegic), other health issues (e.g., my mother-in-law has heart and respiratory problems) or just a lack of interest in cooking. As many people in this age group live on a fixed income, it would make a wonderful gift to have the services of a personal chef provided.
• Single people who have limited or no cooking skills: I am already cringing at the thought of what my youngest son moving 8 hours away for graduate school next fall is going to eat. One cannot exist solely on tuna salad and pigs-in-a-blanket. His going away gift—a personal chef for five meals a week!
• Couples with no children, but very demanding careers. They might have gourmet tastes, but no time to prepare the delicacies themselves.
Essentially, I can think of no individual who wouldn’t benefit from a personal chef in any, if not all, of the points outlined above!