Flexibility: Medium

Social Engagement: Medium

What’s What: So many people are looking for better, healthier food solutions. If you’re an excellent, experienced cook and you’re organized and reliable, you could make money working as a personal chef.

Amava Take: Busy families, workaholics, seniors and people who entertain a lot are just some of your potential clients if you seek out work as a personal chef. Home-cooked food is healthier than most alternatives, so many people opt for personal chefs over the hassle of ordering in or the effort involved with meal-kits. If you have a flair for planning, shopping and whipping up the good stuff, you can be as busy as you want to be. Sounds delicious!

From the Front Lines: 

What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these positions?

People with experience cooking for others, whether in restaurants, as caterers or some other way. Responsible, flexible and personable go a long way.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

You should always be certain you’ve asked clients about allergies and preferences.

What’s a typical daily schedule like?

Usually, it’s an hour to shop and a few hours to prepare any given meal. Some personal chefs package, label and fill the fridge for a week or so. 

From the Trenches:  

What’s the most satisfying part of the job/experience?

Knowing that because of me, my clients have eaten a well-prepared and nutritious meal without any stress. 

How would you describe the hard parts?

When guests are invited without warning and it turns out the one thing they don’t like is the thing I just cooked.

Do you have a favorite recipe?

Yep. That would be the original Fannie Farmer Cookbook Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe of course!

Special Requirements: While a culinary degree is not required, some professional cooking experience is important. There’s plenty of available information about being a personal chef and options for personal chef training programs.

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Finding a Position: Local job boards are full of listings. Search personal chef or private chef or check out listings on dedicated chef sites.