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There are people who crave nothing more than a career as a personal chef. Of all the culinary careers to choose from, becoming a personal chef is probably the ideal choice. You get to work for yourself, determine how many clients you can comfortably manage, and work as much or as little as you want to.
People work long hours and sometimes cooking for themselves just isn't in the schedule. They have families and other responsibilities and leisure activities that prevent them from making it as far as their own kitchens. That's usually why they call in the help of a personal chef. The personal chef charges a fee for groceries, consults the family about their dietary needs and any restrictions, and then cooks the family a week's worth of food that can be frozen or put into the refrigerator for easy heating. A personal chef is a bit like a caterer, except several meals are made at one time and delivered to the family's home.
When you consider the cost of eating taking out or heading to restaurants on a regular basis, the cost of hiring a personal chef really isn't out of the question. You're just substituting one for the other. Plus, instead of eating a lot of fried, fatty foods, you have the added benefit of having nutritious, homemade meals on hand every night of the week.
Careers as personal chefs are on the rise. All it takes is a little self-marketing, a good reputation, and a good culinary education to back it all up.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|