Is a Personal Chef really affordable?
Yes! With our personal chef service you can enjoy delicious, healthy, restaurant quality meals in a matter of minutes. You have to buy groceries in any case, and very often food and produce gets thrown away, because it is not used in time. Many frozen convenience food really taste like nothing and the portions are skimpy with more sauce than anything else. Their fat and sodium content are also extremely high – so in other words they are not healthy or good for you. How much money do you spend on take-out or eating-out at restaurants, or even on Doctor’s fees or medical bills, because of health problems resulting from poor eating habits? If you add it all up, using the services of a Personal Chef will save you time and money. This will not be an extra expense on your monthly budget, but will in fact replace many of the expenses that you already currently incur. My professional personal chef service may even help you to control your food costs, as you will be less likely to impulse-buy in the grocery store or resort to low-quality fast food, convenience food or restaurant food.
How often will we need your service?
We’ll be happy to help you determine just how often you will want to schedule the Personal Chef Service to best serve your needs. Subject to availability, you may want to use our service once a week, or have us cook for you every second week or perhaps you just want to use our services once a month to have meals on hand for those evenings when you need help. We will make sure it supports your busy lifestyle without putting any pressure on you.
I have a medical condition or allergies. Can you accommodate this?
Sure! Chef Lynette has extensive experience cooking for clients with cancer, renal disease, diabetes, Celiac disease, allergies and those clients following specific diets such as Paleo, High Protein, Low Sodium or Low-Calorie Diets. If you have a nutritionist or dietician or a food coach, Chef Lynette will work with them so that you can enjoy food that fits with your specific needs and lifestyle.
Which containers do you use and how will my meals be packaged?
We are happy to consider using your container collection, but uniform-sized containers take up less storage space in your refrigerator and freezer. There is a one-time start-up fee for the purchase of quality re-useable food storage containers, such as Pyrex, Corning, Rubbermaid, etc. The cost of these containers will be determined by the plan and the size that you purchase. This usually ranges from $150 to $200. We also use food grade, ecofriendly, combustible Disposable Containers. Meals can be packaged individually, for 2 or for a family. Meals are clearly labeled with easy to follow heating instructions.
What is on the Menu and where do you shop?
Menus are developed in advance using specifications from the client assessment. They will be presented to the client 7 – 10 days in advance of the cook date for final approval. If any changes need to be made we respectfully ask that you communicate that to us at least 48 hours in advance. Rest assured your satisfaction is paramount, and we will work to exceed your expectations. My goal is to provide your family with the freshest ingredients available at the best price. If you have a preference as to where I shop, please just communicate that with me and I will be happy to do so.
How do I pay for the service and am I locked in for a period of time?
A check for the personal chef service in addition to the grocery deposit and the charge for containers will be required in advance of the first cooking date. Payment is required in advance because I am reserving an entire day for you. Because our relationship is based on mutual trust, please have a check ready for me when I arrive on each subsequent cooking or delivery date. It is not necessary to commit yourself to the service by signing a contract for a period of time. Our mutual arrangement can be terminated by either of us at any time with one week’s notice.
Can you deliver meals, in stead of cooking in my kitchen?
Yes. We prepare your meals in our commercial kitchen and deliver them to you at a convenient time.