FAQ

What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef?
What is a registered dietitian?
Is the service expensive?
What does the service price include?
What is not included in the service price?
Do you cook in my kitchen?
Do I have to be home when you come to cook?
How long will it take?
How are the meals stored and packaged?
How difficult is it to reheat the meals?
What if I have a special diet I must follow?
I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); will you be able to use the vegetables I receive from it?

What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef?

A private chef typically works for one individual or family fulltime and it is usually on a live-in basis. On the other hand, a Personal Chef works with several clients and provides customized meals for the clients’ requests and dietary requirements.

What is a registered dietitian?

A registered dietitian is an expert in food and nutrition. Dietitians are registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (the certifying agency of the ADA) and are only able to use the label “Registered Dietitian” when they have met strict, specific educational and professional prerequisites and passed a national registration examination. A dietitian’s education involves significant scientific based knowledge. It is these strong foundations in advanced scientific knowledge and counseling skills that enable a Registered Dietitian to assess, analyze, intervene, and educate an individual in relation to diet and disease.

Is the service expensive?

When you consider the time it takes to shop, cook and clean up for each meal, the cost of enjoying a fine home-cooked gourmet meal is quite reasonable. It really is no more expensive than buying a meal out at a restaurant or for take-out from a gourmet specialty shop, yet you are getting a healthy meal with no preservatives and the piece of mind knowing who prepared your meal.

What does the service price include?

The price of service includes:

  • Client consultation, food questionnaire and kitchen review
  • General nutrition consultation
  • Personalized menu research and planning
  • Shopping for needed ingredients
  • Cooking, packaging, labeling and storing
  • Kitchen clean-up and sanitation
  • Pantry items such as flour, sugar, herbs and spices are included

What is not included in the service price?

Costs not associated with the service include:

  • Grocery items other than basic pantry inventory
  • Container/packaging fee that will be assessed once we discuss your storage preference.
  • Optional individualized nutrition counseling/intervention

Do you cook in my kitchen?

Yes. All meals are cooked in the safety of your kitchen. Chef Deana brings her own tools and equipment and leaves the kitchen spotless when she is finished.

Do I have to be home when you come to cook?

No, you do not have to be home on your scheduled cook date as long as appropriate arrangements are made in advance for Chef Deana to gain access to your kitchen.

How long will it take?

It will depend on how many meals will need to be prepared and what service you choose. Typically, the service takes about 3-6 hours from start to finish, not including grocery shopping and meal planning.

How are the meals stored and packaged?

That is entirely up to you. Depending on your needs, the meals can either be stored in the refrigerator or freezer, and either packaged individually or family style. Some meals freeze better than others, so this will be something that Chef Deana will discuss with you when you choose your menu.

At our first consultation, we will discuss what kind of packaging works best for you – plastic reusable containers, Pyrex, or vacuum-sealed bags. Uniform size containers take less storage space in your refrigerator and freezer, so Chef Deana will determine the appropriate sized containers for each cook date.

Chef Deana highly recommends Pyrex glass containers because they are reusable and environmentally sound. Pyrex glass doesn’t warp, stain, absorb odor or interact with food. It is safe for your microwave and oven use. Chef Deana can purchase a set for you at your expense. The initial set is between $35-50 depending on the service you choose. Disposables will incur an extra charge per cook date.

How difficult is it to reheat the meals?

Heating meals is very easy and convenient. Depending on the type of dish and desired storage method, the entrees can be heated in your microwave, conventional oven, in boiling water (if stored in vacuum-sealed bags), or on the stovetop. Chef Deana will leave you detailed heating and assembly instructions for each entrée and side dish to ensure that each item is cooked properly.

What if I have a special diet I must follow?

As a registered dietitian, Chef Deana is very familiar with individualized dietary needs. She can work with you to accommodate your special dietary needs. An additional fee may be added due to extra time needed for planning and research of recipes.

I belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); will you be able to use the vegetables I receive from it?

Absolutely! Chef Deana is a strong supporter of using local sustainable food. She can create menus based on what you receive in your box of vegetables each week.

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