A private chef can be the perfect solution if you’re busy and inspired to cook but need more time.

 

If you are hosting a party and need a pro to handle the food planning and preparation, a private chef can take the weight off your shoulders. You can check out this previous post for more on hiring private chefs for your party to get you going!

 

But somehow, hiring a private chef seems like an intimidating thing to do. Understandably, you will have questions when seeking a chef’s services.

 

Here’s a quick list of things that you should know to get over this daunting idea:

 

What is a Private Chef?

 

Private chefs are hired to support busy individuals or families create healthy, delicious meals in their homes. On the practical side, they provide a service when you cannot do so. On the plus side, they can whip up gourmet meals in the privacy of your home. Depending on a chef’s specialty, they can create a culinary experience for you from different cultures. 

 

But is a private chef the same as a personal chef?

 

Quite but not really. A personal chef typically runs their own culinary business and can hold several clients. A private chef is employed full-time for one client in their private residence – home, hotel, or yacht. They are tasked with preparing all fresh meals and snacks for daily consumption by members of the household and, in addition, cooking for private functions.

 

Where to hire them?

 

Many people like hiring a private chef but need clarification on how to hire one. 

 

  • You can search online for a private chef in your area. Just be sure to look for someone experienced who prepares meals with the ingredients and types you want.  
  • Ask for referrals from people you trust. If you attended an event where the food is impressive, ask around if the chef provides private cooking service. 
  • You can call chef staffing agencies in your area who provide such service. The staffing agencies should be able to provide you with the information you need to know. And if you are based in Perth and Western Australia, you need to check us at Anytime Staff. 

How do you interview a private chef?

 

Now that you know where to find them, here are the points you need to ask them. It is wise to list and compare them to get a better service value for your money. 

 

Experience 

 

  • How long have they been providing this service? Though this information does not guarantee skill and how well you will get along, it is good to know if they have considerable experience in these tasks. You want to gauge their confidence in handling the demands of the task. You want to know how they will handle troubleshooting issues such as run-outs or kitchen incidents. 
  •  If you are hiring a private chef for a party, you need to know if they are experienced in cooking for large numbers of people or just for single persons or families. 
                                                                                                             

Culinary and Dietary knowledge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

  • You need to know everything about their abilities. Ask for samples of menus that showcase their culinary range.  
  • Ask about their ingredients, price, preparation, and presentation knowledge.      
  • Ask about their knowledge of food preferences and dietary restrictions.

 

Consider their neatness and appearance.

 

As chefs will be working with food, they must practice sanitary work procedures. Their grooming says about how they value cleanliness, so take note of how they maintain their hair, nails, and clothing. 

 

Flexibility

 

If you think you need them at odd hours, ask if they are available ‘on-call’. Having them live in your residence or travel on holidays or business trips can be convenient but pricey. Therefore, if they will be residing in a separate location from you, ask if they will be open to being contacted anytime.  

 

They may need to work with other professional support staff, such as butlers and maids, therefore, gauge their interpersonal skills to assess if they can work in a team. 

 

In Summary:

 

A private chef can be a godsend for many reasons. A private chef can be a perfect solution if you’re busy and inspired to cook but need more time. 

If you need expert assistance in the kitchen, are looking to upgrade your meals, or have a private dinner coming up, give us a call at Anytime Staff.

We are a chef and kitchen staffing agency based in Perth and Western Australia, with a roster of professional chefs and kitchen staff that are available as short-term hires for

  • peak periods
  • events/private parties and celebrations/pizza chefs
  • fill in for an emergency or annual leaves
  • start-up team for opening venues  

 

In addition to short-term hires, Anytime Staff can assist you in looking for permanent hires by facilitating your recruitment process and offering a Consulting Service to assist you in opening or running the cafe or restaurant of your dreams. 

 

That’s it for this week.


As always, professional chefs are on call at Anytime Staff!

Ciao for now,
Thomas

 


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