Does this scenario sound like you? You’re a working professional with 2 kids and not much time to think about putting healthy meals on the table. You’re dealing with the hectic daily activities of getting the kids fed and out the door. You had good intentions of creating a meal plan and shopping list during your lunch break for dinner that evening. Then your boss calls you into an emergency lunch meeting. The next thing you know you’re putting out fires all day and get stuck in the evening commute with no time left to shop. So, what do you do? You’re forced to order take-out once again. Who knows what the ingredients are? And you’re pretty sure the grind will repeat the next day.
You’ve often dreamed about hiring a Personal Chef but told yourself that you can’t afford it…That’s not an option you think… Or is it?
Think of Personal Chefs As Problem Solvers
Hiring a Personal Chef is easier and more affordable than you think. When you consider the numerous problems they solve, the benefits far outweigh the cost. Consider this… How valuable is your time? If you’re stressed now with a full-time job and 2 kids, do you really have the time to manage the meal planning, food shopping, and preparation of fresh food each day? Most likely not!
As Personal Chefs, we understand the “What’s for Dinner Dilemma” you face every day. We’ve worked with individuals, families, busy professionals, people on special diets and seniors who simply don’t have the time nor interest in meal planning or cooking. And who wants to bother with the clean up? Often times our clients spend over $200 a week on groceries ($800 a month or more) only to find the fresh food spoiled in their fridge as they never had the time to prepare the meals.
The bottom line: What are the benefits of hiring a Personal Chef?
Benefits to Hiring a Personal Chef
One of the top reasons to hire a Personal Chef is for the convenience they offer when it comes to meal planning. Chefs eliminate the hassle of having to plan and prepare quick healthy meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s invaluable for today’s busy life styles. Plus, there’s no clean up. This is how many of our clients cost-justify hiring a Personal Chef Service because it saves time and saves money.
#2 Save Time and Money
Hiring a Personal Chef saves time and money. We can help you serve fresh healthy meals quickly because we take the stress out of the entire process which is very time consuming. You will no longer be bogged down with the meal planning, food shopping, cooking, and clean up night after night. And it’s much more cost effective than dining out where you’re spending money on parking, travel time to the restaurant and baby sitter fees. In San Francisco, a night out could easily cost $100 for a healthy meal for 2 and that doesn’t include the tip, parking or the baby sitter fees! A Personal Chef on the other hand could feed a family of 4 in the comfort of their home for half that price. It all adds up when you put off hiring a Personal Chef!
Here’s an example:
San Francisco baby sitter rate per hour $18.87 x 3/hr = $56.61
Evening parking per hour $4.50 x 3/hr = $13.50
20% tip on $100 = $20
Total on extras is $90.11
Dinner cost: $100
Total for 2: $190.11
The average cost of a Personal Chef prepared dinner meal is $15 to $20, multiplied by a family of 4 totals to about $80. So, you do the math. Make sense?
#3 Highly Customized Meal Planning
Personal Chefs create highly customized meal planning options that are dialed into your specific needs and schedules. They will take care of everything from learning about your food preferences to customizing each dish to meet everyone’s taste. So, if you like enchiladas with cheese but your kids don’t like onions and your husband prefers the enchilada sauce on the side, a Personal chef can solve that problem in a flash through their attention to detail. You are #1 when it comes to a Personal Chef Service. It’s all about you! No meal delivery service or restaurant can compete with that amount of customization!
#4 Get Involved – Learn New Techniques from a Personal Chef
How great would it be to learn a new cooking tip or trick from your very own Personal Chef? Even though you might be a busy professional, wouldn’t it be fun to learn a new cooking technique that could save time in the meal prep process for those rare occasions when you do cook? When you hire a Personal Chef you can observe and engage in dialogue with them. Maybe they could help you improve your knife skills or teach you how to dice an onion without your eyes tearing up. Or maybe you want to learn more about nutrition or food safety?
Because Personal Chefs prepare fresh healthy meals in your home, you have the opportunity to get hands on learning. Naturally, you hired the Personal Chef to cook for you but there is certainly some satisfaction in learning new methods and recipes too!
#5 Introduce New Cuisines to Your Family
We can all get into a boring pattern of serving the same chicken or meatloaf dish over and over. Let’s face it. It gets old! When you hire a Personal Chef, they can introduce new cuisines that you may have never tried before. A Personal Chef has the training and experience to create quick healthy meals that you heat and eat. How about trying a new exotic Indian or Thai curry or a Mediterranean style seafood stew? A Chef can do that in a snap. Plus, a chef can put a new spin on old family favorites. Why not broaden your culinary palate?
#6 Hiring a Personal Chef Service Makes a Very Special Gift
How many times have you thought about giving that perfect gift to a family or friend who is recovering from surgery and unable to cook? Or perhaps your neighbor just had a baby? How about a special wedding gift? A “gift certificate” for a Personal Chef Service is a unique and valuable gift that keeps on giving!
#7 Host a Dinner Party by Hiring A Personal Chef
The very thought of hosting a dinner party can be intimidating and you rarely get to spend time with your guests because you’re too busy slaving in the kitchen. The thought of all the preparation and planning is downright daunting. Perhaps hiring a Personal Chef full time is not what you need. Rather, their service can help you plan an elegant dinner party effortlessly. Instead of spending countless hours over the stove days before your event, you can hand off everything to your Personal Chef and enjoy a lively evening in your home with your friends. What’s not to love about that?
#8 Handpicked Quality Ingredients with Each Meal
Ever wonder what’s in your food? We all want fresh food with quality ingredients in our meals, right? Whether you dine out or order in, there’s no way of knowing what the exact ingredients are and that can be scary. Especially if you have food allergies! No meal delivery service, restaurant or meal prep package can compete with the customization of hand-picked quality ingredients that a Personal Chef can offer you.
When you hire a Personal Chef, they are highly skilled at selecting quality organic fresh food that matches your dietary values. If you want fresh Salmon on Monday and Persian Lamb Meatballs on Tuesday, a Personal Chef can meet your every desire because you are number #1 and you can control what goes into your meals at every level. Does it get any better than that?
#9 Quick Healthy Meals Tailored to Your Schedule
A Personal Chef can cook for you weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. It all depends on your schedule. Some Personal Chefs prepare 1 week’s worth of fresh food that is stored in the fridge for you to enjoy during the week. Other Chefs will prepare 2 week’s worth of frozen meals to be consumed at a later time. So if you’re a busy professional who travels a lot, this might be a good option so you can quickly heat and eat healthy meals at a time that works with your busy schedule. Like magic, there are no more worries about what’s for dinner when you get home because you solved the problem long ago.
#10 Lose Weight – Track those Carbs!
Have you ever tried to lose weight on your own? It takes discipline and mechanics when it comes to tracking the nutritional values like fat, protein and carbs. What if you could have your very own Personal Chef who would take the hassle out of carb counting?
Our Chefs are trained professionals that have meal planning apps which can be tailored specifically to your dietary needs to help you calculate and track exactly how many grams of net-carbs, fat and protein you are consuming per serving. This is huge and can be done in a snap when you hire a Personal Chef to help you lose weight!
We’ve had success with helping some of our clients lose over 60 pounds in 2 months on the ketogenic diet with careful meal planning. It can work for you too! We have chefs who can cook for a variety of special diets: paleo, anti-cancer, vegan, gluten-free and more – whether you’re trying to lose weight or just eating healthier.
Create a Healthier Life Style With A Personal Chef
You can take control of your life, health and family’s well-being when you hire a Personal Chef. How? By freeing up to 15 hours a week when it comes to putting quick healthy meals on the dinner table. You’ll look like a hero when it comes to creating a more relaxed environment around the house because our Chefs can work closely with you to help eliminate the stress associated with meal planning.
Plus, they will help you monitor the nutritional aspects of your daily meals. Our Chefs can educate you on the choices you make when choosing which foods to consume and which foods to avoid.
Best of all, you can turn dinner time into a learning experience as many of our clients have kids who enjoy watching the Chef work in their kitchen making the dinner hour a fun experience for the whole family! We’re happy to offer that experience with a special family class option – just ask one of our chefs how to do that.
Alternative Options – Meal Prep Packages
If you enjoy cooking on occasion you might consider popular packaged meal prep options like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. With these services you will spend close to 30 minutes or more preparing the meals but you are still faced with clean up afterwards. If you’re a working Mom, you will get the (guilt-free) satisfaction of cooking the family dinner yourself as it’s traditionally been done in the past. Go Super Mom!
While these services deliver the experience of a home cooked meal, can they truly save time or save money? Maybe a restaurant would be easier because there’s no time wasted with cooking and clean up but it can be expensive. And can a packaged meal prep or restaurant alternative really offer you the customization of exactly what you’re craving that day?
Let’s not forget about the added cost to the environment of all the packaging that comes with meal prep services. Finally, what about the ingredients? Are you clear where they’re coming from and if the sources are healthy and reputable? Especially important when you’re doing this to eat healthier or follow a particular diet for a condition you have.
A Personal Chef Can Be Your Life Coach in the Kitchen
As Personal Chefs we understand the challenges of a busy life and getting meals on the table. Because our services are so customizable we can create a plan that fits in with your life style. When you hire a Personal Chef we’re not just business partners, we can be your Life Coach. We can help you manage your time more effectively by helping you make the right choices when it comes to creating healthy meals that match your dietary philosophy. We’ll take care of everything. All you do is sit back, relax and know that you’ve solved the daunting “What’s for Dinner” dilemma cost effectively. And the whole family will love you for it!
Getting to YES When it Comes to Hiring a Personal Chef
Our collective of Personal Chefs are here to help. We are culinary pros and can help you find the right chef to eliminate the daily drudgery of meal planning. Yes, you heard that right. Contact us now and we’ll connect you with the right chef that fits your life style. Our job is to understand your challenges and help you hire a Personal Chef to solve them! Our ultimate “value proposition” is bringing you and your loved ones back to the dinner table where you can once again share some of life’s greatest moments over a wonderful healthy meal!