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leaving high end NY restaurant to start Personal chef Business

post #1 of 8
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So I'm in the beginning stages of starting my Personal chef services. Anyone has any insight on which organizations I should join and study there training material? I must say that they are pretty expensive. I am really interested in Joining with APPCA. Are these training tools extremely beneficial for your business or is it possible to run your company successfully without.

Also, what is the average weekly salary (actual profit) for a personal chef in NYC
post #2 of 8
It's possible to personal chef without joining a group.....if you do your homework.
your profit depends on how you setup your pricing structure.

*know going in that personal cheffing challenges different culinary muscles than cooking in a restaurant.
**finding the right clients is integral to having a successful experience.

This was a super thread started several years ago but is still relavent....check out the search engine to see 8 pages of personal chef threads.http://www.cheftalk.com/forums/profe...el-report.html
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post #3 of 8
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thank you for your help
post #4 of 8
shroomgirl is on point when it comes to personal chef questions.
post #5 of 8
Remids me of an old Tic-Tac commercial:

"Can you breathe without a Tic-Tac? Yes, but why would you?

Trade association membership may appear "costly", but when you find one that "fits you", the benefits FAR outweigh the "cost".

Personally, I like the APPCA, American Personal & Private Chef Institute & Association - Professional Personal Chef Training, bacause Candy Wallace, Executive Director, works tirelessly for personal chefs and the industry.
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Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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post #6 of 8
I have belonged to national culinary groups through the years, as well as local groups.....each had it's own benefits.....none centered specifically around private or personal chefs.
so, what benefits would a national private or personal chef group provide?

Those of you that have or do belong to national groups, it'd be interesting to hear your take......
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As a member of APPCA, I've found it beneficial for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Business setup-business plan, insurance, licenses and permits, NRFSP (ServSafe) guidance, accounting, forms, customer service, etc.
  • Marketing ideas-what works and doesn't work, brochure formats, web site setup, pros and cons of various marketing campaigns, etc.
  • Recipe and menu help-Handling client requests, PC friendly menu variations, etc.
  • Special diet advice-help in handling special dietary needs or goals
  • Peer networking
  • Avoiding "reinventing the wheel" ;)
At first glance, the initial investment may appear high, but in the long run, it really saves numerous false starts, mistakes, and it is comforting to network with those that have been through it before. Generally, two or three cook dates pays for the initial costs and the annual fees are generally very reasonable.

And then there is the "continuing education" aspect including seminars, newsletters, annual summit, etc.
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Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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post #8 of 8
wow, call me blind.....
who knew having all that shtuff was important?
anyone else?

I'll pull up some other past threads info.....http://www.cheftalk.com/forums/profe...s-helpful.html

if you look under personal chef in the archives you'll be able to read back to 1999, people who joined associations and those who didn't.
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