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seeking advice on becoming a personal chef

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My goal is to become a personal chef.  I am about to begin taking a classes towards a certificate in culinary nutrition at my local community college.  My question is, what's the best way to go about becoming a personal, in-home chef?  Is a degree or certificate necessary or not?  Any recommended books or procedures for doing this?  

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The best source of advice that I am aware of is for you to contact Candy Wallace, Executive Director


American Personal & Private Chef Association
4572 Delaware Street
San Diego, CA 92116
800-644-8389
619-294-2436
info@personalchef.com

 

She can provide you with all the information you will need.

 

With regards to a culinary degree, none is required, IMHO, but it might be beneficial for marketing purposes.

 

Culinary knowledge is, IMO, probably the least important knowledge you will need to become a successful personal chef. Most people do not realize it, but personal chefs do not sell food, they offer a personal service, somewhat parallel to groundskeepers, household maintenance workers, and others.

 

There are three keys to success, marketing, Marketing, and MARKETING! Of course, you need to understand the laws affecting businesses in your area and food safety, sanitation, and nutrition are very helpful as is business accounting, advertising, and networking.

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Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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Valuable information, thanks. I will be looking into that.

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