I have to respectfully disagree with MichaelGA, not about doing business in Canada but with respect to the potential market for personal chefs.
I started my personal chef business in 2000 and quickly learned that 20 monthly clients kept me fully occupied. If they are bi-weekly, the number is 10, and weekly, the number is 5. The categories of potential clients includes:
- Families with both parents employed
- Couples who are both employed, often as professionals, i.e. lawyers, doctors, accountants, managers, etc.
- Couples and individuals with food sensitivities, allergies, or other food related problems
- Families, couples, and individuals who simply do not cook or do not want to cook
- Families, couples, and individuals who simply prefer to do something other than shopping and cooking
- Seniors and retirees
I live and work in a city of 55,000 and have no problem finding clients. 20/55,000 equals 0.0003646 or 0.03636%, that is 1 person for every 2,750 population
The KEY to a successful personal chef business is determining your market and serving that market. Most clients are not interested in avant garde food, just tasty, nutritious meals available whenever they want.
A personal chef is not really a private chef with more than one client. A personal chef shops and prepares meals that meet the client's needs.
Personal chefs are cooks for hire and, in a great majority of jurisdictions, have no more regulatory restrictions than anyone who cooks at home with regards to food safety. A personal chef does have to comply with taxing authorities and business licensing and is well advised to maintain general liability insurance the same as any other prudent business person. Though ServSafe or NRFSP certification is highly desirable, it is rarely a requirement.
I have been a member of:
American Personal & Private Chef Association
4572 Delaware Street San Diego, CA 92116
Tel: 800-644-8389 / 619-294-2436
since 2002 and highly recommend anyone contemplating a career as a personal chef call Candy Wallace, Executive Director, and find out the facts about the business opportunities.