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Hello, I within the past month and a half I had friends over for dinner and prepared a wonderful vegan meal. As a result they would like me to prepare vegan meals for them, 2 lunches and 2 dinners with the occasional dessert. This is so exciting for me but brand new for both of us. I have a passion for cooking and good quality food, I haven't gone to culinary school but I am an experienced cook. Because I have never done anything like this before I don't know what my title would be, I am unsure of what an hourly rate is best etc. I was thinking of $20 an hour. I am sure there are threads with the answer to my question but I just wanted to put it out there. I am feeling blessed for this opportunity and just want to approach it the best way.
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That is a wonderful compliment to your cooking----

 

However,I think that you will find that as a 'business' you are not ready.

 

With only 2 customers you must divide your labor and over head by those two customers---

 

 

That's going to be to pricy for even wealthy people----Now if you could come up with 30 or 40 customers---your cooking time will be similar,but divided by 30 or 40---much more likely to work.

 

Most caterers have a minimum sized group that is practical to service.

 

labor----materials----overhead and profit--equals selling price---

post #3 of 7

Have to disagree with MikesWoods, personal chef work can be very profitable with 5-10 clients, give Candy Wallace, Executive Director

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

 

a call or email.

Chef,
Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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post #4 of 7

Perhaps I miss understood the members intentions---As a chef for hire for an event or meal---this could work. Paid hourly it will make no difference the size of the gathering---

 

I assumed the member was going to prepare meals at home for two customers for pick up or delivery---If that is the case --then my comments are correct---

 

Let me reread the post--------Mike-----

post #5 of 7

You may be right----Hourly wage was mentioned----if travel time is included,perhaps this would work.

post #6 of 7

IMHO, personal chefs are far better off working for $/job rather than $/hr. A personal chef is business, not an employee! A personal chef does cook, but they also market their services, keep the books, develop menus and meal plans, shops for groceries and foodstuffs, pay for insurance, etc.

 

In my business as a personal chef, my MINIMUM charge for a cook day is $350, roughly $50/hr for 7 hours.

 

For that, I develop a menu/meal plan, shop, prep, cook, package/serve, and cleanup and all the cooking takes place in the client's kitchen.

 

What I cook varies and is the client's choice, from five meals that serve four persons to an intimate five/six course private dinner for 2, 4, or even six. In all cases, the client pays for all food and beverages separately, and that cost varies with the menu selections. Generally, for the typical five meals serving four persons, the cost per serving is in the neighborhood of $22.50-$30.00, somewhat equivalent to an upscale restaurant.

 

A personal chef is not an HMR service nor a caterer. It is the equivalent of a private chef with multiple clients.

 

As MikesWoods pointed out, a caterer depends on higher volumes to spread the labor and overhead costs.

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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for your knowledge. I am taking it all in and will be calling the number you provided. If you all think of anything else I am appreciative.
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