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I’ve always loved cooking, baking, creating meals for people to enjoy.  Prior to retiring from my long held job in Honolulu and moving here to the mainland, I always dreamed of doing something with my cooking.  I had a few ideas, but I never acted on them.  One of them was to go to Personal Chef school up in Phoenix. 

Recently, my husband and I have made the decision to move, and this would put us in a large city with more folks that might want to hire me.  My dear friend, who lives in said town, is encouraging me to jump in feet first.  There seems to be many professionals that are looking for Personal Chefs to make life a bit easier for them.  She is one of those busy working folks that could help get connections for me to start out with.

 

http://www.personalchef.com/personal_chef_training_options.php#.VgnbLOxViko

 

I started to research these classes only to find that it is now offered as home study courses as well as seminars.

ChefTalk has given me loads of confidence in myself and my abilities. I’ve always enjoyed coming here for advice and learning from everyone, Professionals as well as Home Cooks. 

 

So,

Tell me, is this the direction I need to go in?

Would I benefit from these courses and seminars?

Is there somewhere else that I should look for Personal Chef training?


Edited by kaneohegirlinaz - 9/30/15 at 2:51pm
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Any one?

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I’ve always loved cooking, baking, creating meals for people to enjoy.  Prior to retiring from my long held job in Honolulu and moving here to the mainland, I always dreamed of doing something with my cooking.  I had a few ideas, but I never acted on them.  One of them was to go to Personal Chef school up in Phoenix. 
Recently, my husband and I have made the decision to move, and this would put us in a large city with more folks that might want to hire me.  My dear friend, who lives in said town, is encouraging me to jump in feet first.  There seems to be many professionals that are looking for Personal Chefs to make life a bit easier for them.  She is one of those busy working folks that could help get connections for me to start out with.

http://www.personalchef.com/personal_chef_training_options.php#.VgnbLOxViko

I started to research these classes only to find that it is now offered as home study courses as well as seminars.
ChefTalk has given me loads of confidence in myself and my abilities. I’ve always enjoyed coming here for advice and learning from everyone, Professionals as well as Home Cooks. 

So,
Tell me, is this the direction I need to go in?
Would I benefit from these courses and seminars?
Is there somewhere else that I should look for Personal Chef training?
Based on the food I've seen you put out you don't need to worry about the classes as long as you've got the diet side down. Are you still in az? I'm from the area, still plugged into a couple of agencies that might be able to give you a hand.
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@kingfarvito mahalo, thanks for your reply to my post... and I'm humbled by your kind words.

 

Yes, we are still going to be in Arizona.

 

Here's my concern about Personal Chefing:

I don't have any formal culinary training;

I have no clue about pricing correctly, packaging, reheating instructions, 

business planning and marketing, liability insurance, and diet, you mean like

I need to know the nutritional values of every dish too ? .... and on and on.

ARGH!  Now I feel overwhelmed again.

 

Yeah, I can cook, but it's the other side that I don't know

and sorely need assistance with.

 

If you could point me in the right direction, I could run with it.

 

My husband has been on me for years now, that I need to do something

with "this cooking thing" he calls it.

He says you make good food, how can you make money from it.

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I found this old thread:

http://www.cheftalk.com/t/71203/starting-personal-chef-business

and it got me thinking about start up money too... what about "crowdfunding"?

Do I HAVE to be "certified" by USPCA?

like @chefbuba said, what is the difference between a home cook and a personal chef?

I miss @PeteMcCracken !!!

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I took a quick look at the website and Im not really sure what the're offering.
Frankky, yiu have some chops when it comes ti food😀.

Why dont you contact your local community college and see what they can offfer in the business end of it. A course or 2 on accounting and marketing. Local business groups like merchant associations and the SBA are good sources. The health dept is sometimes a good place for haccp and safe serve training.

Im not sure how much not sure of how much the PC costs but Im thinking you can probably do fine without it.
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@Lagom , that's a good idea, I hadn't thought about that!

I think that my GF could get me some customers/referrals,

but I want to be sure that I have the right info for that community as well.

I am humbled that you think that I've got the 'chops' too, thank you friend.

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