How to Become a Personal Chef & Start Your Own Business

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How to Become a Personal Chef Business Overview:

Learning how to become a personal chef is a great way to put your skills to use while helping your clients to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you are a trained chef, your options are plentiful when you graduate from culinary school. You could go to work as a chef in a restaurant, open your own restaurant or, if you prefer a smaller kitchen and a closer relationship with your clients, you could become a personal chef. Starting a personal chef business does not require a lot of start-up capital and you can do it part-time. A personal chef typically prepares meals for clients in their home kitchens then stores the meals in containers so the clients can heat and eat them at a later date. Personal chefs may visit their clients once a week and prepare a week’s worth of meals or they may be asked to visit everyday and prepare fresh meals. How much you charge will be determined by the level of service you provide your clients. You could choose to only offer weekly visits or be available as much as your clients are willing to pay for you to visit their homes. As a personal chef, you also may be asked to cater parties and events for your clients. When you begin to research how to start a personal chef business, you may find that selecting a niche will set your business apart from others in your area. Specializing in vegetarian, vegan or organic meals will give your clients an option they may not have with other personal chef businesses. Other areas to concentrate on include gluten-free meals, special diets for diabetics or those with certain food allergies. You’ll find that this is one of the most rewarding business ideas available to a trained chef looking to help others maintain a healthy lifestyle.

A Day in the Life of a Personal Chef Business Owner:

This article brought to you by Business Ideas! If you enjoyed this article, make sure to subscribe to the Business Ideas Newsletter to get ideas sent straight to your email inbox.Your day will begin with a check of your appointments. You will stop by the grocery store on the way to your client’s house and prepare meals for them. You may have other chefs working for you in which case you will review their appointments and ensure they arrive on time and prepare the appropriate recipes. You will spend some time marketing your business by posting flyers in area grocery stores, health food stores, weight-loss centers, fitness centers, etc.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be individuals or families who need the help of a personal chef to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. Or they may not have time to prepare appropriate meals for themselves and their families.

What You Need to Start:

  • Personal chef business plan
  • Chef training
  • Marketing materials
  • Staff (optional)
  • Transportation
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • It’s rewarding to use your skills to help others become healthier.
  • Start-up costs are low.
  • Franchises are available to help you get started.
  • You can easily run this business part-time.
  • You can charge top dollar for delicious food that meets your clients’ dietary requirements.
  • Your clients will likely need your services on a regular basis, which brings in a regular income.

The Bad:

  • It can take some time to build up your client base.
  • Some clients may be difficult to work with.


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