seeking advice on becoming a personal chef

Discussion in 'General Culinary School Discussions' started by homecookin, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. homecookin

    homecookin

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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?  
     
  2. petemccracken

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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
    [email protected]

    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.
     
  3. homecookin

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    Valuable information, thanks. I will be looking into that.