As our lives become busier and busier many households are finding that one of the best ways to make their life easier, is to hire a private chef. As writer Virginia Woolf famously said “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Families often find that hiring a private chef takes the strain away from cooking and allows time to focus on family life. A private chef ensures there is always fresh and healthy food available, prepared just as you like it, as well as offering the opportunity to try new foods and flavours.
Private Chefs also offer the high standard of cuisine required for special events and can assist in party menu planning. They often have the ability to cook a range of cuisines, catering for specific dietary requirements and personal preferences including low calorie, Kosher, Halal, vegetarian, vegan, macrobiotic, diabetic, gluten or dairy free.
Many come from a restaurant background and find working as a private chef offers more sociable hours, better pay and a less harsh work environment. However, not all come from a professional restaurant background, many often start with an apprenticeship or culinary school. Many chefs will have gained experience of preparing varied cuisines and can offer British, Mediterranean, French, Asian, Middle Eastern, Japanese and Fusion.
Often a private chef will travel with the client on business and holidays so will need to be flexible. Responsibility for food shopping and menu planning will be required, therefore being organised and creative is vital. Attention to detail is also crucial, as is an awareness of food allergies and intolerances. Awareness of food safety and hygiene is always necessary.
Some may also be required to undertake household management, including budgets and accounts; however others may work as part of a team of household staff or manage a small team. Paramount to all roles is the need for discretion, trustworthiness and an ability to protect their employer’s privacy.