If you enjoy cooking but do not think you would like to work in a restaurant environment, becoming a private chef may be the path for you. Celebrity Chef, Chef Will Made It, shares with us how he is able to create food that meets the unique tastes and health needs of each of his diners and is not tied to a certain menu each day.
A private chef can plan and execute a special event– such as an anniversary dinner, or birthday party for as many guests as a family’s dining room table can fit. A private chef might also be retained by a client to cook every meal, every day–a long-term gig, which takes a lot of time and effort, says private chef, Chef Will Made It.
Your days as a private chef will begin in a grocery store — shopping for fresh foods and punctually preparing breakfast for your clients. Then, if the menu hasn’t been set for the afternoon, you discuss with your clients what they’d like for lunch and dinner and at this point, you would order ingredients for dinner and desserts to be delivered.
In the event that you’d like to be a private chef, Chef Will Made It, provides the best tips for carrying this career track below.
1. Make sure that you really enjoy people!
The occupation of a private chef isn’t merely to cook–it’s and to interact with clients, Chef Will Made It stresses. Before you agree to a private chef career, ask yourself if you enjoy interacting with and pleasing people. Can you be professional even in difficult circumstances? Keep in mind, you’ll be working in a home and getting together with lots of family members and their unique family dynamics.
2. Master various cooking abilities and styles
The household for whom you cook could have a specific menu in mind for an upcoming social gathering, though a long-term client won’t desire to eat Italian every single night, however yummy your spinach and ricotta gnudi may be. Therefore it is vital, Chef Will Made It adds, that you sharpen –pun intended–a selection of cooking skills, so that you can handle whatever demands and culinary desires a client may have. Chef Will Made It says it’s sensible to have a handle on diverse types of cuisine–think: Mexican, Italian, and Mediterranean—and dietary demands, like vegetarian and vegetarian dishes.
3. Hype yourself up
As a private chef, additionally you will (very possibly) head up your own one man or woman marketing section, especially in the beginning. You shouldn’t be afraid to begin with telling friends and loved ones that you are a private chef, says Chef Will Made It, and adds that establishing an Instagram account dedicated to your own food inventions might also attract clients. Afterward, send your resume to private chef services or advisers to get their feedback on your professional profile and see if you can assist them with their customers.
4. Be perseverant
Chef Will Made It warns that “that this business is quite competitive–and borderline saturated and cut throat in major cities–and that means that you must be headstrong as a way to survive.” So that as in any “freelance” job, “there will likely be times when landing customers and maintaining a sustainable income can be quite tough,” Chef Will Made It states. You must be resourceful during hard times. When you are not landing clients, you should be hitting the pavement even harder and creating awareness for yourself. Think outside of the box to acquire clients, and possess a strong mindset so as to get the ultimate success that comes with being a highly sought after private chef.
5. Under promise and over deliver.
Whenever you land your first client, Chef Will Made It recommends working up a proper, written proposal of your services–a document which may set realistic expectations. Then, he says, over-deliver on what you’ve got in writing. “it could be as easy as throwing in a complimentary sample jar or as extreme as delivering free champagne for guests on an anniversary party. A significant contributing aspect to your success being a private chef will be client retention. Customers love a chef that they feel is invested in their success. This is the way you will increase your rebooking and client retention.
About Chef Will Made It
Chef Will Made It is a friendly, enthusiastic Chef with 15 years of specialization in high volume fine dining and a lifetime of experience making delicious home cooked meals. He loves how cooking enables him to express himself and has become a well recognized figure in the culinary world with over 20,000,000 views on Youtube and 3 highly-anticipated cookbooks in production.
Chef Will Made It provides his private chef services to a-list celebrity families, famous athletes, and movie stars in Southern California and around the world. He loves taking pleasure in the smiles and happiness of people enjoying the meals he has created. As a natural leader, Chef Will Made It is a reliable team player and has a proven track record of making great food that entices his diners and leaves them wanting more.
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