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Our personal chef services stand out in the food service industry.
What is a personal chef vs a caterer?
A caterer cooks off site and delivers meals. Usually pricing is set per head. Sometimes the staff is not professionally trained chefs. A personal chef cooks for you, in your home, per your needs. No preset menus. Every menu and every dish is designed per your likes, dislikes and dietary needs. Every ingredient is sourced where you choose and is organic and grass-fed if you choose.
What is a personal chef vs a meal delivery service?
A meal delivery service mass produces food based on a set menu and delivers to you. A personal chef cooks for you in your home, per your needs, with the ingredients you choose. Everything is cooked and packaged exactly as you like. The chef can even serve you a hot meal if you would like!
What is different about a Whole Health Everyday personal chef vs other chefs?
A Whole Health Everyday chef is not just a professional trained chef but is also trained in health and wellness. Every WHE chef goes through internal company training on topics such as macros, cancer diets, protein, fats, and much more. Chefs even attend health talks with various schools of thought such as with dietitians, holistic nutritionists, health coaches and many more. Many of the WHE team hold certificates or degrees in nutrition. Our team has a well round knowledge of many diets and is able to customize menus for your needs. Health, yet delicous meals is our passion!
What does it mean to be Food Safety Certified at a manager level?
A manager level means the chef did an all day in-depth class to gain this certification. In a restaurant only one person holds this card, all else is people with food handlers cards which is a short test everyone else in the restaurant has. At WHE we require all chefs to be manager level for your safety.
I want to know more about meal prep services.
WILL THE CHEF CLEAN THE KITCHEN?
Yes, the chef will clean up after cooking. Be sure to leave cleaning supplies and a broom for the chef.
How much does it cost?
Fees range from $70-90 per hour for the chefs time depending on location, dietary needs, length of commitment, number of cook date per week, availability of chefs, time of day the chef cooks, and other factors. Billable hours are for the intake meeting (flat fee $55), menu planning, making grocery list, emails/calls, shopping time, and in home at the hourly rate. 3 HOUR MIN IN HOME CHARGE
I have a meal plan from my trainer/doctor/nutritionist. Can the chef follow that?
YES! Our chefs can follow any diet plan and even speak to your health professional regarding your needs. Our chefs will come up with creative menus based on your needs
How is the chef chosen?
Rebecca will ask you what day(s) of the week you want the cooking done, what your basic dietary needs are, and what city you live in. This will cut the list of possibilities down for you to then read the profiles on each available chef. You may choose from the available chefs or she can choose for you.
Can I have the meals delivered?
In Orange County and LA, CA, Yes, we can rent a commercial kitchen and deliver the meals. Fees are $45 per day for kitchen rental. We are not a meal delivery service offering mass produced food. You will still have YOUR chef cook just for YOU. A personal chef creating your meals and delivering them.
Do I have to be home when the chef cooks? What time do they cook?
No. Most people are not home when the chef cooks but this is up to you. The chef start time will vary and you can know up front the approx arrival time for your appointment each week
Can the chef serve the meal vs us reheating?
Yes! Ask which chefs are available in the evenings. The chef could cook you a hot meal and serve then prep more items for the rest of your week.
What is the difference of reheating leftover and this service?
Leftovers are leftover foods from a meal prepared just right for serving fresh. With this service the meal is intended for storage and reheating at a later date so it is prepared just so to be fresh and delicious.
The chef can shop wherever you may like or provide you with a grocery list for you to shop. Groceries will be charged to you on your weekly bill. No fee charged.
Can a Chef accommodate my illness?
Yes! Our chefs have experience working with chronic illnesses, new diagnoses, diet restrictions and lifestyle changes. We're skilled at working with your needs while providing food you look forward to eating. Some chronic illnesses we have worked with include: dementia, cancer treatment support, diabetes, colitis, Lyme disease, along with an array of allergies and sensitivities.
How do I get a personal chef to come cook for me?
How do I get started?
Each week the chef will send you a menu suggestion list and you chose which items you want. The chef will do the shopping (or you can) and show up on the appointed day and prepare all the meals. Each meal is labeled and heating instructions provided.
Do I need to commit to a long-term contract?
No, you can use a chef one time or on a weekly basis. Most people hire one chef to cook on a weekly basis one or two times per week. If you commit to using the chef weekly then the chef will hold his/her time and commit to working for you on that set day(s) each week. We only ask for 5days notice to cancel any scheduled appointment. No long term commitment.
an I do the shopping myself?
Yes! If you want to do the shopping the chef will supply you with a grocery list
How long does it take the chef to cook?
Each situation is unique and that is why we charge by the hour.Generally speaking a dinner for 4 people would be approximately one hour give or take. It all depends on the menu, the complexity of the meal and the number of servings. See below
If I want the chef to stay within a time/fee budget is that possible?
Yes, if, for example, you want the chef to try to stay under 4 hours then he/she will plan menus that are possible in that approximate time frame. You may ask the chef to estimate the time each week after you select the menu and make changes as you would like.
Okay, a chef has filled my fridge. What now?
Can I change chefs after I chose one or have worked with one?
Yes! You may change chefs anytime.
Are all the chefs professionally trained and trained in cooking for specialty diets?
Yes, all WHE chefs are professional chefs with a history of working with all types of diets from Plant Paradox, Paleo, Bulletproof, Vegan, Vegetarian, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart issues, Food Sensitivities, Food Allergies, Whole30, Keto, and much more. Every WHE chef can take any food restriction and come up with creative delicious meals that fit your needs. It is what we do!
The chefs of WHE get on going training and education in specialized diets.
How do I reheat the meals?
Unlike restaurant take-out these meals are prepared so when you reheat them they are perfect! When we meet to go over all the intake questions we will ask you how you prefer to heat the meals and the chef will give you heating instructions based on this info.
Can I have the chef prep the meal and not cook it and I will cook it when I get home?
Yes! The chef can prepare the complete meal or just prep. Whatever you prefer. In general the chef will prepare meals in such a way that when you reheat them per the instructions it will come out perfect!
How are the meals packaged?
You may buy your own containers or we can purchase them and bill you. You may have the meals packaged in individual servings or family style. You can even have the chef serve you hot meal if you're home when the chef cooks.
Why use a Whole Health Everyday Chef?
Hear from one of our clients what a difference it makes to have our chefs cook for her and her family.