Personal chefs may be hired exclusively by one household to prepare all meals served there each day.
A more common type of personal chef is an independent chef who prepares and sells meals for several different clients.
Sometimes the personal chef prepares the meals in the client’s kitchen.
Other times he or she prepares them off-site and delivers them to the clients.
This second type of personal chef is most often an independent operator, and not an employee.
This is an entry-level position.
Most clients hiring personal chefs, whether as an employee or for occasional meals, prefer chefs with culinary backgrounds and food service experience.
Certifications are not required but are available through the United States Personal Chef Association .
Personal chefs should enjoy planning and preparing meals of all kinds, customized to meet the needs of their clients, and have good communication and customer service skills.
Depending on the chef’s clientele or specialty, some culinary training and knowledge of nutritional needs may be required.
A personal chef does not have direct reports unless he or she has a large business and hired employees to assist him or her.
Depending on the size of the household or business the personal chef is hired by, promotions may be available for supervisory positions.
Personal chefs may also be hired as chefs at food service operations.