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Q & A’s

Where do you buy the food?

I purchase your food at various places. The supermarket, local produce or meat markets. Wholesale stores such as Costco and if I can wholesale purveyors. I inspect all the food to ensure the quality and freshness of your food. If you have a preference of where you would like me to buy, or if there are specialty items that can only be found in certain stores I will certainly accommodate your wishes.

What about Organic?

If you prefer organic foods, there are a number of establishments that I can purchase organic foods. Supermarkets are getting a larger selection of Organic foods in their produce section. What they do not carry in produce I will purchase in specialty stores that feature Organic foods. The specialty stores carry all the other products I may need, such as dairy, beans, rice, and grains.

Talk about why it’s important to get a licensed chef

Like in most other professions, you want to hire someone who has had some formal education. You would not want to hire a plumber or an electrician to work on your home who was not licensed, would you? Although experience is great education, it takes a long time to get. I happen to have both, an Associates degree from the Culinary Institute of America plus over 30 years of experience. I am also Serve Safe Certified which means I have a current food safety certificate.

Do we have to be at home while you cook? How does it work when I’m not at home?

No. If we agree for me to cook while you are not at home, we arrange a means for me to enter your home. You can give me an alarm code, garage entrance, neighbor lets me in, you let me in and leave while I am still cooking. Or any other way of entrance you are comfortable with. I am insured with liability insurance.

How long does the process usually take?

There is no set time frame as there are many variables involved. First there is the free consultation where I learn about your needs, likes, dislikes, allergies and any dietary restrictions. I like to do this in person when possible, and usually takes 30-45 minutes, depending on your situation. Next I develop a menu for you, which is sometimes done during the consultation, unless you know exactly what you would like. We can agree right there what I will be cooking for you, and when. If not, I will send you a menu, usually through email, for approval. At this point you can change things the way you want them, tweaking the menu to your liking. For parties and none face to face consultations this can go back and forth and take days. After the menu is decided, we just wait for the cook date.