Personal Chef Business Idea

Starting A Catering Business

inyobus 1/3/2007

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Business Summary:

If you love cooking and enjoy presenting elegant private meal service and dinner parties, you may be just the type of person to start your own personal chef or catering service. Catering services continue to thrive, and the demand for personal chefs soars and is becoming one of the fastest growing and hottest home businesses.

Catering services offer menu, meal preparation, and service for events such as dinner parties, fundraisers, company picnics, and weddings. Clients choose from a menu of meals and services, and usually the catering service will prepare the meals on location or at their own kitchen, deliver the meals, and serve guests by uniformed employees. Complete cleanup is also provided by catering services.

Personal chefs are hired by individuals, families, or businesses that do not require full catering services. Personal chefs prepare tasty gourmet meals onsite for one-time events, or multiple meals to be stored in refrigerators or freezers for later use.

Start Up Cost: $500 – $10,000

Can Be Home Based?: Yes

Can Be Operated Part Time?: Yes

Skills Required:

First and foremost, you must know how to cook a wide variety and style of foods and prepare meals for presentation. Many chefs learn from formal schooling, while many simply learned by experience and getting hired as a restaurant chef or cook.

Personal chefs and catering services must know safe food handling practices. Many states require a food handler’s certification or license.

How Much Can You Earn:

Catering services usually charge by the headcount for catered events. Depending on whether you want to run a part-time or full-time catering service, you could potentially earn gross incomes of $50,000 to $200,000 per year.

Personal chefs can command an hourly wage of around $35 to $50 per hour or more, earning monthly revenues of $3,000 to $4,000.

Understanding Customers:

Marketing Strategy:

Tell family, friends, and acquaintances about your personal chef or catering service. Join business networking clubs. The most work received is from word-of-mouth referrals and repeat business.

To find business, many starting personal chefs or catering businesses will place ads in the newspaper, Yellow Pages, and online service boards. Posting flyers and posters in places where potential clients shop is also a good idea.

Requirements:

Personal chefs can start out with minimal equipment since all cooking and preparing will be completed at the client’s residence or place of business.

Catering services will often need to supply their own serving pans and utensils, heating storage, dinnerware or china and silverware, and oftentimes tables and tablecloths. This equipment can also be rented on an as-needed basis, keeping initial capital investment lower.

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