Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Ask if the Chef is ServSafe Certified which is the industry standard for safe food handling in the Restaurant sector. Is the Chef flexible with regard to highly customized meals and are they willing to prepare your favorite recipes? Understand the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef as these two positions are commonly thought to be the same. Is their food beautiful, organic, delicious, and healthy and most importantly is it easy to prepare. Finally, can they recommend other chefs if their schedule is fully booked.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. A potential buyer of a Personal Chef Service should be clear on the fact that the service is not a luxury. It's an affordable service that will save them time and money. A Personal Chef can save you 10 hours in time and over $100 in expenses per week! My mission is to provide healthy organic dinner meals to time-starved individuals and families. My value proposition is more precious than gold: “time/money saved” and “freedom from the kitchen.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I like the fact that I change people’s lives and bring folks back to the dinner table. I save them time and money too! My long-term clients of 5 plus year have come to rely on my service so they can continue with their busy lives without having to worry about the what’s for dinner dilemma.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I was formerly an advertising account executive with a lifetime passion for the culinary arts. After the .com boom and bust I decided to start my own Personal Chef business and be master of my own universe. With 25 years of practical experience with cooking and entertaining I put my business savvy to work and created a highly successful Personal Chef Service which has been operating in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes, below is a short list...
Chef Garbo’s Qualifications & Professional Affiliations:
•Culinary Institute of America, Napa, (Continuing Education)
•Culinary Business Academy (Graduate)
•Certified Personal Chef (Recognized by the Federal Government)
•ServSafe Certified (Safe Food handling recognized by the State of CA)
•Licensed and Insured in the City and County of San Francisco
•Premier Member of the US Personal Chef Association (USPCA)
•Chapter Officer, USPCA Local Bay Area Chapter
•Board of Directors, Las Trampas, Inc.
•Chamber of Commerce Member (San Francisco)
•UC Berkeley Graduate, B.A. English Literature