What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a voracious reader. I read cookbooks, nutrition books, magazines, and blogs. I regularly test recipes from cookbooks that I review and I watch to see what other people in the food/health/cooking industry are doing to make healthy, delicious and beautiful food.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
For Dinner Parties: $75/person (minimum 5 people) or $50/hour + food costs.
For Private Cheffing: 50/hour + food costs.
For Group and Private Cooking Classes & Cooking Parties:
1 to 3 people $350
Party for 4 to 6 people $475
7-8 $575 per person
9 or more people $75/person
10 or more paying people You attend free as the host or hostess!
For a 3 hour Kitchen Coaching Session or Healthy Shopping Tour: $300
For Nutrition/Health/Cooking Coaching By Phone:
1 hour session $125
3 (1 hour) sessions $250
6 (1 hour) sessions $500
10 (1 hour) sessions $700
For 60 minute Corporate Lunch & Learns with sampling of 2 to 3 recipes:
$250 per demonstration + $3 to $4/person for food and supplies
For 90 to 120 minute presentations with 4 to 6 dishes:
$250 per event + $5 to $10/person for food and supplies
Note: I charge $25/hour for driving time to go to clients who live more than a 30 minute drive (one way) from central Phoenix (Arcadia area)
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I grew up on processed, packaged foods, and soda. As a result, I suffered from hypoglycemia, constipation, acne, PMS, and depression, and I developed a weight problem in my early teens. Ongoing health issues, along with food sensitivities, led me to discover the nutritious world of whole foods and a produce and protein-rich diet. I learned to cook with natural ingredients and without wheat, dairy, corn, or refined sugar. I am now the culinary tour guide for others that I always wanted for myself. I wanted to share what I learned with others because it made such a difference in my life and because I love to work and play with food.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Group classes in locations around the valley, in home cooking parties, private one on one and small group cooking classes, lunch and learn classes for businesses, presentations to groups that want to learn more about healthy cooking and eating, work with people who are motivated by a health concern to change their diets.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently went in to a senior living community to do a healthy cooking demonstration and luncheon. The woman who hired me wanted to bring people in from the surrounding area. She created a press release and flyer and promoted the event. She was thrilled with the number of RSVPs, with the audience participation, and with the food and my presentation. My class had the best attendance of any of their events. She was happy to give me a referral and to be a reference for me.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Read about the chef's background and experience. Does the person look healthy? Do you want to look like him or her? Does s/he offer what you are looking for? If you want to learn how to be lean, trim, and energetic, hire a cooking instructor and chef who has these attributes. If you have health challenges, hire someone skilled in preparing the kinds of foods and meals you are looking for.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish people knew how much time and energy goes into planning, shopping, packing, prepping, setting up, and cleaning up for a cooking class, cooking party, demonstration, or cooking day. There is so much behind the scenes time involved.