- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My prices are very easy to understand and in line with industry standards. Catering services can start at $40.00 per person with a minimum number of guests guaranteed. Pricing is contingent upon what type of event the customer wants, how many people I will be cooking for,as well as what menu items are chosen. It is my practice to have detailed discussions with my clients from the onset, to ensure they fully understand all the meal and pricing options. It is important for customers to understand the cost charged is based on multiple factors, including meal planning,grocery, shopping and meal preparation. However, I always tell my customers, there is no extra charge for my Italian accent!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
l aways start with, "Che piacere di conoscerla!"(What a pleasure to meet you!) I then ask them to share specifics of what type of meal(s) they are looking for and I will provide details of the services I provide. Once I have a better understanding of what they want, I provide pricing and menu samples. I inquire if there are any special dietary needs that need to be taken into considerations, and if there are, how I can modify any dishes to still provide a wonderful experience while being mindful and respective of client's unique requirements.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
As a member of the United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) I hold required certifications as well as attend early conventions to keep my credentials and knowledge current. My affiliation with the USPCA ensure I am always learning something new and interesting to add to my repertoire of skills. In 2016, I was named USPCA Personal Chef of the Year, which was an extremely rewarding honor as well as gratifying achievement. I also worked for a 3 star Michelin Chef Tom Sellers and his Sous Chef who worked for Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey.