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Becoming the Chef of Chefs



 

Crepes and cookies, souffle’ and soup. When you are the house chef you get to bring all of your culinary talents to bear as you feed the family. Over time, you will learn their preferences and be able to cater to their palate with ease. Best of all, working in a private home is a lot less stressful and considerably less hectic than slinging slaw in a restaurant. This means you can spend more time focusing on perfecting your recipes and trying new recipes on for size.

Here is what you should know about working in a private home and some of the benefits that come with the opportunity.

  • Working within a private home is often very casual. Most families view their personal chefs as extended family members. With that comes a collaborative feeling that is relaxing and allows you to work comfortably within the home. 
  • Cooking for a family means your "regulars" are always the same. This means you can learn their tastes and dining preferences with ease. That allows you to customize meals to suit each palate individually.
  • Creativity is encouraged. Most restaurants require you to cook their menu items the same way, every day. This gets boring and stifles creativity. Comparatively, the house chef is expected to pull an Emeril every day of the week and kick things up a couple of notches. As long as you follow all dietary requests, you can let your imagination run wild. 
  • The house chef is always the confidant. It never fails, and it is true whether you are in a restaurant or in a Manhattan apartment; the person who controls the food always becomes part of the conversation. In time, this will help you build solid and long-lasting relationships with the family. 
  • The hours can't be beat. Yes, you may work a morning, lunch, and dinner shift, but unlike a restaurant these are for short periods of time. The day may last 12 hours, but you might work 4 of those.   

As long as you don't mind kids running around the kitchen, perhaps asking if they can lick the spoon before you put the cake in the oven, it is a very comfortable lifestyle and an experience you will never forget. 
 


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