Being a personal chef can be an excellent career path, especially if one loves the combination of cooking and dealing with people on a one on one basis. It’s a mix of people skills, culinary expertise and business savvy that makes a good personal chef, and you may have all of those already, but here are some tips to help you optimize your career:
Dress the Part- Just because you have all the skills doesn’t mean everything. Dressing like a professional chef can help you make a better first impression with clients, which can help you seal the deal with a job.
Join the USPCA- The USPCA is the United States Personal Chef Association. They can provide everything from discounts on clothing, to education and even tips on how to become a better personal chef. For more information, you can visit their website here: http://www.uspca.com/home.php
Market Yourself- Network, network and network some more. Being a personal chef is not a luxury everyone can afford, so it is important to get your name out there. Always have business cards on hand because you never know when someone you’ll meet will be able and willing to help you in the future.
Have Integrity- A personal chef should always cook with integrity. Your standards for high quality food should never waver or change. Always use fresh ingredients and cook with your heart. One customer’s good experience can become numerous other jobs as a result of word of mouth. If your clients trust and love you, then their friends will too.
Expand your Skills- No matter how good you are; there is always something to improve on. This goes for personal chefs as well. Take a class in a new style of cooking, or learn to prepare a new diet. One should especially become skilled in the art of preparing meals for the week for clients. Being able to make and freeze your food so it comes out just as tasty a week later when the customer eats it is a very valuable skill to have. Don’t limit yourself, there’s always room to grow.
When it comes to any sort of career, one should always market themselves, be open to new experiences, and be professional. The tips above show just that, but are tailored for a personal chef. It’s all about growing as a person and as a business and not limiting yourself. Do everything you can to make yourself better and more desirable to your customers so that they keep coming back for more!.
Are you a personal chef looking to start working with a new client? LifeWorx would love to speak with you about the many great jobs we have available. Contact us today.
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