Transitioning from the Restaurant Business to Being a Personal Chef
The restaurant business is certainly a thriving environment to work in. Restaurant chefs are some of the best, but the hours can get pretty grueling. Late nights and weekends can get tiring and after a certain amount of years, a chef may look into other employment options to showcase their skills. Most look to get into the in home personal chef world and experience how difficult it can be to make the transition from restaurant to home. Here are 3 steps to take if you are looking to make this transition smoothly:
Develop interpersonal skills. In the restaurant business, you rarely have to deal one on one with your client. It’s all about mass producing dishes you are familiar with from the same menu. You never meet the person who eats the meal. It is very impersonal. This all changes when you work in someone’s home. Personality is a huge factor. You need to show a family that you are accommodating, nice to be around, and child friendly. It is important to get to know them and their preferences, as you are cooking items based on what they want.
Start with friends and family. It is difficult to get in home experience coming straight from a restaurant. To build up some home experience, start with friends and family. They can then refer you to their friends and families, etc. Don’t turn down any opportunity because you never know where it can take you.
Keep a portfolio. Take pictures of all the dishes and presentations you do. It is always impressive to a family when you can showcase meals you have actually put together. You can have categories such as “plated meals,” “buffet,” “vegetarian,” “seafood,” “formal dinner parties,” “creative,” etc. Use your portfolio to show the range of skills you have.
Being an in home personal chef has a lot of benefits. You can be more creative with your menu planning, you grow to become very familiar with the family’s tastes, and you don’t have to deal with the restraints of the restaurant business. Following these steps will set you on your new path of continuing what you love!