First, let's dispel a myth. Personal Chefs are not just for the rich!
There is a common misconception that personal chefs are unaffordable for the average person. If we do the math, you'll see that having a personal chef can actually save your money and priceless time.
EATING OUT: Due to convenience, many Americans resort to eating outside of the home 4-5 times per week, according to the latest data. Aside from the known fact that frequent eating out is associated with obesity from foods higher in calories, sodium, sugar, and bad fats, tend to cost more. It's not cheap to eat out! An average meal with a beverage, appetizer, and entree for one person at a popular restaurant chain comes to about $30 plus tax and tip. Now multiple this by 5 times a week, and by the number of people in your family. Also, think about the time it takes you to get to and from said restaurant and the gas money involved.
EATING IN: Even if you were to cook healthy meals at home, the USDA estimates that a family with two adults and two children would spend on average $250 a week. Now let's factor in time spent grocery shopping (1-2 hours), time spent preparing meals and cleaning up (1-2 hours each night), and gas money to and from the grocery stores (have you seen the price of gas these days?!). Using personal chef services, you'd still be paying the grocery cost, but you'd be saving 8-16 hours of time per week. You can use that extra valuable time to spend with your family, exercise, relax, or do whatever else you haven't had time for.
A BETTER SOLUTION: If you're interested in saving money on grocery bills while avoiding the rat race of shopping, saving time during your week, avoiding overly processed unhealthy "fast" foods, and coming home to a clean kitchen with no dishes to do and a delicious, healthy meal made from scratch, then Diem Culinary can be your solution. Read on for information on how it works...
This consultation for personal chef services is free of charge. Chef Josh will communicate with you and discuss your preferences including likes/dislikes, any food allergies/sensitivities, and the frequency of your personal chef services.
Shopping will generally be done the day of meal preparation. This will ensure that all ingredients are fresh. Any dietary needs or lifestyle preferences will be accommodated (such as gluten free, vegetarian, organic, soy free, and sodium restrictions). You are responsible for the cost of groceries.
Preparation will be conducted at your home and Chef Josh will bring any additional supplies needed to prepare your meals. Items will be clearly labeled and placed in your fridge with heating instructions. We will clean as we go and leave your kitchen as it was upon arrival.
Instead of charging per dish, you will only be billed for time and the cost of groceries. This allows you to formulate a meal plan without minimums. The rate is $30/hour + cost of groceries for on-site in-home meal preparation. The hourly rate for meal planning, grocery shopping, and travel from market to home is $20 per hour. The number of hours will vary due to the amount of meals and their complexity. Typically, a week's worth of entrees with sides for a family of four will take about 3 hours to prepare, and about 2 hours to factor in custom menu planning, shopping, packaging, and clean-up.