What is the difference between a Personal Chef, a
Private Chef and a Caterer?
A Caterer typically prepares
food for large events, creating the meals in a commercial
kitchen and delivering the finished food to your event.
A Private Chef is employed by
one individual or family full time and often prepares up
to three meals per day.
A Personal Chef serves several
clients, usually one per day. They provide multiple meals
that are custom designed according to your particular requests
and requirements, all in the safety of your own kitchen.
Is it expensive?
Having a chef come to your home to prepare meals which have
been custom-made just for you is a luxury, but it’s
a service that clients feel greatly improve the quality and
quantity of their very valuable free time.
Please refer to the Personal
Chef Service page for a more thorough explanation of how
pricing is determined.
Do I need to be home when the Personal Chef is preparing
food in my home?
No, but the chef does need access to your kitchen since
your meals are prepared in the safety of your own home. On
the agreed-upon cooking date fresh ingredients and all necessary
utensils are brought to your home for preparation. At the
end of the day your kitchen is left spotless with a refrigerator
full of meals for you to enjoy…and the aroma of a day
How long will you be in my home?
As many different entrees and side dishes will be prepared
from scratch, it may take several hours (4-6). We will make
arrangements in advance so that the cooking date and time
are compatible with your lifestyle and situation.
How are my meals stored?
Usually vacuum-sealed bags are used. Meals are then stored
in your refrigerator ready to heat and eat. They can be packaged
in single, double or family servings, depending on your needs.
How are my meals heated?
Depending on the type of entree they may be heated in the
oven, microwave, or in a pot of simmering water.
Do you cook for singles?
Yes. Several friends may want to go in together and purchase
the service with the meals prepared in one home and packaged
When do I pay for this service?
A grocery deposit for each cheffing date is due 7 days prior
to the date. If you are a regular client you will probably
choose to leave payment for me on each cheffing date to cover
the next cheffing date.
How much time will I save?
When you consider the time spent planning your meals, shopping
for groceries, preparing and cooking the meals, and clean
up, the average individual will save from 8-14+ hours per
week. Just imagine what you could do with all that extra time!
How can I begin to use Michael Carillo at your service?
Chef serving: Birmingham, Vestavia, Homewood, Hoover, Greystone,
Cahaba Heights, Mountain Brook, Inverness, and the surrounding
email@example.com or call 205 821-7641