Category Archives: Chef

Employment Guide For Domestic Workers

YOUR RIGHTS: How the Laws of the United States and Maryland Protect You Whether or not you have legal immigration status, you are protected by most federal and state labor laws. Almost all of these laws are the same for everyone, whether you are a citizen or you are here without papers. You do not have to accept lower wages because of your immigration status. Wages and Hours You are entitled to:
  • A minimum wage of $6.15 a hour (in the state of Maryland, as of February 16, 2006)
  • Payment for all hours worked
  • Payment of wages in US dollars once every two weeks, or twice per month
  • Overtime pay of 1.5 times your regular hourly wage for every extra hour you work over 40 hours in a week.
  • All employers in Maryland who have one or more...

Hiring Domestic Couples

For some families, the ideal household staffing arrangement means hiring a domestic couple. Almost always married couples, the traditional roles of these positions have stayed constant over the years.  Experienced in working together in fine homes or on estates, they work as a team. Customarily, they are live-in and the responsibilities are delineated by male and female roles.

The female duties include maintenance of the inside of the residence, including housekeeping, laundry, ironing, household errands and cooking. The male duties include all exterior maintenance of the property, the heavier housekeeping duties inside the residence, and some gardening and handyman duties. They may work as part of a larger domestic staff or be your primary household employees.

They should have an agreeable manner, a calm demeanor, the ability...

Hiring a Private Chef

Meals are not only important opportunities for you to connect to your family and friends, but they are important for maintaining optimal health. You care about the health and nutrition of your loved ones so choosing someone to prepare your meals with love and care is one of the most important household staffing decisions you’ll make. Because proper meal preparation is essential, you must hire a private chef that can meet the nutritional and dietary needs of your family and fit into your lifestyle.

Also called cook, recipe cook, and personal chef, the private chef is always professionally trained and experienced in the preparation of most cuisines.  Trained chefs are responsible for all nutrition, menu planning, and preparation of household meals for family, guests, and any dinner...