Hiring a Private Chef

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 parties or events.  Duties include all food purchases, maintaining kitchen supplies, and the daily organization and cleanliness of the kitchen. Also serving and clean up, depending on the household’s staff situation.

Recipe cook or cook is someone who is familiar and comfortable in the kitchen with basic cooking techniques.   Cooking is not the main focus of their position in the home.  Normally they have other primary duties in the home; housekeeping, laundry, ironing, etc.

No matter which you choose, you want to make certain that the individual can prepare meals in the way that best suits your family. They must be able to follow strict dietary guidelines, including religious restrictions, dietary restrictions related to health issues, special diets like vegan, organic or raw, and accommodate family members and friends who have food allergies or other dietary challenges. So, choose one that is knowledgeable in all these areas.

You can expect to pay an annual salary of $42,000.00 - $48,000.00 for a private chef with limited experience and $52,000.00 – $85,000.00 for an established chef, so you want the best you can hire.

You could screen many candidates on your own and still not find the perfect private chef or cook. You need someone who fits as seamlessly into your home as possible.  They must be as personable as they are experienced, flexible, well-mannered, approachable, and able to follow instructions as it relates to special diets and food allergies. You need to be certain they have a clean background with no criminal history, are legally able to work in the US, proficient in English, and have verifiable references.

The best way to make certain you hire the ideal private chef or cook for your home is to partner with a reputable, qualified, experienced domestic staffing agency to help you fill this role in your Atlanta area home or on your estate.

When you contract with an agency to help you hire the right household workers, it’s important to hire a professional household staffing firm with many years in the business and familiarity with your area and type of residence. When you contact them, ask questions that will allay your concerns and don’t be afraid to be honest and candid.  Your family should be safe when their cooking and nutritional needs are placed in the hands of an experienced, professional private chef or cook and the staffing agency you choose should have a multi-step process to assure that.

We have the expertise and experience to help you hire the right domestic staff for your unique home, family and personal needs. Please call us today at 404-350-6789 to learn how we can meet your needs. We look forward to serving you!