FAQs


What about groceries?

I’m happy to shop at your favorite market or specialty store upon request and we can discuss this during our consultation. If you don’t have a preference, I shop at various local grocery stores to purchase the freshest, best quality and best-priced ingredients available for your meals.

 

Do you cook in my kitchen?

Yes, all meals are cooked in the safety of your own kitchen. Illinois law requires personal chefs to use their client’s kitchens unless the chef has access to a licensed commercial kitchen. I try to make the experience a pleasant one for my clients. The only trace of me you will find is a wonderful smelling kitchen and home cooked, ready to eat, healthy meals.

 

Are you insured?

Yes, I carry liability insurance as well as an Illinois Food Service Sanitation Certification.

 

How long will you be in my home?

It depends on how many entrees and sides I will be preparing. A typical cook day can range from 2 to 5 hours. I can arrange my cook day to work with your schedule.

 

I’ll be home when you are there, is it okay if I watch or help you?

I like to think of your kitchen as my ‘office’ when I am in your home and preparing your meals. Conversations and inquiries in respect to the tasks at hand or future meals should be kept to a minimum so as to maintain the professional and efficient standards I am known for. I respect your time and the service you are paying for.

 

Do I have to be at home when you cook?

No, many of my clients are at their day time jobs while I’m working at their homes. Arrangements for home access can be discussed during the initial consultation.

 

Do I heat the food?

Yes, you may heat all the food at your convenience. Heating instructions will be left for each meal.

 

How do I pay you?

Payment for service and groceries are accepted as a deposit at the beginning of the month if you are planning for regular service. I will quote an estimate of the time required for service as well as groceries after our initial consultation. Balances are carried forward to the next month and monthly estimates for deposit are based on time and grocery costs from the previous month. I accept payments by check and Chase QuickPay.

 

How can I prepare for your arrival?

Please have a clean kitchen and empty sink as well as room in your refrigerator for prepared meals.