The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have accelerated the need for a personal chef on Cape Cod. Even two years post-pandemic has not slowed down the demand for skilled chefs on Cape Cod, on Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket or in the Town of Plymouth. In fact, personal chefs have become a ‘must-have’, and finding an exceptional candidate can prove challenging.
In the last couple of years, private dining events have surged as people have started to curtail visiting public restaurants. However, everyone still has a love affair with fine food. Hiring a private chef lets you enjoy delicious creations, a custom-tailored menu, and ingredients that you genuinely enjoy.
If you are hosting a private dinner party, then having a private chef at your disposal frees your time so you can spend it with your guests and loved ones. You can relax and enjoy the event without having to worry about cooking, serving, and cleaning. Instead, you become a guest at your own dinner.
How Do You Find a Good Personal Chef on Cape Cod?
One of the best places to find a good personal chef is online. There are a variety of platforms that showcase personal chefs in your Cape Cod area. Many times, you can evaluate the chef to see if they fit in with your criteria before committing.
Online platforms are a popular way to find a good personal chef. You can book a leading chef to come to your home. Some even allow you to schedule cooking classes, meal prep, virtual classes, or provide private catering.
If you are planning a big event, such as a wedding, then you’ll want to employ the services of the best caterers and chefs on Cape Cod.
Using various platforms, you can connect with local chefs on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, or the Town of Plymouth areas.
Most of the online platforms ensure that their featured chefs have undergone a stringent screening process with a complete background check.
The sites will feature a biography or blurb that gives you background information on each chef. You’ll learn what top restaurants they worked at and their educational experience.
Explore Private Chef Agencies
If an online chef hiring platform is not for you, then why not investigate private chef hiring agencies to find the perfect private chef for your family?
If you start a local search, then you’ll find the perfect local private chef to meet your household’s needs. A private local agency will help pair the best private chef with your specific requirements.
Many local agencies even offer the services of a chef on call to throw a
lavish last minute dinner party if you are in desperate need.
Check out this article on hiring a hiring a private chef, event planner, or catering company on Cape Cod for additional pointers.
How Much Does It Cost?
Nowadays, everyone budget shops, even when seeking a private chef. If you are wondering how much it costs to hire a private chef, then the answer is that it varies.
Fash lists the cost of a private chef as ranging from $30 to $40 per hour. However, if you are throwing a large dinner party then the price is usually figured per guest with an average being $45. A lavish dinner party can easily cost $100 per guest or more.
One thing to note is that it is more affordable to hire a private chef than a personal chef. The reason for this is that a personal chef prepares a multitude of meals in advance and then caters to the food to clients throughout the Cape Cod area. However, a private chef works just for you. You will normally negotiate a fixed annual salary with your private chef. It is rare for a private chef to work with more than one client at a time.
In most cases, the cost of a personal chef is comparable to going out to dinner at a fine restaurant. In fact, sometimes the cost of a personal chef is cheaper than dining out.
What Should You Look for in a Personal Chef?
If you have decided to take the leap and hire a personal chef, then there are several things that you should look for before making the choice.
You need a chef who will work around your schedule. Your days are probably hectic, and you want to know that you have a chef on-hand who will provide you with a dependable meal schedule. You want dinner on the table at a certain time each day. Go over scheduling with any chef you are considering hiring. Also find out if they offer meal prep for lunches, etc.
You want a chef who listens to your needs and is willing to meet any dietary restrictions of you, your family, or your guests. Your chef should be willing to change recipes and alter ingredients to meet your requirements.
Flexibility when creating dishes is essential.
You want your chef to have experience in the meal creation. They should be able to provide you with references and a strong professional background. You’ll want to interview chefs on Cape Cod and the surrounding area to learn about their experience and what local families they might have served in the past. Don’t hesitate to ask for referrals.
Hiring a personal chef on Cape Cod might sound like a daunting task because there is a demand, and the pool of talent is limited. However, with perseverance, you’ll find the perfect chef to fit your family’s needs.