Synopses & Reviews
How to Start a Home-Based Personal Chef Business has everything readers need to know to launch a profitable business as a personal chef. The number of people interested in this profession is growing by leaps and bounds, given increasing number of students graduating from cooking school, the popularity of food television, and people looking to supplement their income with work they enjoy. What's the difference between a personal chef and a caterer? Personal chefs don't need special training (no culinary school necessary )--they just need to be good home cooks. And given that today even middle-class families are hiring personal chefs as a healthy and convenient way to feed their families, and the number of individuals who need to hire a personal chef to follow a special diet, the call for personal chefs is growing as well. Are you passionate about cooking? Have you ever thought about working from home at something you enjoy? Now you can make your dreams a reality.
Through plain language and easy-to-follow worksheets, Denise Vivaldo takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based personal chef business. She shares her vast experience and expert advice on everything from estimating your start-up costs and finding clients to cooking for special needs and staying profitable. Whether you're just starting to learn the trade or are an experienced chef looking to be your own boss, this guide can help you build your own successful personal chef business.
Includes: Budget Worksheet Menu Planning Worksheet Equipment Checklist Sample Menus and Recipes Business Resources Client Worksheet Food Safety Income and Expense Form
You don't have to go to culinary school to become a personal chef -- a passion for cooking and good business skills are all you need to get started right away. This book provides all the business savvy for the successful launch of a personal chef business.
Those passionate about parties or cooking can now realize their dream of working from home at something they enjoy. Denise Vivaldo shares her experiences and advice on all the essentials and more, including estimating start-up costs and pricing services, finding clients, outfitting ones kitchen, and honing food presentation skills.
Everything you need to know to build and run a successful catering business from your home.
Are you passionate about parties? Do you live to cook? Now you can realize your dream of working from home doing something you enjoy. Denise Vivaldo shares her experiences and advice on every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based catering business, from estimating your start-up costs and finding clients to outfitting your kitchen and staying profitable. She even offers tips on working green, as well as the latest high-tech help: culinary Web sites, online videos, and computer software designed especially for chefs and caterers. Whether you want to plan parties, cater corporate events, or specialize in beautiful weddings, How to Start a Home-Based Catering Business can help you experience the satisfaction of building your own home-based business. It is packed with forms, checklists, and worksheets, including: Equipment checklists
Sample menu themes
Sample catering contracts
Party budget worksheet
Event planning worksheet
About the Author
Denise Vivaldo is a veteran chef de cuisine with extensive experience teaching and consulting in the hospitality industry. She is the author of How to Start a Home-Based Personal Chef Business (Globe Pequot Press), and the founder of Food Fanatics, a firm that offers food styling for photography, TV, and movies.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: So You Think You Want to Be a CatererChapter 2: Working Out of Your HomeChapter 3: Writing a Business PlanChapter 4: The Legal Aspects of Your Catering BusinessChapter 5: Setting Prices, Estimating Quantities, and Writing ProposalsChapter 6: Sales and MarketingChapter 7: Crunching the NumbersChapter 8: Setting the Stage for a Successful PartyChapter 9: Pulliing It Off with EaseChapter 10: Solving ProblemsChapter 11: Catering Menus and Quantity RecipesAppendix* Culinary Schooling/Education* Online Culinary Resources* Recommended Reading* Trade Shows* Professional Organizations* Suggested Seminars