Getting Started

What is a personal chef anyway?

A personal chef is a meal planner, shopper, and chef extraordinaire whose sole purpose is to prepare exactly what you want how you want it! When you factor in the cost of your time spent shopping and chopping to prepare meals at home or the cost of a restaurant meal, you might be surprised to find just how affordable a personal chef can be. Once thought of as a luxury item, personal chefs are becoming a go-to for busy professionals, families with working parents, or anyone who desires a restaurant-quality meal in the comfort of their own home.  

How does it work?
How does it work?
How does it work?

We start by discussing your personal food needs in a consultation, done either by phone or in person. I will then create a menu proposal based on your needs. Should you decide to continue, we will schedule a day and time for me to come to your home to prepare your meals. In addition to bringing all necessary cookware and supplies, I will stop by the market to procure all ingredients on my way to your home ensuring that they are as fresh as possible. Your meals will be stored in containers in your refrigerator with labels for easy reheating. Before leaving, I will ensure that your kitchen is cleaner than when I arrived before gathering my things to be on my way.  

FAQ'S

Do I have to be home when you are cooking?

That is totally up to you. As long as there is a way to arrange access to your home and secure it when I leave, I can prepare your meals while you are away. Typically, this is the preferred arrangement as I can do all the messy work while you are working, and you get to come home to a clean kitchen and a fully stocked fridge.

What if I don't have a lot of cookware?

No worries! I bring all the cookware and utensils I will need, including a Vita-Mix blender, food processor, spiralizer, and juicer if needed.

I have a really small kitchen. Will that be a problem?

Not at all. I have worked in some challenging kitchens over the years. A good chef can work in ANY environment.

What market do you purchase from?

I typically do the shopping at Whole Foods. I find that this gives me the best combination of organic produce at the lowest price. On occasion, I shop at the Co-op or Fred Meyer, if absolutely necessary.  

Do you provide organic produce?

If at all possible I purchase organic, especially for the "dirty dozen." If absolutely necessary, I buy conventional but never for something like greens, bell peppers, or celery. I also make a point to choose local when possible.

 

What do you package the meals in?

 

You have a few options here. Ideally, glassware would be used for freshness, ease of reheating, and earth-friendliness. However, few households are setup with the amount of glassware that would be needed. I can, at purchase cost, supply the appropriate glassware for your meals. Alternatively, if you prefer to use a disposable container I can provide that at no cost. Often, a client will start off with disposable and make the switch to glass once an ongoing relationship has been established.

Are meals portioned family style or in individual servings?

Totally your choice. Depending on how your family functions, one might be more ideal for you than the other. Often, I find that family style offers the best space-saving method and ease of use for flexibility.

How do you determine portion size?  

My listed portions are a generalization as appetites vary greatly. In general, a meal listed as 4 servings will likely provide an adequate dinner portion for 4 average adults with perhaps enough leftover for 2 lunch portions. Once we have established a relationship, we can adjust any portion amounts as necessary going forward.

Can I request a certain meal, like my grandmother's spaghetti and meatballs only veganized?

Absolutely! One of my favorite things to do is bring a more plant-based approach to the foods that people already know and love.  

Can you make breakfasts and lunches too? What about nut milks or fresh- pressed juices?

Yes, yes, and yes! Together, we can customize a plan that is the perfect fit for your family's needs.  

When do I pay for your services? And what if I don't like it?

My initial consultation is always free. After providing you with an agreed upon menu and setting a preparation date, you are responsible for payment due on our agreed-upon cook date. If, for any reason, you are not absolutely thrilled with my services, I will refund your initial payment, minus the actual food costs. 

 

This sounds too good to be true... What's the catch?

 

I am passionate about food and its ability to nourish us in all aspects of our lives. Bringing plant-based nutrition directly to my clients' homes is the most rewarding way I have found to share my personal passions of health, wellness, and great food. My goal at Plants 2 Plates is to get you feeling healthier, happier, and more energetic one plant at a time!