Cleveland personal chefs discuss their services
Who we talked to
Anne Lancione, owner
Dinner Is Served!
31730 Maritime Court
Avon Lake, Ohio
Carolyn Hamilton, owner
Carolyn In Home Cuisine
9716 North Blvd.
What services do you offer?
Anne Lancione: "I cook meals in my clients' home. I also do dinner parties and cocktail parties."
Carolyn Hamilton: "I usually cook for a week or two for a family. I do catering in home for up to 100 people. I also fill refrigerators and pantries."
Michelle Louise Jalowiec: "I offer personal chef services. I do dinner parties and catered events. I've also done cooking lessons."
How do you charge for your services, and what's the cost?
Lancione: "My fee for five dinners is $250 plus the cost of food. Four dinners are $225 and three are $200."
Hamilton: "It's a fee plus groceries. For catering, it's hourly plus groceries. A week's worth of meals ranges from $175 to around $300, plus groceries."
Jalowiec: "An average cost for five dinners serving four people starts at $385, and that includes the cost of groceries, meal planning, shopping and food preparation."
What's your experience in the industry?
Lancione: "I joined the American Personal and Private Chef Association about a year ago. I'm a self-taught cook. I'm a mom of four, and I've been cooking for my own family since I was 12."
Hamilton: "I went to cooking school in the 1990s, but it's hard to raise kids and work in restaurants, so I became a personal assistant and got bored with that. So I started to do in-home cooking as well."
Jalowiec: "I got started almost six years ago. I've always enjoyed cooking and entertaining."
What types of food do you make?
Lancione: "Home-cooked meals such as pastas, chicken entrees - homestyle cooking."
Hamilton: "There's no particular genre outside of healthy and delicious comfort food with an exotic twist."
Jalowiec: "I guess it leans more toward a California fresh cuisine with a lot of fresh herbs."
What dish is your specialty?
Lancione: "I would say my turkey-apple meatloaf. I usually make that first and people tend to love it."
Hamilton: "Beef. When you get a piece of good beef in your mouth it's like really good sex."
Jalowiec: "I do enjoy cooking Mexican food. I love to make pulled pork tacos with a green salsa."
What's one spice or ingredient you couldn't live without and why?
Lancione: "It would have to be garlic. I'm married to an Italian and he could eat it breakfast, lunch and dinner."
Hamilton: "Fresh herbs. Fresh is something that makes everything just taste better and on a higher note. I grow my own."
Jalowiec: "I love my fresh herbs so I think without them I'd be pretty limited. Special salts and fresh cracked pepper is pretty good, too."