Tucson personal chefs talk about their service

How do you charge for your services, and what's the cost?

Cherry: "I offer different packages. The most popular is three entrees, four portions of each, for $295. That price is all-inclusive."

Meeker: "The six-week package is about $375 per week per person if it's with organic food. If it's not organic, it's between $315 and $350. I tailor the pricing toward what people are looking for."

Gauthier: "I have different packages based on what they want. The most popular is probably 10 nights' worth of dinners for two people, which is $275, plus groceries."

Do you have a set menu?

Cherry: "No. The client gets to choose whatever they want to eat. I have extensive choices on my website."

Meeker: "The menu's usually tailored to the client. Everyone fills out a survey when they sign up. We ask about likes, dislikes, religious beliefs, allergies, and medications, and we'll tailor the menu toward that."

Gauthier: "Everything's tailored to exactly what people want. I go through a food questionnaire with them when we meet and plan menus based on that. They get to approve it before I cook anything."

Do you have a dish you prepare that's the most popular with your clients?

Cherry: "I think my most requested item is chicken parmesan."

Meeker: "Everyone loves the sweet potato chocolate brownies for dessert. My health-conscious clients love lemon dill marinated tilapia with a garlic lemon kale. It's all organic."

Gauthier: "Probably the balsamic vinegar chicken with wild mushrooms. I do an artichoke and pancetta stuffed leg of lamb."

Are there any types of food you won't prepare?

Cherry: "No. I haven't run across that one yet. The only thing that comes into question is availability."

Meeker: "I pretty much do it all. I don't make a lot of sushi. I can make it; I've just never had a big request for it."

Gauthier: "No."

Will you cater to people's dietary needs?

Cherry: "Yes. I have a lot of clients with allergies."

Meeker: "Yes."

Gauthier: "Absolutely."

What's one spice or ingredient you couldn't live without and why?

Cherry: "Olive oil and kosher salt."

Meeker: "Garlic or salt. Garlic is the base of everything. Salt really enhances what you're eating. It's hard to narrow it down to one."

Gauthier: "Fresh garlic."


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