Columbus personal chefs discuss their services
Who we talked to
Alison Chapman, chef and owner
HomeCafé Personal Chef Service
Jaclyn DeCourcey, personal chef and owner
Jaclyn's Personal Chef Services
What services do you offer?
Anne Hayward: "I plan and prepare meals."
Alison Chapman: "My main service is customizing and preparing meals. I do dinner parties, I'll cater small parties and I also provide cooking classes from time to time."
Jaclyn DeCourcey: "Individual cooking classes, interactive cooking parties, intimate dinner parties, romantic dinners, small event catering, personal chef service and pantry stocking service."
Will you prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner?
Hayward: "Almost everybody just has me do the dinner meals."
Chapman: "I mostly do dinners, but I'll provide breakfast and lunch if they request."
DeCourcey: "I do breakfast, lunch, dinner and midday snacks."
How do you charge for your services, and what's the cost?
Hayward: "The standard service is $325, plus the cost of groceries. The customer chooses five different entrees, and I prepare eight servings of each entrée and package it accordingly."
Chapman: "I charge an all-inclusive fee, which includes groceries, shopping, preparation, storage containers - everything. The average package is four servings each of five different entrees and sides. It starts at $350."
DeCourcey: "The most popular are the dinner packages. Five meals for four people, all inclusive, is $350. That includes groceries, packaging, labeling, everything."
Do you have a set menu?
Hayward: "It's whatever people want. I've got a big list of favorite things people like. Then I get to know families and their likes and dislikes."
Chapman: "Each menu is customized to my client. When we first meet, I go over a food questionnaire to find out what they do and don't like."
DeCourcey: "The menus are customized. I meet with customers for assessments - likes, dislikes, what they're avoiding, and any dietary restrictions."
What types of food do you make?
Hayward: "All kinds."
Chapman: "I do all sorts of seafood, chicken, beef, pork. Vegetarian, too."
DeCourcey: "You name it, I'm cooking it. Some clients are willing to experiment and try new things."
Will you cater to people's dietary needs?
Chapman: "Absolutely. I can cook gluten-free or casein-free meals or follow any kind of specialized diet."
DeCourcey: "Absolutely. I think that's why the clients enjoy my cooking. Everything is catered to them."