Columbus personal chefs discuss their 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?

Hayward: "Yes."

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."

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