St. Louis personal chefs discuss their services

St. Louis personal chefs discuss their services

What services do you offer?

Chef Molly Wyss: "I offer personal chef services and small catering services, such as business luncheons, dinner parties, wedding showers, baby showers, etc."

Jules Karagiannis: "Dinner parties of two to 30 people in your home."

Chef Lauren McCabe: "In-home culinary services, including weekly meal preparations, formal dinner parties and culinary demonstrations and instruction."

Will you prepare breakfast, lunch or dinner?

Wyss: "I'll prepare any meal that my clients request. I've even prepared snacks for my clients to eat between meals."

Karagiannis: "Just dinner."

McCabe: "Mostly dinner, but I can work in other meals as well."

How do you charge for your services?

Wyss: "I have basic packages that my clients can choose from and if none of the packages meet their needs, I'll customize a package that fits what they want."

Karagiannis: "On average, a dinner, which includes a number of appetizers, salad, fresh seasonal vegetable and entrée, runs about $65 per person."

McCabe: "Prices range by menu but they can be estimated at $225 per event or weekly cook-date."

Do you have a set menu?

Wyss: "I have a very extensive menu my clients choose from week to week, but a few of my clients prefer to create their menu themselves."

Karagiannis: "We offer suggestions, but we don't have a set menu."

McCabe: "I prefer to work with the client to develop each menu for them."

Will you cater to people's dietary needs?

Wyss: "Most definitely. We can do low fat, low sodium, low sugar, wheat and gluten free, and South Beach or Atkins diets."

Karagiannis: "We attempt to cater to any special needs."

McCabe: "Yes."

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

Wyss: "I love fresh garlic. It adds so much flavor!"

Karagiannis: "Pepper and a smile!"

McCabe: "Sea salt. Just a pinch brings out the natural flavors of seasonal goodness!"

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