St. Louis personal chefs discuss their services
Who we talked to
Chef Molly Wyss, owner
Chef on the Run, LLC
Chef Lauren McCabe, owner
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."
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!"