Become a Personal Chef

As you begin your journey, USPCA suggests several methods for you to get the information and training you need on the Personal Chef business model. There are multiple ways to become a personal chef, and we embrace them all. You don’t need to spend a fortune on training. You don’t need to jump through any hoops. Join the USPCA and get the support you need to be successful.

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Tailored Taste Personal Chef Coaching

For new chefs and experienced chefs alike, receive one-on-one email, video, and telephone training/coaching. Chef Monica Thomas, a Certified Personal Chef, is a long-time member of the USPCA and owner of Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service in the Washington, D.C. area. She has a thriving Personal Chef business and has successfully worked with many chefs and helped them navigate the intricacies and challenges of starting and being effective as a Personal Chef. You can purchase single hours or save with an 8-hour block. With her coaching, you may cover topics such as:

• What is a “typical” Personal Chef service
• The difference between a 5×4 or a 4×6 service and what services you are interested in promoting
• What to take in your Personal Chef kit
• Contracts, food questionnaires, and client expectations
• Effective costing
• Containers
• Fresh serve, refrigerate and/or freezing options within your own particular business
• Any other questions or issues you are having with your chef business

USPCA members receive discounts on 1-hour and 8-hour blocks.Choose from one of the options at the bottom of the page to get started (members must sign in to view discounted prices). If you have any questions about getting started, contact Angela Prather at 800-995-2138 x705 or

1-2-3 Training Manuals from the Culinary Business Institute

Culinary Business Institute programs provide focused educational training dedicated exclusively to the science of “successful business” in culinary endeavors. Our programs and materials provide clear, real world knowledge and time-tested methods for success by successful culinary professionals from across North America.Whether you seek the independence as a Personal Chef, the satisfaction of providing dinner parties and/or in-home culinary instruction, or need to expand your existing culinary business to include a commercial kitchen, the Culinary Business Institute programs are your source for expert knowledge and guidance. Members receive exclusive discounts on these books.

How To Start A Home-Based Personal Chef Business by Denise Vivaldo

Denise is a great friend of the USPCA and has written an easy-to-read, practical look at what it takes to be a Personal Chef. From estimating your start-up costs and finding clients to cooking for special needs and staying profitable, this book takes you through every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based Personal Chef business.

Whether you’re just starting to learn the trade or are an experienced chef looking to be your own boss, each chapter will guide you on how to build your own successful Personal Chef business.Members receive an exclusive discount on this book.

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