We take it that you’re here because you’ve made the decision to hire a private chef for your next
social event. First of all, you’ve made an excellent choice that, hopefully, you won’t regret. If you
want to make sure that doesn’t happen, then you have to be certain that you’ve hired the right
one in the first place.
To help you with that, we’ve prepared a list of questions you want to ask a private chef so that
you can find out what you can expect from them. Have this list of ready beforehand when
speaking to a private chef, and make sure they answer each one.
1. What kind of food do they specialize in?
Be sure that the chef you’re speaking to has the ability to deliver what you want.
You can’t reasonably expect someone who specializes in grilled meats and barbecue to make
you sushi, for instance—at least not to the level that you’d want them to. The idea here is to play
to the chef’s strengths, and you can only do that if you know what kind of cuisine they have a
2. How long have they been cooking?
This will give you a clear idea of how capable they really are. Make sure you get into specifics
for this question. Ask them exactly how many years they’ve been in the business and what kind
of food they’ve been cooking during that time. Again, the intention here is for you to know what
kind of food you can expect them to cook.
3. Where will they be preparing your menu?
A private chef can either prepare your food in their own kitchen or use yours. Most, however,
will probably go with the latter option, as that’s a lot more convenient for everyone involved. If
that’s the case, find out things they might need access to so that you can make the necessary
4. Are they willing to customize the food?
You also need to be certain that any special requests you might have can be accommodated.
Some of your guests might have food allergies or other forms of dietary restrictions, so you want
to know how flexible the chef is willing to be. You might also have more unique requirements that need to be addressed such as presenting the food a certain way.
5. What other services do they provide?
A personal chef might also be able to do much more than just cook for your event. Some are
great at entertaining guests by telling them about the stories behind the food, while others might
be able to do table side demonstrations or even cooking classes. Find out if the chef offers these
added-value services so that you can plan accordingly.
Getting the answers to these questions will help you guarantee that the private chef you choose
to hire is the best one suited for the job. Take the time to get to know them before making a
commitment so that you can rest assured that your needs are met.
We can help you find the best private chefs in Philadelphia, or around the southeastern US –
contact us today at Food Fire Knives for the exclusive in house chef experience!