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What is a Personal Chef?
A Personal Chef offers a professional service of meal preparation. A client's individual tastes drive the creation of their customized menu. These personalized meals are prepared in a client's home and then packaged, labeled and stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

The service includes complete grocery shopping, customized menu planning, in home meal preparation, storage in disposable containers, and complete kitchen clean up.

A Personal Chef provides great tasting food and the precious gift of time with an
convenient and affordable solution to the question of "What's For Dinner?"

How does the Personal Chef Service work?
As your personal chef, I will come to your home and meet with you to learn more about your food preferences. In addition, you will complete a detailed food questionnaire to tell me about your specific likes, dislikes and dietary concerns. Then I use this information to create a varied, personalized menu of entrees and side dishes tailored just for you and your family! Once you approve the menu, we schedule a day for Chef Kevin to come to your home to cook.

What happens on the day Chef Kevin comes?
Once you approve the menu, I do the grocery shopping - purchasing only the freshest ingredients possible, then come to your home in the morning bringing all the pots, pans, utensils, and ingredients needed to complete your meals. Then I chop, slice and dice, simmer and saute until your refrigerator and freezer are full of delicious meals made from scratch! Each item is left with complete, easy-to-follow thawing and reheating instructions. You simply reheat your meal of choice at a convenient time and put a healthy, delicious meal on the table in minutes. 

How many meals do you cook when you come?
Because your life is hectic, my service is flexible. A typical two-week service for two people includes 5 entrees and some side dishes, which will be duplicated for the following week (9*-10 meals total). A variety of other service options are available to fit your needs. Prices may vary depending on the number of people who will be enjoying the service, the types of foods desired, and how restrictive the diet. Additional services are also available, including, but not limited to: lunch portions, business luncheons, wine selection, and scrumptious desserts. I can arrange whatever works best for you!

How often do I need a Personal Chef?
Many factors determine how often you will need my service - how many family members will be consuming the meals, how often you will eat at home or go out to eat, if you will be out of town and other unexpected events that occur in people's hectic lives. My service is flexible and I can meet your needs. I can come as often as once a week or as little as once every six months - whatever works best for you!

What does the price include?
Pricing Includes:

  • Your menu consultation
  • Your personalized menu
  • Shopping for the freshest and best ingredients (groceries included in the price)
  • Meal preparation in your home
  • Packaging of your delicious, home cooked meals (either in the refrigerator or the freezer)
  • Easy instructions for thawing and reheating
  • Clean up from my day in the kitchen

The cost of the service can be measured in the time and energy my clients save by providing them with healthy, hearty meals prepared especially for them!

What about food storage containers?
Uniform size containers take less storage space in your freezer, and I will bring the appropriate containers for the entrees I am preparing each cooking date.  My clients have a choice about the type of containers they want me to store their food in. Disposable or Reusable containers are available. 

Do you have gift certificates available?

A Chef Kevin is the perfect gift for friends and family who have everything except the time or inclination to cook

  • Wedding & Anniversary gifts
  • New Moms and Dads
  • Someone spending long hours at work
  • Returning home from the hospital
  • Corporate recognition program
  • Holiday Gifts
  • Or just to say "I love you!"

Why hire a USPCA chef?
I am a licensed member of the United States Personal Chef Association and am supported with continual professional training to operate my Personal Chef Service. I have access to hundreds of tested, proven recipes, and am provided with a network of Professional and Personal Chefs. In addition, I have completed a course and passed The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam.

What is on the Food Questionnaire?
You can download a PDF version of the food questionnaire here, or contact Chef Kevin to have one sent to you.

Kevin M. McGuire, Personal Chef
Phone: 703-868-6464
E-mail: chefkevin@chefkevin.com
Let Chef K Make Your Day!