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Excerpts from: "Personal Chefs Cater to The Time-Starved" The Boston
"Personal chefs like Silver, the proprietor of Sweet and Savory Personal Chef Services in Brookline, are
no longer for just the rich and famous. Busy two-career families like the . . . , people with restricted diets,
single professionals, and seniors who can't cook for themselves are increasingly using the services of personal
chefs , says John Moore, executive director of the United States Personal Chef Association .
He estimates there are 5,000 personal chefs nationwide, serving about 72,000 clients. In the Boston area alone,
there are over 100 personal chefs.
Personal chefs are not to be confused with private chefs, who typically live in a client's home and cook for only
one family, says Moore.
Personal chefs have numerous clients and are known for home-cooked meals that must be cooked in the client's kitchen,
unless they are prepared in a commercially licensed kitchen. Their services can include customized menu planning
and grocery shopping.
The best way to find a personal chef is online through associations such as, American Personal and Private Chef
Association (PersonalChef.com), and the United States
Personal Chef Association (USPCA.com) .
Pricing can vary . Some chefs will include groceries in a flat fee; others add groceries to labor charges, which
are usually around $50 an hour.
(1) Many of you asked for information on meal assembly facilities located in the United
States. To view our growing list, click: meal assembly resources
SoloDining.com is pleased to share the following meal assembly resources:
Lets Eat! Tampa, Florida
"What if I have a small family or I am single?
At the time of assembly, simply divide your meal into half portions and put them into separate ziplocs or pans.
We provide half size pans for you to split your meals. "
Social Suppers: Come on in . . . while
enjoying the experience with friends (new and old.) Kansas City, Missouri
"Use Split-a-Session* and divide your 8 meals into 16 or 12 meals into 24. If you use this option and
bring a friend you can each take home half the smaller portion meals."
DinnerSmith: What's for dinner? DinnerSmith is
your easy answer Maplewood, New Jersey
Co-owner Mary Meade Smith e-mails:
"I just found your article and wanted to let you know about our services for singles. We allow our customers
to divide the large meals in as many as three or four containers during a regular session. Singles in the metro
area come in with their friends who may or may not have families or partners. Sometimes singles share their package,
each taking half the package. Or they make one meal. We are just outside the city in New Jersey and most of our
customers are commuters to Manhattan. Any single person can beneifit from our services because we are all about
what each customers needs. No family , no problem. Welcome to DinnerSmith."
The Dinner Station: Making Tracks from
Our Kitchen to Your Table Highland Village/Corinth, Texas
"I found your site from a meal assembly link. I live in the Dallas area. We have a new franchise called
The Dinner Station. The food is great and they offer half size packages. The others [assembly franchises] allow
you to split, but then you have 24 meals or need to find a friend. The Dinner Station allows 8, 12, or 16 three
serving meals. I can cook one, eat one serving, freeze the other two so I get 24 meals for $85. I love it."
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