One of the most common misconceptions that I run across since starting my Personal Chef & Catering Business, is that you have to be extremely rich to have a Personal Chef cook your meals for you. While that doesn't hurt in most aspects of life, I'm here to tell you that is not the case.

Who are the majority of my clients? You are!

Most of my Weekly Meal Clients are too busy busting their butt at work, then running to their children's school functions, then finishing up whatever else they need to be ready for the next day, that they do not have the Time, Energy, Patience, or in some cases the Desire. I give them back time in their day by Planning the meals, Shopping, Driving to their house to Cook the meals, then I do a quick clean of the kitchen, and back on the road until the next week.

I am happy to provide this service for a variety of reasons, but here are just a few I continually narrow it down to:

  1. I believe we are meant to enjoy our time here, and if I can ease your frustrations and give you some free time to relax, then by all means call me!

  2. I have worked in an industry with more food allergies than any other chef I have ever known. So when my clients come to me with their food restrictions, GAME ON!!! I know what it's like to be on both ends in the Restaurant with allergies. Let me bring you a restaurant designed around you, cooked in your kitchen to reduce the chance of cross contamination! Enough Said!

  3. Fast Food Adds Up! Whether you're talking price or pounds. We are constantly told that the diet or exercise program fails most of the time due to poor choices. Having a Personal Chef do your menu planning for you should help balance that back in your favor. You've heard of "Farm to Table"? Well I'm giving you Farm to Fridge!

The reason folks I have named this post Common Cents is to hopefully help everyone reading this understand that having a Personal Chef help with your Weekly Meals is a more "Common" thing than you may have previously thought. And you don't need to be Rich or Elite (although that does help) to do what makes "Cents".

Just for fun and to see how this may travel. For the next week after reading this, every time you come across something food related during your online travels, please hashtag it with #heat&eat.

And that's my Two Cents!

A few weeks ago I was out and about having lunch with my girlfriend. While looking around and checking out the the clientle, I was shocked by how many folks were on their phones. It got me thinking about the "good ole days", before cell phones. Basphamy I know!

To me, going out for a meal I don’t have to cook is still about the experience. It’s about the environment, the meal, the banter from the server, and that other thing we all used to participate in back in the day…. Oh yeah, the conversation. It’s that thing that connects us to the people around us. It’s also something you can see when you look at restaurants reviews. For some reason we have forgotten to talk with our servers about the food issues, and instead decide to get it all out on forums, review sites, and blogs.

Here is what I know from working most if not all parts of the F&B realm.

  • The server wants to hear from us to ensure we’re satisfied with our meal. Happy Guest = Better Tip, and more enjoyable shift.

  • The folks working in the restaurant will gladly make an attempt to change an unsatisfied customer into a happy customer (within reason). We’re all under the Service umbrella.

  • As a guest, I want the best experience as well. Why would I want to mess that up, and miss it?

I’ve been reading about a few restaurants that are now banning cell phone usage, and I can’t argue with them about that, in fact I think it’s brilliant!

Almost 20 years ago I was doing some restaurant openings for a place that had an open kitchen design, and I loved my shifts there. Guests would come in, you’d exchange jokes, light things on fire, and throw samples at them. However now with cell phones, that whole experience could be different, and think of what both sides miss out on.