A personal chef serves several clients – usually one per day – and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for the clients’ personal needs and tastes, keeping in consideration any dietary and allergy requirements. The meals are packaged and stored according to the client’s needs, and heating instructions are left for the client so he or she may enjoy the meal when convenient.
All meals are prepared in our commercial kitchen on your cook date and then delivered to your home that same day.
Disposable containers will be provided for your first “cook date.” After that, you will be able to select from different options, including: permanent Pyrex containers, aluminum containers, or any disposable brand of containers. Pyrex containers are very popular because of their versatility. The cost for a basic set of ten containers for a four serving, family-style service is generally under $100. If you require individual or double portions, it will require more pieces, but generally will not exceed $150. Plastic containers are a less expensive alternative, but you will need to transfer your meal to an oven-safe dish if heating in a conventional oven. After you’ve enjoyed your meals, simply wash the containers in your dishwasher and have them ready for your next service date, storing them in a predetermined location. The containers belong to you, even if you discontinue the service. However, if you have your own containers you would like Chef Jones to use, please let her know ahead of time and she will gladly use them.
Yes. Each entrée and side dish will have its own specific heating instructions. All instructions are approximate, because all ovens and microwaves vary in performance. Some fish and seafood items may not be fully cooked by Chef Jones – but instead by you – and this will ensure that the item can be fully enjoyed at the peak of its flavor. All items will be clearly labeled.
If the entrée you select includes a side dish, choices will include: seasonal vegetables, a potato, rice, grain or bean dish, or a salad. You may request something specific or allow Chef Jones to pair a side dish with the entrée.
The cost includes all the parts of a professional personal chef service. This includes a detailed assessment of your dietary needs, special diet research, menu planning, shopping for ingredients, preparation, packaging and storing your selections. In most cases, the cost of groceries is over and above personal chef fees.
Having a personal chef means you can enjoy a restaurant-quality entrée that is carefully prepared according your specifications in the comfort of your home. In addition, it may even help control your food costs, as you will be less likely to impulse-buy or choose low-quality fast food at the grocer. No more buying produce with the intent of making a home-cooked meal – and never making anything of it!
On your “cook date” Chef Jones will shop for all the ingredients at only reputable purveyors prior to arriving at your home.
Is it possible to order only one or two entrees?
Yes, however, the minimum fee would still apply. Generally, in order to provide the best value to our clients, three entrées, of two servings each is the least amount of food Chef Jones will prepare at one time.
Depending on your specific needs, we can pre-determine how often to schedule recurring “cook dates” that best suits your lifestyle. After the initial “cook date,” all clients are booked on 3-month schedules; whether, it’s monthly, biweekly or weekly. “Cook dates” are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, occasional service and gift certificates are available for purchase and will be scheduled on availability.
Payment for Culinary Jones services is required in advance. Chef Jones reserves and dedicates an entire day for a client “cook date.” A grocery deposit and a check for your selected service will be required prior to your first “cook date.” All cooking fees are guaranteed for one year; after that, fees may be subject to change. At Culinary Jones, our client relationships are based on mutual trust and we ask that you please have your payment ready for Chef Jones upon arrival on each subsequent cooking date. Although there is no contract, Chef Jones prefers to book clients on 3-month intervals. This will ensure that each client is able to take full advantage of all services offered by Culinary Jones. As we move forward, this can be reviewed and changed according to your specific needs. There will be a service agreement in place that outlines the terms of all client services.
Serving Maryland (Howard, North Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Baltimore County, Montgomery County). For "cook dates' outside the Culinary Jones service area, additional fees will apply.
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