What is a personal chef service?
A personal chef service is an excellent way to save you time! You can easily replace the 8-10 hours a week that you would normally spend planning, shopping, cooking and eating out. You will have more time for family, fitness goals, hobbies and relaxation. My service is an affordable, healthy and tasty alternative to fast food that you will enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

What is a personal chef?
A personal chef is someone with a passion for food, who comes to your home to share that passion with you and your family. After meeting with you, I’ll design a menu to your specific dietary needs and preferences. On your scheduled cook day I will do the shopping, cook in your kitchen with my utensils, package each meal and label them with heating instructions. I even clean up my mess!

What can you as a personal chef do for me?
I can customize menus and recipes to fit your needs. Meals can be low-fat or low-sodium, vegetarian or meat lovers. Special diets like low-carb, low-fat, vegan, and many others are no problem. You simply decide what you want to eat and I'll create it for you.

Who would use a personal chef service?
Anyone who doesn't have the time to plan, shop for and prepare home-cooked meals. A typical client is someone who is tired of fast food or dining out and wants to enjoy healthy, delicious, and affordable meals in the comfort of their own home.

What kind of service can I expect?
I pride myself on providing quality service to you, my customer. I will work with you to fine-tune my service to meet your needs, making your life easier and less stressful. I want you to be satisfied with the service and offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

What kinds of ingredients are used?
Only the freshest seafood, vegetables, herbs, dairy products and quality cuts of meat will be used. I cook with a variety of oils and vinegars along with fresh herbs and spices. Preservatives are never used, ensuring you the best-tasting, freshest food possible.

What about the groceries?
I do all of the grocery shopping, and this cost is incorporated into the overall price.

Is the service affordable?
Think about what you spend on take-out food, meals at restaurants, and convenience foods at the grocery store, which includes boxed foods with lots of preservatives as well as supermarket deli items. When you add it all up, you'll be surprised to discover that hiring Amici Culinary is less expensive! Hiring a personal chef is no longer a luxury afforded only the rich and famous; it's a necessity that's also affordable.

What intangibles can a personal chef provide?
What is your time worth? More importantly, what is your health worth? Imagine coming home from work to a clean kitchen and a hot, healthy meal in minutes, completed with almost no effort on your part. With Amici Culinary, you get more hours in your day, you reduce your stress levels, and you enjoy great meals. The time you save on planning, shopping, preparing, and cooking (on average, 8-10 hours a week) can be better spent on family, business, or entertainment.

What will I come home to at the end of the day?
A healthy, custom-prepared meal -- in addition to a fridge and freezer stocked with wonderful food! You will also get a menu listing, and simple heating instructions.

How often do you cook for me?
It all depends on the service you choose. Appointments are made with Amici Culinary on an individual basis and are tailored to fit your schedule and your needs.

What do I need to do to the food to eat it?
Any entrée that has been stored for you in your freezer should be defrosted at least overnight in your refrigerator. Then all you need to do is heat it in your oven or microwave to enjoy the food at the peak of its flavor. I always leave easy-to-follow heating instruction for each entrée. You can also contact me anytime if you have questions and I will be more than happy to answer them for you.

How much freezer space do I need to have available?
It depends on the number of meals you choose. Many clients find that they need between one-third and one-half of their freezers available, depending on the service. During the in-home presentation, I will look at your freezer to see how much room you have available. Efficient storage is important!

How is my food packaged?
This is determined on an individual client basis.

Are you insured?
I carry complete liability insurance.