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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2009

    Great Book!

    The best of this book is that is not a simple cursory overview of the Personal Chef Business. The author realizes that while cooking and baking may be behind the passion of someone who wants to open and operate a personal chef business, at the end of the day it is a "business". The book spends considerable time laying out steps to a business plan and outlining potential pitfalls in operating this kind of business. This book is an excellent "how-to" guide for starting any kind of small business - but particularly one in the Personal chef business. The book also spells out in layman's terms - all of the ins and outs of the business of cooking for a living. This is a very easy, understandable read - that caters to all sorts of people who want to take their passion and make it a career.

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  • Posted May 22, 2009

    Great Chef does not Equal Profitable Business

    This is a must own for anyone who has thought about opening a chef business. Unfortunately, just being a great chef is not enough. Each chapter has nuggets of information that will help the novice and the experienced entrepreneur open a successful business. Carla and Lee give in depth information on how to do everything you need to do from writing the business plan to serving your first meal.
    The chapters include: how to become a professional chef, financial components, food safety, where to set up your business, how complicated to get, whose kitchen to use, catering to dietary needs, how to cater to clients without make you both crazy, customer service and satisfaction, how to be financially responsible, and software and web services to help it all come together.
    This is a great book whether you are the chef or being asked to help support one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2009

    Great general business info

    How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Personal Chef Business could be titled How to Own & Operate a Business. While the section on business plans is a great start, there isn¿t enough information, in my opinion, on the cost of goods, types of insurance needed for the business (i.e. liability, workman¿s comp), how to find local food purveyors, etc. <BR/><BR/>A chapter specializing in food purchasing and food management might help. The book feels like it¿s written as more of a business start-up guide than a chef business guide. If you¿re looking for the basics to starting up a business, this book has the basics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2008


    If you are a great cook and would love to turn that talent into a means of making money, this book will give you some fascinating ideas on how to turn your hobby into a business. <BR/><BR/>The book begins by giving the reader clear, simple advice on the business of being a personal chef, the cliental, and the job itself. But the author doesn¿t just tell the reader to hang an open sign in their kitchen and get to cooking. Instead the book offers solid advice on pursuing culinary education and business knowledge both of which will serve the self-employed chef very well.<BR/><BR/>The book provides a detailed summery for developing a business plan, recommended equipment and supplies, how to hire employees, advice on creating a pricing scheme, tips on becoming self-employed, and how to use the Internet as a valuable business tool. <BR/><BR/>If someone wants to seriously consider opening their own business, this books is a good read. If someone wants to open their own chef business, this books is a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Thorough and easily understood

    This is the perfect book for anyone looking to start a personal chef business. The authors hit all potential questions, from what is needed in the kitchen to what to say if a client discontinues services. This book hits the same points in different ways, offering different perspectives on the same issue. It would be a great reference even for a personal chef looking to expand their business into catering, a store, etc. The models for the finance and business plan are a great outline of a well thought out vision and a great thing for any entrepreneur to have, even if they do not plan on expanding. This is definitely a must-have book for any personal chef. It should be kept as a reference throughout startup and function of the business. It has excellent tips and strategies for all occasions. It is as comprehensive as any book on this topic will come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    The other chef

    How to Open and Operate a Personal Chef Business is a valuable tool for anyone considering starting their own personal chef business. The guide does not focus on cooking instead the authors focus on those things we need to know about starting a business: marketing, how to handle difficult customers, cooking courses, case studies, a sample business plan and plenty of internet tools to create your business website. Sample client questionnaires to find out their food preferences, dietary restrictions and likes and dislikes are very helpful. The book is well organized and easy to read. It includes a glossary of terms used in the personal chef industry, marketing terms and specific website links for additional information.

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