After a comprehensive assessment that includes preferences, allergies, health conditions, and medications, your Personal Chef will suggest entrées to prepare in your home. Up to 4 entrees may be selected and entrees are 2-4 portions depending on the recipe. Your Personal Chef then shops before your scheduled cooking appointment. Since the food costs are billed separately, your choice of store or organic can always be accommodated.
Your Personal Chef will bring everything he or she needs to create delicious meals including all equipment and packaging. Sessions usually last 2-3 hours. Your Chef will set up, cook, and clean up. At the end of your appointment, you will have 10-12 ready to serve meals that can be heated in the microwave, oven or stovetop in accordance with your preference and package selection. Portions are customizable and all containers are labeled and dated for food safety. Heating instructions are left for each entrée.
There are dozens of food delivery businesses. Some are fully prepared and some you cook yourself. But none of these companies offer the brief moments of connection that Personal Chefs for Seniors provides. A “visitor” once a week can ease loneliness that is one of the greatest challenges in aging. A Personal Chefs for Seniors visit can also provide peace of mind to children who may live out of town. Our Personal Chefs for Seniors assessment includes family member and doctor phone numbers for connection if needed.
Includes personal assessment, meal planning and selection, shopping the day of your service, and cooking in your home. Personal Chef service starts at $150 plus the cost of food (usually $40-$60). Special dietary and customized menus are available at an additional cost of $20 and $40, respectively.
After a successful career in the US Navy and government service, I retired in 2014. I was now free to follow my passion; food and cooking. I enrolled in the International Culinary School at the Art Institute, graduating in 2016. After some extensive travel including walking the Way of St James, I longed to follow my passion and align it with a more noble purpose.
As a younger senior with older senior parents, I want to ensure my parents can, “age in place”. This nascent movement is a term describing the movement to allow seniors to continue to live in their own home. More companies are working to fight the indignities of aging and help people live longer and better in their own homes. In 2016, there were over 50 million Americans over the age of 65 and an estimated one-third live alone. A recent Meals on Wheels study revealed that only 40% of seniors see children or family once a week or more. With my parents living 2500 miles away in Pennsylvania, who was going to make sure they ate right and had access to healthy food when many times it was just too much effort to shop and cook? An idea was born.