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Personal Chefs are Increasing in Popularity

Event planners have the challenging job of producing the event that their clients have envisioned in their minds. Event planners are hired for private catering events, anniversaries, corporate parties, fundraisers and weddings. While the industry is always evolving with new trends and concepts, one of the more popular concepts for more intimate gatherings is that of the personal chef.
 
What is a Personal Chef?
 
A personal chef is someone who comes into your home or into your event space to prepare a personalized, more private meal for a group of guests. In the past, most of these events utilized the services of a catering company to provide the exquisite food. However, for those events that require a more personalized touch, personal chefs have become the preferred selection.
 
What Types of Events are Suitable?
 
Both individuals and businesses have utilized the services of personal chefs for their events. Here are some of the most commonly used events for a personal chef:
 
·         In-home dinner parties
·         Anniversary parties
·         Birthday parties
·         Engagement parties
·         Client appreciation events
·         Cooking demonstrations and tasting menus
·         Client referral events
 
Personal chefs are most impactful at smaller events, typically 50 people and under. While you can certainly have events that are larger, the overall personalized feel of having a chef tableside is diluted.
 
When utilizing a personal chef for an event, be sure to choose someone with an extensive career background. For example, a graduate or Le Cordon Bleu will have more impact on the guests than someone without professional training. Also, search for a chef with a personable approach. The more interaction that the chef can provide, the better overall effect you will have on the guests. After all, you want the chef to engage with the guests to create a never before experienced evening.

By Adam Herschkowitz
Get Event Jobs, Contributing Editor

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