Home Chef FAQs
- How does this work?
After receiving your call or email with request for hiring a home chef, Shannon will follow up with you to learn more about your specific needs and discuss a pricing overview. We offer a complimentary in-home consultation lasting approximately 30-45 minutes. At the consultation, we will discuss your goals for working with a personal chef. We will also complete a Food Questionnaire to understand your food preferences and dietary needs. Then, we choose a schedule and a chef to work with you!
- Do you deliver meals already made or do the cooking in my home?
Honest to Goodness does not deliver prepared meals that are made in a commercial kitchen. We are a personal, relationship-oriented service that is exclusively designed to your specific needs. Your home chef plans and prepares fresh meals that are stored in your refrigerator. We use your dishes and storage containers, and leave a menu card with easy reheating instructions. An extra perk of us cooking in your home is the delicious smells lingering on your cooking day!
- How often do you come to cook and for how long?
Once per week is recommended to prepare enough meals to get you through a majority of the week. Your chef cooks for 3-5 hours at a time to provide a variety of dinners with lunch leftovers. Breakfasts, snacks, and baked goods are additional options.
- Do I have to sign up for weekly service?
Ours is a working relationship that develops over time and improves with consistent feedback. Clients enjoy the greatest peace of mind when we work together on a weekly basis. We do require new weekly clients to commit for at least one month of services and a 4-hour per week service minimum.
If you are concerned about your budget, you may hire a chef for every other week or on an on-call basis. If you decide that you would like another service provider for whatever reason or none at all, we respect your decision and hope you’ll come back to us!
- Do I have to be home while you are cooking?
No, you are not required to be home. We don’t mind if you are though. Most clients provide a key, code, or alarm instructions so that they may work or continue other activities without any inconvenience. Your house will smell like the comforts of home-cooking and you will find your refrigerator full of delicious meals when you return home!
- How do you charge?
Honest to Goodness charges a flat hourly fee for services related to menu planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation, event planning, cooking lessons, and kitchen organization. Groceries are charged for reimbursement at actual cost. We do not charge for travel time unless your location is an extended distance, in which case we will assess a nominal travel stipend. Contact us for a pricing estimate specific to your needs.
- Is there a contract?
No contract is required for weekly cooking services. For large events or other situations with specific logistical needs, we do require a contract and retainer toward our services.
Let’s Talk About the Food
- What is your cooking style?
Honest, good food. Our personal chefs cook a little bit of everything, preparing healthy meals from scratch using only whole, fresh ingredients richly-enhanced with herbs and spices. Your chef will focus on integrating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins into your diet through comforting food that also tastes good. Weekly menus typically incorporate various styles of cuisine, anything from “meat and potatoes” to adventurous palates. Our company has a database of over 3000 recipes that we have cooked over the years.
- Do you accommodate special diets?
Absolutely! Many clients have specific diets, food sensitivities, and food allergens to accommodate. Honest to Goodness customizes menus to suit your low-carb, low-fat, low-sodium, anti-inflammatory/Abascal TQI, diabetic, gluten-free, Paleo, heart-healthy, elimination, Whole30, or other diets. Please provide as much information as possible regarding your individual needs so that your menus are planned accordingly.
- Do you have menus from which I order? How do I know what I’ll be eating?
Your personal chef plans a variety of seasonal menus using a variety of sources for inspiration. A couple days before your scheduled cooking date, your personal chef will email you a menu customized to your tastes and dietary preferences. You have the option to request changes to the menu up to one day in advance. Feast your eyes on some of our most recent creations!
- Will you make food from our family’s favorite recipes?
Yes, we always take special requests and will cook according to any recipes you provide.
- Where do you do your grocery shopping?
Honest to Goodness shops at all major grocery stores depending on the ingredient list and your preference for organic or conventional ingredients.
- Can you teach me how to cook?
Yes, Honest to Goodness offers one-on-one instruction for anyone wanting to learn cooking techniques or receive help with preparing a special meal for that special someone in your life. Our chefs also enjoy group cooking classes if you want to have a gathering at your home for an interactive chef demonstration.
Other Relevant Questions
- Are you a caterer?
Yes and no. We cater in-home and in venues where a kitchen is available for our use. Since we do not have our own commercial kitchen, we are not licensed and insured to prepare food in advance for delivery to you. There are circumstances for large event needs where we can rent a commercial kitchen and secure special event insurance. Please contact us with your specific event plans to receive a custom proposal on how we can serve you. If we are not the best fit to cater your occasion, we will refer you to highly qualified and trusted caterers in the area.
- What areas of town do you serve?
Honest to Goodness serves the greater Seattle and Eastside areas, including Edmonds, Shoreline, Bothell, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Woodinville, Renton, and Burien. We will travel outside of this range for an additional stipend.
- Are you insured?
Yes, each of our chefs has general liability insurance through our corporate membership with the USPCA to protect both parties for any cooking done in your home.
- Do you offer gift certificates?
Of course! Who wouldn’t want to receive the gift of healthy meals and more time? Gift certificates are perfect for anyone you know who needs a break from cooking. Special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and housewarming parties are perfect to honor with the help from a Personal Chef.
- Do you cook for a lot of celebrities?
A personal chef cooks for individuals, couples, and families from a variety of socio-economic lifestyles. Enjoying chef services is not just for the wealthy elite. The value of your time and your health is worth every penny in improving your quality of life with an experienced food professional. Yes, you can afford a chef!