Fresh Home Cooked food: A CookinGenie Perspective by Michael Booth

Fresh home cooked food by Michael Booth

25 Mar 2021

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Fresh Home Cooked food: A CookinGenie Perspective by Michael Booth

I believe Cleveland’s own Michael Symon says it best: “Cooking and feeding people always makes me feel better and, I think, it will also make everyone else feel a little more normal and better, too.” 2020 has, to nobody’s surprise, devastated the culinary industry around the world. It has left many cooks, chefs, dishwashers, and servers without a reliable source of income and taken away a major part of their daily drive. But as times change and industries evolve, people find new outlets for work, creativity, and passion to satisfy their craving for fresh food. 

Right as the pandemic took hold and many places were forced to close their doors, I found myself without a kitchen to run and a lot of time on my hands. It allowed me time to pursue other culinary outlets and has given me the chance to explore the world of cuisine from outside the confines of a hot bustling commercial kitchen. With CookinGenie, I am able to keep pursuing that daily drive and practicing my art, even in times of turmoil. At first, as with any new industry, I had my doubts about reversing the typical restaurant status quo and traveling with my expertise. But as I would go on to learn, culinary passion is the same whether it was in a busy kitchen or in someone’s home.  

One of the best feelings of working in a restaurant is going out to the dining room at the end of a busy night and seeing a packed house of customers all having the night of their lives. From couples having a romantic night out, to families celebrating a birthday, it brought a sense of accomplishment and pride to see plates of food that took so much time and effort to make come back practically licked clean. With CookinGenie, I am able to work directly with the client and give them that same sense of satisfaction, while being able to give them and their food one hundred percent more focus and attention. My first client was a family celebrating getting their vaccine and being able to see extended family from out of state for the first time. I was able to connect and bring these people a stress-free, decadent first meal in a long time. It allowed them a chance to reconnect, drink and share all while not having to worry about shopping for fresh ingredients, clean-up, sanitization, or any other worry that could come with traditional restaurants. 

CookinGenie brings a sense of appreciation that is sometimes hard to feel in the back of the house (BoH is anyone that works unseen in the back. Cooks, food runners, dishwashers, etc). Instead of the train of tickets on the line, with orders from 15 different families, CookinGenie allows for a much more personal, romantic experience. When preparing food for a client in their own kitchen, it allows the individuals cooking the meal the chance to really let their culinary talents shine. Most cooks have to follow a menu set by either their chef or the restaurant owner and never have a chance to let their personal talent and skillset succeed. With CookinGenie, the menu, the schedule, the sourcing is all mine. It also allows for menus to be changed seasonally so that you can always guarantee fresh delicious home cooked food


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The gig economy is growing with no signs of slowing down. We think we’re going to see more and more of this kind of crossover opportunity. It makes sense to diversify. By offering more than one service you become more valuable to your customers, and your service becomes even more individualized and personal based on your knowledge of their preferences. It also opens the door to additional profits. It allows you to offer a secondary service to the families that you cook for already and creates an endless stream of new individuals who might be looking for a home cook but never considered one before.

Maybe you’re working as an Uber Driver or a Task Rabbit already and you have a dream of becoming a cook. But the enormous amount of training or investment to open your own business is daunting. Alternatively, starting from the ground up with an entry level job at a restaurant usually means years of hard work & inflexible hours just to gain a base level of knowledge. But becoming a home cook is a new emerging opportunity that is gaining in popularity each year. Just as people are willing to outsource their cleaning, or their grocery shopping many busy families and professionals don’t have the time or expertise to cook quality meals each day.

Many home cooks start small, by apprenticing with an experienced cook. Going with them to jobs teaches them how to speak to clients, plan menus, and execute dishes in a time efficient manner. It can also teach them how to overcome some of the common quirks that come with cooking in someone else’s kitchen. Some start by portion sharing with friends and family. Meaning just preparing a double batch of whatever you cook for your own family and selling the bonus portion to friends and family. Some start by delivering meals or offering pick up services with a set menu and build a clientele with a Facebook group.

Then there are businesses like ours. We take experienced cooks and home cooks alike and introduce them to the world of being a home cook. We can help you with advertising, building a clientele, and growing your business. We can help you build your own reputation, while earning a decent wage.. The possibilities are endless in a gig economy, but everyone has to start somewhere. If you want to cook fresh meals to help out busy folks who want to eat food made in their own kitchens, send us a note. We are here to help!

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The holidays are upon us, and for some, it means it’s time to go out and buy the same old, same old gift cards and items for friends and family. Or does it? Rather than gifting the exact same thing every year or what everyone else is giving, why not give your family and friends a new gift experience that they can enjoy right in the comfort of their own home. You may find that you have started a new trend of gift-giving in your circle.  

CookinGenie Gift Card for Any Occasion

This year, it could be a great idea to consider giving a CookinGenie gift card to your friends and family for any special occasion. As much as we’ve moved back to more normal events in life, such as finally being able to gather to celebrate the holidays and important life milestones, there are still things in life that aren’t back to how it was before the pandemic. For example, family members with severe health conditions often don’t get to go out like they used to previously. In addition, many businesses are struggling with keeping up with demand due to supply chain issues and finding help. 

Reasons to Gift a CookinGenie Experience 

  1. It’s something that’s fun and unique. You can almost guarantee that your gift will be memorable and one-of-a-kind (unless there’s another CookinGenie lover in your circle of friends and family). 
  2. You’ll provide the gift recipient with a relaxing dining experience that they can enjoy whenever they need a night off. You’ll gift them a night of no cooking, dishes, or shopping. 
  3. A CookinGenie experience lets your gift recipient get a restaurant-quality meal at home without the hassle of visiting a restaurant. No looking for a parking spot or waiting on a table. 
  4. Not to mention that gifting a CookinGenie gift card may even result in the recipient giving you one in the future or inviting you to a gathering where they use a CookinGenie personal chef. 

CookinGenie Experience 

A CookinGenie gift card is the perfect gift this year as it offers a new experience while still being practical. Who doesn’t want to have a personal chef experience? You’ll be gifting them an evening of relaxation and great food. A CookinGenie experience starts by selecting a chef and a menu that the chef will prepare at the recipient’s home. Once they’ve decided on the details and checked out with their gift card code, the fun begins. The chef will shop for the fresh ingredients to cook that evening. Once they arrive at the house, they’ll start preparing the meal using the home’s pots, pans, and other necessary kitchen tools. The food will be served right away to get the freshest experience possible. After the chef is finished cooking the selected dishes, they’ll handle the kitchen clean-up leaving the gift card recipient the opportunity to relax and enjoy their meal without worrying about handling the clean-up at all.  

A Gift That Fits All Occasions 

Some ideas include: 

  • Special days: a CookinGenie gift card is the perfect gift to celebrate special days in your loved one’s life. They can get a special meal prepared specially for them in their home. 
  • Newlyweds: Couples that are newly married can enjoy a romantic dinner at home with their personal chef from CookinGenie. 
  • New Parents: Bringing home a newborn can be a busy time for first-time parents or even more experienced parents. A gift card from CookinGenie can give them a meal where they can indulge in some self-care while also balancing the new task of caring for a baby.  
  • Anniversaries: Celebrate any anniversary with a fresh meal prepared for you in your own home. Spark that romantic feeling for wedding anniversaries or have a congratulatory dinner for work or other anniversaries.  
  • Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve: Family get-togethers can be a lot of work. Why not make it a little easier on your family and friends by providing them a CookinGenie gift card that they can use for a special holiday meal.  
  • Birthday celebration: Everyone knows that one person that ends up cooking their own meal for their birthday. Or they choose to go out to a restaurant usually because they don’t have someone to cook for them or their loved one isn’t gifted in the kitchen. Why not change it up and give them a CookinGenie gift card? 
  • Newly moved: Moving to a new place can be a task that most people don’t relish. Why not give them the opportunity to relax with a personal chef for an evening?  
  • Buy a new house: Celebrating the purchase of a new home is always fun. Make your housewarming gift one that will delight their tastebuds. 
  • Bright light in the darkness: Some events in life are hard to go through. The loss of a loved one, medical diagnosis, or other adverse events may not need to be celebrated, but you can do something to help. Sometimes, a meal can be precisely what’s required to give comfort and hope for the future. 
  • Sometimes it’s just fun to give a gift. 

How to Gift a Personal Chef Experience from CookinGenie 

Giving a gift card for CookinGenie couldn’t be easier. Visit the CookinGenie gift card page. Once there, you’ll see a variety of gift card categories to find the perfect design to fit your gifting needs. You can have the gift card emailed or texted to the recipient with your personalized information. You can also print up the gift card to hand over in person. We offer a feature where you can add a message. Then, they’ll be able to use the gift card online to select a personal chef and dishes they’d like to enjoy. During checkout, they’ll need to apply the gift card code. That’s it.  

Questions or concerns about gifting a personal chef experience from CookinGenie? We’re happy to go over anything you’re not sure about or help you with purchasing a CookinGenie gift card for your gifts. Let us help you gift an experience rather than a boring gift card this year and for years to come. 

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Personal Chef's Advice to Beat Holiday Buldge

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When pregnant, you may worry about a million things, such as your health, your baby’s health, what you should be eating, what you shouldn’t be eating, and on and on. It can feel like there’s never enough time or energy to get everything done.   

One thing that you don’t need to worry about is dinner; as for that, you can depend on a personal chef. Hiring a personal chef can help save you from the stress of meal planning and preparation, giving you more time to focus on your baby’s impending arrival. A personal chef will work with you to create a menu that fits your needs and dietary restrictions and prepare meals accordingly. You’ll never have to worry about what’s for dinner again!   

1- Hiring a personal chef can take a load off  you

Expecting a baby is an exciting time, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. In addition to all the usual preparations, you both have to think about how you will keep up with your routine while taking care of your upcoming baby. One way to ease the transition into parenthood is to hire a personal chef. A personal chef can take care of meal planning and preparation, giving you one less thing to worry about. And because they can customize their menu to meet your dietary needs, there’s no need to fret about whether you’ll enjoy the food or not. With a personal chef on hand, you can easily focus on taking care of yourself and your new bundle of joy.   

2- A personal chef can help to make sure that the family is eating well

As an expectant mother, you know pregnancy is a time of intense physical and emotional changes. In addition, it can also be a time of upheaval when it comes to mealtime routines. With morning sickness, food cravings, and a constantly changing body, it can be challenging to cook meals for oneself, let alone for a family. In such situations, a personal chef can be a great help. By preparing meals in advance, a personal chef can take the stress out of mealtime for you. In addition, he can also customize menus to meet the unique needs of you and your family. From Salmon Salad to Chicken Soup, a personal chef can help ensure that your family is eating well during this particular time. 

3- A personal chef can help to save time and money by cooking meals in advance

Along with all the joys of parenting comes a lot of extra work, including meal planning and cooking. In these instances, a personal chef can be a real lifesaver. By cooking meals in advance and freezing them, a personal chef can help you save both time and money. Having a stash of homemade meals in the freezer means you can reheat and serve without spending precious time in the kitchen. And because the chef prepares meals using fresh ingredients, the food is healthier and more affordable than takeout or frozen dinners. A personal chef is an invaluable asset for busy parents like you, especially when expecting a baby.

4- A personal chef can tailor the menus to the specific needs and preferences of  your family

A personal chef is an excellent option if you have specific dietary needs or preferences. A personal chef can cater to your particular needs, whether you have food allergies, follow a religious diet, or are choosy about what you eat. A personal chef can create menus everyone will enjoy by working with you to understand your family’s likes and dislikes. And because they do all the shopping and cooking, you’ll have more time to spend with your loved ones – something that’s priceless.  

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5- Expectant parents should interview several personal chefs before making a decision

The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be chaotic and stressful, full of new challenges and responsibilities. Although a personal chef can take care of meal planning and preparation, helping you de-stress a bit, with so many chefs to choose from, it can be challenging to know which one is right for you. Here are five questions to ask when interviewing personal chefs and making the right choice: 

  1. What is your cooking experience? This question will help you gauge the chef’s level of expertise.  
  2. What are your specialties? You’ll want to ensure the chef can prepare the meals you prefer.  
  3. What do you need from me? Some chefs need access to your kitchen, while others work independently. Be sure to discuss your expectations upfront.  
  4. What are your rates? Personal chefs typically charge by the hour or by the meal. Get a sense of their pricing structure before making a decision.  
  5. Do you have any references? Ask for references from other clients to understand the chef’s work ethic and food quality.  

By asking these questions, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices and find the personal chef that’s right for you and your family.   

6- Once hired, be sure to communicate any dietary changes or preferences to the chef

 When hiring a personal chef for the first time, you may be eager to convey your dietary needs. One way to do this is to be proactive about communicating any dietary changes or preferences to the chef. Of course, you don’t want to be a picky eater, but you must let the chef know if you have any food allergies or specialties. This information will help them to create meals that are both tasty and safe for you to eat. In addition, sharing your dietary preferences with the chef shows that you are considerate of their time and effort.  

Overall, as an expectant parent, you have a lot to think about, and meal time can be one of the last things on your mind. However, hiring a personal chef can take some of the stress out of meal planning and provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your family is eating healthy, homemade meals. In addition, personal chefs can tailor their menus to meet your unique needs, whether accommodating dietary restrictions or simply preparing your favorite dishes. So hiring a personal chef may be the answer if you’re looking for a way to make mealtime easier when expecting a baby.  

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