How Can You Save More by Hiring a Personal Chef?

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01 Nov 2021

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How Can You Save More by Hiring a Personal Chef?

Let’s do a little exercise really quickly. What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the words “personal chef”? More than likely, you’re thinking something along the lines of how expensive it must be or how only the very rich can afford to have their own personal chef.  

Are you ready for a little secret? 

Lean in a little. Okay, here it is. 

Personal chefs are an affordable choice that can fit just about any budget. In fact, you could be doing yourself a disservice by not using a personal chef service for special occasions or as a little treat.  

What is Included in Personal Chef Service? 

You may be surprised by what’s included when you get a personal chef service. The first is that they come to your home after shopping for all of the ingredients that they need to cook the dishes that you requested. Then, the kitchen magic happens where your regular kitchen is turned into a fancy restaurant kitchen for one night. Your selected chef will prepare the dishes so that you can enjoy a hot meal at home. Once the meal is finished, your personal chef will then clean up the kitchen leaving you free to enjoy the meal and conversation without worrying about whether or not that sauce is going to easily come off the pan or how long you’ll need to soak everything. 

Personal Chef Services are More Affordable Than You Might Think 

Are you still thinking that a complete chef service that includes so much is going to break the bank? You are about to be surprised. A personal chef service will cost you less than going out to eat.  

At a traditional restaurant, there are a number of costs to consider. Meals can cost about $20 to $25 a person. Don’t forget to add on the cost of any drinks you and the rest of your party are enjoying. Even drinking a carbonated beverage can add up to your bill. Then, you must consider other costs associated with dining out. You had to drive to the restaurant, so that’s gas along with wear and tear on your vehicle. You may have to pay to park or use the valet service depending on where you’re dining. Then, there’s the time factor. Going out to eat, especially today where many restaurants are having staffing shortages, can chew up a lot of your valuable time as you wait for an open table, wait some more on your food to be prepared, and then wait on the check to arrive at the end of the meal. 

Personal chef services like CookinGenie can be less costly and time-consuming than the old way of going out. You can pick your meal and see your price. Don’t want to have leftovers? Order exactly the number of portions you need. Want to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day? Order more portions.   

Eat Healthier with More Convenience & Less Cost 

Personalized Meals  

So, using a personal chef service is cheaper than visiting a restaurant. There’re some other benefits that also come with this option over dining out. Ever go to a restaurant and must eliminate many of the dishes from consideration because of a food allergy or not like a particular ingredient? It’s often easier to just order something else because even if you go through the process of telling the waitstaff to remove an item, there’s always a chance that it will end up in your dish anyway. Kitchens at restaurants can be loud and busy places where sometimes things get lost in translation. Imagine being able to tell your personal chef that you don’t like mushrooms or a family member has an allergy to peanuts, and feeling safe in the knowledge that they won’t buy mushrooms or peanuts during their shopping trip. That’s a great feeling. 

Be Healthy 

At the end of the day, is dinner a rushed event in your home? Do you rely on packaged meals that may not be the healthiest choice, but it’s quick and easy? That happens to a lot of people who have enough to juggle in a day on top of making sure no one goes to bed feeling hungry. Going with a personal chef service means that you’ll get freshly made and healthy meals that aren’t coming out of a can or the freezer. You do not have to feel guilty about not having time to make a meal that not only tastes great but is great for you and your family.  

Focus on What Matters More 

The convenience that comes from hiring a personal chef gives you the chance to focus on what matters the most to you, and that is worth its weight in gold. Your life is busy. It’s easy to forget how to connect with those you love the most when you have got to handle everything on your plate in a day along with getting food on a plate for everyone to eat. Imagine instead of trying to rush to the store to grocery shop, someone else handles it for you, even if just for one day a week or month. Plus, an added bonus is that you do not have to worry about handling the cleanup after spending even more time with your family. 

Convinced yet to give a personal chef service a try? Still worried that the prices are too high for your budget. You can do a little experiment. Pull out your last receipt from your favorite restaurant you like to visit for special occasions. Then, open CookinGenie website, so you can compare the two. Oh, and do not forget that you do not have to buy the groceries, do any cooking or clean-up, and get to enjoy the professionally made food hot and ready right from your kitchen without the inconveniences that come from eating in restaurants in a world still getting over the pandemic.  


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While living on the small island of Bermuda, I learned from my Jamaican co-workers the secrets behind making Jerk sauce, the nuanced, spicy-tangy condiment that they slather over grilled chicken, pork, shrimp, and other meats and vegetables. I fell in love with the sauce and its big, bold flavors, and now offer a jerk chicken on my menu, complete with a sweet plantain puree and fluffy coconut rice.

On a trip to South America, I met a local chef in a sleepy beachside town in Peru. After a brief conversation, she took me down to the local fish market where we picked out a gorgeous seabass that was caught that morning. We went back to her kitchen and she showed me how to make ceviche, carefully dicing the fish and marinating it with lime, cilantro, and onion, allowing the acid from the lime to gently cook the fish. The dish was so bright and crisp and refreshing; it was unlike anything I’ve ever had before. It stuck in my memory so much that it’s now the inspiration behind the ceviche found on my menu; red snapper tossed with lime, fire-roasted pineapple, habanero, and coconut milk.

When I was studying abroad in Singapore, I was blessed to partake in an immersive month-long course on Southeast Asian cuisine. I was taught by distinguished Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian chefs how to use spices to build layers of flavor, how to cook in a wok, and how to prepare a dizzying array of noodle dishes. Today, that knowledge is reflected on my menu by a rich Indian butter chicken and a simple yet delicious Chinese-inspired dish of stir-fried veggies in a sweet chili sauce.

A few weeks later, I spent ten days learning from a Thai chef who had mastered the cuisine. She showed me how to grind aromatic herbs and spices into vibrant, colorful curry pastes. I learned to make classic Thai street foods like chicken satay, pineapple fried rice, and of course, the beloved noodle dish, Pad Thai. With CookingGenie, all of these favorites can be made in your own kitchen.

After Thailand, I traveled to Vietnam and walked the streets of Saigon, sampling various delicacies from busy roadside vendors. The bun cha, sweet-savory pork patties cooked on charcoal grills and served with a tangy dipping sauce, were a revelation for me, and I hope they will be for you too.

As a genie, I get the joy of reliving those experiences with each dish I cook. I apply the knowledge I’ve learned and deliver every plate with love and passion. I hope to honor those around the world who so graciously opened their hearts and kitchens to me, by sharing what they taught me, with you.

So, if you’re curious and if you want to take a trip around the culinary world without leaving your own home, give CookinGenie a try, and taste the possibilities.

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10 ways CookinGenie makes meal planning easy!

22 Jul 2022

In the past few years, the demand for Private dining experiences has increased across Ohio. Many hosts now prefer to hire personal chefs to prepare delicious quality food at their in-house parties. This remarkable surge in chef-on-demand service has helped CookinGenie earn a reputation in the region within a short period.  

Since its inception in 2019, CookinGenie has provided personal chefs to hundreds of customers for their varied events and occasions with almost one hundred percent client satisfaction. When we asked our customers the main reason they choose to hire a chef for their special events, these were the answers provided by them.  

1- It’s The Best Way To Impress The Guests.

Upon asking our customer, Dina, the reason for hiring a personal chef, she answered, “Most guests are particular about their food, either because of their dietary restrictions or their allergies to certain ingredients. As a host and cook, it adds to my stress of preparing delicious quality meals while keeping such constraints in check. With a private chef from your staff, it becomes easier for me to meet guests’ expectations and relax and enjoy the party.”     

2- It Helps Me With Work-life Balance.

We started CookinGenie to make food preparation convenient for hosts with busy lifestyles, and it made us proud when Jennie, our returning client, shared these kind words about us. 

“I hire your private chefs to provide convenience in planning meals for my family. They always save me from the hassle of planning and preparing meals like breakfast, lunch, and dinner when I am on office tours. No rush for grocery shopping and cleaning after cooking, plus it’s affordable. So, why not CookinGenie?” 

3- It Saves Me Time And Money.

Those who think our chefs come at a high price would want to read what our user, Catherine, says.  

“Hiring a chef not only helps my family and me to have fresh, healthy meals but also relieves me from the stress of the entire process, which is very time-consuming. I don’t need to feel burdened with meal planning, food shopping, cooking, and daily cleanups. Moreover, it is way more economical than dining out, which costs parking, fuel, and babysitting fees apart from the restaurant bill.” 

4- I Love The Customization Part.

As our chefs hold ample experience in their respective culinary expertise, customizing meals for the clients is easy for them and is also our highlight that customers like Daniel can’t get tired of appreciating. 

“Being a professional athlete, it’s crucial to fuel my body with balanced micro- and macro-nutrients. It’s easy to get my personalized meals from your chef without missing the ‘taste’ essence.”  

5- It Helps Me Learn New Techniques.

Lary says, “Whenever I hire a chef, I try to observe and interact with them to learn new cooking tricks that I can use for those rare occasions when I need to cook. I have learned a few knife skills and how to avoid tears when dicing onions.” 

Although we are only focusing on the chef-on-demand services, Lary’s remark does spark the motivation to have scope for culinary classes, maybe someday. 

Nevertheless, indeed you hire a personal chef to cook for you, but it’s always great to learn new recipes and methods too. 

6- I Get to Fulfil My Desires for New Cuisines.

Our chefs love to swank their culinary flair all over. So, whenever hiring them, make sure to try something new to refresh your taste buds like our customer, Lily, is enjoying in pregnancy. 

“Being in the second semester, I crave a lot for a variety of tasty food. But since I need to avoid outside food due to health concerns, I hire your chef to fulfill my desire for tasty food and delicious cuisines. It has been an excellent way to soothe my craving and maintain good health during this time.” 

7- It’s A Great Gifting Option.

When we asked Christopher for a reason behind hiring a private chef, he prompted, “I believe ‘Sharing is happiness,’ and your Gift Cards are an excellent example. Even though I have only used your service once, I have bought your gift cards several times for my friends and families. And they all had a great experience of being served by your genies. Isn’t that what you call your chefs? I like that name and your gifting concept too.” 

8- Best Way To Host And Enjoy In-house Events.

“Hiring a personal chef for my in-house parties takes all the pressure off me. As the entire process of buying groceries, prepping food, and cleaning up is the chef’s responsibility, it allows me to enjoy the evening to the fullest. And, when it’s time for food, I feel assured that my guests will be all-praises for the top-quality dishes with dietary and allergic concerns taken care of.” – Ashley. 

No surprise that this was the most common answer given by most of our clients. 

Our purpose with CookinGenie has always been to pair diners with personal chefs and let the host enjoy their time with guests. We are glad our clients are enjoying being fantastic hosts.  

9- It Allows Me To Host Romantic Dinner For My Partner.

The convenience of hiring a personal chef allows couples to enjoy romantic dinners at home with gourmet quality meals served on their table. If you haven’t yet planned this surprise for your partner, Jeremy suggests you try it. 

“I wanted to do something unique on my girlfriend’s 25th birthday. So, I hired a personal chef from your site and got her favorite dishes freshly prepared in my kitchen. The surprise turned out to be more than she could imagine. My girlfriend’s jaw-dropping expressions were worth watching.” – Jeremy. 

10- It Helps Me Have More Time With My Family.

“Hiring a chef allows me to spend quality time with my family while not compromising our health. I feel more energized in my office and don’t need to have frequent runs to the grocery stores, spend time planning weekly meals, or spend unnecessarily on dine-outs and takeaways. Everything feels sorted.” – Cicily. 

Having quality time with your near and dear ones is crucial. We are glad that Cicily could find a reason in us to spend quality time with her family and manage her work-life balance better. 

Conclusion   

The overwhelming answers from esteemed clients affirm that there are plenty of reasons to hire a chef and none to avoid it. 

So, next time you are looking to throw a party for friends, indulge yourself with an elaborate buffet, or wish to kick back at home after a tough day at work, remember to make our private chef the reason to look after your culinary needs. 

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CookinGenie makes enjoying fresh food simple – our Genies shop, cook, and clean, and you get to enjoy! But in the world of COVID-19, what is the risk of having someone else prepare your food, in your home?

Ensuring Your Safety

CookinGenie takes health and cleanliness seriously. In addition to following CDC and FDA guidelines, our Genies follow food safety practices, and we have several procedures in place to ensure the safety of you and our Genies through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

To begin, we look to the CDC, which states: “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19,” and “there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads to people through food.”

The FDA provides additional guidance around food preparation safety. With COVID-19, we understand the concern related to high-touch surfaces, especially those in the kitchen. Our Genies take special care with handwashing and clean your kitchen when they are done preparing your food.

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In addition:

  • We will reschedule appointments if anyone – you or our Genies – are not feeling well
  • All our Genies wear masks at all times while in your home, regardless of local mandates
  • All our Genies are mindful of social distancing while in your home

So, what’s the risk?

Compared to other activities, CookinGenie provides a lower-risk option to enjoy fresh, quality meals in the comfort of your own home without a trip to the grocery store. To better understand the risk level, we compare the CookinGenie experience to the risk level of some common activities below, using the Texas Medical Association Risk Chart as a guide.

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  • Getting restaurant takeout – Low Risk (2/10)
    • Getting restaurant takeout is low-risk due to little contact with others and the safety measures now in place.
    • With CookinGenie, there is also little contact between you and the Genie. In addition to the cleanliness and safety measures we practice, online pre-payment means there is no payment exchanged during the Genie’s visit.
  • Eating at a restaurant (outside) – Low-Moderate Risk (4/10)
    • Outdoor dining allows for free airflow, which lowers the concentration of the virus and keeps risk levels low, especially when more people are present.
    • Unless using an outdoor kitchen, CookinGenie is inside your home, but with only one Genie entering your home with a mask, the risk level remains low.
  • Eating in a restaurant (inside) – Moderate-High Risk (7/10)
    • Inside dining increases risk due to recirculated air, more people, and people not wearing masks.

Following our safety protocols, CookinGenie offers a lower-risk alternative to getting restaurant-quality food.

While there are few activities these days that are completely risk-free, CookinGenie is committed to doing all we can to offer delicious, fresh meals cooked right in your kitchen, in the safest way possible.

References

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/food-and-COVID-19.html

https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/best-practices-retail-food-stores-restaurants-and-food-pick-updelivery-services-during-covid-19

https://www.texmed.org/TexasMedicineDetail.aspx?Pageid=46106&id=53977

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