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Reasons to use My Designated Chef


We are a small local business that can help you create more time in your day and take the stress away; let us shop, cook and clean.

Sit down family dinner even with the busiest schedules.

Heating a My Designated Chef meal is faster and healthier than take out/delivery!

No more planning what to have for dinner – we create the menu according to your taste buds.

No more cleaning pots and pans; we do that for you!!

Hand selected ingredients bought the same day as prepared. Fresh, local groceries come to you!

If you are needing a healthy diet we can help you with healthy eating.

We are a small and a local family owned business with a passion for food and service


With My Designated Chef’s skilled personal chefs creating custom menus for your approval, you’ll never have to sit and wonder what you feel like having.




Common Questions about our Weekly Personal Chef Service

  • You say its “5 dishes” – how many meals is that?

That depends on your menu and how you and your family plan to eat it.  The variety of dishes consists of entrée items, vegetable dishes, hearty pastas or grains and soups.  Quite often our clients use the food for about 5 meals, or 4 dinners and some lunches.  We will work with you to meet your needs for meals.  Includes one side item with meals.

  • How do you estimate portion size?

Since we offer the service for a flat rate plus the cost of groceries, we realize this could leave the amount of food up to interpretation.  We cook based on experience of what we think you’ll need for each dish and are happy to adjust portion sizes if it is too much or too little.

  • Can you cook an extra dish some weeks if we are planning to have company?

Yes, we offer a couple affordable “Add Ons” – one of which is cooking an extra dish.  Whether the dish be a dessert, another entrée, an appetizer or a side dish, we can whip up a delicious extra to meet your needs.  Please notify your chef in advance so that the necessary items can be purchased and planned for.

  • Where is the food prepared?

We come to your home and prepare the food in your kitchen.  We will work with whatever equipment you have and bring along any additional tools we may need.

  • How often do you come to cook?

We come to your home once a week on a day that works best for you and our chefs’ schedules.  You can choose a morning or afternoon slot. Service options include weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly service, subject to availability.

  • How long does it take to cook the meals for the week during your visit?

Usually we are cooking in your kitchen for 4 to 5 hours – this includes set up, prepping, cooking, and clean up.

  • What equipment do I need?

Our chefs are very experienced, versatile and comfortable in any kitchen.  We can improvise for certain things, and will double check before if we need certain specialty equipment or tools.

  • What if my kitchen is really small?

Not to worry!  As professional chefs we have experience cooking in kitchens of all shapes and sizes and will make your kitchen work in ways you never thought possible.  If your kitchen happens to lack a sink, stove, or refrigerator, you might want to let us know.

  • What if I have some of the ingredients already?

Before your first cooking appointment, your chef will contact you to see what pantry ingredients you may already have (i.e. salt, spices, flour, oils, vinegars).  We generally do not check about produce, other perishables, or any ingredients which we will be using in its entirety.  We welcome your input, however, so if you have anything in the pantry or fridge you’d like to use up…just let us know when we’re putting together the menu!

  • How do we store the food?

We store the food in your ‘tupperware’ or other food storage containers.  We are happy to pick some extra containers up with the groceries if you’d like us to – please let us know.  Also, in an effort to be most environmentally friendly, we ask that you please use reusable containers and not disposable ones.  Thanks!

  • Do you take into account special dietary needs?

Absolutely.  We can cook Gluten free, Vegan, and Vegetarian, Kosher, Heart Healthy, Low Sodium, Low Sugar, Low Calorie and more.  Specify what needs or restrictions you’d like us to work with when filling out the online form and we’ll be happy to accommodate.

  • Can I be home while you’re cooking?

Yes of course! We are ‘guest’ chefs in your home and want you to feel comfortable to go about your routine.  While we do not allot enough time for “instruction,” we are happy to converse and welcome you to observe.  For safety purposes, we ask that kids and pets be supervised, but are of course welcomed to be around and observing as well.

  • Do I need to make a commitment or sign a contract?

While we do use a “client service agreement,” we do not require any time commitment.  You can use My Designated Chef as frequently or infrequently as you’d like.  If you decided you’d like to keep a regular weekly time slot, just arrange with your chef and give appropriate notice for rescheduling.  The service agreement states the expectations for both parties when you book My Designated Chef. 

  • What’s the next step?

Fill out our online consult form to submit your food preferences and have a chef contact you with a customized menu and to set a date for cooking!


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