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"Learning from trial & error
wastes time and is expensive."

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Business Coaching

For over 15 years, I have been laser-focused on my personal chef business. I did everything: weeknight meal preparation, in-home, fine-dining experiences, boutique catering events and bespoke gala-style events in mansions. Unlike working at a restaurant or for a catering company, I set my own hours, choose my clients, get paid what I deserve, and best of all, I get to do my favorite thing for a living!

Whether making a week's worth of healthy meals for a busy individual, or serving an elegant 5-course meal for a special celebration, I've developed a formula that makes each event efficient and economical, without sacrificing quality.

Personal Chef

People hire a Personal Chef to relish the convenience of enjoying a home-made meal that they didn't have to make at home. They understand that hiring us saves time and money. Our job as chefs is to eliminate the hassles of planning, preparing and cleaning up... not to mention, meal planning can be overwhelming! I'll show you how to work fast, clean, and safely, and your clients will wonder how they ever lived without you.

In-Home Fine Dining

People who hire a chef for family festivities aren't just looking for well-made food, they want to have a celebration that's both lavish and luxurious. I love to help create lasting memories for my clients and their guests.

A lot of challenges come up when you're creating a restaurant experience in a private home! Let me help you plan & design an exquisite In-Home Fine Dining event. Ensure that they're comforatable, in their own, relaxed environment, enjoying delicious food that you custom made to accommodate their requests, and you'll never spend a dime on advertising.

Small Event Catering

If your idea of fun is going to intimate parties every weekend, just imagine being the star of the event! I can't believe I get to do my favorite thing and that I'm being paid to do it.

I always treated these events as a "paid audition", as I'm showing off my best work to friends of someone who already trusts me. The best feeling is when one of the guests comes up and says, This is wonderful. Everything is amazing! Do you have a business card?

Larger Event Catering

I offered bespoke catering, with options for all kinds of cuisines and all manner of service, for up to 150 guests. I managed a staff of 20+ Part-Time, On-Call workers for both front- and back-of-house. I have made food from all international cuisines, ranging from a formal English tea service, to pigs-in-a-blanket, to an elegant caviar service with all the trimmings. I keep on top of the rules & regulations. I'll show you how to make this business work so your food is safe and to reduce the risk of any legal issues.

If you're ready to take the next step into doing larger events, I can share my advice and help you avoid the pitfalls of working with rental companies, temporary staff, and working large events in small spaces.

"Learning from trial & error wastes time and is expensive."

I'll be your coach!

I would love to get you on the right track, working as a private chef, doing In-Home Fine Dining, or catering.

Act now and take these three steps to getting started with your own personal chef business

STEP ONE: Totally FREE Consultation
Free, no-obligation, 30-minute phone call to discuss what you are looking for and how I can help.

STEP TWO: Complete the Questionnaire
Complete my online interview form so you can take your time & explain your business needs.

STEP THREE: Detailed Consultation
You'll receive a written response, PLUS a 60-minute call or video-conference to answer any questions.

for a FREE 30-minute consultation!

    Call me and let's talk about how you can set things up the right way and ensure everything is perfect...before, during and after the event, including strategies on how to get paid,

    When cooking in your client's home kitchen you need to be flexible. I've dealt with power outages, equipment failure, and even literally putting out a fire. I can show you how to adapt to all kinds of cooking environments, whether it's converting a recipe from the stove to the oven (or vice versa) or to use other appliances to achieve similar results. Food safety is a priority, and is never compromised.

    If you're already in business, you know that food cost is key. I can take your current menu, find the waste, and turn it into profit. I'll share how to tell if you should purchase a food product, or make it in-house. I can show you new ways to use your existing equipment to be more profitable, or help you choose the right machine for your needs.

    I can help you adapt your current menu items to accommodate all kinds of dietary requirements, including: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, Keto, paleo, diabetic, low-sodium, kosher, Whole 30 and pregnancy-friendly foods... or even just picky eaters... without becoming a short-order cook.

    If you have employees, putting your restaurant's procedures and policies in writing makes sure everyone is treated fairly and info is clearly communicated. I draw on my experience as a Human Resources Consultant to help get you on the right track. I can help with HR policies and procedures, including creating a system for written warnings and disciplinary action.

    I'm happy to provide guidance and additional expertise in the following areas:
    ·  Menu Planning
    ·  Food Safety
    ·  Guest Service
    ·  Managing Suppliers
    ·  Equipment Selection
    ·  Recipe Development
    ·  Corporate Culture
    ·  Dietary Requirement Adjustments
    ·  Product Demonstration Coaching

    I've always been proud of being able to surprise and delight my clients by making their culinary wishes come true, and I can help you do the same with your clients and restaurant guests!

    You landed on my profile because you want to learn from my experience, so give me a call and let's get started!

    for a FREE 30-minute consultation!

    Training, Certification & Qualifications

    • Classically-Trained Culinary Professional: Art Institute of California at Los Angeles
      Earned a 4.0 cumulative GPA
    • Certified in Sanitation (Serv Safe)
    • Certified in Nutrition (Pro Mgmt)
    • Certified in Kitchen Management (Pro Mgmt)
    • Certified in Cost Control (Pro Mgmt)

    Chef JoAnna built her business on catering to small-but-elegant events. She'll show you how to prepare everything from a romantic dinner for two, to a 6-course dinner for eight, afternoon tea, graduation party, or a brunch.

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Chef JoAnna says:

I remember being six years old, standing in my Aunt Maria's kitchen in Chicago. She always used fresh basil, fresh oregano, fresh everything. I remember thinking, "I wish I could eat like this for the rest of my life." Read moreтАж