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Jan 27, 2008 06:41 PM

Personal chef for everyday dinners?

Has anyone tried this? A personal chef preps and cooks the food at your place (a law requirement, I think), then you have meals to heat up for the rest of the week. I've heard of this service but don't know anyone who has done it. Sounds like a good solution for busy families = gift certificate time.

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  1. one chef who does this, almost exclusively,is Monique Taylor of LemonTree. She cooks in your home, freezes it, leaves you with instructions and no mess and hearty healthy meals. she's on a maternity break at the moment, but i think she's set all her clients up with other chefs.

    1. There is a Canadian personal chef's association and that's pretty much what they do. They have quite a few different chefs to choose from.

      1. They do not have to cook in your home, AFAIK. We were gifted such a service when we had our baby and the chef dropped meals for the week at our door.

        PS are you in the general Riverdale area? We have an excellent local service for picking up hot dinners

        Highly recommended, we order weekly.

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        1. re: julesrules

          Could you describe how its dinner works? The website isn't very good with details. Thanks.

          1. re: merlot143

            She cooks Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She posts two weeks of menus in advance. One orders, by phone or email, by 10am the day one wants dinner. Then you pick up the dinner from her house between 5 and 7pm.
            I realise it's not the same service you were looking for, but we like it. We live close by so that helps make it convenient. While having meals in the freezer is also very handy, frozen vegetables and potatoes are not my favourite. This is a hot fresh meal.

            1. re: julesrules

              Sounds like a great service. Thanks.

              1. re: merlot143

                Interesting to hear from someone else that's tried her service Julesrules.
                A neighbour was very disappointed. She thought that the food was okay - it was more organization. When my friend came by to pick up she was told that they were out of containers and the woman was scrambling around at the last minute to find and wash out used margarine containers for her to use. We both thought that was pretty odd. Granted this was about a year ago - perhaps she has since got herself some proper takeout materials?

                1. re: millygirl

                  Well yes, I think she's given up on people bringing back her tupperwares and now has a supply of more disposable packaging. Personally, I prefer coming home without piles of styrofoam, plastic bag, cutlery and other useless junk that tends to come with take-out or ordering in.

                  1. re: julesrules

                    I agree in that cutlery would be overkill but I am squeamish about certain things and used margarine containers are high on my list. I am glad to hear she has since moved to disposables. Thanks for the update.

          2. re: julesrules

            She's right around the corner from me and I've never heard of her! Fine "Pocketeer" I am :)

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