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How to find a great personal chef? [moved from Boston board]

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Can anyone give me some tips for finding a great personal chef (e.g. for a dinner in my home)? What should I look for, what questions should I ask, how I should find one, etc.?

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  1. There are other threads on this if you search the boards. My suggestion is to call a local culinary school.

    1. Why not use a caterer?

      1. You're looking for someone who wants to cook what you want to eat, so just make sure you're honest about that - if you say "healthy food" but actually want to eat mac and cheese and fried chicken and no vegetables every night (no judgement here, just a for instance) you might not mesh well. Also make sure you ask if their rates are hourly or per serving. Good personal chefs will have a lot of questions for you, too.

        And I'll ditto calling culinary schools (full disclosure: I work at one of them). Best of luck!

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