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soccermom13 Mar 30, 2014 04:09 AM

A good friend of my daughter is a very busy MD with a new baby and a husband with an equally demanding career. Can anyone recommend a good personal chef who would talk with them about what they like to eat then come into their home to prepare some meals (which would be frozen or refrigerated until eaten) on a periodic basis?

I know personal chefs exist but I have no idea how to find a good one in the St. Paul area.

Thanks in advance.

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    foreverhungry RE: soccermom13 Mar 30, 2014 09:21 AM

    Try Laura Bonicelli, http://bonicellicooks.com/. This is exactly what she does for busy folks, prepares meals that are refrigerated or frozen, much of it organic, and all very tasty.

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      soccermom13 RE: foreverhungry Mar 31, 2014 04:24 AM

      Thanks, Forever. Website looks great but meals are expensive! Perhaps they are high for all good personal chefs, though.

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        foreverhungry RE: soccermom13 Mar 31, 2014 06:12 AM

        Yeah, the meals are pricy, but she uses top notch ingredients, with an emphasis on high lean protein, complex grains, and vegetables. She doesn't cut corners, and the quality is reflected in the cost.

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          GutGrease RE: soccermom13 Apr 3, 2014 09:00 AM

          I've never explored the personal chef market, but one has to imagine that the prices are insanely high. You aren't just paying for meals, you are paying for a personal chef. If it was cheap we'd all have one!

          If money is an issue for this couple, they might be much better off planning out their meals over the weekend and prepping everything so that it's a breeze throughout the week. It's easier said than done especially when adjusting to a new baby but something that we all have to learn how to do at some point.

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            Db Cooper RE: GutGrease Apr 3, 2014 09:05 AM

            I'm just going to say it

            If you're looking at the prices, you can't afford a personal chef.

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              soccermom13 RE: Db Cooper Apr 4, 2014 05:43 AM

              Ha! GutGrease and Db Cooper---I am looking at prices and I definitely can't afford a personal chef :0) But they probably can.

              This couple is so squeezed for time the weekend prep plan just won't work for them. But I agree that for most families, that is a great strategy.

              Thanks, guys.

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                Jordan RE: soccermom13 Apr 4, 2014 06:15 AM

                They also might consider delivery from Schwan's or a mail-order service like Magic Kitchen.

      2. AnneInMpls RE: soccermom13 Apr 4, 2014 08:00 PM

        Another option on the low-cost end is prepared food from Byerly's delivery. It's the opposite of healthy (unless VERY carefully chosen), but it is relatively affordable.

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          ibew292 RE: AnneInMpls Apr 5, 2014 02:47 PM

          Lets Dish is a option but very salty..

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