A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with a local catering company owner, who also happens to be an experienced Personal Chef. He had hired several corporate catering companies in our area in the past, but he was having difficulty finding quality chefs to work with. He cited a couple of negatives, such as paying a high salary for super employees, as well as not being satisfied with the quality of food that was produced. He also mentioned a couple of positive things, such as the highly skilled chefs that showed up for the events that he would have to cater in Miami.
Several of the personal chefs that he had interviewed over the years had impressed him with their skill, but it always seemed to be more than that. He said that his goal for the future was to find someone with the same passion for cooking that he did. He wanted someone who would create menus for all of the events that he would be caterers for. He didn’t want someone just looking like he had hired a cheap chef, but someone who truly cared about creating high-quality meals. When I mentioned this to him, he got really excited.
There are several good sources of information on where you can find the right chefs to hire for corporate catering in Miami. One of them is Miami Cooking Magazine. This is a monthly magazine that provides recipes and tips from top professional chefs. Every issue features an exclusive monthly recipe that is featured and a variety of new cooks that contribute with new and interesting recipes every month.
Another source of great chef resource is the Miami New Times. This is an alternative weekly newspaper that features recipes, business news, local events, politics and sports. The chef section provides some fabulous recipes, although there seems to be a lot of copy written by chefs who work for other catering services and not by personal chefs. These chefs usually do very well with catering events, as long as they are not the ones preparing the meals at the event. Most of the people in this section are professionals in food preparation.
A third great source of information when it comes to finding a personal chef near me would be Food Network. This is a national television show that features celebrity chefs who give cooking shows and discuss everything from the best way to prepare a meal to how much fat is in steak. One of the chefs for the Food Network program, Emeril Lagasse, discussed my event for quite a while on the radio show of the same name. He talked about the large number of people in our city who can’t afford quality food, but he also mentioned many people who have fancy kitchens and cook regular meals every day for their families.
A final source for finding a chef in my area would be a directory of local catering companies. These companies are available all over the U.S., and they list everything they do including their phone numbers and e-mail addresses. The advantage to these companies is that they include not only a list of caterers, but sometimes they have profiles of the people who cook for them. This means that if I really want to hire someone, I can take a look at the list of available chefs, read what they have written online, call the telephone number or e-mail address provided and ask if they are a good fit for my catering needs.
The benefit of hiring a personal chef near me is that she can prepare the meals that I would normally be unable to prepare because she lives several states away and is not familiar with my cooking habits. Also, when I have special events, she can prepare those meals as well. I have found this to be especially helpful when I am holding an event such as a wedding and need to have foods and beverages ready. I rarely have the time to do it all myself, but a good caterer will know how to get things done.
It is important for me to hire someone who I can communicate easily with, one who I feel comfortable leaving the food preparation up to, even if she does not work out of my home. I also want a person who I can trust to make my meals safely and correctly the first time. In my experience the best chef near me comes from the word of mouth that has already described her in glowing terms at various restaurant reviews I have read. Hopefully she can do the same for me.