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The Professional Personal Chef: The Business of Doing Business as a Personal Chef

February 2007, ©2008
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Description

The job of professional personal chef is one of the fastest growing careers in foodservice. People are choosing to become personal chefs in order to have a culinary career on their own terms, with a self-determined schedule and freedom from restaurant strictures. Not only do personal chefs have the chance to work with food in a more creative, personalized way, they are also able to approach their careers with a more entrepreneurial business sense.

Written by Candy Wallace, the founder and Executive Director of the American Personal and Private Chef Association (APPCA) and Greg Forte, CEC, CCE, AAC, The Professional Personal Chef offers the definitive guide for starting and growing a successful professional personal chef business. It covers the skills and competencies required for the American Culinary Federation's Personal Certified Chef certification, and lays out a practical road map for this challenging but rewarding career.

Filled with resources rich in detail, this useful and engaging text covers:

  • The evolution of the professional personal chef career path
  • The benefits and disadvantages of various forms of business ownership
  • Operating legally
  • Writing an effective business plan
  • Creating a vision statement, mission statement, and elevator speech for your personal chef business
  • Managing and securing finances
  • Identifying target markets and revenue streams
  • Developing marketing and sales plans and quality customer service
  • A day in the life of a personal chef

In each chapter, learning outcomes, key terms, and review questions reinforce the key concepts. From the Field features present interviews and real world experiences from working personal chefs.

A complete instructor support package providing business resources, syllabi, and project suggestions is posted on a companion Web site at www.wiley.com, and also offers sample business plans, recipes for menus, forms, and other useful documents.

Culinary arts instructors seeking a classroom text, as well as individual culinary professionals and amateurs interested in starting or growing a personal chef business, will find The Professional Personal Chef the essential A-to-Z guide to this exciting career.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Evolution of the Personal Chef.

Chapter 2. Forms of Ownership.

Chapter 3. Operating Legally.

Chapter 4. The Business Plan.

Chapter 5. The Big Three.

Chapter 6. Finances.

Chapter 7. Identifying Your Market.

Chapter 8. Sales & Service Process.

Chapter 9. Marketing.

Chapter 10. Customer Service.

Chapter 11. A Day in the Life of a Personal Chef.

Chapter 12. Revenue Streams.

Appendix.

Index.

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Author Information

Candy Wallace is the founder and Executive Director of the American Personal and Private Chef Association (APPCA) and Institute (APPCI). Recognized as the leading national authority on the subject, Chef Wallace has been teaching the business of being a personal chef to culinary students for the past eleven years. In 2003, she was awarded the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Award for excellence as Businessperson/Entrepreneurof the Year.

Greg Forte, CEC, CCE, AAC, is the Director of the Utah Culinary Institute at Utah Valley State College. Chef Forte has been teaching culinary arts to students for over eighteen years. He is coauthor of Electric Bread.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • First textbook that addresses this fast growing field in the foodservice industry.
  • Features case studies in each chapter showcasing how successful personal chefs deal with the issues presented
  • Presents a practical approach to starting a personal chef business
  • Content fulfills the educational skills and competencies required for ACF personal chef certification
  • Endorsed and authored by the Founder and Executive Director of the American Personal and Private   Chef Association and Institute
  •   “From the Field” feature presents interviews and real world experiences from working personal chefs.
  • In each chapter, learning outcomes, key terms, and review questions reinforce the key concepts.
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Instructors Resources
Wiley Instructor Companion Site
Instructor's Manual to Accompany The Professional Personal Chef: The Business of Doing Business as a Personal Chef
Instructor's Manual features Sample Syllabi, Chapter Highlights with Discussion Questions and Test Questions.
Instructor's Companion Site
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Students Resources
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Purchase Options
Hardcover   
The Professional Personal Chef: The Business of Doing Business as a Personal Chef
ISBN : 978-0-471-75219-6
224 pages
February 2007, ©2008
$86.95   BUY

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