Become a Caterer or Personal Chef

© 2005 Diane Aull

Are you customer service oriented? Do you enjoy entertaining? Do you yearn to spend your day rattling those pots and pans in the kitchen?

A home based business as a caterer or personal chef may be just the thing you’re looking for!

A word of caution, though: there’s much more to running a successful catering business or personal chef service than simply a love of cooking. There are health regulations, financial considerations, legal issues and customer service concerns that must be attended-to in order for your business to flourish.

Getting started

While it’s true that no formal training is required to become a caterer or personal chef, some people do find that attending classes at a local college or cooking school can be helpful. In addition, you want to make sure that you’re aware of all the applicable laws, health inspections and regulations required in your area and that you’re in compliance with them all before you serve your first meal.

What if you want to start a catering business, but your kitchen isn’t up to commercial standards (at least, not yet)? A little creativity can go a long way — for instance, a local caterer got started by negotiating to use the kitchen of a nearby social club during the day, when the facilities were normally vacant. If you have the desire, but lack the kitchen facilities, you may be able to work out a similar arrangement with a local church, community center or club.

Find out more

Instantly download an affordable e-book or order a printed book from Amazon and get started right away with your new catering business or personal chef service. These books will give you the nitty-gritty you need to know to succeed:

  • Become a Caterer or Personal Chef
    Written by a successful caterer/personal chef, and including interviews and tips from other professionals in the field, this e-book will give you the solid foundation you need to succeed as a caterer or personal chef. Download immediately with no shipping delays!

Printed books:

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