Generally speaking, whenever most of us hear about someone hiring a personal chef, we get a negative impression, often thinking someone is too wealthy or too snooty to fix their own meals. But this is far from the truth. There are many valid reasons for the everyday citizen to bring a professional into their cooking. Let me give you some insight.

As we expand our families and raise our children, we often don’t anticipate food allergies or intolerance (lactose, gluten, etc.). But when it arises in a family member, it can become very burdensome and stressful.

If you try to tailor every meal to the affected one’s needs, your other children or your spouse may complain. On the other hand, trying to prepare separate meals to cater to everyone is time-consuming, and you can still risk cross-contamination. A personal chef will relieve the burden so that you can focus on the other tasks demanding your attention.

This also works well when you have family members that have other dietary restrictions, such as vegetarianism or veganism. My parents got huffy with me when I considered going vegetarian because of the inconvenience it would cause. With a personal chef, this is a nonissue.

In a similar vein, if you are dieting or have other special needs–for example, requiring extra iron to combat the effects of anemia or Type II Diabetes–you don’t have to worry about ordering prepackaged frozen meals from a weight loss company.

This is also helpful when family members are eating at different times–Daddy’s working late, Jacob’s got football practice, Amy has ballet, and Mom is coming home in the afternoon because of an extra early shift. The chef can cook for you individually so that there is no “dinner’s in the oven, sweetie” routine, and everybody’s happy.

The best personal chefs will also manage the grocery shopping and cleanup so that you have less to worry about when it comes to your busy schedule. Even if you don’t know if you want to go for it for the everyday, personal chefs also handle holiday and dinner parties, meaning you can focus on invitations, cleaning, and then mingling with guests on the big night.

Some personal chefs don’t limit themselves to taking on the responsibilities while you relax on the couch. They will actually offer one-on-one cooking classes so that you can cook like a pro before long. But if that is not your intention, you will likely still enjoy the services provided by your professional chef.

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