Monday, May 31, 2010

Welcome, Christine Jeter: Guest Blogger:)

Considering how when Christina Jeter blogs everyone listens and she is one the best in the business when it comes to setting trends it was a no brainer to share with you all the lifestyle services I provide to those who seek the good life. If you've ever wondered how your favorite actor, actress or performing artist looks so good for so long you can bet that a professional chef had something to do with it. Imagine healthy food by request. If you've ever uttered the phrase, "I'd like to eat a healthy meal, please have one prepared for me chef," then you know you are living the good life. Hollywood is full of people who get paid to be beautiful and I am the one they would hire to stay that way. My name is D’Andre McCarter Private Chef to celebrities and owner of The Real Private Chefs(TRPC). Based in Atlanta, GA and though out the United States I provide private chef services to Families, Singles, Active Seniors, Famous Entertainers NFL and NBA Players, Film Makers, Movie Stars, CEO of Large Corporations, Hip-Hop Artist and Models. After serving in the hotel industry for many years I made a discovery. I was cooking for celebrities but no one knew it because I was not seen nor could I talk to the celebrities that I always admired. Upscale hotels prohibit staff from speaking to any celebrities for privacy reasons. Among those I have cooked for were Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Tiger Woods, David Banner, Tina Turner, Seinfeld, and many many more .

OWNER AND OPERATOR of (TRPC) I offer ‘palate-specific’ personal meals cooked from fresh ingredients in private homes. With so many households where people are working meal planning and preparation becomes an extra burden. Although frozen entrees and take-out food is convenient, it is loaded with salt, sugar, fat and preservatives. The most popular question I am always asked from potential clients is “How much are your services”? The average cost for a private chef is $60,000 to $80,000 per year. Now you might say that is a bit much, however you get a whole lot in return for your investment. You have a chef to grocery shop and prep in your kitchen, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner at your home all when it's convenient for you. No wonder private chefs have become such a hot commodity. People who can hire a private chef might have famous people coming to the house, and you need life and etiquette skills with diverse people. And I respect the home as defined by the family I work for. Some families will let their private chef eat dinner with them or not, but that was not the case in the households I served. As an employee, I could not sit down on the couch after dinner and watch a movie with everyone. There are rules that must be followed when working in aclient’s home. Privacy is paramount to families with private chefs. Most high profile clients require their chefs to sign a confidentiality agreement for privacy reasons. Many people ask what is the is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef? A private chef is employed by one individual or family full time, and is often “living in” and preparing up to 3 meals per day. A Personal Chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom designed for the client’s particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored so that the client may enjoy them at their leisure in the future. Hiring a chef to plan, shop for and prepare 20 meals in your kitchen to freeze and eat later costs from $300 to $400 on the low end for rural residents, but it's more costly for those in big cities like Hollywood Ca. Using a website referral and the phone book are good ways to find a personal chef, but choosing one to actually work in your home requires diligence. Follow these three suggestions to ensure your chef is top-notch.
1. Check each candidate’s references and inquire about his or her training and work experience.
2. Ask the candidate for a sample menu, and initiate a discussion about personal cooking philosophy.
3. Interview the candidate in person in your home, where he or she can do an assessment of your kitchen and your appliances.

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