Personal chef jobs are about more than cooking, you're also part of someone's personal staff. This makes you part domestic staff and part business person as well – you're selling yourself to the individual, not to a restaurant. In order to succeed in this field, that means developing more skills than those behind the cutting board and learning how to sell yourself through more than a good meal.
For those looking to launch a career as a personal chef or struggling to find work, here are a few tips you can use to improve your opportunities:
Find a niche – In many parts of the personal chef world, having a niche will land you business much faster than being a well-rounded cook. Focus on vegetarian dishes, a certain type of cuisine or one of the many popular trends in the culinary world today. This will help you sell your talents.
Learn the business angle – Putting as much effort into your brand and "business" will be just as important as the time you have put into becoming an excellent cook. Learn how to market your skills, sell the craft and network in order to improve your employment chances and help find the perfect kitchen to work in.
Remember your craft – As the business angles of becoming a personal chef become more natural, you need to remember that first and foremost you're a chef. Continue learning new skills, dishes and stay up on the latest trends to ensure you are marketing yourself properly.