At The Chef Alliance, we are dedicated to helping you succeed in your Personal Chef or Private Chef career. Our experienced Success Managers assist our member Chefs with marketing their services, lowering their business and operating costs, learning more about the industry in order to provide a better service to their clients, and working through the many common issues and challenges that Personal Chefs and Private Chefs face throughout their career. Below are comments from some of our members.
"...I am truly thankful for your help, support and responses with all my inquires. This association is a huge blessing for me..."
" Thank so much for your quick reply! You guys have always been very helpful and supportive and I really appreciate it!"
CHEF JAN TURNBULL
"The Chef Alliance has provided me with another avenue to grow my business. Being associated with the Chef Alliance has allowed me to add that professional aspect to my business. I am sure this association will result in increasing my client base."
TEL: 1. 877. 402. 3221.
CHEF CHRISTINE O'BRIEN
Doing events with The chef Alliance allows me to "fill in spots that are not already booked and gives me a chance to meet clients who I have not dealt with previously. I love meeting new people with the Chef Alliance…"
CHEF A. SHARMA
"Chef alliance has helped me to increase my business in ways, i couldn't have dreamed of."
"I have been a professional chef for more than 20 years in top hotels, resorts and cruise lines around the world, before settling down in Calgary to get married. Chef Alliance has given me the opportunity to utilize my skills to achieve financial goals."
The highlight of providing a Chef Experience was "Being able to explore interesting recipes with people who are open to anything."
"Just provided one of my first Chef Experiences. The highlight for the event to this client was: they were extremely happy with the professional service provided at the comfort of their home.They already referred me to someone they know. Its great for the business."
"I believe the most interesting part with chef alliance and every client is that you just don't' know what kind of experience, kitchen and layout you would be working with. So, all those thoughts bring the adrenaline rush."
"Extremely professional company with a strong vision for helping Chefs build successful businesses."
"the chef alliance puts me in contact with really good customers. They also take care of all the publicity, finding the customers, exposure... so it's great all i have left to do is cook!"
The highlight of working with Chef Experiences & The Chef Alliance is their "Professional service, fast response to queries."
The highlight of providing the service for Chef Experiences was "it has introduced me to people that I may not have found on my own."
The highlight of providing the service for Chef Experiences was "The opportunity for new contacts and a larger audience for my services."
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with the Chef Alliance. For it has helped my personal chef business in every single aspect. The recent events at the Miele Gallery have been truly rewarding and fun at the same time!!!"
"Love running a business, but not having to worry too much about marketing - chef alliance has helped me so much!"
"The chef alliance helps create contacts which makes my business grow."
"The chef alliance has made it easy to find clients. They type of clients who will provide me with both repeat business, and word or mouth advertising"
The Chef alliance has helped my business by connecting me with the desirable clients we are looking for to cater to. The chef alliance could increase awareness with their presence here in Nova Scotia which would increase business for me.
The highlight for me in providing a Chef Experience Service was "seeing how much they enjoyed the food and the whole experience of having a chef in their home."
Almost all of my client list originated with the chef Alliance, keep them coming.
"The chef alliance is very professional. They are on top of things and they always get back to me really fast. Great communication!"
The Chef Alliance never fails to introduce me to wonderful customers.
Just wanted to let you know that [The Christmas Show] in hamilton was a really good thing! Looking forward to the next one
"the chef alliance has helped my business by always having at least one job available for me to fit into my schedule."
"Love the challenge of creating menus and dishes for each client. It keeps my creative juices flowing, makes for an ever-changing career."
The highlight for me in providing this recent Chef Experience service was that "I was able to meet interesting people who taught me about local perch fishing in Lake Erie and have invited me out the next time they go - how exciting"
Once again the calibre of clientelle I have met through the Chef Alliance, is top notch
It was easy to cook for the Lamanna's because they really enjoy good food.The conversation was great because it is always about one of my favourite subjects: Italian Cuisine!
"Working with chef alliance was great because they took care of all the planning details and pricing. It was nice being able to just show up and cook, and not have to worry about paper work and payments. I was happy to provide my services to this client, because they were both very friendly, appreciative and satisfied with their chef experience."
The highlight of providing Chef Experience services for The Chef Alliance is that "It's a great change of pace, from working in the restaurant."
"If I was to recommend TCA to a chef, I would go with the platinum membership. i did the email blast and booked a bunch of dinner parties for Jan and Feb when I knew I would be quiet. I discounted the dinners for those 2 months, but sold add-ons when I spoke to the customers, and even had 1 book me again for her 40th birthday - that was for 18 people."
Love being able to fill up my free evenings with fun private events. Every client that I've cooked for through the chef alliance has been wonderful. They're very hospitable, and absolutely delighted to have someone else cook for a change!
I got to try a Iron Chef Challenge [My Own Iron Chef Experience] ..it was fun and a little more relaxed! I would do it again in a heartbeat.
RE: Sears prizewinner, dinner for 8. The highlight of providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was "The oppurtunity to use my skills in catering, menu planning and execution of the food. Providing people with an experience they won't soon forget."
RE: Jones' dinner for 8. The highlight of providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was "seeing the client with joy on their faces and wanting more of my food"
"This was my first experience with chef alliance. It was great. I would like to have bigger groups. I realy enjoyed it. [The Clients] really liked my food thats give satisfaction."
"How the chef alliance has helped me; The chef alliance has helped me by securing clients to show case my experience/talent and skill to long life potential client's. Where else are going to find an association finding key clients? Alternatively you can create a marketing champagne that may or may be successful"
One the greatest things is when the clients don't expect too much of their dinner and chef experience, but as the courses start going out, paired with great wine and service, they start changing their mind and end up having a great time!!!
"I have worked real hard to be good at what I do, as a result of that I have earned great respect among some of the top chefs of the Caribbean. I came to Canada as a nobody and i am grateful to be working with the chef alliance which as allowed me to show my skills and i am confident i will be very marketable once persons have experience my talent."
"Since much of my business comes through The Chef alliance, I don't have to have a huge marketing budget. This leaves me with more money to improve my business in other ways. I've grown faster than I thought possible before I started out as a Personal Chef. I would highly recommend joining to anyone thinking about getting into private cooking."
"The Chef Alliance has helped me reduce my business costs. I used to pay $1500 for insurance, and that's been slashed to about $400. I used the extra money to pay for new equipment, flyers for my business in the neighbourhood, and a night on the town with my fiance!"
"Best part of being a Personal Chef is meeting new people. One day teh client could be a lawyer, the next day a graphic designer, and another day a teacher. They're all from different backgrounds, but they all love food. I've learned so much from talking to them. Toronto is such a diverse city - it's great! Keep up the good work in selling those gift cards!"
"After working for 20 years in restaurants, I was ready for a change. I came across your company by chance, and did a few events with you. Now I am a full-time personal chef. the passion I had as a culinary student is back - cooking is no longer a job. I get to meet new people everyday, which I LOVE! I am more creative now than ever before."
Providing Chef Experiences for The Chef Alliance "I`m able to showcase my passion,my creations and my skills,on food; by presenting custom original recipes for a gourmet, fine dinning meal. It is very gratifying to me when I produce original menus with creative ideas that will exceed the clients expectations."
"I just came back from doing an "Iron Chef" experience for Marge. It was such a blast. The clients were fantastic. They were so interested in watching and learning & had a fun time. For me, it was a chance to show them what i could do with no boundries - I just checked out their cupboards and the creative juices started flowing. What a high! Sonia, thanks for having faith in my talents - you believed in me before I believed in myself."
"Once again I was able to meet new clients with an appreciation for food, and a potential for future business."
Meeting really nice people and getting to make things I normally don't get a chance to.
"Thanks for booking me in for the cooking lesson a few days ago. It was fun to see Rob and his girlfriend working together harmoniously to create dinner. They're getting married in the fall, and I may be doing their rehersal dinner! Got to get a menu together - so finger's crossed!"
Up to now, I've only done dinner parties with The Chef Alliance. Did a cocktail party for 8 last night. What a blast! The prep and service was EASY, so I got to chat with the people at the party while I served. Handed out business cards, and have already gotten 1 email asking about a outdoor party next month. Got any more of these??? :)
It was different ( in a good way) that what I had done before.
The client was very interested in the ingredients and techniques I was using. It was fun to discuss the processes and where to source some hard to find products.
Thanks for all of the referrals over the past few months. I've got enough confidence now to leave my job, and start my own personal chef business. Your ideas about marketing were great, and I have started to set up my website. I've feel like a kid in a candy store - that's the only way I can describe how excited I feel about this new path I'm on!
Each time I participate in a Chef Alliance experience I form new contacts and word of mouth is the best advertising there is.
The highlight for me of providing the Chef Experience services is "introducing me to wonderful people, which whom I would not have had the opportunity, otherwise."
The Chef Alliance has opened doors to my new business that I would not have had access to otherwise. Keep posting jobs in Calgary:)
I had a great time just chatting with the clients, not just about food and their dinner, but abut them and their lives. It made it a very personal experience.You don't get an experience like that working in the back of a restaurant kitchen.
The Chef Alliance has helped my business by providing me clients on a monthly bases I would not have otherwise. The highlight for me in providing Chef Experiences for The Chef Alliance is the feedback of the client and guests.
The highlight for me in providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was "when my diners asked if they could request ME as their chef when they had another dinner party!"
How has The Chef Alliance helped my business? "I have made many contacts since joining the Chef Alliance and the referrals have been come in quote steadily. Thank you"
The highlight of providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was... "This was my first cooking lesson for the Chef Alliance. Connie and family were so enthusiastic and interested in all the cooking process. They loved the meal and made me feel right at home. How did The Chef Alliance help my business? "Doing this event gave me great exposure to a wide clientele, personal and corporate. Each couple had someone that they wanted to recommend me to."
"to highlight my skill and my creativity; to come up with new menus"... these are the best things about providing my services under The Chef Alliance brand.
For me, the highlight as a chef for providing Chef Experience services is "The joy of watch someone love the food I made"
This event was cancelled the day before due to a death in the family. "I appreciate that you found an event for me to do, when this event was canceled in the past."
Participating in the Chef Alliance, Chef Experiences, has given me great exposure and I have started to build a clientelle in my community. Great feedback and word of mouth from clients will build my business in no time.
It was great to have the family interested in the cooking process. They sat and discussed the preparation of the meal with me and we had a wonderful time.
The highlight of providing the dinner servcie for this Chef Experience was that the "upgrades allowed for more diversified menu choices"
The highlight for me of providing the service for The Chef Experience was... "Client was very easy to talk to and into knowing more about the chef experience."
Providing Chef Experience services with The Chef Alliance "has helped me by getting recognition, more publicity and being able to showcase my skills, passion and knowledge of cusine. It has helped me by developing my confidence, my inter-personal skills and communication with the public and chefs. It has also helped me markey myself as a private chef to promote personal cooking."
I was able to meet with people who cared about their well being and what type of nutrients they were consuming. I was also able to teach to the clients about healthy,organic, seasonal, local and fresh foods that we consume on our daily diet, is essential for a active lifestyle. I was comfortable interacting with the couple.
The highlight of doing this Chef Experience was "Being able to share my thoughts, ideas and creations with Ken and his partner." The Chef Alliance has helped my business with "self promotion"
"I am new to this organization, this was my first assignment. I would like to be able to leave my full time job providing I can get the assignments with TCA. I would like to be able to do some of the bigger numbers in guests count."
CHEF J. SCOTT
I want to thank you for giving me an opportunity to cook at a clients home, it is greatly appreciated. I look forward to continue working with the Chef Alliance as a private chef.
The highlight of providing this Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was that [the clients] were celebrating their 1st anniversary, and new to the chef experience. I think we just changed their perspective on celebrating special occasions
Thanks to the chef alliance my business is starting to show signs of its potential.
The highlight of providing the Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was "Sharing cooking techniques and personal stories about food and my travels."
The Chef Alliance has help my business with "Continued exposure in markets outside my reach with more quality clients"
CHEF M., ST CATHARINES
The Chef Alliance has helped my business by giving me "Great Exposure."
The highlight of providing the service for this Chef Experience was being "able to demonstrate own chutney and incorporate into the meal. Left recipes of the food cooked, complimentary of Cooking Matters and other promotional information."
Meeting the client is always the highlight!
"It was a pleasure to work in Nadine's kitchen and create 5 different dinners and providing warming instructions for the 5 entrees. Seeing the joy in the client's face pays for the hard work. She really liked the menu and the service."
The highlight for me of providing this Chef Experience for the client was..."The client was very knowledgeable of the local restaurants and we discussed the industry in the area and how it caters to its clients."
What was the highlight of providing the Chef Experience service for this client? "It was fun creating a menu that the client wanted and executing it to the best of my abilities. Seeing the client happy is always the greatest reward."
The highlight of this experience was being invited to sit down with the clients have having a very informitive converation. It made in a very personal experience.
The highlight of providing this Chef Experience was that "The menu was an adventure to source"
CHEF MICHELLE DUVAL
The Chef Alliance has increased my business by giving it "increased exposure"
"Providing the Chef Experience for Erin & Ryan on their anniversary was a joy. They took such pleasure in each dish that their enthusiasm was infectious. I left with a feeling of great accomplishment and pleasure at having brought a special touch to their important day."
The highlight of providing the Chef Experience for this client was... "Talking with the client face to face. Receiving instant feedback and having the honour of being a part of their day or special event."
The highlight of providing Chef Experiences for The Chef Alliance for this service was that "they had a really great experience and enjoyed the food very much, especially the cheese course."
The highlight of this chef experience was the personalities of the Hosts and their guests. Outside of the fact that they have a beautiful kitchen and a gas stove, I was set at ease the very second I walked in the door. The conversation throughout the evening was light and entertaining, while the comments toward the food were exhilarating."
"I have done 2 dinners for [The Chef] Alliance, so far and being new to the region this is a terrific way to introduce myself to potential customers."
The highlight of providing Chef Experiences for The Chef Alliance for this service was that it was "A very nice couple celebrating a birthday. They had terrific stories about food and travel. All I have met to date, through the Alliance, are wonderful."
This was my first experience with The Chef Alliance. I would say that meeting new people and having the opportunity to showcase my talents is going to do wonders for my business.
[The Chef Alliance] has been able to provide me with well paying jobs, especially in the months that are usually tough to drum up work (Jan, Feb). I'm really excited to use more of your programs - gift cards, courses, etc. - in the near future after I relocate & restructure my business
The highlight of providing a Chef Experience service for The Chef Alliance was that the "job was easy to book and client was very appreciative having a professional create a special meal for his fiance for A Valentine's dinner."
The highlight of providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was "The Chef Alliance provided all the details required to complete a perfect event. It is great going into a clients house and being made to feel comfortable."
CHEF JOHN MORRIS
"You have helped me to get my business off the ground, and helped me to look outside the box for potential client's to grow my business."
"Thanks for the opportunities to provide the cooking lesson for Dave & Susan last night. They were great clients - very welcoming of me into their home, and attentive as I explained the cooking techniques. Looking forward to my next assignment!"
The highlight of providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was..."the gracious manner i was treated to by the client's, and it was nice to hear the raves from the guests, instead of from the server,secondhand."
"Marketing opportunities are great"
The highlight of providing the Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was "Meeting such kind and wonderful people that made me feel welcome and appreciated. The Chef Alliance made contact and organizing the event easy and straightforward."
The best thing about offering a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was: "These clients were very easy going. Not high on demands. Client was very welcoming into their home and engaged in conversation and asked questions in regards to the service and other services offerd by the alliance..etc."
The highlight for us providing this Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was meeting "Wonderful people who appreciated what we did"
The best thing about providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was "The clients were very fun:)"
CHEF BOJAN - VARIOUS EVENTS
The highlight of providing a Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance's clients was...
"Great hosts, great kitchen, relaxing evening"
"Meeting new clients and having conversations about food and cooking, getting feedback about my menu."
"The highlight of providing the service for this Chef Experience was: New Experience, Learning more about Kosher food"
"Very flexible clients and great hosts, cooking was great."
"The highlight of this Chef Experience for The Chef Alliance was working for a bigger group of people, new experience, good times."
"Great atmosphere & talking about food in general" ...made this a great Chef Experience to provide my culinary service for Mr Oldfield.
The highlight of providing a Chef Experience for Mr Markovic on behalf of The Chef Alliance was "Great experience, had fun, talked about food, wine, cooking techniques."
"Great atmosphere, talking about food."
"Relaxing atmosphere, making a menu that is lactose free, talking about food"
CHEF LAUREN MOZER
"Since becoming a member of The Chef Alliance, I not only feel more secure working as a personal chef as a result of the insurance and legal benefits, but I feel more secure knowing that I am a part of a community of great chefs, all working towards the same goal – creating restaurant quality food in the comfort of people’s own homes. The Chef Alliance has given me the opportunity to both expand my network of clients and receive discounted rates on services that benefit the growth of my business."
CHEF J. HICKS
"Thanks for the opportunities that you have provided over the past year. They have helped me grow my fledgling business and I am now ready to leave my restaurant job and grow it full time."
CHEF K. PRINGLE
"Just wanted to say again how great it was to be apart of the Good Food Festival this year, it was a great learning experience on marketing myself and a huge hit for my own business. I have already had contact with people who attend the show. Thank you once again for the opportunity."
CHEF JAMES GREEN
"For nearly the past year of being a member of The Chef Alliance, I began as a Bronze Level member and quickly decided to become a Platinum Level member and will never look back. I have received amazing personal chef gigs, promotions through their e-marketing and PR campaigns, affordable liability insurance and just recently some effective legal help when my company experienced an uncontrollable shortfall earlier this year. I would recommend becoming a Platinum member with The Chef Alliance from day 1 if you want to jump-start your personal chef service and make your culinary dreams a reality."
CHEF J. LUCAS
"[T]heses job's you give us chefs are great & you get to meet many interesting ppl.
Statics; Also noticed when looking at the bottom of your discussion forum your member stats keeps growing... ppl keep joining up. Just thought I would tell you I notice members joining constantly"
CHEF BRUCE GREEN
"The new seal of approval program looks great. I would love to be a part of that. I think it will really advertise The Chef Alliance and market our chefs."
The Chef Alliance has helped my business by providing "Great experience[s] to date and building a client list."
"i just sold 2 gift cards and took a deposit on a very large order (30 cards) for Christmas from 1 business - that's 32 bookings paid for for next year, plus any upgrades i get at the time, referrals and repeat customers!! i'm really glad i ordered the gift cards from you in june. the ones i didn't sell for weddings will do nicely for christmas! will be sending you my next order this week. LOL!"
CHEF M. BENSON
"Love the way my client testimonials get linked to my profile automatically. Really adds to the benefits of it. Thanks!"
CHEF RONA MCNEILL
"Sonia…. Just a note of Congratulations. The new website looks great."
"had a lot of fun on your discussion forums today. looking forward to adding many more recipes and tips there, and getting the discount off my membership next year!"
"great site. will definitely be looking into this career more carefully."
CHEF STEFAN DISTEFANO
"I would like to congratulate you on your new website. I find it professional, informative and user friendly and an important asset to us personal chefs."
CHEF ANITA STAFFORD
"I think what you have created is an outstanding business model for professionals."
CHEF AL SIMONEAU
Reasons why I would recommend joining The Chef Alliance include:
Having the support and knowledge of the association members
Has programs to help develop your business
Helps promote a professional image
Ways in which being a member of The Chef Alliance has helped to grow my business include:
Extra revenues generated by Alliance specific programs
The networking opportunities with other members helped me with my start up plans
The web presence has generated a lot of sales leads for me
"I put my listing on www.chefsearch.ca and get about 20 calls a month from it. people don’t go to American sites to look for Canadian Chefs. This is perfect. I can’t wait for www.topchefs4hire.com – what a cool name! It is sure to bring us a lot of [internet] traffic."
"The benefits are second to none. What made me join was the Chef Alliance’s willingness to help when I needed it. When I called other organizations they wanted to charge money for even talking and giving advice. Keep up the good work."
"I joined of a couple of personaI chef organisations when I started my business. I wasn’t sure which one to give up. You insured me AND gave me jobs. I paid for insurance and membership in the first 5 weeks with you guys! Couldn’t believe it! It definitely made the choice a no-brainer!!"
"I shopped around for weeks and couldn’t find anything close to the [insurance] rate offered by the Chef Alliance. I saved over $750.00! Thanks!"
CHEF GREGG LEWIS
Reasons why I would recommend joining the Chef Alliance to new Chefs:
There are great message boards which will give you access to lots of different info regarding personal chef work
It is a great addition to your resume as it shows a certain level of professionalism
Access to clients that you would not normally be able to market to
Ways in which being a member of the Chef Alliance has helped to grow my business:
It helps to market your services in the Toronto area, as the Chef Alliance has a very good reputation and is the first choice among many clients, when looking for a personal chef
The information I have gathered from the message boards has been vital to growing my business because it has helped me figure out the best ways to source ingredients and how to best price meals
It has given my business a good reputation, as it is another title that helps give the business more credibility
“Great working with you – I have to work 2 full days at the restaurant to make what I made for the cooking class I did last week. Let me know if anything else comes up in the area.”
“I’ve always worked in restaurants and had never realised how much fun cooking for a small group was! The client’s were so nice and loved everything I made – that instant feedback is something that I never get normally. I’ll be spreading the word to the other chefs I know about you guys.”
Seasoned Chefs are there to give advice and help on the alliance website;
I get a lot of inquiries from people that have been on the alliance website and have received quite a bit of business from this (search engines are great);
The alliance is always looking for ways to create business for personal chefs.
Ways in which being a member of the Chef Alliance has helped to grow my business include:
SDM’s [Chef Experiences] are great for chefs you get repeat business from most clients;
My website is registered with the Alliance and I have had a lot of hits through this process;
You have the opportunity to go in food and beverage shows to show case yourself this adds to business.
“It has been almost 6 months since I started to work with The Chef Alliance. I am now ready to quit my Executive Chef position at the restaurant and do this full time. My passion for cooking has been rekindled since working with you. Thanks for all the support that you have given me.”
“Thanks for the opportunity to do last night’s dinner party. It is so much more satisfying working for a small group than working behind the scenes in the hotel... and much better for me financially! I look forward to doing more of these.”
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