Even folks with food allergies, sensitivities and those who want to eliminate irritants from their diets can enjoy my personal chef service; as a matter of fact, those types of clients present the most intriguing challenge for me; it’s exciting to have them enjoy delicious meals that also meet their dietary challenges. This from my happy client Julie.
‘Chef Laura has been amazing working with the extreme food issues — allergies and pickiness — in my family. With Chef Laura, we enjoy the tasty healthfulness of our meals while also feeling confident that our food is safe’.
– Julie K, Plainville, MA
My busy clients, attorney Marc Brown and emergency room Dr. Shira Brown realized that they would rather spend more quality-time together as a family rather than have to plan, shop, cook and clean-up in order to provide nutritious family meals. My service provided them with that extra enjoyment that comes from savoring a delicious, home-cooked meal with those you love.
Shira and Marc keep a Kosher kitchen and Shira taught me so much about this type of cooking; I had fun sourcing Kosher items for their menus and they truly enjoyed the effort.
My weekly client of 7 years was kind enough to grant an interview to talk about how my Personal Chef Service ‘transformed’ her family’s life. Thank you Alice and Jerry Jacobs Jr. Go Bruins!!
And a big thanks to attorney Julie Kreher!
Time tight? Outsource your errands
By JODI SOKOLOWSKI
Time is money.
What happens when busy professionals don’t have time to run errands, cook dinner or pick up their dry cleaning? They hire someone to do it for them.
‘As a busy professional, I have to take advantage of any service that can simplify my life,’ said Julia Kreher, a partner at Hodgson Russ LLP.
To help lessen the load on her busy schedule, Kreher uses drive-through dry-cleaning and online shopping and banking, as well as a personal chef.
‘My clients are people who really value their time and realize that they can’t possibly do everything,’ said personal chef Laura Whalen, who counts Kreher as one of her clients. “It’s not just about the cooking, it’s the planning, shopping and prep work.”
Recipe for happiness.
Unlike private chefs, who cook for just one family, personal chefs have multiple clients. Both prepare meals in clients’ homes, but personal chefs usually cook a week’s worth of meals at the same time.
The chefs first hold meetings with prospective clients to determine their dietary requirements, likes and dislikes and the frequency of the service needed. Whalen said while some clients give her free reign in planning a menu, which she calls ‘a great compliment,’ others want more say in their meals.
‘My goal is to have people sit down at the table, enjoy a meal together and be able to relax as a family.’ Whalen said. Especially for working parents, the service can create a whole new family dinner experience.
For Alice and Jeremy Jacobs Jr., hiring Whalen has ‘transformed’ their family life.
‘We are able to relax at home and enjoy family dinnertime together more often,’ Alice Jacobs said, noting that her family eats more healthfully and spends less on dinner than they used to. They used to go out to dinner several nights a week, she said, but no longer need to do so.
Kreher agrees that the service is a ‘much healthier and tastier alternative’ to fast food, take-out or pizza.
‘What could be better than gourmet food right from your own refrigerator or freezer?’ she asked.