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frequently asked questions

  Is a Personal Chef different from a Private Chef ?
A private chef is employed full time by a family and works specifically for that family. A personal chef is self-employed and works for many families.

   Do you prepare low-calorie or special diet meals ?
Yes. We include, but are not limited to, low-fat, low-carbohydrate, low-calorie, the Zone Diet, organic, vegetarian, Dr. Atkins, Dr. Bernstein's and many others. During our initial consultation I can conduct an in-depth assessment as to what foods you would like included and those you want excluded. We will then customize a menu to suit your exclusive requirements.

   Is it affordable ?
Yes. The average Canadian Family spends $668.00 (Statistics Canada) per month on groceries and restaurant meals. They also spend an average of 1.9 hours per day on cooking, washing up, and preparing meals. Add to that the grocery shopping, line-ups and parking. Times 20 days, that's 38 hours plus, per month. Wouldn't you like those 38 hours per month back?

   How do I heat my meals ?
Most dishes can be heated in the microwave, while some should be heated in the oven. I leave you easy to follow heating instructions for each entrée and side dish. Some entrées can go directly from the freezer to the microwave. However, it is recommended that you defrost entrées overnight in the refrigerator, as the flavour and texture will be superior.

   Are the menus the same every week ?
No, our menus do change on a monthly basis, and we can customize your menu exclusively if you choose.

   What sort of containers do you use ?
You may supply your own uniform containers or microwavable containers. Alternatively, you can purchase plastic microwavable containers from gift of thyme for an additional one time fee.