Cooking & Restaurant Management/personal chefs

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Hello!  I am hoping you will be able to help me...any advice will be appreciated!  I am looking for a personal chef to come into my friend's home and cook one nutritious, well-rounded meal a day for a friend of mine in Kansas City, KS.  He is a busy bachelor who works all day and has trouble eating good meals in the evening.  I am only looking for one meal and one serving a day, for four days, M-Th (four meals/week).  My friend would be of course flexible...can freeze some meals for the week or whatever.  I just would like him to have a few nutritious and varied meals ready to eat.  Not sure how to go about doing this as everything I have seen online is for large families and very expensive.  I would also prefer if they do the shopping.  
My question for you:  
How do I go about finding a personal chef that would cook four meals/week as well as do the shopping, and not break my bank account?  Could you tell me a reasonable price range to expect for such a service?  Also, please tell me the best way to find this person, and if you have any recommendations?  
Thank you, as I know this is a tall order question to answer!  Even if you have any suggestions or ideas, I would appreciate it!  Thanks!

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Hi Joanna,

I do know that there are many excellent personal chefs out there and I am sure there are some in your local area or at least on the Missouri side.  Here is a link to a website that you can fill in information and receive bids from Chefs providing this service:

http://www.thumbtack.com

I am simply not familiar enough with current fee structures to do anymore than give you an educated guess, but for four meals, shopping and delivery/preparation in someone's home, I would expect to spend $80-$100 per week.  The problem is that it takes very nearly as much time to prepare a meal for ONE as it would to prepare a meal for four, so with just one person you have no real efficiency.

I hope this provides you with a bit of help!

David Foster
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Any questions related to restaurants, restaurant management, restaurant start-ups as well as culinary and food-related questions.

Experience

I am a seasoned foodservice veteran with nearly 45 years experience in the industry. My extensive background includes overseeing multi-unit, multi-concept restaurant operations ranging from cafeterias to fine dining, and everything in between. I have a strong hands-on operations and marketing background that give me a unique insight into the “Real World” challenges of the restaurant industry. I have extensive concept development, menu and recipe development and kitchen layout and design expertise. I am effective in analyzing operational needs and identifying practical solutions in today’s very dynamic foodservice environment. In the industry, I am respected by my peers and have served on the Board of Directors of the Missouri Restaurant Association and have been a featured speaker on the subject of Home Meal Replacement at various national events. I served on the Culinary Advisory Board of the Ozark Technical College as well as being a guest instructor at Missouri State University.

Organizations
Member of the National Restaurant Association, Past Board Member of the Missouri Restaurant Association, Past Board Member of Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Ozarks

Publications
The Consultant, Seasoned Views, QSR Magazine, Foodservice Equipment Reports

Education/Credentials
Attended Drury College, Springfield, MO, Varsity Management, SRI

Awards and Honors
I have had restaurant projects featured in The Consultant (a magazine for foodservice consultants with worldwide circulation). I was honored for achieving the highest level of management competence by the Selection Research Institute.

Past/Present Clients
Holiday Inn Hilton Garden Inn TownePlace Suites Buffalo Run Casino Golden Corral Corporation Crosswinds Café Chinese Chef Mr. Dunderbak's Old World Market & Café Bullfeather’s Wings and Grille, Mainstreet Market Bear Rock Café, Cartoon's Oyster Bar & Grill T's Redneck Roadhouse Jim's Steakhouse Neighbor's Mill Bakery & Café Crazy Vine San Francisco Oven Maria's Mexican Restaurant Andy's Frozen Custard The Granite Club Umi Japanese Steaks, Seafood and Sushi Hero's Coffee Mac 'N More South & Walnut Bruegger's Bagels KFC A&W PIzza Hut A Taste of India Benton Square Springfield Grocer Company US Foodservice Premium Standard Farms Smithfield Dakota Organic Meyer Natural Foods Kraft Foods Allens, Inc. Swift Pork USA

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