Frequently Asked Questions
Do you cook in my home or somewhere else?
Chef Erika is required to cook in your home to comply with Health Department regulations and to carry insurance specific to personal chefs.
Do I need to supply any specific kitchen equipment?
No. During your FREE in-home consultation, Chef Erika will discuss which equipment you would be willing to allow her to use. Otherwise, Chef Erika will bring everything she needs.
Do I need to be home during my cook date?
That is completely up to you. During the in-home visit, you and Chef Erika will discuss how she should enter your home if you are away.
How will the food be packaged?
There are many options to choose from and Chef Erika is willing to package foods however you feel most comfortable. You can agree to use glass or plastic containers that you already own, Chef Erika can select a new set of containers for you to purchase, or Chef Erika can use disposable microwave-safe containers.
How long will a cook date last?
The duration of a cook date can vary depending on the package you select and the complexity of your menu. Typically, Chef Erika will be in your home preparing your meals anywhere from 2 to 5 hours.
How much do groceries typically cost?
Grocery costs vary depending on where the shopping is done (specialty store vs. normal grocery store), how many portions Chef Erika will be preparing for your family, and how many meals are in your chosen package. For a 3-meal package, shopping primarily at a normal grocery store, groceries should average around $100-$150.
Will you shop at certain grocery stores if I make a request?
Absolutely! Chef Erika is willing to shop for you on a specific budget, at specific stores or at a variety of stores if that's what you desire. Chef Erika will discuss all of these options with you during your FREE in-home consultation.
When do I pay you for your services?
Payment for the prior week's services will be requested upon arrival at the following cook date. Chef Erika will provide an invoice detailing your service fee and grocery expenses when she sends your menu proposal for each upcoming week.
Can I get more than 4 servings of each meal?
Yes. If your family has more than 4 members or if you'd like extra portions for leftovers, let Chef Erika know. There will be an additional charge for extra servings, which varies according to the package you've chosen.
Do I need to sign a long-term contract for services?
No. When we first agree to work together, Chef Erika will place you on her regular schedule of clients. That being said, Chef Erika understands that life happens and situations can change. All she asks is that as a courtesy, you provide at least 2 weeks notice if you choose to cancel your services.