If you’re thinking about starting a business as a personal chef, a practice cookdate is a great way to experience what it’s really like to cook for clients. Ask a friend, relative or coworker to let you prepare a few meals for them in their home, just as if they were a client. They should cover the cost of the groceries; you provide everything else. Most people would love to have this service provided to them, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a willing “client.”
What kind of person should you ask about a practice cookdate? Someone who:
•Has a kitchen available during business hours – NOT full of kids/pets/etc
•Doesn’t have too many dietary restrictions
•Appreciates wholesome, healthful meals
This can be anyone from a single friend to a busy family. Do everything for them that you will later do for a “real” client:
•Conduct an interview to determine their dietary preferences (and any allergies)
•Offer menu suggestions based on the interview, and let them select their meals
•Shop and prepare for the cookdate
•Cook and package their meals on the agreed-upon date
•Print a menu and heating instructions
•Clean up after yourself!
If you do all of this and still love it, then you know this is right for you. By the way, being exhausted after your practice cookdate does NOT mean you can’t hack it! You will be exhausted after most of your cookdates for a while, until you get into a rhythm. But it’s a good tired – the kind you feel after a good workout or a night of dancing. And it will be matched with intense personal satisfaction!
Thinking of trying a practice cook date soon? Contact me with any questions; I’m glad to help!