I'm curious what people's experiences with personal chefs that come to your house and cook have been. Especially with rising fuel costs... we want to stay in as much as possible! (Just kidding on that last part). Has anyone used a PC service they liked, and where did you find it?

Thanks,
Alli
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Originally posted by Alleycat:
I'm curious what people's experiences with personal chefs that come to your house and cook have been. Especially with rising fuel costs... we want to stay in as much as possible! (Just kidding on that last part). Has anyone used a PC service they liked, and where did you find it?

Thanks,
Alli


I have a close friend who is a PC in the bay area...she is awesome. I have never hired one but based upon what she makes, I'd hire her.
My college roommate does this now on the side(molecular biology major - go figure!). We've had him prepare multi-course meals for a group of us (ranging from 8-10 people) a few times and everybody absolutely loved it. I told him what style wine I planned on serving with each course and he recommended a dish to pair with the style. All the food was outstanding and even more so when you consider he has no formal training. He is based out of the Philadelphia area (just over an hour from me) or else we would have had him back again by now.
We had someone do this for a weekly dinner group for quite a while (until he finished grad school). Worked out really well.

My Mom had someone who would bring her 4 meals a week for the freezer. Those were excellent.

A friend of mine does this on the side. He cooked for a wine dinner I organized last fall, and it was great.

I think a personal recommendation is the best way to find someone. (What part of CA are you in?)
Iv'e never used one but my brother in St Louis is a doctor and he does it for free when he goes to friends house for a wine dinner. He tells them what to buy ahead of time. Unfortunately he only visits me once a year, but it's always the best food and wine experience I have at my home when he comes to visit.
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Originally posted by mpls wine guy:

Unfortunately he only visits me once a year,


Not only is your poor brother magnanimous, but benevolent. Cool
We've used a PC for the past 5 NY Eve Celebrations. No need to go out. Dinner in home with friends. We (the group of friends) select the wine, based upon his declared multi-course dinner suggestions. There have been spectacular dinners. Last year's was a bit of a let down. The dinner group changed a bit and just wasn't the same, or the same level of wines. It really made a differance. Considering doing this again this year, but maybe change things up a bit.

Overall, a grand experiance.
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Not only is your poor brother magnanimous, but benevolent. Cool


You need to stop.... Wink

As for the original post, sorry, but I enjoy cooking too much. And the only chef we bring in for family gatherings is my brother in law, who is a chef....
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Originally posted by Dom'n'Vin'sDad:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Not only is your poor brother magnanimous, but benevolent. Cool


You need to stop.... Wink



Dom'n'Vin'sDad, I'm truly trying.

I have just never suffered fools gladly, and we are talking about a future Hall of Fame candidate here. Wink

I will try harder...

w+a
Thanks for all your great input! It seems a lot of you are pretty lucky to know excellent PCs personally. Does your magnanimous brother have a spare Thursday? j/k

It sounds like it will definitely be worth the money. Now I just have to find a good one...

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