American Personal & Private Chef Association
Full Membership Benefits
APPCA is the largest professional personal and private chef trade association in the United States.
Becoming a member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association immediately entitles you to the following benefits. These benefits are included in your annual membership fee - there are no hidden additional fees to the association. As a member, you get:
Access to the most complete AND affordable training products
For the last 16 years, the APPCA has worked hard to ensure that prices for training products have remained as low as possible, while still being able to expand and continually update the educational offerings. We offer both primary education products as well as business enhancement products. Click here for more product details.
Web referrals from personalchef.com and personalchefsearch.com
Members who are ready to start getting business can have their company listed on the web referral pages at personalchefsearch.com . This enables you to target customers in your area, tell them where you service, and give them the contact information to reach you. If you have a website, the referral page will redirect them there so you can provide even more details about your service.
Active members-only discussion forums
One of the cornerstones of our benefits, the members discussion forum has more than 100,000 business-related posts on nearly every conceivable topic relating to the Personal Chef industry. Here nearly any question can be answered by successful, professional industry peers. It also provides a great opportunity to network with members from other parts of the country and to gain an insight into different market conditions, client needs, and regional specialties.
To provide our members with the best forum experience, we avoid the use of shareware or freeware forum software and have chosen the fully-featured, licensed UBB forum application.
Automatic access to local chapters where applicable
Local chapters give members the opportunity to get together in person on a regular basis to discuss issues that effect them in their areas, plan and execute group marketing activities, and socialize with peers. Access to member chapters is automatic and does not require additional fees to the association before you can join.
Liability insurance is critical in any business operation. Our multi-vendor plans offer Personal Chefs the choice of finding the best and most affordable coverage for their specific geographic region.
Personal Chef Office software
All members receive FREE access to our new web-based business tools software for their personal chef business operations. This sofware includes client management systems with client assessment, preference, and allergy tracking, recipe/menu management with shopping lists, client accounts and invoice management, and much more. Works great with Windows and Mac operating systems.
Exclusive member rates for full Web services. Jump-Start your personal chef business with custom designed Web site with low hosting rates and a link from www.personalchefsearch.com. NO Templates.
An interactive CD-ROM entitled "Member's Quick Start CD" complete with
- Find A Chef Web Referral Page information
- Liability Insurance
- Fast Access to the Members' Private Forums
- Press Release Kit Templates
- Personal Chef Media Information & Articles
- Heating and Freezing Recipe Information
- Sales Presentation and BONUS Files
- Multi-media Personal Chef Film Clips
- Over 200 Interactive Files!
Best cost/benefits ratio in the industry
Even though annual membership is a tax-deductible business expense, you still want to make sure you are getting your money's worth. We encourage prospective members to look around to see if any other association really offers this scope of benefits and what the actual cost is. We think you will agree that you can not find benefits like these elsewhere, at any cost.
Joining the American Personal & Private Chef Association could be the best professional culinary decision you've ever made!
The first year's APPCA Membership is included in the purchase of any Personal Chef Training Program. Successful operating professional chefs and personal chefs may join the APPCA's Associate Membership for $350 ¹.
¹ Proof of 6 months minimum time in business by submitting a copy of DBA/Business License, Food Safety Certificate and a short telephone interview with our Executive Director. Support materials as listed above do not apply to Associate Memberships.