Although I will be attending the Summit next week, I thought I would send you an e-mail to thank you for all that you do instead of trying to tell you in person since I know you will be very busy next week.
I have been in the food industry since 1994 working part time for caterers learning the business. In 1998 my 20 year marriage ended and I needed to go from being a stay at home mom to a full time worker. I started a catering business and it was good because I was able to still be there for my son when he needed me. However catering can be very stressful and I had enough stress in my life. Last March I spoke with someone about the personal chef industry and immediately got on the internet to obtain more information about this new and up and coming industry. The first organization I discovered was APPCA. It sounded to good to be true. I looked at other organizations but I came back to APPCA. Two days later I ordered the tapes, became a member and began my personal chef business. I gave myself at least 6 months before I would get my first client. Two months after becoming a member, I had my first client. Sinc! e then I have obtained two more clients and I am currently working on publicity in my area to let people learn more about Personal Chefs.
My son just left home to start college in Boulder, Colorado, my life is somewhat settling down after adjusting to a nasty divorce and my personal chef business is on a roll.
If it wasn’t for this wonderful organization you started and the immense support I get from the forum, I don’t know where I would be now. I still have my catering business but I prefer being a personal chef.
The other night as I drove home after doing a food assessment for a new client, I suddenly felt like my life was back on track again. All I could think of was Candy Wallace was a gift from God for me. I was told in my darkest days that as one door closes another one opens. I thought for me that would never happen. Boy was I wrong.
Candy, my chef hat is off to you. By starting the APPCA, you have helped me in more ways than you can imagine. I love what I am doing and I really am happy about that.
I just needed to let you know that you are very instrumental in helping me get my life back in order.
If we have a chance to meet face to face at the Summit, I will give you a big hug.