~Chef Rachel

November 24, 2014 1:55 pm Published by

Hi everyone, We’re Terri & Rachel of Terra Cuisine in Greenville, SC. We’ve both used this message board over the past month to answer the TON of questions we’ve had come up while starting our business. We’ve pretty much been able to find everything we’ve looked for here. So, thank you to all who have contributed to this magnificent resource. We’ve been so busy researching and getting everything ready for our new adventure. However, we did have our first cook date yesterday at a friends home, who could be a potential new client. It went pretty well. There are two of us so that makes things a lot easier. We... View Article

Good Eating!, Food by Dan LLC

November 24, 2014 1:50 pm Published by

I just wanted to post this for anyone considering becoming a PC. Joining the APPCA was a great thing to do and really helped me get my feet off the ground. It was a difficult decision to make the jump, with a new baby and a wife that wasn’t working but I am so glad that I did it. Starting your own business is not easy at all, if it was, everyone would do it. But it is very rewarding at the end of the day to know that my name is behind the food I create. I originally was looking at the USPCA but was unsatisfied with their customer... View Article

Anne-Lise Relish, Personal Chef Services

November 24, 2014 1:48 pm Published by

Hi Candy, in the last week since we spoke… I signed up for the Green training program. (Great stuff in there!!!) and have been exploring and learning all about the forums and the Personal Chef office. (I love it!) started developing a simple menu to start with. ..made a short, but sweet business plan so I know where i want to head. Then on Tuesday, I get a call from a career services Dept that a guy called them looking for a personal chef…can they send him my resume?… Uh, YES PLEASE! so, he called me. He’s single, young (maybe 30), can afford it, is very flexible, likes good food... View Article

Chef Tim Hardn “Grumblebelly”

November 24, 2014 1:44 pm Published by

I joined the ranks of the APPCA just this week. I booked a 18 person dinner party last night. The dinner party was booked because of APPCA’s listing me on their search site!! Paid my first year membership with plenty to spare!!! tks APPCA!!! Great investment thus far!! respectfully,

Connie (Second Comment)

November 24, 2014 1:42 pm Published by

It was November 2011 when I picked up the phone and called the APPCA- upon doing so Chef Candy answered and spoke with me for a good half hour. Chef Candy was so sweet, and offered me so much useful information as well the “push” I needed to pursue my career as a Personal Chef. By the time I hung up the phone with Chef Candy I was already signed up for the live two-day seminar. Fast forward to today, January 2012, where I am the chef and owner of Eat Your Heart Out Edibles ( and just about have a full week of Personal Chef clients. I was so... View Article


November 24, 2014 1:36 pm Published by

Good morning Candy & Dennis, What a lovely weekend in San Diego. I left inspired, motivated and with a great deal of invaluable information, now I am ready to “Rock & Roll.” So many things on my to do list, will keep you posted on the progress and may even be contacting you along the way with questions. 🙂 Again,, ‘thank you’ both for all you do….what a great team!! Regards,


November 24, 2014 1:33 pm Published by

Thank you, Candy, for such an amazing weekend! I have been wanting to do this for 2 years now. After watching, waiting and dreaming, I finally made the leap from engineer to personal chef. What an enlightening experience to meet so many other people that feel that same as I do about cooking: cooking for others is my way of expressing my love for them! This is so real now and I can wait to get started. Thank you to Chefs Candy, Bernard, Shelbie and April as well as all the wonderful new chefs I met at the Seminar. It is fantastic to have a support system right from the... View Article

Joan Angelis, Minneapolis

November 24, 2014 1:32 pm Published by

This group paid off!! I just had an interview with a potential client last week, and one of the questions she asked was whether I’m in any kind of professional group. I mentioned all the benefits that I’ve gotten from APPCA – the client questionnaire that I used to create mine (which we went over at that meeting), my invoice form, many recipes, answers to questions I had, and on and on. She seemed impressed, and in the end, she hired me. I couldn’t have started off in this business all by myself.

Claire, Gourmet Creations by Claire

November 24, 2014 1:22 pm Published by

Thanks for a Wonderful Informative Weekend! Hi Candy and Dennis, Thank you so much for the informative and enjoyable weekend. I am grateful for the time spent covering my new career objectives and recommending strategies for achieving them. It was a pleasure meeting both of you and spending quality time in your home. I especially appreciate being part of a great organization that will keep me connected with others sharing the same career path. I plan to utilize the online networking resources that are available to me. Your home is beautiful and so warm and welcoming. The meals were fabulous. I have already been in contact with Erin and we... View Article

Chef Laurie, San Diego

November 24, 2014 12:53 pm Published by

If you are on the fence about joining the group, let me suggest you jump off it! I did thorough research before joining APPCA and decided to jump start my career by joining and attending the seminar in Chicago this past weekend. Although I have been a chef for sometime, personal cheffing is a new venture and I decided I would learn from others, so I don’t have to take time to learn from my mistakes. Gathered lots of great information. The seminar was so informal that all my questions were answered and I came home with so much great information. While the manual is a great start, the live... View Article