Mike Baskette,   CEC, CCE, AAC ACF Director of Operations

November 27, 2014 9:47 am Published by

Dear Candy, It was sure great seeing you again in Washington, D.C. I wanted to personally thank you for organizing the personal touch demonstration at our convention. From all accounts, it was a tremendous seminar and workshop. I’ve heard what a great success your conference in San Diego was. Your work and dedication speaks well for the personal chef industry. Let’s keep talking, sharing, and growing together. Thank you,

MIWA WANG, Personal Chef

November 27, 2014 9:45 am Published by

Dear, Candy: I am a very new member of APPCA. I joined the organization yesterday after talking to few members, a staff member, and you regarding liability insurance, and would like to thank you for your time. I am a cross-cultural and bilingual culinary professional with background in design. I’ve received culinary education in San Francisco and worked in restaurants. This spring I found myself suffering from strain and left restaurant environment. As scary as it is, I m committed to build my business and actualize my mission to preserve myfamily’s culinary tradition; raise awareness of food, health, and season among dining public, and make people well and joyous. I... View Article


November 27, 2014 9:44 am Published by

Dear Candy, I simply wanted to write and thank you for all your assistance. A few months back, I contacted the APPCA regarding my externship from the Orlando Culinary Academy. Immediately, you got on the phone with me to discuss my need for a mentor. My school allowed me to use my business as my externship and I needed a mentor. You recommended Chef Ira Michaelson. And you were right! Chef Ira has been a great help and answered countless questions. I’m so glad I joined the APPCA! Thanks again for all your encouragement and assistance!


November 27, 2014 9:43 am Published by

Dear Candy: Just a short note to thank you thus far for all your help in my decision to become a personal chef. I know I joined the BEST organization. I am looking forward to my new career and promoting APPCA. Thanks again. Kind regards


November 27, 2014 9:42 am Published by

Denise, You absolutely, positively, must have a link to the APPCA website. All of my current customers have found me through the Find A Chef feature. By the way, did you know that the APPCA is the first association returned when you do an Internet search on a major search engine for personal chef? How much do I think that’s worth? About $1200 a week for me… Good Luck! Go Cowboys!!

Chef Dane

November 27, 2014 9:40 am Published by

Happy New Year! The second week of the year I receive 6 phone calls from potential new clients. There must be alot of new resolutions, I guess. That is the most I have ever gotten at one time. I have already cooked for two of these leads and have received back 3 more client profile forms with set meeting dates next week. I asked all of them how they heard of me: my web site, a referral, signs on my van, or the APPCA website? Everyone said from the APPCA website. I have been a member of the APPCA for over 5 years and it’s great to realize it works... View Article


November 27, 2014 9:39 am Published by

Hello Chef Patt: Wow, I finally did it:) Thanks so much for your help earlier. I am reading all the questions from the forum and truly amazed with the diversity of questions asked and the spontaneous help provided by the other members. It’s like a class room with a very welcoming and encouraging atmosphere. I feel excited and very motivated:) Kind regards


November 27, 2014 9:38 am Published by

Chef Candy,I wanted to drop you a line to let you know how incredibly helpful and informative the workshop at L’Academie de Cuisine was for me. I have been toying with the idea of becoming a personal chef for some time and after taking the class I finally feel I have the tools and the support to actually make it happen. Both you and Chef Jim were wonderful in conveying the information found in the materials, but also in sharing your personal stories and anecdotes with the class. Thank you again!


November 27, 2014 9:38 am Published by

Hey, Jim – I just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for all of your awesome advice and support! My first cook date was AMAZING! It took me about 5 1/2 hours shopping – clean up (4×4). I was tired at the end of the day, but not exhausted as I had expected and I had SO much fun! The plan was for me to come and cook so his mother wouldn’t have to cook for their daughter while they were away. Afterward, I would come bi-monthly for them. Well, they went thru eight of the sixteen meals in 2 1/2 days! The best part is that... View Article


November 27, 2014 9:36 am Published by

I was one of the newbies attending the seminar led by Chef Dane Mechlin in Santa Clara this past weekend (January 24-25). (You can probably tell I’m a newbie because I registered my real name as my user name. Now I’ve noticed that nobody else seems to do this. I guess I’ll have to figure out how to change mine!) I found this seminar absolutely invaluable. I can honestly say that it exceeded my expectations — by far! The seminar focused on the business aspects of being a personal chef, and particularly on business startup. So, writing a business plan, identifying demographic groups to which you hope to sell your... View Article