The Best Book on How To Become A Private Chef

by Alex Tishman

What's in the book?

Alex Tishman, a successful chef, teaches you his method for landing prestigious private chef jobs.

    • Step-by-step guide to training, networking, and succeeding as a private chef
    • Sample private chef resume and exclusive interview tips
    • Sample menu and pricing calculations for catering private events
    • List of the best companies and websites hiring private chefs today
    • Sample bookkeeping spreadsheet and client contract


In 2010, Entrepreneur Magazine listed personal and private chefs as one of the fastest growing businesses in the country, with more than 300,000 clients expected in the next 5 years.

You love being a chef, but what don't you love? The non-stop pace that goes hand-in-hand with restaurant life? What if you could not only make the same money and create imaginative dishes, but also make your own schedule, take holidays, and have the social life you crave? Acclaimed private chef Alex Tishman has made a name for himself cooking for San Francisco’s elite. In this book he shares the secrets of his business with you.

With opportunities for careers in the culinary arts expected to grow in the coming decade, there are now over 165 accredited Culinary Arts programs in the U.S. alone. In The Best Book On How To Become A Private Chef, Alex shares his secrets to getting into a top culinary program, as well as guides his readers through the steps to finding a job, building a clientele, and shopping for top-notch ingredients.

Readers will take away details such as the day in the life of a private chef, salary and perks of being a private chef, as well as how to plan and execute the perfect ingredients, menu, and demo.

Getting into the industry requires more than being a good cook: you need to have an outgoing personality and personal flair, a wide variety of clients, and know how to remain organized and structured in your daily life as a private chef.

The Best Book On How To Become A Private Chef is guaranteed to get you on your way to a successful career in the private chef industry.

Now, let's get started!


I’m already working as a private chef, but I’m having a hard time finding clients. Can this book help someone already in the business?

Absolutely! How To Become A Private Chef is about more than just where to go to school and how much on-the-job training you’ll need. In this eBook, you’ll learn creative ways to drum up more business, where to go to find the best jobs, and how to manage your time to be more effective as a private chef. If you already have the training and skills you need, you’re halfway there—this book can give you the push you need to make your business a success.

I’m burnt out from the pace of working in the restaurant business for years. How hard would the transition going from a head restaurant chef to private chef be?

If you already have the on-the-job experience, you’re well on your way to making a successful leap from restaurant work to private chef. In How To Become A Private Chef, you’ll learn how to evaluate your personality, capitalize on your experience, and utilize the contacts you already have in order to establish yourself as a private chef. If you’re a veteran of the restaurant biz looking for a way out, this book will give you the tools you’ll need to start a whole new career.

I hear a private chef primarily works in-house for a single family over an extended period of time, but I’m not really interested in that. How do I become a private chef for hire with a variety of jobs and clients?

Up until a few years ago, the term “private chef” meant just what you’ve described: working in-house for a single client or family. Now that private chefs have become so desirable, however, it’s becoming more and more trendy to hire private chefs for a single night or weekend. In How To Become A Private Chef, you’ll learn what the market is for freelancing private chefs, and how to get a job in this exciting, growing market.

Things You'll Learn:

  • The 3 primary ways private chefs earn money
  • Differences between working in a restaurant and working as a private chef
  • How to choose the culinary school that’s right for you (and if you really need one!)
  • Where to find clients looking for a private chef
  • How to interview well and land a job with a private chef agency
  • The 5 traits you’ll need to succeed as a private chef (Hint: cooking well is only part of the story!)
  • How to create lasting relationships with the best food purveyors in your city
  • When and where to shop for weekly supplies
  • How to manage your time and finances for success
  • The on-the-job experience you’ll need to land the best private chef jobs
  • How to earn consistent weekly income teaching private classes
  • The questions you should ask before signing on with a private chef agency
  • What you can expect to earn as a private chef
  • How to charge for individual events or classes
  • How to structure your schedule the day of a big event
  • How to land regular jobs at cooking demos (and the perks you can expect once you get them!)
  • What food photos to include for a winning chef’s portfolio
  • Tips for improving your business through referrals and repeat customers
  • Best practices for effective bookkeeping
  • How to teach classes that will keep your students coming back for more

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