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When I tell people I’m a personal chef, I often hear the following: “Wow! I’m not rich enough to afford that kind of service.”

It’s an understandable reaction. Most people assume that having a chef prepare customized meals for them, especially on a regular basis, would break the bank. Unless they happen to be a professional sports player or movie star.

I have good news: personal chef services aren’t actually as expensive as they seem!

Let’s break down the numbers so I can show you what I mean.

Say you and your family of four eat out 7 times a week—a few times for lunch and a few times for dinner. At an average meal price of $15 per person, plus tip, that amount would be around $510. Let’s also add that $250 you just spent on groceries for the week, back when you thought you’d have more time to cook.

Add the time cost of driving to the restaurant, waiting for your food, and then waiting for the check (for each meal you eat out!), and you may realize you’re not saving much by eating out all the time.

Now say you hire a personal chef to cook those meals instead. No need to worry about tax or tip. And the time savings alone are worth the price—how heavenly it is to open the refrigerator and find dinner already prepared, ready to quickly heat and serve!

The best part? The meals are made from scratch, infinitely healthier than restaurant fare, and tailored to your taste preferences and food allergies. No need to compromise your intentions to eat healthier. No more rotting vegetables in the fridge—and that means grocery savings, too. By the way, did you know that according to the United Nations Environment Programme [] 30-40% of the US food supply is wasted? That’s more than 20 pounds of food per person, per month!

Most of the people who say they can’t afford a personal chef direly need one. They don’t have time to cook. They want more time around the table with the family. They have food allergies that don’t allow them to eat at restaurants. They end up throwing out half the groceries they buy at the end of the week. All of these problems become non-issues with help from a personal chef.

If you’ve been wanting to hire a personal chef but thought it was out of your budget, we need to talk. About the Table is committed to bringing you and your family together at the dinner table for more connection and conversation over delicious, home-cooked meals. Visit our Personal Chef page for more information and sample menus, or contact us to find a meal plan that works for you.

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