FAQ’s

  • What is Personal Chef?

    A Personal Chef has several clients who regularly schedule the Chef’s services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. A Personal Chef provides a customized selection of freshly prepared meals, which are packaged and stored for the client to enjoy as it fits into their schedule and lifestyle.

  • Who needs A Culinary Mind, Personal Chef Service?

    Having high quality, healthful meals on the dinner table is still a priority even if you are too busy to cook or simply don’t want to cook. Hiring Chef Bart & A Culinary Mind is a great way to ensure that you and your family are eating well, while enabling you to save valuable and precious time. Here are a few examples of people whose lives would be improved by hiring A Culinary Mind:

    1. Busy professionals
    2. Active families
    3. New parents
    4. Anyone who does not know how or want to cook
    5. Athletes
    6. People on special diets
    7. People with weight loss goals
    8. People recovering from injury or illness
  • Do you cook in my kitchen?

    We do prepare your meals in the safety of your own kitchen. On our agreed upon cooking date we bring the fresh ingredients for your meals to prepare your entrees on site. At the end of the day we leave your kitchen clean, and full of the savory aroma of good home cooking!

  • How long will you be here?

    Because we’ll be cooking several different entrees and side dishes from scratch, it can take between 4-8 hours. It is not possible to say exactly how many hours, since it will vary based on the menu selections, as some dishes take more time than others to prepare.

  • I’ll be home that day. Is it okay if I watch—or help?

    While we enjoy spending time with our clients we try to limit it to the beginning and end of our cook dates. This is to help ensure the excellent quality of your meals.

  • Do I heat the food?

    Any entrees that have been stored for you in your freezer should be defrosted overnight in your refrigerator, and heated, to be enjoyed at the peak of their flavor. You will receive a detailed inventory of what has been stored with easy to follow heating instructions.

  • How much freezer space do you need?

    It depends on the number of meals you have requested and the sizes of the containers, but it does generally require a considerable amount of freezer space. We will consider your freezer size when we meet to determine your meal quantity needs, and suggest easy ways to organize the items you will be keeping in your freezer along with your freshly prepared personal chef meals. Efficient storage is one of the reasons we prefer to select the appropriate sized containers for uniform and maximum storage.

  • Can you use my containers?

    Uniform size containers take less storage space in your freezer, and we will bring the appropriate containers for the entrees we are preparing each cooking date. These will be determined during our assessment based on the size of servings and method of heating you will be utilizing.

  • What type of side dishes do you prepare?

    We prepare side dishes that complement the entrée you have selected and determined by your specific likes and dislikes.

  • The cost seems to be about what I pay for an entrée in a restaurant—why is that?

    Our fees are based on service fee plus food cost. They actually represent all of the components that make up a professional personal chef service. The Service Fee includes the assessment process that we complete to determine how and what you like to eat, as well as, allergies, sensitivities or medically specific requirements, for consideration when preparing our entrees. It also includes the time spent researching and customizing recipes to reflect your wants and requests; submitting meal selections for your approval; the grocery shopping; coming to your home to prepare your entrees in the safety of your own kitchen; plus the packaging, labeling and storing of your meals. The cost of food fluctuates dependent upon your specific choices.

    If you were to compare a personal chef service to restaurant service you could think of it this way: For a restaurant you must travel to get there and possibly wait for a table. If you have allergies or special requests you don’t always have the guarantee that they will be honored, since most entrees are mass produced already ready in the kitchen. After eating your meal you must pay for it, tip the server and travel back home.

    When you have the A Culinary Mind personal chef service, you can have a beautiful entrée that has been prepared specifically for your palate following your dietary requirements, eating it in the comfort of your own home.

  • Do I pay you ahead of each cooking date?

    We collect the service fee in advance of your cooking date along with a deposit for the cost of food, to be balanced on the cook date. On the cook date we will collect the fee and cost of food deposit for the subsequent planned service. Checks should be made payable to A Culinary Mind. Container fees will be determined during our initial assessment.

  • What about dinner parties and special events?

    You can arrange with Chef Bart to provide gourmet multi-course party and event menus for special occasions. A Culinary Mind will become your private chef for the day of your event.

  • Can I give Chef services as a gift?

    Yes. Gift certificates are available.

  • What about cooking lessons?

    Chef Bart loves to share his passion and can be hired for private cooking instruction.

  • How long will the food last us?

    Depending on how many entrees you order, and how many evenings you eat at home we can determine approximately how long your meals will last. We’ll be happy to help you determine just how often you will want to schedule Chef Bart and A Culinary Mind to best serve your needs. We make sure it supports your busy lifestyle while fitting into your schedule

Our Services

Catering

Catering your special event is a privilege. Feed your dreams and let us do all the work. Our only limit is your imagination. From Birthdays, Anniversaries, Barbecue (BBQ) and Paella Party Event to just a great evening with friends and family Chef Bart and his staff fills every occasion with great food and service.

Escape from the typical and call A Culinary Mind today….. The Recipe For Extraordinary Events!!

Special Events

Dinner Parties

A Culinary Mind Personal Chef Services can cater dinner parties of all kinds for all occasions to suit your needs. If you want your next dinner party to be truly spectacular, let Chef Bart Dorfman work with you to create an unforgettable dining experience.

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Happy Clients

Leonard & Jeannie Korman

This letter should serve as a letter of recommendation for Chef Bart as a personal/private chef in Hamptons. Chef Bart worked as our personal chef for approximately six (6) years from October 2001 through December 2007.

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