Personal Chef Service

You don't have to go out to a restaurant
to indulge in a gourmet meal.

We offer professional, gourmet quality meal preparation services in the DMV area (including Southern Maryland). Whip it Up Vicki customizes each menu with your individual needs, whether your taste is simple or eclectic. Personalized meals are prepared in your home, then packaged, labeled, and stored in the refrigerator and/or freezer. Come home to a refrigerator full of your favorite meals — all you have to do is heat, eat, and enjoy! We offer weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly services.  

  •   On a special diet and want meals customized to your needs
  • · Convalescing at home
  • · Senior or retiree who have served your  time in the kitchen
  • · A busy family/new parent with no time or energy to prepare meals
  • · A family wanting to eat healthier
  • · A working professional coming home late or tired having no time/desire to cook
  • · A professional or business owner working  from home and have no time/desire to cook
  • · Tired of fast food and restaurant meals
  • · Love to entertain but not cook

Then “Whip it up Vicki” is for you! Let us bring you back to your dinner table with delicious, nutritious and healthy meals customized specifically for you and your family and whipped up directly in your kitchen.

We also do dinner parties, showers, brunches, and luncheons. Stay tuned for our cooking classes!

 

 
 
 
 

 
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How it works

Consultation:  To begin the process, we investigate how you are currently eating and how you would like to eat in the future.  We discover your food preferences and aversions, allergies and/or special diets through a detailed food questionnaire.

Menu Planning:  A week before each cook day, Whip it Up Vicki creates a customized menu. Upon your approval, we prepare lists and organize recipes.

Cooking:  On the cook day, we shop for the freshest ingredients and come to your home and cook. Upon completion, we package, label, and store your food in the refrigerator and freezer. Before leaving, we clean the kitchen so that you find it as you left it with the exception that you have a fridge full of food and lovely aromas.

We then plan the next service based upon your comments a we work to refine and hone in on menus that make you the happiest.

 
 

Pricing

 
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4 Entrées 

  • Pricing begins at $325 + the cost of groceries
  • 4 servings of each entrée (16 individual entrée portions)
  • Serves a family of 4 for approximately 4 nights
  • Serves two people for approximately 8 nights
  • Serves one person for approximately 16 nights
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5 Entrées 

  • Pricing begins at $350 + the cost of groceries
  • 4 servings of each entrée (20 individual entrée portions)
  • Serves a family of 4 for approximately 1 week
  • Serves two people for approximately 2 weeks
  • Serves one person for approximately 1 month
 
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6 Entrées 

  • Pricing begins at $400 + the cost of groceries
  • 4 servings of each entrée (24 individual entrée portions)
  • Side dishes at $15 per side (of 4 portions).
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Personal Chef? Are you a caterer?

A personal chef is a trained individual who comes to your home and prepares meals customized to your specific needs and desires. This chef plans the menus, shops for the groceries, cooks the meals, labels them with detailed cooking and heating instructions, and places them in your refrigerator or freezer. The chef also cleans up the kitchen. When you come home you are greeted by wonderful aromas, a clean kitchen, and a refrigerator and freezer filled with delicious meals.

  • A personal chef also provides in-home catering for parties, cooking everything in your kitchen and providing service for your guests.
  • A private chef works exclusively for one client and provides almost all the meals. Many times a private chef is also a ‘live-in’ chef.
  • A caterer cooks in a commercial kitchen and delivers the food to the clients.
     

Do you have to cook at my home? Can’t you just deliver the food?

Current health regulations require a personal chef to either prepare the food in the home of the client or in a commercial kitchen. By cooking your food in your home, we offer a one-on-one, personalized service of food prepared just for you.
 

Do I have to provide containers?

No, but we are happy to recommend containers for you to purchase OR provide containers of the appropriate size for your service. This will be discussed in detail before the first cook day.
 

Do I have to give you a key to my house?

This is your decision to make. If you opt not to provide a key, we work with you to accommodate your morning schedule.
 

What do I have to do to prepare my kitchen for you to cook?

The most wonderful thing you can do for a personal chef is to clear your kitchen counters/tables, make sure the sink is empty and that there is room for storage in your refrigerator/freezer. That is it.
 

Must I have all frozen dishes?

The short answer is NO. You can have all fresh dishes or some fresh and some frozen. If you opt for having some of the dishes frozen, we have recipes created specifically to taste as fresh as the day they were created even after being frozen.
 

Will I be able to afford this service?

Most clients are pleasantly surprised to find out that Whip It Up Vicki Personal Chef Service is reasonably priced. Considering the reduced amount of ‘good-intention groceries’ that end up in the trash along with the time saved in planning menus, shopping, cooking and cleaning up, this service is invaluable to our clients. 
 

How and when do I pay for the service?

For the first service, full payment of the Chef’s Service Fee is required in advance – reimbursement for the groceries will be on the cook day. For subsequent service, simply leave a check on the kitchen counter on the agreed-upon cook date.