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Each year on July 16th, National Personal Chef Day recognizes the dedication and hard work of personal chefs across the United States.

There’s a difference between a personal chef and a private chef. A private chef usually works exclusively for one client and typically lives in a person’s home or on the property. A personal chef may have many clients, run their own business, or work for a company.

The services a personal chef provides may include preparing meals in the clients’ homes or delivering meals already prepared. They may also create a meal plan according to dietary needs or the client’s preferences. Clients then follow instructions provided by the chef for heating up the meals. Some personal chefs offer catering services as well.

Since being a personal chef is a competitive business, experience, and training is necessary. While not all personal chefs attend a culinary program, they do have years of experience and have honed their skills in the trade.

The days can be long, including shopping, preparation, and clean up. A dedicated chef with several clients will spend long hours on their feet. The day acknowledges the hard work and often long lonely hours a chef will put into their craft. Often their days require additional research for clients with allergies or special diets. However, their passion for cooking and bringing nutritious, delicious meals to the table keeps them striving to keep creating in the kitchen. The celebration is dedicated to personal chefs with the drive to keep growing their skills and their business.

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Some celebrate this holiday in February of each year.


For anyone striving to become a personal chef or run their own business, this day is for you. Pat yourself on the back. If you know someone interested in being a personal chef, encourage them. Be their taste tester. Thank a personal chef you know for their outstanding work. Give them a shout out or a recommendation. Use #NationalPersonalChefDay to share on social media.


The United States Personal Chef Association (USPCA) founded National Personal Chef Day.

source:  National Day Calendar