Why should I hire someone to cook in my home?
In-home cooking allows you to have complete control over the food you and your family eat: the ingredients, freshness, quality (nutritional value), quantity, equipment and storage containers used….something take-away or home-delivery meal services cannot offer – not to mention the excess packaging generated by them.
How does it work?
It all starts with a conversation, followed by an initial consultation in your home. We will discuss any dietary/household preferences and requirements and ask you to show me how to use relevant household appliances. I will ask you to fill in a questionnaire and do a brief audit of your kitchen and other relevant areas of your home. From there I will create a basic household manual that will become a template for future use.
How long does it take?
Cooking and/or housekeeping sessions are booked in three hour blocks (allow extra if shopping and errands are required). On average in around three hours and I can make 3-4 items (eg. two dinners, a side and a baked item plus clean up).
Do you cater for food intolerances?
Yes! Not only can I cater for gluten, dairy, soy, FODMAPS, Failsafe – most recipes are also nut-free to be school-friendly. I also have lived experience with food intolerances (gluten, FODMAPS and food chemicals) and am more than happy to work alongside your health professional to support the work you do with them.
What if I don’t like the offerings on your family meal list?
While the list is not exhaustive, it covers many tried and tested family favourites. If you would prefer me to cook from your own recipes that is more than okay.
Are your recipes nutritionally balanced?
The recipes I use are sourced from health professionals (dietitians, nutritionists and naturopaths) and professional cooks and chefs. I am not a health professional (but I am relatively health literate) so I leave the things like recipe development to the experts.
Do I need to be home/can I help?
You don’t need to be home – if you are unable to meet me on arrival, access can be arranged in advance. You are more than welcome to be at home while I work – but I do ask that I can have use of the kitchen without interruption for efficiency and safety reasons.
Shopping- will you really do it for me?
Yes! I am more than happy to purchase the ingredients required for the session. After you have selected the items you would like to have prepared, I will send you an email with a categorised shopping list. You can provide the ingredients or have me purchase what is required. I have preferred grocers that I use, but happy to use yours if convenient. Shopping is charged as a flat fee – additional charges may apply if you require me to travel to a specific store.
Do you bring your own equipment?
I will mostly utilise your equipment such as pots, pans, food processor, thermomix etc. but will bring my own knives and favoured utensils such as my trusty speed peeler and mandoline. I will also bring my own cleaning cloths, tea towels and labels. I am always happy to share my recommendations for
What do I need to do in preparation for your visit?
Once you have chosen the items you would like prepared, I will email you a shopping list of ingredients required. If you have chosen to provide the ingredients, please have them accessible for me to use on the day of our session. I ask that the kitchen is clean and ready for use – benches, stovetop and workspaces clear, dishes done and put away. I will also need room in the fridge and freezer for the cooked items. If I need to do these things before starting, an additional cleaning fee may be charged.
Do I need to provide containers?
I do require suitable containers to store the cooked food – my preference and recommendation is glass but am happy to use what you have on hand. I will make a recommendation of size and quantity needed for our session. If you would like me to source some good quality glass containers for you, please ask.
What does it cost?
Hands on help starts at $35 p/h
What kind of experience and qualifications do you have?
I have been supporting families (housekeeping, cooking, nannying, decluttering/organising and cleaning) since 1995. I was employed as a chef over a seven-year period (including at The Neal St Restaurant and Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in London). Since developing food intolerances of my own, I am even more aware of the importance of catering for them – especially in regards to minimising cross contamination. I hold current food handling and first aid certificates along with working with children and police checks. I am insured and a member of the Australian Institute of Food Safety and the Institute of Professional Organisers. You are in good hands!