A Resource Guide To Cooking And Meal Preparation
As a personal chef, it’s essential for me to keep updated on the latest food trends and find fresh sources of creative inspiration while staying connected to other professionals. To stay current, I use a variety of online and offline sources to provide the best meals to my clients and strengthen our business and relationships. These tools allow me to provide exceptional service to all my clients, ensuring they receive the most delectable food.
If you’re looking for the latest cooking and meal preparation trends, I’m going to share some of my most valuable resources for all things related to food.
Sometimes clients ask for specific dishes but do not have a specific recipe for that dish. I can quickly find almost any recipe on Pinterest. I can look through the options and decide which one best fits my clients’ request.
2. Food Labels.
It is essential to read the food labels on the items you are purchasing. Some of my clients have special dietary needs or allergies. I need to make sure that the food I am buying is safe for them to eat.
3. Food Magazines.
I like to read through magazines that are either dedicated to food and nutrition or have dedicated sections. Whether in hard copy or digital, I like to read the different articles to keep on top of food trends and nutrition research. Some of the magazines I read are Canadian Living, Taste of Home, Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Food Network Magazine, andBetter Homes and Gardens.
I think you can find anything on Google! Sometimes I need to do some calculations for my clients who have special dietary needs or are following a specific dietary plan. I can quickly pop on Google and find out how many grams of protein are in a chicken breast or how much natural sodium is in a stalk of celery. It really is amazing!
5. Food Network.
I like to watch several different shows on the Food Network. I like to watch for fun (as if I don’s get enough of cooking during the work day!) However, I also watch to be inspired - I will sometimes see something being made during the show and think “Wow, one of my clients would really like that dish!”
I have an extensive cookbook collection (I am not kidding!) I love to read through the recipes and see the pictures. I find it relaxing, inspiring and exciting all at the same time. Sometimes if I have a client following a specific dietary plan or with specific dietary needs, I will look for cookbooks with corresponding recipes. A lot of information is usually provided at the front of the cookbooks before the recipes start. It is a great way to educate myself about the different dietary plans because there are so many out there!
I follow several different blogs. Most of these blogs correspond to a special diet (e.g., keto, paleo, vegan). I find many helpful recipes that I can use for my clients that follow these special dietary plans. Some of the blogs I follow are Minimalist Baker, Oh She Glows, Maria Mind Body Health, Against All Grain, and a couple of others.
Whether you’re planning a meal for yourself or family or a weekly meal plan, these resources can be a fantastic starting point. When you’re ready to take the next step, reach out to Farm Food Personal Chef Service for all your meal-related needs.
As a personal chef in Cambridge, Guelph ON, I prepare meals in your own kitchen based on your food preferences and dietary needs. I will plan the menu, do all of the grocery shopping, food preparation and clean up, leaving the most important part of the meal for you – eating delicious food and enjoying time with your family! To learn more about what I do, please visit my website or get in touch me by clicking here.