Helping To Make Your Life Easier One Meal At A Time

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“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”
– Elsa Schiaparelli

About

The Convenient Gourmet

The Convenient Gourmet provides an in home, personalized chef service.

Whether you just need someone else to take over the meal planning and cooking, you have dietary restrictions or you simply want to achieve a healthier diet, let The Convenient Gourmet show you the way.

We will make healthy choices easier, provide culinary delights and give you full control over your menu. It really is that easy. Let us help!

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
– Virginia Woolf

About The Chef

Christina Ritger

Christina Ritger grew up the daughter of a naval officer stationed around the world. As such, she was indoctrinated into the culinary world where her love of cooking and entertaining began. She furthered that passion by later attaining a culinary arts degree from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute. Prior to and continuing after graduation, Chef Christina worked as pastry and garde manger in a local, fine dining restaurant. Realizing that the restaurant life wasn’t what she was looking for, Chef Christina built her own business as a personal chef. Hence, The Convenient Gourmet was born.

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Quality And Flavorful Health-Conscious Meals

Personal Chef Service

  • Are looking to have someone take over the whole process of meal planning, shopping, cooking & cleaning
  • Have no time to cook.
  • Do not know how to cook or have the desire to cook.
  • Are tired of eating unhealthy take-out/fast-food.
  • Are looking to lose weight. Are wanting to try a new diet (paleo, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.)
  • Would like more variety in your diet.
    Have a specific dietary need and/or restriction.
  • Are a busy business professional.
  • Are a new or expecting parent.
  • Are recovering from an injury, illness or surgery.
  • Are interested in trying new types of cuisine.
  • Feel that hiring a personal chef would be beneficial to your lifestyle.
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From home cook to home chef

Cooking Classes

Are you tired of eating chicken that is either over or undercooked? Wouldn’t you love to have some cooking basics in your back pocket for a quick and great dinner?  Sign up for a cooking class with your friends!

Let us come to you. Enjoy an evening with great friends or family in the comfort of your own home learning skills that we all have an opportunity to use everyday.

These classes can be either group participation or demonstration only.  It’s your choice. Our goal is to provide you with education, motivation and, confidence to create meals in your own kitchen for your friends and family.  Group classes are offered at $75.00 per person and a minimun of 5 people are required.  Please limit the number of participants to 10.  Food costs are included in the lesson. If you think that private instruction would be better for you, private classes are also available.  Please contact us for more details.

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A sampling of options available; customizable to your individual needs.

Pricing

The per session cost is inclusive of the service of the chef. Food costs are not included in the pricing. Grocery bills will vary dependent on what your preferences are and what menus you choose.

Gift Certificates for a Chef Service are available for any plan and are all-inclusive. They are priced at the occasional service fee with grocery money estimated and paid up front. They are great idea for new mothers!

Other certificates are available for cooking classes or for a specific dollar amount and can be customized to your individual needs.

Contact me at [email protected] or (757) 206-9100 if you would to discuss any of these options or to get more information on an option that is not listed above. Consultations are ALWAYS free.

 

You Got Questions, I Have Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Personal Chef and a Private Chef?

A Private Chef is employed by one person or family, full time and prepares all their meals, often as a “live in”. A Personal Chef has several clients, usually serving one client a day and prepares multiple meals that are custom designed for each client. The meals are packaged, labeled and stored (either in the refrigerator or the freezer) so that the client may enjoy them when convenient for them.

What do I need?
All that is required is a clean kitchen with a cook top, oven, sink, counter space to work, and refrigerator and freezer space to store the completed meals. A microwave is nice but not required. We can use your pot and pans; get you everything you need, or bring our own.
Is there anything I can do prior to your visit?
Have your kitchen counters free of clutter, your sink & dishwasher cleared and have space made in your refrigerator and freezer.
Do I have to be home when you are cooking?
No, you do not. In most cases, clients are working or running errands while their personal chef is preparing their meals.
How often will you come to my house to cook?

Personal chef services are offered one-time, weekly, bi- weekly (every other week) or once a month.

Do you have to do the cooking in my home?

Yes. Virginia State Health Department regulations require all meals prepared by a personal chef to be cooked in the home of the consumer or a licensed and inspected commercial kitchen. Preparing these meals in your home ensures that you are provided with the highest quality product possible.

How is the food stored?

The meals can be packaged family style, or in single or double portions depending on your needs. Pyrex Glassware is recommended. All packages will include complete directions for reheating and serving.

What is your cancellation policy?

For all personal chef services 72 hours advance notice is required before you must cancel. If you do cancel within 72 hours the full fee is owed for your service.

Can I afford a Personal Chef?

Absolutely! Most clients find the cost of a personal chef to be about the same as the cost of their groceries, take out, and restaurant meals. Then consider the time you will save without all the grocery shopping, running for take out, and waiting for service and food at restaurants. Now add the benefit of having a variety of healthy meals prepared to your individual needs and preferences. If you eat out often, this service may not only save you money and time, but provide you with health benefits too. Aren’t you worth it?

Can you follow my special diet?

Yes! We will ensure that any special dietary needs are met.

How do you know what I like in my diet?

Your diet is the chef’s first order of business. In the initial consultation, you will fill out a short food questionnaire that gathers information on your likes, dislikes, personal preferences, dietary restrictions, allergies etc.

What areas do you serve?

We serve within a 50 mile radius of Willamsburg,Virginia

Do you serve outside your service area?

Yes. However, a small travel surcharge will be added to your bill.

How far in advance should I reserve a date?

It is recommended you reserve a date as soon as possible.

How do I get started?

Contact us and we will schedule a time for your free consultation. During this meeting we will discuss your dietary needs, meal plan options, and food preferences.

Do you have your food handler's card?

Yes. Chef Christina has food safety manager’s certification.

Can you provide references and a resume?

Absolutely.

Where do you do your grocery shopping?

This varies from client to client. If you prefer a certain store or market we will do our best to accommodate you.

Do I have to eat organic ingredients? What if I can't afford it?

No, you do not. During your consultation you will be given the option for organic or non-organic groceries. While organic is recommended for optimum nutrition and taste, conventional groceries are also available. Chef Christina will work with you to create a grocery budget you are comfortable with.

Can I choose what I want to eat from a menu?

Absolutely!  We want you to eat what you love. 

Is it okay if I watch or help?

The chef will have a very specific production schedule they must adhere to produce the best quality food in a timely manner. It is best for the chef to be uninterrupted while cooking so they can produce safe, delicious, high quality food for you. However, the chef would be happy to chat/discuss with you before or after your personal chef service.

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(757) 206-9100

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