Chefs applying sauces and garnishes to a salmon entrée at a client’s home.
Source: Christine Hyatt
The personal chef business is booming as more consumers choose to eat at home during the coronavirus pandemic, rather than at restaurants.
The virus is expected to cause the restaurant industry to lose $240 billion in sales this year, based on estimates from the National Restaurant Association. Lockdowns pushed many Americans to spend more time eating at home, whether it’s restaurant food delivery, at-home cooking or the fruit of a personal chef’s labor.
“It’s unfortunate that Covid-19 has brought what we do to the surface, but I’m starting to see a lot of people who are looking at the personal chef and in-home dining experience as a great alternative to the dining experience as of now,” said Brian Driscoll, co-founder of the Glendale, Arizona-based personal chef company Driscoll Cuisine & Cocktail Concepts.