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How do private chefs connect with potential clients?

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Some ways that private chefs connect with potential clients include advertising online with professional associations, such as the American Personal & Private Chef Association; registering with local chambers of commerce; and working through catering services. They also advertise in the Yellow Pages.

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Many chefs, whether they attended culinary school or not, are members of professional associations that help them look for work. These associations often host websites and other online venues to match members with potential clients. Many also plan events, such as job fairs, where chefs can advertise themselves to many potential employers at once.

Another way for private chefs to prospect for clients is to register with local chambers of commerce. This gives them access to business listings for groups such as real estate developers and homeowners’ associations where they can leave their business and contact information, often for free. Being known at a chamber commerce often means that chefs can find work catering chamber and other civic events.

Working with catering companies and party-planning businesses gives chefs face time with potential clients, who get to sample their cooking at the same time. These private events are also opportunities to hand out business cards and resumes and book other events.

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