Some tips for finding an available chef for an event include researching available chefs by using an online membership registry or using a personal chef staffing agency's services. Other tips for finding an available chef include soliciting a friend or a stay-at-home mom and speaking with a catering company.
Member registries such as HireAChef.com and KitchenSurfing.com offer a database of culinary professionals and personal chefs who are available to cook family dinners, a brunch for 10 friends or host a special dinner party. My Chef Direct is a regional agency that pre-screens professional chefs. Food enthusiasts who opt for a personal chef staffing agency can also use a national chef staffing agency such as Big City Chefs.
Chef hunters can also search for available chefs with professional training from programs offered by the American Personal & Private Chef Association or the United States Personal Chef Association. The United States Personal Chef Association, or USPCA, sets standards for the food industry. The U.S. federal government also authorizes this organization to administer the Certified Personal Chef and CPC designations. Money can prove a motivator for a friend or stay-at-home mom with spare time who cooks, making them a viable option for finding an available chef to cater an event.