And a few shoulds.

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One question I get asked all the time to share with aspiring Chefs is what they need to do to become Chef themselves. (If you haven't read my “Secrets of a Chef” series yet that's a great spot to get some insights into what I believe it takes to become a Chef. That series is always growing and I'm open to additions; if you got one please comment below.)

There's a world of attributes and tasks a person must have and should strive to master before they can be a Chef in my book, but this…


How the pandemic changed my life.

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First and foremost, I’d like to give my sincerest heartfelt apology to anyone and everyone who lost their lives to this pandemic and their loved ones. It very likely was none of your fault, and for that, I apologize.

So here's the deal. Has this pandemic been one of the worst events in most of our lives? Without a doubt. That said, from the beginning, I was always the type that has been looking for the best in this situation and I truly believe that I have. …


Stretching your boundaries.

We've all experienced it, likely with this pandemic it's been more recent than you'd like it to be. Here you go, ready to eat the same damn thing you at last Wednesday and two Wednesdays before that. Calling your routine stale would be the understatement of quarantine times.

But we can fight this. It will take planning, it will take effort, it will take practice. It will be worth it.

Today we talk about, keeping it fresh!

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I’m Commis Chef Chris Martin. I’ve been in the Culinary industry for 16 years and I love spending my time…


How to set prices to match your worth.

The pandemic we've all been experiencing the last year has lead many of us to find some semblance of normalcy. For instance, there has been a massive surge in the need for Personal Chefs (I've experienced a 3,000% increase in revenue myself!). Personal Chefs have always been in demand but with restaurants closing and so many Chefs with a whole lot of time on their hands, many of whom are well-suited to work as Personal Chefs, caterers & Private Chefs. The trick: navigating waters they've never had to before.

Here we will talk about some of the pitfalls of working…


Your clients come first, always.

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There's a right way and a wrong way to do sales. If you arent the right Chef for them you need to say so (GET YOUR EGO OUT OF THE CONVERSATION). What would be the best way to make their vision come to life. Finally, what's the price and what would it cost?

Lose The Ego

I took this event. It made me work for two parties in a day, it was my least favorite meal to cook, and I wasn't given enough freedom with the menu. Unfortunately, the money was good so I took the gig.

I was rushing…


How working out of your comfort zone can cause more problems than they're worth.

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I’m Commis Chef Chris Martin. I’ve been in the Culinary industry for 16 years and I love spending my time helping as many people as I can whether it's through advising on how I dealt with some of my own life challenges, or if it’s through SavorThePassion.com where I’m working to increase the quality of life of all that I can through the power of food.

The Story

“What the hell happened here?” I've been a Personal Chef to around 100 events now and this one is practically…


You’re getting ready to hire a Personal Chef for the first time, but you arent sure what factors you need to consider.

I’m Commis Chef Chris Martin. I’ve been in the Culinary industry 16 years and I love spending my time helping as many people as I can whether its through giving advice on how I dealt with some of my own life challenges, or if it’s through SavorThePassion.com where I’m working to increase the quality of life of all that I can through the power of food.

Location, Location, Location.

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When it comes to price your location has a lot to do…


Chefs keep you safe. Isn’t that all you want?

What’s in this guide?

What type of Chef is the right fit for you?

- Private Chef

- Caterers

What services do Chefs Offer?

- Meal Prepping

- Dinner Party

- Catering Services

- Grocery Shopping

- Cooking Lessons

- Knife Sharpening

- Daily Meals

What factors affect the cost of hiring a Chef

- Geographic Location

- Skill / Reputation of the Chef

- Number of Guests

- Number of Courses

- Ingredients Required

- Equipment Required

How much should you tip your Chef or Caterer

How to make your experience with a Private Chef go smoothly.

- Before

- During

- After

Mistakes to avoid while hiring a Chef

- Poor planning

- Trying to save money

How to hire a local Chef

  • Scouting
  • Scheduling

I’m Commis Chef Chris Martin. I’ve been in the Culinary industry 16 years and I love spending my time helping as many people as I can whether it’s through advising…


Less Is More.

Boom!

Another client sold!

I’m only getting better at it and it all came down to two things.

Hello

I’m Commis Chef Chris Martin. I’ve been in the Culinary industry 16 years and I love spending my time helping as many people as I can whether its through giving advice on how I dealt with some of my own life challenges, or if it’s through SavorThePassion.com where I’m working to increase the quality of life of all that I can through the power of food.

Sit Down

This is one of the biggest tips I can possibly give to get…


Welcome to the second installment where I explain everything that it takes to be a Chef in my eyes. This series will by no means be exhaustive, but I will certainly do my best. If you’re a Chef and want to share your opinion I’d love to hear what you have to say. Aspiring Chefs: if you have questions feel free to reach out. I’m always looking for an excuse to talk food.

I’m Commis Chef Chris Martin. I’ve been in the Culinary industry 16 years and I love spending my time helping as many people as I can whether…

Chris Martin

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