FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is The Cooking Collaborative?
The Cooking Collaborative is a culinary collaborative & education incubator. The reason we choose to describe ourselves as a "collaborative" is due to our beliefs that success sprouts through support. A flower does not grow without the support from its other counterparts, nor do we grow without the help from YOU.
We use the word "incubator" to describe our business as we will always provide an environment to grow healthier and happier bodies.
ARE YOUR PRICES HIGHER THEN MOST CATERERS?
Our prices may be slightly higher then most caterers due to our practices and ordering-standards. We source the majority of our products from local farms and organic growers, making food costs higher then other businesses. What you can count on is that you will receive quality product each and every time.
PERSONAL CHEF SERVICES
DO I NEED TO BE HOME FOR THE PERSONAL CHEF TO PREPARE MEALS IN MY HOME?
No. You do not need to be home for our personal chefs to prepare meals in your home. We advise clients to alert the property manager, gate, as well as housekeepers of our presence so that access to your home can be a seamless process. We always carry business cards as well as forms of identification for safety purposes.
WHY DOES THE COOKING COLLABORATIVE PREFER TO STORE MY MEALS IN GLASS?
We prefer to package your meals in glass, hoping to avoid BPA packaging chemicals found in most plastic containers. If you are interested in purchasing glass containers, we've hand-selected our favorite American-made glass containers available here on our site.
ARE GROCERIES INCLUDED IN THE COST?
No, groceries are paid for separately from the hourly chef fee.
CAN THE CHEF PICK UP EXTRA ITEMS FOR ME WHILE THEY ARE AT THE STORE?
Unfortunately we do not offer personal shopping services outside of what the menu outlines.If you are on a weight-loss journey or feeling that you may need a few extra nibbles, we are happy to include additional quantities and items, however these items need to be suggested when the menu is approved.
Do you have to do the cooking in my home?
Yes. Florida State Health Department regulations require that all meals prepared by a personal or private chef be made in the client's home or in a commercial kitchen. If you would like to discuss the possibilities of your meals being made in The Cooking Collaborative's commercial kitchen please email us. An additional hourly fee will be required to meet these needs.
ARE YOU INSURED?
Yes. The Cooking Collaborative takes safety very seriously and we are fully insured and licensed in the state of Florida, along with our personal chef independent contractors.