Anyone can become a home chef or a home cook
When I came to the United Kingdom I didn’t know how to cook. So the thought of becoming a home chef was daunting!
If I didn’t cook my own food then my options were takeaways (which could get costly and become unhealthy), heat and eat meals from the supermarket, which again can be unhealthy, full of that not so natural goodness.
Either I do the above, starve (which really was not an option) or learn how to cook and become a home chef.
So I learned to cook. I learned from a friend that I was flatting with. He knows curries pretty well and so I learned how to cook my own curry dishes. An chicken curry was my first dish.
After he showed me the ropes, I cooked one on my own and shared it with the rest of my flat mates.
It was a successes or at least they gave me good reviews, even if it was to encourage to me cook for them in the future.
I have cooked homemade food for over 11 years now. You can like me learn from books, internet, television programmes and other people.
Over the years I have since experimented with ingredients, variations on existing recipes and creating my own recipes.
The odd time while making a dish things can go wrong. And it does not turn out to be what you expect.
But like anything else in life it’s a learning curve and you get better, more confident and you become experienced!
Some of my favourite recipes that I have cooked as per my photos below include:
Old fashion lamb burgers by Lorraine Pascale
Watching cooking shows on television and learning from home chef and professional chefs, I have learned to make master chef quality food.
I have recently been inspired by Masterchef Australia and am now attempting to make some of those dishes.
If you asked me 11 years ago I would off thought that these were near impossible to make. It does take time, effort and precise execution.
My best advice to you is for the first few times just follow the instructions step by step you will not have not have a problem, if it goes wrong, then give it another go.
So because of my love for food, I have created this online platform for people like us, home-cooks, cooks, home chefs and chefs to create menus for others. The great thing is you get paid for what you love doing.
You can create a menu and charge what you like or what you think is reasonable in order for your audience to be attracted to you menu.
All you need is a place to host your dinner parties, this could be your home or a space that is ideal for hosting breakfast, lunch, dinner parties or cooking courses.
For extra security you can host with a friend or family members. Our goal is to create a community of people that have a common interest which is food and enjoying Peoples Company. Honesty and trust are key elements and the forefront of what we are trying to create with our community.
This is how it works:
1. Sign Up
All you need to do is sign up to eatingnetwork.com and get started.
Anyone can sign up and it’s free. So if you’re a home-cook or a working chef and love cooking and cooking for others then you should become an eating network chef.
You will get to display your menu in front of a large audience and show off your culinary skills and get paid for it!
If you are a regular cook then creating menu items should come natural.
Just offer an authentic event that you know well, if it’s not authentic then that’s ok as long as its home cooked and enticing, then you should not have a problem getting Guests.
If you’re confident to teach others then you could offer a cooking class, wine making or beer making classes for example.
Just be yourself on the day as your personality will add to the value of the event!! This will reflect in the rating that your Guests will give you.
2. You like meeting new people
When you become a home-cook chef you will get to meet others either from your local community or travellers from around the world.
You will have local knowledge and this is priceless, Guests will love the fact that you have invited them to your home and they will experience not only a local meal but also an insight to how a local lives (you) in that city/town.
Generally people that are travellers are happy and positive people and are willing to listen and learn, you’re not only an ambassador for food but also your city/town.
3. Be your own boss and do something you love doing when you want!
So you have created your menu items and want to set dates for these.
When you create a hosting you get the choice of which dates you would like to host. You also get the option to select if you would like Guests to suggest you dates.
Options for booking an event for a guest
If you work full time during the week then hosting only in the weekends might be for you, or if you have the energy after work then go for it give your Guests more options, it’s up to you!
4. Offer the takeaway option if you don’t want to host at home
You will have the additional option to send your menu items to your ‘Guests’ as a takeaway option.
You can select the takeaway option when creating a menu
If you don’t feel comfortable hosting at home then this option is for you.
You may be a great cook and or baker, so we don’t want you to miss out.
As the ‘Host’ you are responsible for the packaging and timely delivery of the items.
The ‘Guest’ will get a chance to rate your service.
5. Earn Extra Money from being a home chef
This is a great way for you to earn some extra money.
Our general rule is calculate the amount of the expenses on a per person basis to provide the service. This is your breakeven point. If you wish to make a profit add a little extra onto the price for what your hard work deserves.
Make sure that you don’t charge too much for your event or overprice the event in order to attract Guests.
Hosts can earn up to $700 USD or £500 per event or more. 10 Guests @ £50 per person, simple math’s I know, but this is possible!
You don’t have to ‘dive’ into the deep end straight away. You can start small and build up to a more expensive hosting.
Our job is to create ‘traffic’ to your hosting so you can achieve your goals.
Becoming a home chef is a great way to show off your culinary skills and get paid for it. You can work your own hours as you are your own boss.
In the process you will get to meet a whole bunch of people that you have not met before. You will get the opportunity to share stories, make new friends and contacts.
So if you enjoy cooking and networking then sign up, create a menu and become an eating network home chef and host your foodie events while making some extra money.
Don’t worry if do not want to host at home then you can still be a food ambassador by providing a takeaway service.
So get your cooking utensils out of the kitchen cupboard, get those ingredients ready and become the next masterchef home-cook!!
Sign up and good luck!