Working as a private chef

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  1. SField

    SField Senior member

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    Hmm...you might be on to something
    I mean you know people with private chefs... the people usually know very little about food. They love the idea of having a private chef. And the private chef only needs to be as good as the taste of the people employing them. As long as he is trying his best, and getting better as he goes along, while taking a modest salary, I see no problems.
     


  2. mgm9128

    mgm9128 Senior member

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    The fact that she's willing to hire him without ever having tasted his food is as worrisome as his lack of experience.

    Charisma sells.
     


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    I mean you know people with private chefs... the people usually know very little about food. They love the idea of having a private chef. And the private chef only needs to be as good as the taste of the people employing them. As long as he is trying his best, and getting better as he goes along, while taking a modest salary, I see no problems.
    I agree with this [​IMG] Most people I know go so far as to hire someone for convenience. They just want someone to cook and it doesn't need to be spectacular Maybe she'll ask for an all salad menu But really...you think $50k is too much? Not comparing it to a restaurant I think it is too little unless he's a sous chef in someone's home
     


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    I'd hire a white butler for $100 a day, don't need to eat other people's food though. Maybe I should do just that.
     


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    I'd hire a white butler for $100 a day, don't need to eat other people's food though. Maybe I should do just that.
    mmm...what?
     


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    MGM, are you gorgeous?
    Being young and fit certainly may have helped. That I was wearing a suit didn't hurt either. I made a good first impression, I guess.
     


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    I agree with this [​IMG]

    Most people I know go so far as to hire someone for convenience. They just want someone to cook and it doesn't need to be spectacular

    Maybe she'll ask for an all salad menu


    But really...you think $50k is too much? Not comparing it to a restaurant I think it is too little unless he's a sous chef in someone's home


    In his case I think living expenses and very modest pay are absolutely fine.
     


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    Was having a personal funny; went to my friend's family's house in London one time (Indian people) and the guy had a white butler answer the door for me. Went inside a cousin was betting like 200 grand a head on a premier league match against his middle eastern friend...

    though I think I would hire a butler for $100 a day....
     


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    Being young and fit certainly may have helped. That I was wearing a suit didn't hurt either. I made a good first impression, I guess.
    Makes sense
     


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    CouttsClient, do you have a driver? May I ask what you think a driver should make, on average?
     


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    CouttsClient Senior member

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    In his case I think living expenses and very modest pay are absolutely fine.



    But that's the thing. I think $50k is modest. At the very least he should ask her what she is comfortable paying and go from there. No need to undercut the market
     


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    But that's the thing. I think $50k is modest. At the very least he should ask her what she is comfortable paying and go from there. No need to undercut the market

    Eh I think for what he wants out of this, lowered expectations are ok. It's better to over perform... he'll have pocket money and a place in the city. I think $700 a week for someone getting free rent in a top flight building with very little responsibility at his age is amazing, not to mention that he might be able to do his gallery work as well.

    Sometimes the opportunity itself and the resulting life experience is worth more than the money, and I think asking for more and making it a very formal arrangement will shit on that a bit.
     


  13. CouttsClient

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    CouttsClient, do you have a driver? May I ask what you think a driver should make, on average?
    Currently I don't but I'm looking for one now. $45k is fairly average. $60k will get you someone dependable and with good experience. $75k-$80k will get you someone with personal protection/defensive driver training
     


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    But that's the thing. I think $50k is modest. At the very least he should ask her what she is comfortable paying and go from there. No need to undercut the market
    You're going to get him hired as a man slave in no time.
     


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    Eh I think for what he wants out of this, lowered expectations are ok. It's better to over perform... he'll have pocket money and a place in the city. I think $700 a week for someone getting free rent in a top flight building with very little responsibility at his age is amazing, not to mention that he might be able to do his gallery work as well.

    Sometimes the opportunity itself and the resulting life experience is worth more than the money, and I think asking for more and making it a very formal arrangement will shit on that a bit.

    Ok. I'll side with you here because I don't really know his circumstances all that well and it could be a once in a lifetime thing. I would caution him though to remember that it is a job and often the scope of work tends to grow very rapidly
     


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