FAQs

To help you out here are some of our most frequently asked questions.
If you do not find the answer to your question here, please get in touch with us.

Do you have to pay a deposit to secure a booking?

We require full payment a week before the cooking appointment to secure your booking. This can be done by paying online (go to Packages) or, if required, we can email an invoice to you.

Do you have nutritional qualifications?

Belinda, the Director, completed two years of a naturopathy degree at university which she then deferred to pursue her cooking career. She also has a certificate from the Integrative Institute of Nutrition in New York and a Certificate 4 in nutrition from Beck Health. She is currently completing a Certificate 4 in Children’s Health and Nutrition from Beck Health. She has also studied Food as Medicine at ACNT in Brisbane and she mentors with an ayurvedic cooking teacher. Belinda has also been practicing Weston A. Price and real food nourishing cooking methods for 6 years. She uses this knowledge with fertility and new mothers and also practices it in her own family. Her baby and teenage girls are all glowing, well nourished and rarely ill. Her father’s family have a background in butchery and commercial fishery. She has worked front of house in restaurants and has been eating organic and natural foods for over 16 years. Belinda also loves to grow some of the produce in her organic garden at home.

Are you a qualified chef?

Belinda is a qualified chef with 12 years catering experience. She has worked in Canada, Byron Bay and Melbourne.

The Organic Cook team are all highly professional and qualified chefs. They have a minimum of 5 years professional catering/hospitality experience; and are all trained by Belinda.

Do you bring your own cooking tools?

Each chef brings his/her own toolkit, with knives, whisks, and other cooking equipment. We will use your pots/pans/fry pans and blender/food processors if they are available. We often bring a pressure cooker.

Do you have insurance?

Each chef has public liability of $10 million.

Do we need to be home?

No, not at all. Often clients arrange for keys to be left with a neighbour so we can access the kitchen.

Do we need to commit to a package or can we book a week in advance?

We prefer to work with clients who are committed to a package or special programme long-term. Some clients have been with us for 5 years. However, we also understand some clients only need our services for 3-4 months to get through a transition or difficult period and this can easily be arranged.

Our chefs schedule work 1 month in advance so, once we have you locked in for a particular day, it is permanent. This assists our chefs in their other work and makes sure things run smoothly.

We also often have 2-3 week waiting period to get a booking.

 

Do you do dinner party catering and functions?

Yes, we do dinner party catering – please contact us for more information.

Do you teach cooking classes?

Yes, we do public and private classes – please contact us for more information.

Can you help with specific diets and menu planning?

Yes, this our area of expertise – please contact us for more information.

Do you have privacy agreements with your chefs?

Yes we do and we also undertake police record checks.

Is this affordable for me? What do I get for the price?

Personal chef service was once only available to celebrities or the very wealthy but now our clients include many everyday families who are time poor and struggling to get healthy meals on the table. When you don’t have to worry about menu planning, shopping, purchasing ingredients and cooking you save an enormous amount of time. Each meal is priced from $18 depending on your service level and Package, so it is comparable with eating out.