Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hire A Chef For Your Next Golf Getaway

Are you tired of the buddy or family golf trip where the culinary highlights of the week include boiled hot dogs, nachos grande and a pizza prepared especially for you by Papa John or Hungry Howey?

I've got a solution to all of your mundane meals, unhealthy food choices and, uh, indigestion issues.

Hire a chef.

Chef Linda Page

It's not as expensive as you think, and it alleviates the stress of deciding about and preparing meals.

Better still, you might even play well since you're not bloated with fast food and you feel more energetic, right?

"The golf groups I work with love the experience because they don’t really have to worry about meals, One group that I have cooked for over the last 6 years - I make them dinner when they are arriving and make box lunches for the next day," says chef Linda Page, known as "The Orlando Vacation Chef", whose been cooking for Orlando visitors for the past fifteen years.  

She continues, "They get the experience of eating in a beautiful home without having to cook. Another benefit is timing. I can be flexible with timing of meals and any special dietary needs of the group."

In golf meccas like Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Phoenix-Scottsdale, Pinehurst and Palm Springs, more golfers are eschewing traditional hotel rooms and opting for spacious private homes, villas and condos with complete kitchens.

Sadly, the kitchen ends up almost ignored as golfers preoccupied with making tee times and other engagements don't have time to prepare good meals. To often, the only time golfers use the kitchen is to microwave popcorn or use the oven to heat up fast food leftovers. 

I must confess, I fall into this category. Heck, I don't even bother to heat up the oven. Cold pizza, anyone?

Enter the personal chef, who can prepare anything from box lunches and simple three-course meals to gourmet cuisine with suggested wine pairings.

Personal chefs usually use their own pots, pans and utensils and typically prepare multiple personalized meals and place them in the refrigerator or freezer so you can enjoy them at your convenience.

Personal chefs typically charge a flat fee for their services based on location, number of guests and complexity of menu items. Groceries are an extra charge. Most provide grocery-shopping services along with meals. In addition, they can address individual needs, including special diets and food allergies.

On average, personal chefs charge between $25 and $50 per hour for their services (ingredients costs are separate).

If you really want to enhance your next golf getaway, hire a personal chef and bid a fond farewell to the pizza delivery guy.

To find a personal chef in the area you plan to visit, simply go to and enter the appropriate zip code.

Bon appetit!


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