USPCA provides a one-stop shop for everything you need to effectively and efficiently manage your personal chef business and the NETWORK with other Personal Chefs to help you grow your Personal Chef business.


Members enjoy a host of exclusive member benefits, including business and professional liability insurance that is included in Membership; a business listing on our exclusive HireAChef portal; Personal Chef Magazine (the only periodical for personal chefs by personal chefs), the National Education Conference, exclusive training and coaching programs, discounts on books and business tools and much more.

Johnny Hernandez “I spent many of my early years educating myself in Associations just like USPCA.

 Thank you for the work you do.”

-Chef Johnny Hernandez

In addition to continuing education opportunities, USPCA offers guidance and recommendations for those looking to become a Personal Chef, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, the exclusive Certified Personal Chef credential for seasoned Personal Chefs who have demonstrated their knowledge and skills through experience, training and an examination as well as their commitment to the profession and the public.

Why should you join the United States Personal Chef Association today?

General Liability Insurance Coverage

$1 million General Liability Insurance per occurrence, including property damage.

Additional Insurance Programs

USPCA offers exclusive Insurance discounts on health insurance and AFLAC.

Health Insurance Exchange

Avoid confusion and delays when looking for new health insurance. Shop multiple quality carriers like Blue Cross, Aetna, Assurant, Cigna, Humana, and many others with the ease of a single phone call or website visit—access to the Federal and State Marketplaces with all pre-existing conditions covered.

Marketing is critical to the success of your personal chef business. USPCA makes it easier with your FREE basic listing on Consumers can find on their computers and mobile devices…basically, anywhere they can connect to the internet. is designed to provide leads DIRECTLY to you. Information on the site is based on your membership profile. USPCA staff stands ready to help you keep your profile up to date to drive the most and best business to you. You’re never alone as a member of USPCA.

Julianne Zepeda

“Shortly after joining USPCA, I launched my web page and Facebook page and completed my information for

FOUR hours later, I got a notice from from a potential client who had seen my profile on the website and wanted me to contact him.

I hope to meet with the guy this week and may start a twice-weekly cook date in as soon as two weeks!”

-Chef Julianne

Education and Certification

From the National Education Conference to USPCA’s exclusive training options, get the education you need to improve your business and culinary skills.

For experienced members of the association who are committed to maintaining the highest level of culinary and business integrity, a Certified Personal Chef ® designation is available.

Are they working with special markets like seniors? USPCA has an alliance with the Society of Certified Senior Advisors to offer their training program at a USPCA members-only price. The training will prepare you for their Certified Senior Advisor credential. Show your senior clients and their families that your expertise extends beyond kitchen skills to understanding the unique needs of the growing market.


Association Update

Watch your email box every other Tuesday for the Association Update, an online summary of news you can use, and updates from the association. Want to know what services are new to you? The bi-weekly update will let you know what USPCA is adding to help make your business better.

National Partnerships

Expand your business through USPCA’s exclusive partnerships with organizations like American Express and VISA Signature to provide Personal Chef services to cardholders.

National Education Conference

Join your fellow Personal Chefs each year for three days of outstanding education, speakers, demonstrations and hands-on experiences, tastings, dining, and…most important, NETWORK building.

Downloads and Templates

Access and download customizable templates for contracts, press releases, shopping lists, food questionnaires, balance sheets, publicity kits, and more!

Personal Chef Magazine

Published quarterly, Personal Chef Magazine provides a wealth of business, culinary and personal stories to enrich your business and personal lives. It comes to you in print and is available for members in a special digital format.


Thirteen local chapters, a private Facebook Group, the national conference, and more offer Personal Chefs opportunities to share expertise one-on-one with other Chefs. USPCA’s network offers the comfort of knowing you are connected with professionals who share your passion, expertise, and ethics.

Discount Purchasing

USPCA offers a host of products and services to ensure your business is running effectively and efficiently:
GoDaddy discounted domain names, email addresses and website builders, KitchenAid product discounts, and much more. USPCA regularly updates members on the latest benefits available to members.

Deb Cantrell It’s a one-stop-shop to get questions you never thought about asking answered.


Your Membership in the USPCA will pay for itself over and over again.

I don’t understand how you can have a personal chef business and not join this organization.”

-Chef Deb Cantrell



Premier Membership in USPCA offers the complete benefits package and is available to any Personal Chef operating an established Personal or Private Chef business. The cost is $400 for the first year, with a renewal cost of just $325 each additional year. Apply Now.


Provisional Membership in USPCA includes all of the benefits and privileges of the Premier Membership with additional support, guidance, and recommendations that the USPCA has to offer. Within one year of acceptance as a Provisional Member, we anticipate your business will be up and running. To be considered for a Provisional USPCA membership, individuals must provide documentation supporting the creation of either a full-time or part-time Personal Chef Service. To join as a Provisional Member, you must have a minimum of a Certified Food Handler Certificate. If you do not have one, you may join and obtain one through USPCA’s program within the first month of Membership. The cost is $400 for the first year, with the possibility of upgrading to a Premier Membership in the second year for $325. Apply now.


Student Membership in USPCA has access to all of the benefits of Premier Members (except insurance and a HireAChef listing) and, of greatest importance, access to the nation’s top Personal Chefs. The cost is $90 per year. Apply now.


Preparatory Membership in USPCA offers comprehensive extra benefits for the trained chef looking to start a Personal Chef business. From self-guided training to personal coaching, Preparatory Membership provides guidance for chefs to work and learn. The cost is $595, and members will automatically transfer to Premier Membership or Provisional Membership upon successful completion of the series of programs adding access to the association’s liability insurance and listing in addition to all other benefits of Membership. Apply now.


Corporate Membership is designed for a personal chef business that employs one and up to five additional personal chefs. The chef-owner is considered the Primary Corporate Member, has access to all benefits, and is responsible for keeping employee records/names up-to-date. The additional employee-chefs will have the core benefits of Membership (liability insurance, program discounts, etc.) and an electronic member experience. Corporate Membership allows personal chefs whose business models are changing and now employ personal chefs to enjoy the benefits of Membership for their employees. Contact Angela at (800) 995-2138, ext 705 or [email protected].

Upon joining, you will receive access to the member-only section of the website granting access to your benefits. You will also receive, by mail, your membership certificate, wallet card, chef coat patch, window cling, and more to show your clients your professional affiliation with the nation’s first and largest Personal Chef organization.

We look forward to helping your business grow!

Have questions? Need help getting set up or filling out your application? Would you like us to send you more information about the USPCA? Contact us!