USPCA brings education to your doorstep to improve both your business and culinary skills. From business management to planning to culinary arts, your association serves as a one-stop destination for your Personal Chef business education needs.

From the National Education Conference to the e-Learning portal, USPCA regularly adds courses for members.

USPCA also awards the prestigious Certified Personal Chef credential to those Personal Chefs who meet the demanding criteria to hold this credential.  It is the ideal way to separate yourself in your field and have your clients recognize you for your expertise and experience.

Food Safety Manager Certification and Training


The USPCA has partnered with National Registry of Food Safety Professionals to provide an easy and affordable method to attain food safety credentials, both food manager certification and food handler certificate. All National Registry programs are nationally accredited and National Registry is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Restaurant Association.

Holding a valid food manager certification is not an operating requirement for the majority of personal chef businesses operating out of a client’s home but it is a requirement for USPCA certification and desirable for membership. However, members must have proof of successful completion of a food handler certificate course. Having the credentials and demonstrating a core understanding of food safety knowledge are important and sends a clear message of commitment to your clients.

USPCA members get access to discounted training and exams. Access to taking the food manager certification program is available on the Members Only portal after joining however food handler training is available to members and non-members.

Food Handler Training Certificate Program – $12.95

The online Food Handler Training certificate program provides Personal Chefs with the knowledge they need to safely handle food. The Food Handler Training course and assessment is based on the current state of food safety knowledge, regulations, and requirements and is recommended for people involved in the preparation, handling, serving and displaying of food. It is available to both members and non-members.

Enroll in the Food Handler Course

Tailored Taste Personal Chef Coaching for New Personal Chefs

Tailored Taste

For new chefs and experienced chefs alike, receive one-on-one email, video, and telephone training/coaching. Chef Monica Thomas, a Certified Personal Chef, is a long-time member of the USPCA and owner of Tailored Taste Personal Chef Service in the Washington, D.C. area. She has a thriving Personal Chef business and has successfully worked with many chefs and helped them navigate the intricacies and challenges of starting and being effective as a Personal Chef. You can purchase single hours or save with an 8-hour block. With her coaching, you may cover topics such as:

• What is a “typical” Personal Chef service
• The difference between a 5×4 or a 4×6 service and what services you are interested in promoting
• What to take in your Personal Chef kit
• Contracts, food questionnaires, and client expectations
• Effective costing
• Containers
• Fresh serve, refrigerate and/or freezing options within your own particular business
• Any other questions or issues you are having with your chef business

USPCA members receive discounts on 1-hour and 8-hour blocks.Choose from one of the options at the bottom of the page to get started (members must sign in to view discounted prices).

All of these training options from Tailored Taste are available in the Chef’s Store.

If you have any questions about getting started as a personal chef, contact Angela Prather at 800-995-2138 x705 or [email protected].

Savor Culinary Training for Experienced Personal Chefs


Master Chef Coaching Program

This 9-month coaching program combines one-on-one coaching, group masterminds and an online eChef Club membership to help experienced culinary business owners take the next serious step in their business.

This program is designed for chefs whose businesses are becoming profitable but they know they can make more money. They are ready to take the next serious step in investing time, money and resources to grow their business to start making the money they deserve and create a life and career they love.

Ideally, this person already has a solid business foundation in place but knows that there are still “holes” in their business that need to be filled but they’re not sure how.

Ready to start making the money you deserve? Learn more.

Elite Chef Coaching Program

This 12-month coaching program combines one-on-one coaching, group masterminds and an online eChef Club membership to help you EXPLODE your culinary business. These are for chefs who have specific business goals in mind but need an accelerated strategic plan to get there.

They are a culinary enthusiast, are strong-willed and eager to learn and are an independent thinker who needs someone to lead them and help them make their ambitious goals a reality. This program is not for the faint of heart, you get what you put into it!

Are you ready to build the culinary business of your dreams? Learn more.

Books from Chef Deb…

Behind Their Brand, Volume 1

Chefs from all different professional backgrounds and areas in the culinary industry, including owners of cafes, catering companies, personal and private chef companies.

The good, bad and the ugly of building a brand from scratch and real stories and experiences of lessons learned and achievements made.

Inspiring chefs who will probably make you want to quit your day job and start a culinary business of your own!

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Behind Their Brand, Volume 2

Chefs from all across the country with different professional backgrounds and expertise in the culinary industry, including owners of cafes, catering companies, personal and private chef companies.

The good, bad and the ugly of building a brand from scratch and real stories and experiences of lessons learned and achievements made.

Inspiring chefs who might make you want to quit your day job and start a culinary business!

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So You’re a Chef…Now What?

So You’re a Chef Now What? is the blueprint that every chef has been waiting for. This book covers all aspects of running a culinary business that you never learned in culinary school.

It’s your step-by-step guide of how to exponentially grow your culinary business, where Chef Deb shares her tried and true business methods that have helped her have five successful culinary businesses and currently own a six-figure culinary business as well as win the title of “Chef of the Year” by the USPCA.

Chef Deb shares specific steps that you can start taking now to make it possible to do your food, your way and make money doing what you love.

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VIP One Day Intensive

This one day session with Chef Deb is not called an “intensive” for nothing! For a full day, you will get to meet with Chef Deb in person to create a business and follow up plan to help you overcome whatever is stopping you from succeeding in business right now. This day is completely tailored to fit your needs, so YOU decide how you would like to use Chef Deb’s expertise and genius and start gaining the clarity you need!

Ready for a transformative day? Learn more.

Society of Certified Senior Advisors


The CSA difference is due to the application of the specialized senior knowledge gained through the accredited CSA course combined with your professional experiences as a Personal Chef along with highly ethical behavior to benefit and protect your older adult clients and their families.

Simply put it takes more than wanting to work with seniors to position yourself to be successfully with them – it takes knowing how to work with them. That’s what the Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)® education and designation program is all about. It educates you about seniors – how aging works, how it changes seniors’ lives, how it affects their decisions and how we can apply what we know about growing older to help people grow better! You’ll gain a greater understanding of how to apply your skills, how to communicate better with your senior clients and where to find the resources your seniors need.

Your credibility matters – The CSA program is nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Your senior clients can take an additional measure of confidence in the credibility and value of your CSA credential. Seniors today are seeking an even higher level of credibility/knowledge from those they do business with – when you add the CSA education to your expertise as a member of USPCA it gives you a distinct advantage in working with older adults.