The blessing of working for yourself is the ability to re-market yourself and find a new niche where you could not see it before. "Necessity is the mother of invention" proven when my dad was diagnosed with cancer and I chose to move closer to him to Seattle and later, follow him, to Southern California. As a Private Chef I can move with my Chef kit & coat, pans and white platters and I'm ready to throw an impressive gathering for 10 to 50 guests, fairly easily. The stop at the local Farmers' Market for the best produce, artisan meats & cheeses and a handful of flowers and I can create a meal or a party on location or in any creative venue.
Friend's at the beach, my sisters employer, my dot com friends, all wanted to throw parties and needed a caterer. Clients also contacted me to serve a special dinner for friends and family in both their primary and vacation homes. I served as a live in house manager / chef for a large family in Seattle and also produced a number of corporate culinary events for raising venture capitol. I've catered several of my friend's weddings and their friend's weddings. I've always offered floral arrangements for events since my mom and I had a floral business in 1984. I join ladies groups, business networking and
local food organizations which introduce a variety of creative culinary possibilities for a nomadic Chef. Before my dad died he suggested I go follow my "bucket list" so I started watching documentaries on diving in Hawaii. I created a gallery of my Pacific Rim dishes, posted them on my tropical website and bought a one way ticket to the Big Island. By Valerie Adair