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Selena Ford on How to Become a Personal Chef
178: Selena Ford on How to Become a Personal Chef

178: Selena Ford on How to Become a Personal Chef



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After her banking job was outsourced, Selena Ford had to figure out another way to make money, so she became a personal chef. This is her story.

When her banking job was downsized, Selena Ford didn’t make excuses, she saw it as an opportunity to follow her dream of making a living with her passion of preparing good, healthy food for people. She slowly began as a personal chef on the side, and last year launched her business full-time. On this episode of the How to Quit Working Show, Selena explains how she quit her job to become a personal chef.

About Selena

Chef Selena embarked on her culinary career as a waitress, hostess and relief cook in a small café. Determined then not to spend her life around food, she went on to get a “real” job in the banking industry. Not finding her niche on the teller line, she went back office where she was christened a Loan Service Representative. Though she thought she’d left the food industry behind, Chef Selena was constantly busy cooking for family and friends. There were birthday dinners, cakes and special occasion cheesecakes that kept her number on quite a few speed dials. In 2004, her “real job” was outsourced and Chef Selena finally surrendered to the call of the kitchen. It was then that Chef Selena first launched her service- Sheba’s Personal Chef Service. As a Personal Chef, Chef Selena’s job is to first, complete an interview to determine dinner time favorites, discuss allergies and dislikes, and then shop for the freshest ingredients. After shopping, she cooks delicious meals in the clients very own kitchen leaving them with perfectly portioned, nutritious meals waiting for them at home. In 2013, Sheba’s Personal Chef Service was re-branded as Red Delicious Café and Personal Chef Service and started offering meals that cater to special dietary needs. These special dietary needs include but are not limited to paleo, gluten free and low calorie meals. In 2014 Red Delicious acquired a food truck that is available downtown St. Louis for lunch during the summer and for special events in the St. Louis Metro area. Fully certified in food safety and insured, Chef Selena is determined to make good eating an economical and convenient reality rather than a fond hope. Her resolution can be summed up in the company motto. “Red Delicious Café and Personal Chef Service: Improving your health one delicious bite at a time!”

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About Jeff Steinmann

Jeff wants to help you Live More. He is the author of How to Quit Working, A Simple Plan to Quit Your Job for a Life of Freedom. He hosts a weekly show called The How to Quit Working Show that features lessons from Freedom Fanatics who quit their soul-sucking 9-5 job and created a business that lets them live a passionate life of freedom. Jeff also writes for several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, Lifehack and Elite Daily. Most of all, Jeff is a Freedom Fanatic, fiercely devoted to finding a better way to “do life”.

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