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Personal Chefs vs Meal Kit Delivery

personal chef vs meal kit delivery

Top 5 reasons Friend That Cooks in-home meal prep service is better than meal kit delivery

The new meal kit companies use phrases like “meal prep” or “home chef” to try and fool busy families into believing they provide chef prepared meals. The truth is, their ingredients are packaged in large production facilities by under paid and overworked factory workers who have no culinary background at all. They are mass produced, impersonal, and leave all the real work to the customer. So ditch the “apron”, think outside the box, and read on about a better way to put healthy, delicious meals on the table.

Here are the Top 5 Reasons why using a personal chef for in-home weekly meal prep from Friend That Cooks is a better value than any of the meal kit delivery services:


convenienceReason #1 – Convenience

Friend That Cooks provides real “meal prep“. Meals are prepared by professional chefs. They are simply reheated, attaining their optimal state after reheating, with almost no work for the customer. We plan the menu, shop, cook, clean up and stock the fridge with food for the whole week.

Meal kit delivery services ship the ingredients with recipes and leave customers with no culinary expertise to do the cooking themselves. 30-minute preparations and 15 more minutes of clean up every night means you’ll invest hours every week to use a service that is supposed to be convenient.


better ingredientsReason #2 – Better Ingredients

Friend That Cooks chefs hand pick every single ingredient from your local grocery store, making sure you only get the best tomato in the pile, and can take advantage of local and/or organic ingredients. Every piece of meat or produce is the absolute best of what’s available or we don’t buy it.

Meal kit delivery services buy ingredients in bulk. They have to use every tomato in the pile to make money, meaning only one meal will get the best tomato, while everyone else settles for lesser ingredients, and you won’t find anything sourced locally.


more menu optionsReason #3 – More Menu Options

Friend That Cooks chefs have huge repertoires of ethnic and classic dishes they can make from scratch. By cooking from scratch, we can tailor all of our dishes to meet the specific tastes and dietary needs of every family individually. We take requests, invent new recipes, and tailor our service to your tastes. We make the foods that you want to eat without limiting you to a set menu.

Meal kit delivery services offer limited selections. You choose from a small list of dishes and any dietary need has to bend to their menu instead of the other way around. Vegetarian? Paleo? You’ll be lucky to have any choices.


professional chefsReason #4 – Professional Chefs

Friend That Cooks carefully recruits, screens and trains only the best cooks. We test their knowledge, cooking ability, and even do background checks. Our chef’s skills are well beyond not only home cooks, but most professional cooks too.

Meal kit delivery services use underpaid, overworked factory employees with no culinary experience to package your meals into boxes and mail them to you. You have to do the cooking yourself and the meal kit company has to make sure the recipes are fairly basic to suit the skill of a novice cook.


more for moneyReason #5 – Better Value For The Money

Friend That Cooks quality of service is well above that of the delivery services, yet the price can be similar or even less. For example, a family of four in Kansas City uses 4.5 hours of service ($166.50) and has a grocery bill of $100 per week (an average cost for clients in this market). This family would typically get 24-28 total meals yielding an average cost per meal of $9.50 to $11.10. Depending on the menu, our clients have seen meal prices as low as $7 per meal and even menu items with more expensive ingredients rarely average more than $15-20 per meal. With Friend That Cooks, you have complete control over the number of meals and the grocery budget every week.

Meal kit delivery services charge $9.95 and up for their meals. For moderate to premium ingredients, you’ll spend $15, $20 or even more than $30. And not only do you have to cook them yourself, but you won’t have the culinary training and experience to get the most out of those expensive ingredients.


About Friend That Cooks

Friend That Cooks Personal Chef Service offers in-home weekly meal prep for busy families and couples. We send a talented professional chef to the homes of our clients every week for a half day to shop, cook, clean up and stock their refrigerators with a week’s worth of healthy, prepared meals to reheat. We charge an affordable hourly rate plus the cost of groceries.

Click the button below to set up a free consultation with a Friend That Cooks chef about weekly meal prep in your home:

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Meal prep made easy

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Roasted potato salad meal prep

Weekly Meal Prep In Your Home

Roasted red potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, yellow cherry tomato and roasted red peppers tossed with minced garlic in a red pepper vinaigrette. If you want meal prep made easy, this is it.

Friend That Cooks makes feeding your family easy. Our in-home weekly meal prep service in #Denver #KC #Chicago #Wichita #DesMoines #Omaha #Milwaukee and #StLouis sends a talented personal chef to your home. We come every week for a half day to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with a week’s worth of healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Our employees make it possible

Meal delivery services have one or two skilled chefs in the kitchen while low waged, under paid cooks actually do the work of preparing your meals. Our personal chef service hires only the most talented cooks. We have an arduous recruiting process that 99% of our applicants don’t make it through. We offer benefits others in the food service industry won’t. Our chefs get to work weekday schedules, earning automatic overtime if they occasionally choose to work a weekend.

It’s important to Friend That Cooks to offer our employees a quality of life they can’t find other places in the food service industry. We believe it allows us to get the best employees and offer a service no one else can.

Incredible value

The busy families and couples we serve will tell you. There is no easier way to put food on the table than Friend That Cooks weekly meal prep. And no better value in the food service industry. Our service averages half the cost of eating out for a family of four. We even save our families money on groceries. We cook the food they want instead of mass producing dishes for everyone from the same recipe.

Call us today to learn about in-home weekly meal prep. Visit our website and see example prices for each of the cities we offer service in. www.friendthatcooks.com/locations

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Braised chicken vindaloo, brown basmati

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Turkey vindaloo meal prep

Braised turkey vindaloo, brown basmati rice and sauteed kale.

Weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.
Learn more at http://www.friendthatcooks.com

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Seared chicken and artichoke meal prep

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Chicken, tomato and artichokes

Seared chicken, tomatoes and artichoke in lemon caper butter, sauteed green beans.

Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs  provide weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.

We send a talented personal chef to your home for a half day every week to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Learn more at http://www.friendthatcooks.com

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Seared halibut meal prep

Seared halibut meal prep

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Seared halibut

with blackberry balsamic reduction, wild rice, roasted Brussels sprouts and apples with lemon butter.

Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs  provide weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.

We send a talented personal chef to your home for a half day every week to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Learn more at http://www.friendthatcooks.com.

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Look how easy dinner could be

Weekly meal prep and easy dinner

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Easy dinners

Look how easy dinner could be. A week’s worth of meals prepared by a personal chef. Once per week. Half the cost of eating out at a comparable restaurant. Fresh meals made from scratch by a personal chef in YOUR kitchen. Instead of mass produced by low wage cooks, frozen and mailed to you. Raise your standards, not your spending.

Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs  provide weekly #mealprep for busy moms, couples or special diets in #KC #Chicago #StLouis #Wichita #Omaha #DesMoines #Milwaukee and #Denver.

We send a talented personal chef to your home for a half day every week to shop, cook, clean up and stock your refrigerator with healthy, premade meals to reheat.

Learn more at www.friendthatcooks.com.

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Braised baby back ribs | Friend That Cooks Personal Chefs

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Braised baby back ribs

#Paleo friendly baby back ribs pan seared then braised in pinot noir with beef stock, fresh cherries, garlic and onions. Served with toasted almond rice and sugar snap peas.

Friend That Cooks #PersonalChefs offer weekly #mealprep for families in #kc #chicago #stlouis #wichita #desmoines and #omaha. Learn more at www.friendthatcooks.com.

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Weekly meal prep in Kansas City and Wichita | blog.friendthatcooks.com

Shrimp, tomato and fennel stew | Paleo, Diabetic and gluten friendly
Shrimp, tomato and fennel stew | Paleo, Diabetic and gluten friendly
Shrimp, tomato and fennel stew | Paleo, Diabetic and gluten friendly

Shrimp and tomato stew with fennel, carrot, celery, onion and fresh basil.

This hearty and delicious stew was made for a Friend That Cooks customer in Prairie Village who adheres to Paleo diet principals, with a few modifications. The stew is gluten free, low sodium, Diabetic / Paleo friendly and completely delicious!

Friend That Cooks offers weekly meal prep in Kansas City and Wichita for families with busy schedules, food allergies and dietary restrictions. Our personal chefs do the shopping, cooking and clean up and stock your refrigerator with incredible healthy meals for a week at a time! Affordable and incredible. Visit www.friendthatcooks.com for more info. #paleo, #glutenfree, #personalchef, #kansascity, #wichita, #friendthatcooks, #mealprep, #diabetic

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Marinated Kansas City strip and polenta
Marinated Kansas City strip and polenta from Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service
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Goat cheese polenta and tri-tip ¦ Friend That Cooks blog

Goat cheese creamy polenta which I served with marinated and seared tri-tip sirloin with balsamic glazed green beans and grape tomatoes. Just one example of the delicious meals we make for busy families on a weekly basis. You could have taken this fantastic dish to work with you today. Friend That Cooks Home Chef Service. Your home, your food, your friend. www.friendthatcooks.com

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