dcsimg

Personal Chef Candy Wallace

Celebrity Chef

Exactly what is a personal chef? Candy Wallace sums it up best: "As a personal chef I have actually replaced Mom or Grandma in my busy clients' kitchens," she says. "Making a contribution to my clients' well-being and quality of life is almost as important as the palate-specific meals I design and prepare for them. As a personal chef I have the honor to make a huge contribution to my clients' lives and livelihoods through the preparation of delicious, healthy meals, but also by contributing to their wellness through stress reduction, introduction of more time into their busy lives, and, on occasion, even bringing families back to the table so that parents can instill social skills in their children that will serve them well in future life.

"I am a professional culinarian who is paid to do her three favorite things in life: shop, cook and nurture."

Culinary Arts

After 10 years of defining the role of personal chefs, exalting their career path, training future professionals, and promoting personal chefs' contributions to society, Wallace launched an evolutionary next step in October 2006 that is reverberating throughout the foodservice industry and, indeed, the nation. The association she founded in 1996, the American Personal Chef Association, now embraces private chefs into its ranks. The new American Personal & Private Chef Association (APPCA) provides a home for a largely disenfranchised and overlooked - but increasingly important and influential - segment of culinary professionals.

Wallace, as the leading voice among personal chefs in the United States, was a private chef at one time, herself. Over the last decade, her organization provided support and opportunities for private chefs even though its core mission served personal chefs. Wallace thus understands the similarities and differences that characterize the needs of each group. The greatest attribute they have in common? The desire and opportunity to consistently prepare and serve "palate specific" meals to their clients, according to clients' schedules and special needs.

Although the two roles are often confused, Wallace offers a characterizing distinction: A personal chef is a small-business owner. A private chef is an employee.

Personal chefs prepare meals for a diverse clientele on a regular, occasional or one-time basis for a contracted, often negotiated, fee. In many cases, meals prepared by personal chefs are stored appropriately for later rethermalization by the client. Private chefs, on the other hand, tend to work for a single client, whether an individual or family, and are paid a salary (often with employment benefits). Most meals are prepared for immediate service. A private chef might or might not live on the same premises as his her client; many private chefs have responsibilities beyond cooking that include managing household, maintenance and grounds staffs and contractors. A personal chef never lives on-premises.

Says Wallace, unlike personal chefs who have enjoyed a decade of professional-growth opportunities through an organization dedicated to their needs, private chefs have had no such advocate. Until now, that is. Under its new brand, APPCA extends membership benefits to private chefs that mirror those awarded to personal chefs, with an emphasis on employment, professional development and self-promotion. Support will focus on helping prospective employers locate the ideal private-chef candidates anywhere in the nation.

The move by the association to embrace private chefs speaks to acknowledging similar goals and needs of professionals in each group, continuing leadership in the foodservice industry, and fostering culinary comradeship, says Wallace. To communicate to the world the special roles personal and private chefs play in American society, APPCA adopted a new tagline: "Partners in Lifestyle Solutions."

Private chefs across the country are encouraged to contact APPCA for information on how they can begin reaping the benefits of membership in the only organization that speaks specifically to their needs. To learn more, visit www.personalchef.com or call (800) 644-8389.

Candy Wallace has devoted nearly 40 years to the foodservice industry, during which she has served as a commercial chef, caterer, personal chef, private chef, teacher, mentor and, for the past 12 years, founder and executive director of the American Personal & Private Chef Association.

Wallace combined her years of experience at the stove with her experience in the corporate world to create an educational channel that allows culinarians to pursue a career as business owners who cook for multiple clients in non-traditional venues.

Her contributions to both the personal-chef and private-chef sectors of the foodservice industry have elevated the awareness and stature of each segment. As a result, Wallace - more than any other icon in foodservice - has helped to establish the validity and esteem of each career path.

In 2002, Wallace propelled the personal-chef segment of industry light years by signing a partnership agreement with and co-creating the professional-certification criteria for personal chefs with the American Culinary Federation (ACF). The following year, she received the International Association of Culinary Professionals' (IACP) annual Award of Excellence for her tireless efforts in building the personal-chef career path and promoting personal chefs.

Wallace is co-author (with Greg Forte, CEC, CCE, AAC) of the soon-to-release The Professional Personal Chef: The Business of Doing Business as a Personal Chef (Wiley, February 2007). The ground-breaking textbook is the first definitive, comprehensive manual on training to become a personal chef and operating a successful personal-chef business.

Wallace is a longtime supporter and member of Les Dames d'Escoffier, Women Chefs & Restaurateurs, IACP, ACF and other notable organizations. She has served or currently serves as a board member of the San Diego chapters of ACF and Les Dames d'Escoffier.

Featured Culinary Schools

Searching Searching ...

Matching School Ads
5 Program(s) Found
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
Show more [+]
Good for Working Adults
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
5 Program(s) Found
Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America , Online (campus option available)
  • Its first location, in Paris, officially opened its doors as a culinary school in 1895.
  • Teaches students by having them spend significant time in the kitchen practicing precision techniques.
  • Provide hands-on training from instructors who are certified, master chefs.
  • Offer flexible schedules and online programs.
  • Has 30 schools worldwide, spanning 5 continents, including 17 campuses in the U.S.
Show more [+]
Good for Working Adults
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
1 Program(s) Found
  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Offers programs in psychology/social work, business management, medical billing, criminal justice, and more.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
1 Program(s) Found
  • Offers more than 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
  • Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
3 Program(s) Found
  • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
Show more [+]
Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
  • Founded in Southern California in 1998 by dog training expert Steven Appelbaum.
  • The largest independent dog training company in the United States.
  • Offers 11-stage programs that feature an in-home study component along with a hands-on training module.
  • A member of the MyCAA Financial Assistance program, which offers eligible military spouses up to $4,000 of tuition assistance that can be used towards any of their courses.
  • Helps graduates find employment and coaches those who are looking to start their own business.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
NCP College of Nursing , South San Francisco

NCP is a California State approved College of Nursing that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. Our nursing programs are attended by many students from nearby of San Francisco, Daly City, San Bruno, Pacifica, Millbrae, Brisbane, San Mateo, Burlingame, Hayward, San Leandro, Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Union City, Fremont, Concord and San Jose.

  • Dedicated to providing a hands-on, career-focused education since 1953.
  • Offers classes online, as well as at 14 campuses across California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia.
  • Develops curriculum with input from employers, subject matter experts.
  • Has small class sizes to promote one-on-one, student-teacher interaction.
  • Makes no-cost tutoring available in every subject to every enrolled student.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid

The University of Florida is ranked #5 in the country by U.S. News & World Report for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The rankings were based on faculty credentials and training, student services & technology, and student engagement – basically all the factors that contribute to an exceptional online education experience. Be greater. Be a gator.

  • Online Courses
  • Has students attend one four-week class at a time and take their final exam before moving on to their next class.
  • Offers 24/7 online tech support, with a typical response time of 4 hours or less.
  • Has online help centers that offer assistance with writing, statistics, medical assisting, and more.
  • Provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.
  • Researches trends for growing fields to tailor a more effective curriculum.
Show more [+]
Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
  • Ranked 25th among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • One of the world’s leading private research universities.
  • Its student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 56.8% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • Has an average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, of 96.8 percent.
  • Dedicated to a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education since 1880.
  • Its faculty includes National Academy members, Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and more.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Students can complete an entry-level technician program in about a year, and manufacturer training and graduate in as little as 18 months.
  • Provides technical education training programs for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians.
  • Partners with many well-known manufacturers, including General Motors, Porsche Cars North America Inc., and BMW of North America LLC.
  • Offers internships to students and alumni for first-hand experience.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
Show more [+]
  • Financial Aid

•        Ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2014.

•        More than 97% of tenure-track faculty holds a terminal degree in their field.

•        Student to faculty ratio of 15:1, and 47.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

•        Accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Ranked among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Houses one of the largest library systems in the Pacific Northwest, with 3 libraries on the Pullman campus and a library at each regional campus.
  • Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
  • Has 5 Washington campuses in Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
  • Founded in 1963 by Philip J. Steele, a well-known illustrator and educator who wanted to develop a training program based on the traditional method of drawing and painting that dates back to the Renaissance.
  • Offers 16 degree and certificate programs, including commercial photography, fashion design, animation, graphic design, and game art.
  • Features a unique Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) program, where students engage with elite figures in the art world through private events, studio visit, lectures, and workshops.
  • Offers several scholarship opportunities and other financial aid for students who qualify.
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits