Time is flying by.
Rewind six months or so: I quit my job and started culinary school. Probably the boldest move of my life. Back then, I had not much of an idea what I wanted to do except work with food and support people in becoming healthier. I had no idea how to go about that.
If you read the blog, you know that we had a catering event about 1.5 weeks ago, which was a great success. The lead-up to the event was packed with planning. I learned a ton. Since then, I’ve done a few things…
- Crash Course in Personal Chef Work: Last week, some of my classmates and I spent time with a local personal chef, Amanda Love. Amanda gave us the lowdown on how to be a personal chef over the course of four days and it was a great crash course in the business side and operational realities of this work. I guess I should mention that I’ve pretty much decided to put my attention on being a personal chef. I’ll blog in more detail about that week of information later…
- Registered my business name with the State of Texas
- Secured a business checking account
- Managed to keep myself financially solvent thanks to an emergency loan (THANKS AGAIN! You know who you are. 🙂 )
- Sent my first personal chef business proposal
- Got my first phone call regarding a part-time cooking job I applied for
- Created brochures and (mixed feelings here) giant magnets for the side of my car promoting my business, AustinHealthyChef
- Cancelled and re-issued the order for above brochures and (sigh) magnets due to a design change
- Had a preliminary discussion about starting a corporate wellness-related venture
- Applied for a few more jobs (still waiting for my call, major national organic grocery chain)
- Worked a few days for a local vegetarian caterer, providing much-needed income
- Worked several hours for a client doing human resources consulting (recruiting)
It feels like things are moving fast, right? I’m loving it. Stay tuned…
Below: Professional photo of me, thanks to a free session provided by my school. Thank you Natural Epicurean! Don’t you want this guy cooking for you?
Below: It’s official. Austin Healthy Chef is open for business.
Below: My “graduation” pin.