What's your path?

If you had told me 30 years ago that I would have a successful business as a personal chef I would have laughed out loud.  But it’s just a great example that you never know where life is going to take you.

When I graduated from college I joined the LPGA as a golf club professional.  I taught golf in West Los Angeles  for many years.  Once we had kids, I changed gears and became a stay-home mom.  It was only when our kids left for school did I finally think about taking my experience and love of cooking for my family and become a personal chef.

So everyone has a different path.

Many future chefs go straight into culinary school after high school.  Others work the line for many years at minimum wage.  And others like me see a career in food as a great “second career”.  
 
Looking back on my path I can clearly see themes to my choices.  Generally I wanted to do the right thing.  I enjoyed helping others, and I had the opportunity and support to follow my passions.

Through hard work and the marketing and technical support of my husband, I’ve been fully booked as a personal chef in Southern California for over 5 years.  I love what I do and I love the freedom of owning my own business.

Our new path

Today, my husband and I are embarking on a new path as we launch our online personal chef school - Personal Chef Now.  I will continue my personal chef business, but now is a new opportunity to give back.  

We created this school to give a new personal chefs the tools and guidance to successfully launch their business.  We spent a full year thinking about the curriculum, filming, and designing the workbooks that accompany the courses.  The concepts and materials in our core course - Becoming a Personal Chef draw from the many lessons learned from starting my business as well as 30 years of marketing and technology experience from my husband Greg.

So that is our path now.  We intend to put the same level and passion to this school as we done in each of our past endeavors.  Our goal with this program is to create a rich learning community where you can learn from each other and push everyone to be better.  As we get feedback from you we are committed to making our courses better and introducing new courses throughout the year.

What’s your path?

-Bonnie and Greg Goodman

Bonnie Goodman

Chef Bonnie, LLC, Tustin, CA

Since 2010, Bonnie has been a successful personal chef in the Orange County area. Since 2011 Bonnie has been booked solid serving busy families, seniors, business professionals, celebrities, and professional athletes. Bonnie centers her cooking style around allergy-friendly and healthy homestyle meals that the whole family can enjoy.

When Bonnie started her Personal Chef business she was grateful for some of the Personal Chef Associations like the APPCA and the USPCA. Unfortunately there was not a fully immersive program available to teach her about building and growing her business. Bonnie decided in 2015 to launch the Personal Chef Guide to help new personal chefs enter the market and grow their business.