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Unread 03-30-2009, 01:10 PM   #1
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I was asked to cook at a graduation party.

They will supply all the foods, the sides, the service, etc..

I show up and cook the meats on the pits. They want "The BBQ Show'. Stickburner, Clanging steel, Trailer, Trophies, etc..

briskets, butts, chicken, ribs for 150, plus burgers and dogs.

they want it to go on all day. 1PM to 8PM.

What would a decent fee be for "personal chef".
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$500 or if they can't afford it $50 an hour CASH.
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$50 per hour is minimal for me to do this plus fuel and prep stuff. You are increasing your liability by letting them provide the meat though.

I was asked to do one of these and I charged a flat fee of $500. I did not get the job though.
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$50.00 hr (8 hr min) plus expenses, truck fuel, wood, charcoal, rags, pit cleaning, etc.
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Are you cooking for seven hours plus your set up time. Also the pork and brisket are you going to pre cook
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Realistically it's three days work with prep, moving in and out, cooking and cleanup. So what would you expect to earn for three days work?
I wouldn't let them get the meat because it's unlikely they'll get exactly what you want and when you want it. Typically people do that because they're looking to save money. I'd offer the meat at cost but charge three days pay. I doubt they'll pay it.
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Realistically it's three days work with prep, moving in and out, cooking and cleanup. So what would you expect to earn for three days work?
I wouldn't let them get the meat because it's unlikely they'll get exactly what you want and when you want it. Typically people do that because they're looking to save money. I'd offer the meat at cost but charge three days pay. I doubt they'll pay it.

If I am showing up on site with all my equipment it's going to be 100/hr
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For me, it would depend on how well I know the people.
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$50.00 hr (8 hr min) plus expenses, truck fuel, wood, charcoal, rags, pit cleaning, etc.
I think 8 hours is still to short... You've got loading, transporting, cooking, and then cleaning...
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Are you cooking for seven hours plus your set up time. Also the pork and brisket are you going to pre cook
I'm assuming that you would need to at least partially cook the bigger cuts... That too adds time (and costs)

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Realistically it's three days work with prep, moving in and out, cooking and cleanup. So what would you expect to earn for three days work?
I wouldn't let them get the meat because it's unlikely they'll get exactly what you want and when you want it. Typically people do that because they're looking to save money. I'd offer the meat at cost but charge three days pay. I doubt they'll pay it.
I agree with Ray to a point (I'm thinking two days to your three). I do agree that you don't want them to get the meat... You could end up with chuck roasts & pork loins when you ask for Brisket & Butts...

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For me, it would depend on how well I know the people.
BD, hit the nail on the head.... Figure out what you should charge and then work backwords based on friendship....
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I would say a thousand
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I would say a thousand
I agree, you would be making at least 1500.00 if you(or at least if I) were catering it.

But, they may be good friends, and you are not really a caterer, you might go less, but a grand is fair...

PS, you will need a helper too...
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For me it would be free, I don't have a certified kitchen or health department certification and therefore am not allowed to get paid. Now a tip jar....Hmmmmmm. I would get the meat and give them the receipts to pay. Scott
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He is fully aware I am not a caterer.

Hes a business associate of my wife. Thats the extent of it. I told him I am not a caterer, and theres a liability involved. He asked if I would come as an 'invited guest and help do the cooking' wink wink. He just wants a 'real BBQ' guy and not someone flipping burgers.

They are buying all the sides and will supply servers/helpers.

He(Husband) is coming with me to resturant depot to purchase all meats supplies. So I will be picking the stuff out.

I will cook butts and briskets the night before. Chicken and ribs to be done on site.

He suggested that he and his brother(they both want to learn BBQ stuff) be involved in the cooking too, since I am only 'helping'. He said he can do the work and I can be the consultant. :)

I told him $1500 plus fuel, rubs, sauces, supplies. 2 days work, 8 hours on site/2 people. Me and a team mate)

He didn't flinch and wants to sit down to work on the full menu. I'll take that for a weekends work.

I think I need MOAB back. ;)
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I think I need MOAB back. ;)
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Phil, I hope you have some type of caterers insurance policy.

I dont/wont and flat arse refuse to cook off site of my own property without it.

Turn down work all the time and thats ok.

If I cook the food on my own property and deliver it to another site Im covered under my home owners policy.
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