WELCOME TO SATURDAY BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT, WHERE WE FEATURE A DIFFERENT BUSINESS EVERY SATURDAY!
This week we are featuring
Ellen Doerr of Chef Ellen: Personal Chef Services
Q & A Time featuring Ellen:
How long have you been in business?
What is your business all about? (services, products, etc)
I offer whole food cooking that is allergy and diet adaptable. From in-home chef services such as meal prep, cooking lessons, and dinner parties to individual and family meal delivery, as well as dabbling in specialty cheesecakes.
What makes your business unique?
Meals can be tailored to each unique family. Whether that means cooking meals around food allergies or adhering to specific dietary plans, I love the personal aspect and getting to know my clients and their preferences!
What made you start your business?
I have a culinary background, but the push to start my business was when I noticed the gaps in our current food scene, where people with food allergies or following diets were getting left behind, I decided I wanted to tailor meals around those challenges.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful business owner?
Passion, drive, and some decent organizational skills.
What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to launch their own business?
Do your homework - I read up on the career and talked to many Chef's who had been there before, spent months researching the market and trying to get a grasp on the venture I was about to embark on, and I am still learning a TON as I go. Ask for help - I think the greatest strength comes from knowing when to reach out and ask for help, and it makes the business stronger when you can fill in those gaps - we can't all be great at everything. Embrace the chaos - there is a lot of it.
Who has been your greatest inspiration? Or what book has inspired you the most? Or what is your favorite book?
My parents were (and still are) restaurant owners, my family was definitely a large driving force behind my career decisions. Anthony Bourdain was a big influence from the culinary world, believing that good, simple food is the basis for many of the best moments of our lives and is what binds us together. And Rachel Hollis' "Girl, Wash Your Face" was the book that made me believe I could take on the challenge.
How do you conquer those moments of doubt that so often stifle or trip up or stop so many?
I've definitely stumbled a fair amount of times, and there is some faith and persistence that come into play. I also believe the greatest lessons can be learned from failures, so I view those moments of doubt as an opportunity to learn and grow.
Thank you, Ellen, for letting us share a bit about you!
If you’d like to reach out to Ellen, here is Ellen’s Contact Information.
Chef Ellen Doerr
Personal Chef Services