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4 Risks of Running a Personal Chef Business Without Insurance

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Operating your own personal chef business is no easy feat. You’re working in your clients’ homes or renting out spaces to whip up your next creation. Autonomy over your decisions and working in a career you’re passionate about makes for a rewarding and fulfilling profession. However, accompanying freedom and creativity, are many types of risks involved. Which is why having personal chef insurance is so beneficial.

In this article, we’ll discuss the risks you face as well as how your insurance can respond if you’re ever in a situation where you’ll need it.


Because you’re a hired professional, your clients have high expectations for you. Number one on the list? Keeping a sanitary workspace.

You’re expected to clean up after each of your shifts while also maintaining a safe work environment. It’s common knowledge that we can’t always prevent accidents from happening, no matter how much extra care you implement in your daily practices. Unfortunately, you’re accountable for any events that transpire while you work and not having personal chef insurance opens you up to several risks.

Slip-and-falls and other personal injuries that occur to other individuals in your workspace mean you could be held liable for medical bills or legal expenses.

Which leads us to our next point…


Litigation can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Without an insurance policy to help back you up financially, you’re on the hook for any attorney fees or retainers if a claim against you ends up in court. One expensive lawsuit can shut down your business as well as tarnish the great reputation you’ve worked so hard to establish.


One other instance that is unintentional and somewhat out of your control, is the chance of food poisoning or other types of foodborne illnesses.

Without personal chef insurance, the food you prepare and serve your clients isn’t covered. If for some reason the food you serve is contaminated, you may be held responsible for covering medical bills or could even face a civil suit for bodily injury.


Occasionally you may wish to rent out space such as a commercial kitchen or commissary and again, you’re responsible for your work area. If a fire were to break out while you were cooking, you’d be on the hook for the cost to replace or repair damaged items.

Another point to consider is that the owner may ask you to provide proof of insurance or add them as an additional insured to your liability policy. Without personal chef insurance coverage, you may not be permitted to rent the kitchen you need to prepare your food.

When deciding on what insurance is best for your business, consider the above factors. A personal chef policy from FLIP may respond if you’re faced with any of these situations. The FLIP policy provides extensive coverage, suitable for your personal chef business. Learn more about our chef insurance policy price and details.

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Lyndsey Larsen is the Marketing Manager and writes about business, marketing, entrepreneurship, and insurance.

Lyndsey Larsen is an experienced writer with a background in corporate communications nonprofits, SAAS corporations, and nutraceutical companies. She has previously worked as a journalist for regional and national publications. In her spare time, she enjoys chasing butterflies, rockhounding, and spending time with her two kids in Utah’s mountains or deserts. Find Lyndsey on LinkedIn.

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