Full-Time Private Chef/Family Assistant with Heavy Travel in Gold Coast

Strollers and Stilettos - Chicago, IL


Immediate need for a detail-oriented individual to join a team as a Full-Time Private Chef/Family Assistant, with the primary responsibilities revolving around cooking for a teenager (enrolled at university in California for fall 2018) with a very long list of food allergies, due to two autoimmune diseases. The teenager is an athlete who travels frequently and requires specially prepared food to meet his dietary needs, at all times. This is a very unique position, which includes a wide variety of tasks and evolving mix of responsibilities based on the skillset of the individual stepping into the role. The food preparation is performed outside of the family's residence, in a facility specifically dedicated to cooking for the teenager. Culinary experience is not required, but ease and comfort in the kitchen, along with good cooking skills is essential. While this job is heavily cooking focused, many of the tasks are more personal assistant in nature and someone with a caregiver personality would fit well in this position. Currently, the position will be 45+ hours per week. The individual must be available and willing to work some weekends as well as travel as needed (with advanced notice). Seven day a week assistance is required and coverage is typically split across the staff members. This means the flexibility to work evenings, weekends and occasional holidays is required. The teenager travels to tournaments, which typically last several days, but there will also be opportunities for week long trips. Shifts when not traveling are varied, often earlier morning hours and/or evening work best to cover timing of meals for the client. Family provides vehicle for staff to drive while running errands for position. Start date is ASAP, but flexible for the right candidate.


  • Cook day-to-day meals as needed, paying special attention to dietary requirements. Occasional large batch cooking of sauces, bone broths and full meals to portion for freezing, hydrating or other storage processes.
  • Provide personal assistant work for Principals such as assisting in pro-bono projects, completing errands and partnering with other assistants to ensure seamless support
  • Research and conduct due diligence into various products that may be compliant with the dietary requirements of the teenager. Provide summary of research to Principal to determine appropriate next steps
  • Assist with ideas in making processes easier and evolving to fit the client’s dietary needs
  • Assist with ordering and shopping for the supplies and ingredients used in meal preparation (such as grocery store, restaurant depot, Vitacost, Amazon, etc.)
  • Assist with creating weekly meal plans and charts. Track daily updates to inventory to capture items have been used or new items added into inventory
  • Travel with the family and, at times alone with the teenager, to provide specially prepared meals while away from home
  • Assistance with meal preparation for rest of family
  • Assistance with meal preparation for Principal that has Celiac Disease
  • Family assistant responsibilities (e.g., scheduling and calendaring, travel arrangements and itinerary, scheduling rental cars in Chicago, California and other locations, etc.)
  • House management responsibilities (e.g., scheduling contractors and vendors at residence in Chicago and Michigan, assistance with relators and other contacts, communicating with other domestic employees, etc.)
  • Willingness to accept feedback and take direction
  • Respond promptly to all texts and emails


  • Flexible weekly and daily schedule. Some split shifts where you may come in the morning for a few hours and back again in the evening for a few hours
  • Understand the importance of maintaining discretion (confidentiality agreement required)
  • Strong computer skills – ability to conduct research on products and update appropriate trackers with detailed information in Word and Google Docs
  • Outstanding organization skills and attention to detail are a must
  • Ability to anticipate needs of Principals and client
  • Dedicated work ethic and commitment to team
  • Demonstrated initiative; ability to work independently and within a team in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Open and honest communication, an ability to work easily with the other employees, and an openness to receiving and giving feedback
  • Confident in the kitchen. Professional cooking experience is preferred. Current team member is willing to teach someone who is hardworking and willing to learn.
  • Adaptable to changing schedules and a wide variety of job duties
  • Knowledge of food safety and procedures to avoid cross-contamination or willingness to learn and follow guidelines
  • Passionate about working to improve the quality of life of the client by preparing healthy and delicious meals
  • High degree of integrity
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships


  • Culinary degree is preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and/or dietetics (nutritional background) is preferred
  • 2-5+ years of consistent and recent domestic experience as a full-time private chef and/or family assistant (long term and consistent experience with minimal families)
  • 3-4 references from domestic and/or professional positions
  • Driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Extensive background checks, motor vehicle checks, drug tests and psychological evaluation
  • Seeking longevity/long term commitment (e.g., at least 2-5+ years)
  • Comfortable with small dog


  • $80K+ gross annual salary (based on experience and qualifications)
  • Health insurance stipend
  • Three weeks (15 days) paid vacation
  • Discretionary annual bonus and raise (performance evaluation required)

Please read the job description carefully and apply with your cover letter, resume, references (email address and phone number) and letter(s) of recommendation if you meet all of the requirements. Submit through our website at www.strollersandstilettos.com/job-opportunities. We look forward to hearing from you!

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $80,000.00 to $100,000.00 /year


  • full-time private chef: 5 years (Required)
  • Management (ideally, house manager or personal assistant): 2 years (Required)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Driver's license and clean driving record (Required)


  • English (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Required travel:

  • 25% (Required)