My name is Michelle Fernando-Noguera. I joined the Chef It Up 2 Go family in March 2016. With both a sense of excitement and shaking hands, I signed, sealed and mailed my Franchise Agreement back to Lisa. I was about to embark on a new exciting business that I knew very little about. I am a seasoned business owner and run my own restaurant and catering business as well as another After School Program. The idea and concept of embarking on a Chef It Up 2 Go posed to be both interesting and challenging to me.
I met with Lisa initially via phone and completely fell in love with her energy, hands-on style, and professionalism. It was hard not to get even more excited about her Franchise. I introduced myself, my business experience and was very honest about my fears on embarking on a new venture. Would I have the time? Would I be successful? Would I be able to solicit the program? These were just a few of the many fears I had. She immediately reassured me that I had nothing to worry about. After a few short weeks, I was officially a Chef It Up 2 Go owner. Lisa made the long trip to California to train me and together she eliminated all the fears I had about making sure I purchased the right ingredients for my future "Nut Free" classes. All it took was a one hour trip to my local grocery store and a few calls to manufacturers and I was hooked. I was determined to be an expert on what food we could or could not use for the classes.
Fast forward to today, less than one year into my journey, and I couldn't be happier. I've outgrown the many challenges which I would love to share. My first and biggest challenge was none of the schools I solicited had ovens. Many of the schools only offered me a basic classroom or kitchen area with just a sink to use. This was the biggest problem I knew I would face. How do you solicit and offer a cooking class without access to everything needed in the kitchen. I immediately contacted Lisa and expressed my need to have more and more "NO BAKE" recipes. She understood my concerns and sent me as many recipes she had to get me started.
I decided to ignore that fact that I would never have a kitchen to bake cookies, cupcakes or pizza. Instead, I made sure the I built up the excitement that we can still prepare delicious recipes using what was at our disposal.
To date, I am proud to say I have managed to get the Chef It Up 2 Go program in at least 15 Elementary Schools, 2 preschools for workshops, and am booking Summer Camps. My new challenges to date are quite amusing. I need more teachers, more time to solicit more schools, more recipes, and a bigger car to haul all my materials.
Thank you to Lisa for all her support and for being available to me whenever I need a question answered. I'm sure that there are many more challenges for me in the future. Here is my "recipe for success":
-Don't let any challenge discourage you
-Do look for solutions instead of dwelling on the problems
-Do believe and sell your program because the excitement can be contagious
-Don't stop wanting to grow
-Don't take "no" for an answer. It just means they aren't ready
Hope this information is helpful to anyone looking to franchise a business and become their own boss. Lisa & her amazing company Chef It Up & Chef it Up 2 Go really have all the right ingredients to make it happen and she assists you all the way. And one of these days I'll get around to finally responding to all of the initial emails Lisa's team sent on my behalf to solicit business in my territory! I've gotten so busy so fast I actually haven't even needed to! lol
Good luck and here's hoping you join our growing family!
Chef It Up 2 Go - San Francisco Bay Area Travel Team
One Great Concept, Two Great Models – Which One Is Right For You?
The CHEF IT UP & CHEF IT UP 2 GO franchise has been listed in the 2014, 2015 & 2016 issues of Entrepreneurs STARTUPS Magazine as a trending franchise and we even made the Hotlist!… check it out & get on board our recipe for success!
As a CHEF IT UP franchise owner, you will organize, establish and operate a CHEF IT UP party place in a territory, where children of all ages can have a cooking party or attend cooking classes and learn kitchen basics while trained adults assist and supervise the preparation of fun foods with an enthusiastic approach. CHEF IT UP also offers adult classes and special events too. The concept is designed for groups of children and adults celebrating birthdays or milestones, school field trips and classes, corporate team building events, adult cooking classes, cooking battles and more! It’s truly a unique approach, and a wonderful business opportunity!
CHEF IT UP 2 GO are the travel teams (your car). As a franchise owner of CHEF IT UP 2 GO, you will be given your own territory within which to operate and bring all the fun to the customer! CHEF IT UP 2 GO offers a variety of cooking programs and classes; special events and interactive demonstrations; cooking battles; birthday parties or custom parties that are offered at public and private schools, homes and businesses! You can do all the bookings from the comfort of your own home! It’s a low cost approach to own a part of our amazing CHEF IT UP 2 GO concept, yet it gives you the complete flexibility of creating your own hours. Our years worth of menus and programs have been created exclusively by our CHEF IT UP & CHEF IT UP 2 GO founder and are never-ending so there’s no guess work at what culinary masterpieces everyone creates!
Best of all, compared to most self-run businesses, start-up fees are reasonably inexpensive! Whichever franchise option you choose, you will receive our operations manual, the equipment needed, initial advertising, detailed menus, training , and more so you are up and running in no time! Whatever option you choose, remember a quality brand such as CHEF IT UP or CHEF IT UP 2 GO is more than just a name. We represent an entire entertaining experience for all to enjoy and becoming part of something what we have developed means you are that much closer to your recipe for success!
Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity to own your own lucrative business franchise!
Contact us here for more info. on franchising a CHEF IT UP or CHEF IT UP 2 GO
ARE WE RIGHT FOR YOU??? HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: I am interested in the CHEF IT UP 2 GO option and I have small children is this something I am able to do part time?
A: Yes of course it is! The glory of this business is YOU are your own boss! Keep in mind that most classes are usually after school hours or early preschool morning so basically you are out at work anywhere from 9-11am and 3pm to 5pm on most weekdays and occasional weekends.
Q: I do not have a culinary degree but I like to cook can I still be a franchisee?
A: Of course! Our operations manual, training video and hands-on training provides everything needed to run successful programs & events! No guesswork for you as we provide complete details for all of programs we offer, food & safety, staffing, etc...
Q: I'm a little nervous with everything being peanut & tree nut free? Do you recommend that I still work with this franchise?
A: CHEF IT UP & CHEF IT UP 2 GO takes great pride in keeping things always 100% peanut & tree nut free and we try our best to accommodate other food allergies as well. We train extensively in the area of food allergy awareness and require each franchisee to maintain memberships with specific food allergy organizations to stay educated. We also train each franchisee how to properly read labels for the allergy info. and how manufacturered. We also provide a safe food & snack list and even offer phone support that is available 7 days a week to you if you are unsure of any ingredients & manufacture information.
Q. What is the total investment for a Chef It Up party place?
A. Approx. $55,000 to $75,000 is the total investment necessary for CHEF IT UP facility which includes the franchise fee and build out expenses all inventory too!
Q. What is the franchise fee for a CHEF IT UP 2 GO?
A. Approx. $25,000 to $35,000 is the total investment necessary to begin operation of your CHEF IT UP 2 GO travel team which includes all inventory, franchisee fee and everything needed to start up operation.
Q. What are the royalties?
A. Royalties are 6% for both a CHEF IT UP facility and CHEF IT UP 2 GO option.
Q: Can I start with a CHEF IT UP 2 GO option and then maybe purchase a CHEF IT UP facility down the road?
A: Absolutely! It’s a great low cost option to be able to begin operating Chef It Up 2 Go then generate enough income to purchase and fund your entire Chef It Up facility.
Q: What is the criteria for being a franchisee of a CHEF IT UP or CHEF IT UP 2 GO?
A: First and foremost you must have an enthusiastic and energetic personality and be a people person as well as love to work with kids, any age as well as be outgoing to work with adults too! You will be required to be fingerprinted/background checked before you open your CHEF IT UP center or begin operating your CHEF IT UP 2 GO. You will receive all of the training needed, receive our operations manual & training video and definitely have the confidence and knowledge to really wow a crowd! You also must be a hard worker and VERY organized and also like to cook! It’s that simple! Keep in mind when you buy a CHEF IT UP or CHEF IT UP 2 GO franchise you are becoming part of our family so support is always available even after your training is complete!
"We are so excited with the direction we are heading in with this company and so glad we decided to take the leap! We are experiencing such large growth and loving the overwhelmingly positive response we have received from the community! We have 6 regular schools that we have weekly enrichment programs out of and so far for summer we have 65 field trips along with a 2 & 5 day summer camp and the calls just keep coming in!! About 90% of the field trips we have were from schools reaching out to us which just speaks volumes about the company! We have more new schools starting for weekly enrichments in the fall and are working to get on-board more!
We are loving the business and can't wait to bring a Chef It Up facility in the very near future!!"
Chris & Samantha Peal - Chef It Up 2 Go - Tampa Bay Travel Team
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