Chef Gene Thornton Small Potatoes Personal Chef Services
Chef Gene ThorntonSmall Potatoes Personal Chef Services

About Personal Chefs  Personal chefs are different from private cooks, who usually work full time preparing gourmet meals for one wealthy family. Instead, personal chefs are cooking for several different clients or families.  Some clients find household spending on food declines once they hire a personal chef. If you hire a good chef, the meals should only get better as the chef understands a little more about what the family enjoys eating with every meal. This is not the typical relationship that you have with takeout, dining in or pre-made grocery meals. It is about adapting to each individual or familys’ needs and understanding what works for some might not work for others.  Many want old-fashioned "comfort" foods. If a client dislikes garlic or cheese for example, we can take it out of a recipe. If the client wants low-fat food or only organics, I can do that too.  Steak and potatoes, no problem.  People are becoming aware of how a personal chef can really enhance their well being and lifestyle just by taking a lot of stress out of their lives. People are coming to grips with the fact that their lives are too busy and stressful to take care of all by themselves and personal chef services can help.  Personal chefs aren’t just for the rich. They’re becoming more common in many middle class homes because of affordability, convenience and high quality food. From shopping and cooking to cleaning, I do it all. If you need additional shopping I can do that too. Some people would rather eat dinner at home. I am one of those people who are greatly disappointed with restaurant meals and prices. I have kids so while I want a nice or at least decent meal most nights I don’t want the hassle of “kids in public”.  Parents know what I am talking about!  When families get home, they find a meal ready for the evening, as well as a refrigerator with future dinners. The process can save clients many hours a week in shopping, preparation, cooking and cleanup time.   I'll make complicated recipes that will take more than 20 minutes to make. Most people don’t have the time.  Just look at what the family is spending on groceries, dining out, fast food and prepared meals and the quality of that food.  For those who live in Greenville the dreaded shopping trip to Woodruff Road can be avoided.  At the end of a hard day of getting the kids off to school, work and commute, no one has time or energy to cook. The kids want parental attention. What's for dinner?  There are many questions families have before hiring someone to cook for them:  Would it be worth the expense? How tasty would the food be? Will they be viewed as pretentious from friends?  These days personal chefs are chopping, mixing and baking for everyone- busy families with no time to cook, single people who don't know a steamer from a strainer, professional couples working long hours, and seniors who can't or don't want to battle grocery store lines and hoist heavy pots anymore. In the family example, it's good for the kids because it allows more time with them, time to do other things.  "I don't have time to cook. I don't like to cook. I don't want to cook," clients say.  If you are like me you like to eat at home so you can enjoy the comfortable, quiet, peaceful nature of your home.  Let me be your personal chef so you can enjoy food without the hassle of spending so much time on it!


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Gene Thornton

Small Potatoes Personal Chef Services

104 Old Oak Trail 

Anderson, SC

Call me at 864 643-9309 or email at


  • Try your best to keep children and pets out of work area/kitchen to ensure safety.
  • Please provide as much refrigerator space as possible.
  • Confine unfriendly pets in a restrained area on cooking day.
  • Provide entry to home or leave key/instructions for entry if not home on cooking day. This includes setting alarm system so any code needed to enter your home will properly deactivate the system. 

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