Personal Chef International Code of Ethics - FAQa

Do I need to be a member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association to be listed?

No. The Personal Chef International Code of Ethics (PCICE) was written by Personal Chefs, for Personal Chefs -- regardless of their affiliation. Any Personal Chef who is willing to commit to the articles listed in the Code may register their business.

What is the benefit to me of adopting the Code?

Please go to this page for information on Code benefits and logo usage.

Why was the Code written by APPCA members?

It's important to think of the committee members as Personal Chefs, first and foremost. Given the sometimes turbulent history of the Personal Chef industry, we felt it was important to provide as nurturing an environment as possible for fleshing out the code. Our goal is to revise the Code with input from as many Personal Chefs as possible as soon as is practicable.

As you review the code, you will see that it is all about the individual chef, the manner in which they run their business, and the relationship they have with their clients. We made it clear from the outset that this was in NO WAY intended to be a support mechanism for any association.

What happens if a report is made against me?

If a report is sent in about you, the committee will investigate if the complaint has merit.

While we will not tolerate Personal Chefs publicly using their Code registration to their benefit and then not complying with the Code, neither will we arbitrarily take any action against a Personal Chef solely based on a complaint.

The complainant will be requested to send evidence of the violation to the committee for consideration. If we believe the claim to be groundless we will inform the complainant of why we are not taking action. If the complaint is malicious or stems from an incident that predates your registration we will follow up appropriately.

However, in the event there is some concern regarding your actions which we feel were made in error, we may contact you with our findings and provide the opportunity to rectify the situation.

Failure to attempt reconciliation, or if the violation is within the scope of requiring more severe action, the committee may vote to record a "strike" against your record.

The accumulation of three "strikes" results in having your name listed as "banned" or "removed" from the Code of Ethics listing for a period of not less than five years. Upon request for reinstatement, the committee may choose to reinstate you with a probationary period.

Who is on the committee?

The 2003/2004 review committee has not yet been staffed. We hope to gain representatives from both independent Personal Chefs as well as members of various Personal Chef associations. The committee is representative of Personal Chefs, not associations.

Can I report an association?

No. The PCICE is only for use by Personal Chefs, not associations.

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