Introducing...Little Chefs World
Apr 30, 2010 05:00PM, Published by Style, Categories: In Print
Photo by Dante Fontana
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
My business is Little Chefs World. After owning a restaurant for five years, I decided to take a break and have children. Now that my children are in school and I spend most of my spare time volunteering, I found a niche. I was looking for something to do that involved my children and their school, so I started teaching after-school enrichment cooking classes. This evolved into home birthday parties, holiday parties, and parties for any reason. You pick the menu items; we provide the food, setup, all the paper goods, the teaching, and cleanup. All you have to do is invite your guests, sit back and enjoy. Each child receives a “Little Chefs World” apron and hat to wear, and a ton of fun!
Why is your staff the best in the business?
Because we absolutely love children and what we do! We are all family, and no one works better together than family. I also have my 10-year old daughter help me with the party prep and at the parties. My seven-year-old daughter volunteers to work in the classes as opposed to cooking. They both show a sense of pride in their mother teaching and themselves helping.
Who is your role model in business or in life, and why?
I have to say – and he won’t believe it – my husband, Bill Kakavas. I could not ask for a better husband, or father to my girls. He is a very kind, patient person who has taught me a lot about business. He has owned 5th Street Restaurant & Bar Supply in Sacramento for 15 years and is very successful. I follow in his steps in business for honesty and integrity. It is nice to have someone to ask questions who you can trust.
What’s your biggest job perk?
Seeing those happy, smiling faces when I do a birthday party or teach a cooking class. Also, I love when the kids get so excited about their accomplishment that they won’t even eat what they cooked because they want to show their parents. It’s a great feeling to make young kids so happy and confident.
And finally, customer service is…?
Of the utmost importance! Without my customers I have no business. I am happy to provide the best service possible because I thoroughly enjoy what I do. Meeting wonderful people and wonderful kids makes providing the best customer service possible a breeze!
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