A wife worries about her husband in the early stages of Alzheimers being left at home alone when she needs to leave for a week. The husband would be angry if she suggested an expensive professional caregiver. The wife was already paying for home delivered food kits so asking a friend to come over and cook those meals was natural.
Every family needs are unique. The word "Companion Chefs" can be like the word "Farmers Market." No one person or organization "owns" this concept. Just as farmers market needed legal and structural frameworks - to birth the concept of "Companion Chefs" requires structure, and structure which is fluid to meet individual needs.
The mechanistic centralized food system leads to chronic health diseases in humans while harming our reciprocal bonds with the natural world. The local food movement is addressing problems such as pesticides in water, lost of topsoil and lost of vital nutrients in foods with regenerative approaches to agriculture. The model of regenerative agriculture as documented by efforts such as The Main Street Project in Northfield, Minnesota offers a sane and kind approach to the food system. Yet people in the local food movement can struggle financially. "Companion Chefs" just like the "Care Farming" models emerging across the world can offer a vital revenue stream.