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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does a personal chef cost?

Hiring a personal chef usually costs anywhere from $40-$100 or more per person. Request free cost estimates from personal chefs in your area so you’ll know exactly how much it will cost to hire one for your needs. For an accurate quote, be sure to let the chefs know the number of people they’ll need to feed, what you’d like on the menu and other relevant details. 

To learn more about the factors that impact the cost to hire a personal or private home chef, read our cost guide.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
Reviews for Scottsdale private chefs
Angela D.
We booked Christine for a Bachelorette party. I’ve never booked a private chef so was not exactly sure what to expect. She was amazing. The food was delicious, presentation was “fancy”, and she’s a super fun person to have hang out in your kitchen for a few hours. Very easy communication. She brought all equipment. LOVED it. And now I was to book a private chef for all my gatherings. Awesome! Would highly recommend!
Christine's Elegant Creations Catering LLCChristine's Elegant Creations Catering LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Denton did an outstanding job with our group of 12. We had some adjustments to the various suggested menus and he was very accommodating. The presentation and overall service was absolutely fabulous. I would very much recommend Chef Denton for your next private event.
Privato Chef ServicesPrivato Chef Services
Thumbtack Customer
Private sit down dinner party Excellent, knowledgable Chef Steve..timely,friendly, thorough, And very creative, delicious food! It was a delight to sit with my guests and have Steve and his assistant Ben take care of all the details. Yes, would definitely us Chef Steve again!
Unique Luxury Catering and Event PlanningUnique Luxury Catering and Event Planning
Thumbtack Customer
Taste, presentation and service all outstanding! From start to finish a wonderful experience for all my guests. Will definitely recommend Michael to anyone looking for a private chef. Thank you for an absolutely lovely evening.
Privato Chef ServicesPrivato Chef Services
Priscilla R.
We had a great evening with Tricia as our in home private chef! She cooked us a delicious meal with an amazing charcuterie board to start. She was super friendly and kind! We would definitely recommend Tricia to host your next dinner/brunch event!
Culinary CreationsCulinary Creations
Max S.
Chef BB was excellent! I was looking for a private chef to create a memorable Mother’s Day brunch for 5 families, and I reached out to Chef BB Huff through Thumbtack. Her response was quick, and after sharing some details she agreed to take on the project. After some information gathering on my part, she began to craft an amazing menu with thoughtful details to highlight each mother we were celebrating on Mother’s Day. She was thorough, punctual and creative in drafting and executing a delicious menu! Everything turned out fantastic, and she was a true professional. I could not have gotten this type of tailored menu at a normal brunch or nice restaurant. I would highly recommend and use her again!
Chef B.B. Huff, The Salted Parlor LLCChef B.B. Huff, The Salted Parlor LLC
Sophia A.
Perry was an amazing chef for our bachelorette brunch! He was incredibly responsive as we worked out the menu and timing. Literally no fuss at all! He even showed up the day before and loaded up the house with all the groceries while we were out and about. That morning he showed up on time and was a pleasure to have in the house while he prepped. Now to the main course! The food was phenomenal, it surpassed anything we could have cooked or gotten for much more at a restaurant! I highly recommend Perry for any event needing a private chef, the girls still all talk about what an amazing end to the trip having him come cook for us was!
Perry Erwin - Shoe Chef UnlimitedPerry Erwin - Shoe Chef Unlimited
Aliza K.
Chef Perry was amazing!!! He was very communicative and responsive and there for us from the second we arranged to book him. He even went to the area our AirBnB in advance and mentioned all the hot-spots for us to check out while we would be in town. He was able to provide me with a contract to book, a full 5 course menu with options available, and even wine!! At the last moment, I informed him of a vegetarian as well as one less person and he prepared all accommodations accordingly. He was also very reasonably price and went out of his way for us. He was the first private Chef I have ever hired, but with such a great experience I will definitely look into this more! 10/10 would def recommend!!
Perry Erwin - Shoe Chef UnlimitedPerry Erwin - Shoe Chef Unlimited
Thumbtack Customer
On 12/17/16 we hired Chef Michael to prepare a private Christmas party dinner in our home for 6 people. Chef Michael met with us in advance in our home a week prior to our event to go over the menu, add special items we wanted and discuss arrival time, when appetizers, the main course and desert would be served. On the day of the event the following occurred that disappointed us: 1. Chef did not arrive at the time agreed to. Our guests had already arrived and had to watch as Chef and his team brought food and cooking items into our home. We wanted him to be set up prior to our guests arriving. We do live a great distance from where Chef was coming from, however the distance and any potential traffic concerns should have been planned for. With the late arrival, it created a hurried environment. 2. We ended up with no desert because the employee that was to bring it could not get his GPS to work and cell service can be tough to get at our home. Needless to say, we were disappointed. In my opinion, all employees should know how to get to a hosts him prior to the event. 3. The serves were polite, however they lacked professional appearance and grooming. 4. Each guest was asked how they would like their meat prepared. 3 wanted medium rare and 3 wanted medium well, however all meat was served medium rare. All food items were served warm, but not hot. 5. At the end of the evening the Chef shared with myself and my husband that he would provide us with a discount on the balance due because of all that occurred, however our credit card was charged the full remaining balance on 12/18/16. We are waiting for this to get resolved. Overall it was very nice to have a meal prepared in our home by someone else besides me, however we were disappointed in all that occurred and would not use his services again.
Artistic Touch Catering LLCArtistic Touch Catering LLC
Jessica R.
Chef Debbie was fantastic! I reached out to her with short notice to help out with a private dinner party for my in laws 50th wedding anniversary. She made everything so easy and it was a night we will all remember. Debbie was great at helping customize a menu for everyone, including picky eaters. She was punctual and professional while at our home. The presentation of the food was beautiful and everything was delicious. It was so nice to not have to stress about planning, making and serving food. It was the first party I hosted that I actually could sit back and enjoy. Debbie also cleaned all the dishes, cookware and kitchen! Thank you Debbie for making our celebration so special!
Debbie J. Elder, Culinary CuratorDebbie J. Elder, Culinary Curator
Christina S.
The dinner Debbie prepared for us in my home could not have been more perfect. She was so helpful prior to our party in helping me think through all the details from the linens to the lighting to the menu. She prepared an appetizer and served it outside to the guests we had for our office Christmas party, and I was able to enjoy cocktails with our guests without the distraction and stress of getting dinner on the table. We then came inside and sat down to a beautiful table with restaurant quality food. The meal was fabulous! Best of all...she cleaned all the dishes and left my kitchen spotless! Honestly, such a great experience using a top notch private chef and I would highly recommend her!
Debbie J. Elder, Culinary CuratorDebbie J. Elder, Culinary Curator
Kara C.
Chef Elder was incredible!! My boyfriend and I traveled to Scottsdale to celebrate his birthday and we reached out to Debbie to see if she could accommodate a private dinner at our Airbnb. She responded immediately with availability and menu options and worked with us to create the perfect dinner for two. The food was delicious (and way more than we could eat) so we got to enjoy the feast the next night as well! She was very professional and came fully prepared. Being that we were staying at an Airbnb, we didn't know what equipment would be available, but she arrived with all the necessities and was very proactive finding her way around the kitchen in search for whatever else she needed. She handled every detail from the prep work and cooking, to setting the table and lighting candles for our special occasion. Not to mention she took care of all of the cleanup afterwards! We could not have been more pleased with our experience and would absolutely recommend her for your next event! Thank you, Debbie!!
Debbie J. Elder, Culinary CuratorDebbie J. Elder, Culinary Curator
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