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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 personal chef?

You can find local personal chefs by searching on Thumbtack. Once you enter in your details (how many guests the chef needs to feed, the date, your zip code, etc.), you’ll see a list of chefs who fit your needs.

What’s the difference between a personal chef and a private chef?

The main difference between a personal chef and a private chef boils down to their clients. A personal chef typically prepares meals for multiple clients or households, whereas a private chef will usually work full time for one client or household. Both types of chefs can shop for your ingredients and prepare meals for formal events. 

What is a private chef?

private chef is usually employed by one household or client, and they work full time for that client. They are in charge of preparing all the meals for the day. Private chefs often cook fresh meals and prepare snacks throughout the day. 

How do you hire a personal chef?

To hire a personal chef, start by searching on Thumbtack. Here, you’ll find a list of top-rated personal chefs in your area. Read the chefs’ customer reviews and profiles so you can learn more about their specialties, quality of work, reputation and professionalism. 

Before you hire a personal chef, ask them a few questions about their process, skills, references and prices. Request price quotes from at least three chefs so you can hire one who’s great at what they do and offers reasonable prices.

What is a personal chef?

Personal chefs typically have multiple clients, and they create customized meal plans for those clients. They’ll discuss your dietary needs, create menus, shop for ingredients and prepare the meals. Some personal chefs may also prepare a meal for a special event. They might even offer cooking lessons. 

Reviews for Irvine personal chefs
Brittany c.
I talked to a bunch of chefs as I was planning my birthday party and Chef Gregory was the only one who was completely focused on making my day as amazing as possible! He was very informative and explained all of the possible options in detail. From the beginning he responded quickly to any question I had and was transparent about everything. There weren’t any surprise costs that popped up at any point - as a matter of fact, he added an extra course the night of my party and brought me a lobster tail just so I would feel even more special! On the day of the event, Gregory and his team were very punctual and left the kitchen immaculate, cleaner than it was before he and his team started. All of the food was delicious and the filet was out of this world!! I’m not sure how a chef of his caliber can be so humble, but he was that AND gracious! If you’re getting a personal chef or have a special night to plan you need to call Gregory. He will make you and anyone else at your dinner table feel like he’s known you for years and you will have the best food you’ve ever had at the same time. The only problem we have now is we have to come up with another reason to have a private, custom dinner just so we can have Gregory come back to cook for us!!
Greg AkahoshiGreg Akahoshi
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