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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 San Diego personal chefs
Lori F.
Our large family was vacationing at Mission Beach, and we wanted to hire a Personal Chef for all of us to have a family meal. I have never inquired about a Personal Chef before, however Chef Eric was very professional and helpful in my request for specific cuisine. Our dinner was for 9 adults, and it was fabulous! Every one of us thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the experience and of course Chef Eric. Most of all my in-laws were very happy as it so happens that they were Celebrating their 57th Wedding Anniversary that week. My only wish is that Chef Eric could live in Las Vegas, were we could use him on a regular basis.
Tom F.
Lilian was an awesome personal chef. The meal was fabulous. She was a delight to work with. The dinner for 10 was a night to remember. If in the area Lilian is an excellent choice. Highly recommend! Highlight of our trip to San Diego.
Busy Bee Cook for MeBusy Bee Cook for Me
Kyle T.
Chef Valeria was extremely professional. The food was outstanding! We had a brunch for 12 of us at our air bnb. She made a 2 course meal for us with drinks too! The best value and great portion sizes. I 100% recommend her to anyone looking for a personal chef. Can’t tell you how impressed I was and I look forward to hiring her again soon!
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Brittany Y.
Adam is an amazing personal chef. We surprised our parents with a home cook experience and everyone loved it. He’s very fun and personable on top of making delicious food that was perfectly fit for our taste. Can’t go wrong with him for any event!
Thumbtack Customer
We could not have been happier with our dinner by Chef Joe. He created a wonderful meal and experience for six old friends reuniting in SD for the weekend. I received several quotes when investigating a personal chef and Joe was VERY reasonably priced, provided lots of options, and was extremely easy to collaborate with. We enjoyed his company and the meal immensely. Everything was delicious. Of note: our rental house had an oven that was very temperamental and certainly made his prep more difficult but nothing suffered as a result. All six of us were elated. We had NY steak, salmon, braised artichokes, gratin, peach cobbler, and a wonderful cheese and fruit plate. I couldn't believe all we got for the price and we had enough left over for four of us to do it all over again the next night. I enthusiastically recommend Chef Joe and Couch Potatoes and could not have been happier with my first personal chef experience.
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Hannah B.
Rafael was the personal chef for my roommate’s birthday and it was a wonderful experience start to finish. He was thoughtful, responsive, and tailored the meal exactly to her preferences. He was easy to coordinate with and professional the entire time. He was very cleanly and took many safety and sanitary precautions in the COVID-19 era.
Rafael MonfortRafael Monfort
Thumbtack Customer
I was in search for a chef that would cook healthy, yet tasty meals as I do not have a lot of time to cook and I want to eat healthy at a reasonable price. I got way more than I expected when I found Abraham. He is an amazing chef! His meals are healthy, fresh, they taste amazing and Abraham himself is so friendly! His Peruvian culinary training makes him unique from others and I am now addicted! He is able to make any type of food. I honestly do not like to eat out anymore because the food at restaurants rarely compares to Abraham's! I would highly recommend him!!! I would use him for events and/or personal cooking - He's truly outstanding!
The Peruvian ChefThe Peruvian Chef
Eden W.
We hired a personal chef for a small bachelorette dinner party and it was everyone's highlight of the weekend. There wasn't one single dish that Adam cooked that wasn't amazing. We really felt like we were at a fine dining restaurant, but in our own living room! We didn't have to lift a finger as Adam and his assistant did everything from bringing their own plates, table settings, cooking on site, and clean up! Our bellies we're over the top full and happy. We will definitely be looking to hire Adam in the future again.
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