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Find a personal chef near San Diego, CA

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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 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 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. 

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
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
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
Awesome experience from start to finish. Almost more than the amazing food, we loved having Joan in our house. We instantly hit it off and our kids loved her as well. Joan and I planned a menu for an informal dinner party for my wife's birthday that consisted of salad, bolognese, and a deconstructed cannoli...all made from scratch in our kitchen. The food was absolutely delicious and her company was delightful. Next time we have a need for a personal chef, we will go straight to Joan!
Healthy HomemadeHealthy Homemade
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Stevan to provide the meals for a Leadership Event we were running. We had 10 people there and we asked that he provide healthy nourishing meals. Stevan went above and beyond our expectations! He accommodated all the allergies beautifully and people were absolutely thrilled with his meals. He is an incredible chef but on top of that, he is a wonderful human being to work with. The team he brings in is professional and personable and a great reflection on him as well. We will be using him every time we run one of these events in the area. I cannot recommend NV Personal Dining enough.
NV Personal DiningNV Personal Dining
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