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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 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. 

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. 

Reviews for San Francisco personal chefs
Minna M.
Chef Sacha, was amazing! From start to finish, this is the first time I hired a personal chef for a dinner party at home for my husbands birthday. Quality and good price. Everyone enjoyed and will hire him for future events.
Chef Sacha KupelianChef Sacha Kupelian
Vineeth R.
It was great to have Nick cook for us! He cooked us a 6 course vegetarian meal with gourmet ingredients. Food was delicious and I would definitely consider him the next time I look for a personal chef.
Personal Chef Nick RonanPersonal Chef Nick Ronan
Thumbtack Customer
Normally, I enjoy preparing a sit-down 3-course dinner for my family&friends so this was our first time hiring a personal chef. It truly is the most effortless way to host a party of 8! Chef Pete did it all-- he planned&prepared a lovely 5-course meal, plated&served the plates and even cleaned after himself. Aside from the overly salted soup, the entire meal was well-portioned and delicious. The ingredients were all fresh and the lamb was cooked to perfection! Chef Pete is professional, courteous and communicative. I would highly recommend him!
Chef Pete ColemanChef Pete Coleman
Sasha S.
Grace cooked outstanding food (salmon, prosciutto/melon, eggplant, citrus salad) and provided an all-around amazing experience - customizing the menu to fit our tastes! Thank you so much Grace! I will recommend you to everyone looking for a personal chef/catering!
Graceful KitchenGraceful Kitchen
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Chef Nicky for a personal cooking class in our home for my husband's birthday and we couldn't be more pleased. Spending one evening with Chef Nicky has changed how we will cook for the rest of our lives. I had one phone consultation with Nicky for him to get a sense what would make a good menu. He then sent a proposed menu and created a shopping list. He even offered to do the shopping and get the few ingredients I didn't know where to buy. We spent 3 hours cooking homemade pasta, scallop avocado salad, artichoke au gratin potatoes, brussels sprouts and marinated pork tenderloin. He shared his thoughtful approach to reasoning through a recipe and taught us so many practical cooking techniques. Everything we prepared was absolutely delicious and we will make it again on our own. Chef Nicky is a top notch professional and he created a thoughtful wonderful experience.
Nicky Morse Enterprises LLCNicky Morse Enterprises LLC
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