Find a personal chef near San Jose, CA

Find a personal chef near San Jose, CA

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Find a personal chef near San Jose, 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 Jose personal chefs
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I hired Lindsey to be a personal chef for my parents as a Christmas present. After a bit of back and forth, we settled on fees, contracts and a menu. The event went off superbly and my parents really enjoyed the made from scratch food, high quality (Whole Foods) ingredients and the professionalism of the entire effort. I would hire Lindsey again and recommend her for your next event.
Envie CateringEnvie Catering
Courtney B.
We had a small intimate party at my home for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I had never had a personal chef before and I am so happy Tana and her team agreed to do it for us. From start to finish the experience was wonderful. We didn’t have to worry about a thing. Tana was very responsive every time I reached out, every idea or thought I had she helped me work through it, she took care of many things on the to do list,she arrived when she said she would and ended her time with us when she said she would. The food was beautiful and delicious. She and her her team were kind and engaging with my family and we felt like we were at our own restaurant. My home was spotless at the end. We didn’t have to do a thing. It was magical!⭐️ My parents were so surprised and loved every second. We are all still talking about it. It’s everything I was hoping for their celebration. Thank you Tana and team for all you did for us. You gave us forever memories.
Chef Tana J DuncanChef Tana J Duncan
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