Find a personal chef near South Lake Tahoe, 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 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. 

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. 

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’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 South Lake Tahoe personal chefs
Ann P.
I have no words to describe how amazing our experience was with Allyson. My family adheres to a strict Kosher diet and we decided to hire a private chef for the Passover holiday. On top of the Kosher dietary restrictions, Passover presents its own restrictions in terms of what we can and can’t eat. For Allyson, this was a completely new experience and she exceeded all expectations. She is smart, attentive, and meticulous to detail. After we explained the rules, she understood exactly what to do (and what not to do) and adapted accordingly. Allyson navigated the complexities of our strictly kosher kitchen with great care, displaying a sense of true respect for (and sincere interest in) the rules to which we adhere. Aside from cooking delicious food, Allyson picked up produce everyday to ensure our meals were fresh and nutritious. Shopping based on our dietary restrictions is no trivial task. Allyson kept in close contact to ensure all the ingredients were permissible. Her culinary creativity shined even while operating under our strict guidelines. Allyson spent considerable time and effort planning our menu. She mixed personal requests with creativity and expertise making every meal unique and delicious. She was extremely adaptable to switching things around and always open to suggestions. Allyson is a seasoned chef who demonstrated an ability to mix flavor with culture. Even recipes she attempted for the first time tasted as if she had been making them for years. Allyson is extremely personable with a cool and calm demeanor. Her friendliness, authenticity, and genuine nature created an immediate bond with my family. Although we only had her for two weeks, she became a special part of our family. She is great with kids and has a positive energy that is contagious. Allyson was extremely responsive (even after-hours) to answer any questions we had. Even though the two weeks are over Allyson will always have a special place in our hearts (and stomachs!). I strongly recommend Allyson and would gladly welcome the opportunity to work together again in the future.
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