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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 Washington personal chefs
Breana I.
Chef Jackie was amazing. She was prompt and on time. She’s so personal and understanding. Thank you again.
A Private AffairA Private Affair
Matthew F.
The best personal chef you can get! Serge is personable, punctual, one of the most interesting people you will ever meet, AND the food is absolutely amazing. 10/10. Will hire again for sure.
Pure Kitchen Culinary ConceptPure Kitchen Culinary Concept
Andrea D.
My experience was everything. My significant other was so pleased to have a personal chef which she never had before. I would definitely recommend. You came on time and responded well.
Tailored EatsTailored Eats
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Paul did a fantastic job at making a group of foodies very happy! We host a monthly supper club in DC and typically rotate between new, hip restaurants. This time we decided to explore a different food experience and wanted to hire a personal chef. He was by far the most professional chef I corresponded with and the most accommodating in the planning process. He created a delicious 6 course tasting menu for our group and each course was delectable. Consistent, meticulous and talented are just a few words that would describe Chef Paul's style. Thanks for making our August dinner a memorable one, Chef Paul!
Chef Paul KennedyChef Paul Kennedy
Troy E.
This is the best personal chef in the game!!!!...Their energy was so amazing. I felt like I had a member of the family in my home. She designed a menu that has already had me refer her to another of my friends and I am already preparing to rebook her again. Money well spent. Thanks so much for making my wife's birthday one to be remembered! Thanks Chef Chrissy and Chef Renae!!!! You will hear from us again in the near future (Trust)!!!!
The Exotic Chef (Personal Chef &Catering Services)The Exotic Chef (Personal Chef &Catering Services)
Kylah P.
Great energy = A GOOD ASS TIME and FOOD to match 💜💜💜💜 I enjoyed the experience of having my first personal chef and I can’t wait to book again! Thankyou for a great evening and chill vibes
Stevie Boi EatsStevie Boi Eats
Mark M.
WOW - This was the first time I'd hired a personal chef to come to the house. It was truly a treat to have Aneva cook for us on NYE. She was easy to communicate with, made a great menu suggestion, and arrived on time. The food was DELICIOUS and my friends said they'd love to do it again. Thanks for such a great experience. Best, Mark
Taste the DifferenceTaste the Difference
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