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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 good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

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.

Reviews for Milton food service professionals
Mandy A.
The food was wonderful! Service was great as well. Our families raved about the food and the "Special Fries" are an item you certainly don't want to miss! We will absolutely have them back out!
All Around The WorldAll Around The World
Craig S.
Everything was absolutely fabulous! From the flowers to the food to the service. I would highly recommend Athena to anyone.
Cooking With AthenaCooking With Athena
Juan S.
Excellent catering service! Used it for my wife’s 50th birthday party. Every single guest loved the food!
Ali's Personal Chef ServiceAli's Personal Chef Service
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks Vince, Travis, Scott and all the team! The food was great! Everyone enjoyed the food :) we also used their DJ services and everyone loved the music! These guys are very professional and understood everything that we needed and wanted. Thank you so much! It was great :)
Gotta Have It CateringGotta Have It Catering
Robert H.
Ali and Terry did a fantastic job and made our birthday celebration for 50+ a huge success. The food was amazing...the set up, clean up and food service were flawless. Cant reccomend them enough and will use the m again for out next event. Friends and neighbors were all smiles!
Ali's Personal Chef ServiceAli's Personal Chef Service
Thumbtack Customer
50th Wedding Anniversary party at the Mansell House. Afternoon event. Mike and his servers were very attentive to our needs. Food and service was great! Would definitely use again.
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Don w.
Mike just an outstanding job providing catering services for a 50th birthday event hosted at our home for 50 + guests. He was very detailed, followed up regularly leading up to our event, and arrived promptly at our home the evening of the party. All of the food was delicious and guests commented throughout the evening on the quality of the food. Highly recommended. Don W.
The Bountiful Basket Catering LLCThe Bountiful Basket Catering LLC
Nika T.
It was amazing working with Chef Clark. We will be booking her for the rest of our events. Her food is amazing, customer service is top of the line and she always made suggestions to improve our event. Loved her work! You definitely want to book her.
Pippa's Pickle CandyPippa's Pickle Candy
Thumbtack Customer
We contacted Tad regarding catering a rehearsal dinner for approximately 75 people. Tad came to our home with several different samples of food for us to taste and select. He was extremely personable and professional. In the end he not only provided the food but he took care of the glassware, plates, utensils, server and bartender. Tad basically provided turnkey services for our event including clean up. The night was a complete success and everyone raved about the food and overall experience. I would highly recommend Tad to anyone planning a large event and recommend that once you decide on the menu choices just leave everything else to Tad. For a worry free experience Tad's Tasty Treats is definitely the way to go.
Tad's Tasty Treats CateringTad's Tasty Treats Catering
Thumbtack Customer
I was hosting a Corporate Holiday Party in-office: Timeliness: The Catered FUNction team showed up between the window they said they would, however they took a very long time to set up (2 hours) which made them thirty minutes late to start the party. They did make up for this by extending their stay at the tail end, but timeliness is important. Food: We had asked for food to cover 160 people and there was not even close to that amount. They clearly stopped at Costco or some other bulk food supply store before hand and didn't cook anything themselves. If I had known that I would've gone out and bought it all myself and saved some money. I would hope that a "catering" company could make their own food. We did have an omelet bar though which was very tasty it just took a really long time to get through the line because there were only two staff members serving. Service: Two of the staff members, the ones making the omelettes, were very nice and helpful. However, there were four other staff members who were sitting down eating the food we paid for and drinking our coffee and soda!! Although our omelet bar was extremely long, they didn't get up and help serve or anything. They were also rude when asked if they had anymore food to replenish what was gone (because we were out) and said "Go ask one of those two" (the two people actually working and already busy). Decor: The decor was simple, but appropriate. Overall, I was not impressed and would not recommend A Catered Function to a friend.
A Catered FunctionA Catered Function
Thumbtack Customer
We had the pleasure of having Mark Swearingen Events come to our President’s home and cater our company Christmas party this year and we could have not asked for a more professional and personalized service. The menu selections, ease of communication and great pricing helped us decide they were the right caterer for our party! Not to mention the many outstanding reviews that they have received for their service over the years. Heather was prompt, efficient and very personable while making sure everything was set up and ready for the guests to arrive. The buffet presentation was perfect! All of the food was amazing with quantities that were more than enough. The guests couldn’t complement the food and the presentation enough so of course, everyone wanted their contact information. We will be recommending Mark & Heather over and over! Looking forward to having them cater again for the next party! Debbie M.
Mark Swearingen EventsMark Swearingen Events
Derek R.
The service and food provided was excellent and definitely restaurant quality. Chef Lauren was very attentive to the details that I provided and took special care to ensure that everything was on point and correct and even added a few extras. The crab cakes, lobster tails and lamb were excellently prepared. She also provided samples of her pickles which was an added surprise I will definitely book Chef Lauren again in the very near future.
Pippa's Pickle CandyPippa's Pickle Candy
Corinna E.
From the very first contact, I was impressed with Allison. She is personable, friendly, accommodating and professional. Her service was outstanding! She made suggestions for the menu and also accepted my requests. And the food was awesome! Spectacular! Perfect! She was over and above and beyond anything I could have expected. I hope to have the opportunity to use her again. I feel like I made a friend, not just hired a caterer. Thank you Allison. You made a very special event more than I could have hoped for.
Ali's Personal Chef ServiceAli's Personal Chef Service
Danielle P.
One disappointment after the next. Let me first start by saying that most of her food was VERY tasty everything accept for breakfast. The eggs had to much ethnic flavored spice in it which I didn't ask for, the turkey bacon was undercooked and cut into half pieces along with the sausages and the pans were less than half full. It looked skimpy and pitiful each day. The fruit salad which was the most plentiful had a large pincher bug in it. The problems: 1. I ordered for 10 COUPLES, she prepared for 10 people. So the first day we figured out she had my order wrong. No sweat. It was her mistake so she gave me a break on the price but I still ended up having to spend another $640 unexpectedly in top of the $1488 I had already spent for what she thought was a 10 person job. 2. Her drop off girl was given clear direction where to park but instead went the wrong way and drove up on my grass running over and crushing a path light. I told Rae about it, she apologized. 3. Second day breakfast. She was over an hour and a half late. The amount was just as small as the first day. I didn't see any increase in the amount, even though I paid the additional money. We ran out of food and I had to add my own food to it just to feed 10 couples. The fruit which she actually made a full pan of, had a large bug in it. One of my guest brought it to me. 4. The third day she was supposed to bring potatoes with breakfast and she simply didn't bring them. She didn't mention it or explain it, she made no effort to replace it. So when I mentioned it, she tells me, the store didn't have the potatoes and what she had would have been poor quality. This entire time I'm telling her that Im trying to establish a relationship, I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt but she was getting increasingly frustrated with me as I had to keep mentioning problems. 5. Finally, I ask her if we can speak on the phone because Im feeling taken advantage of because we kept running out of food, bugs, being late, extra fees for food with never a crumb left over and having to add my house food. People actually started ordering Uber eats, that's how bad it was. So she calls me not to make amends for all that has gone wrong but to set me straight by giving me a piece of her mind. She starts telling me how to run my business. She tells, me my business partner should not have texted her to ask her why we paid more and didn't get more food because he is also my husband. How crazy! Then she tells me I called her, Sis, and that is not her name, I'm not your Sis, I'm Rea! - she says! I'm thinking, what happened to the sweet person I had been dealing with. She totally flipped on me and actually hung up the phone. Totally unprofessional. Ive never been treated so poorly by a service provider. I will never use this woman again, and I suggest you keep looking for someone that has proper business ethics, clean food and humility when they make mistakes, because mistakes do happen. It’s all about how you handle them. She claims she will pay for my broken light but when I asked for the money to do a DIY repair, she requested receipts which I will provide. I’ll update this post and let you all know if she keeps her word.
Rae’s Int’l Food DiariesRae’s Int’l Food Diaries
Thumbtack Customer
Daphne Woods and her team from her company called "A Catered Function" produced an exceptional wedding reception for my sister at a local suburban Atlanta church in early January 2015. From the first moment I spoke with Daphne, to our site-meeting at our church's Fellowship Hall, where the reception was held, and throughout the reception itself, Daphne excelled our every expectation. Her ideas for the heavy appetizer menu we desired offered exactly the variety we were hoping for--from savory beef meatballs, to spinach and shrimp dips, to the most delicious chicken salad and pimento cheese finger sandwiches, to juicy pork BBQ sliders. Her ideas for the room decor were amazingly creative and made the reception room so beautiful and inviting. My sister's wedding color scheme was royal blue, and Daphne used that color to light up the reception venue: from the royal blue table runners covering white tablecloths on the rectangular food and beverage tables, to the flower-filled vases tied with royal blue ribbons on each round table where guests were seated, to the blue flowers strewn across the wedding cakes table. Daphne made a wonderful sampling of her appetizers for our family to taste so that we could personally sample her terrifically delicious foods. She was extraordinarily accessible for all my numerous phone calls, texts, and emails during the weeks leading up to my sister's wedding reception. She never tired of answering all my questions--night and day--and was always patient with each challenge that came up in the weeks before the reception. Daphne has a wonderful warmth and enthusiasm she shares with her clients that makes it so pleasant to work with her! She also is one of the most professional, efficient, and caring service providers I have ever worked with. On the day of our reception. Daphne and her team worked for over seven hours, and were just as energetic and good humored during the last hour as when they first arrived. The taste of their food is simply the best catered appetizers I have ever enjoyed, and the beauty of their decor is equally impressive. The compliments to our caterers continued to flow throughout the reception from so many of our guests. I would highly recommend Daphne and her company "A Catered Function" without reservation to anyone planning any event--whether a backyard picnic for twenty to the most formal Opening Night party for hundreds!! Daphne is, simply stated, The Best at what she does--serving the greatest food and making the happiest guests (and clients)!!!
A Catered FunctionA Catered Function
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