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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.

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.

Reviews for Chicago personal chefs
David Y.
Chef Matthew was incredibly responsive, flexible, and professional. Chef Matthews presence and service is exactly what one should expect from a high quality personal chef. I highly recommend and look forward to working with Chef Matthew again.
Chef Matthew RyanChef Matthew Ryan
Pamela S.
Karen was attentive, flexible,and delivered a delicious meal. I would highly recommend Karen as a personal chef.
TLC Personal CheffingTLC Personal Cheffing
Thumbtack Customer
Chef David is everything you would want in a personal chef and more. From the initial discussions surrounding planning of the event, to the final pull through of the event, everything was perfect. Chef David put together a well thought out menu for 11 guests for my Girlfriends surprise birthday dinner party. Each part of the meal was better than the previous and was topped off with an excellent desert choice. Needless to say, Chef David is my go to choice for personal chef moving forward! Highly recommended for any person looking at his services!
Lakeshore Private Chef & CateringLakeshore Private Chef & Catering
Ajai & Toral T.
Incredible chef - the food was impeccable. We would definitely hire Alisha again for another personal meal at home! Thank you!
Alisha ElenzAlisha Elenz
Peter R.
Chef Bradley was wonderful to have in my apartment cooking for me. The food was delicious, served at perfect intervals, and the presentation was awesome. He was open to talking and answering questions but let my fiance and me drive the conversation so that it was always professional. I would/will likely use his service again and suggest it to friends who are looking for a personal chef.
Your Plate or Mine CateringYour Plate or Mine Catering
Robert R.
Really no complaints. Everything was better than expected. Arrived on time, the setup and clean up was quick. The food was prepared to our liking and they added some extra Valentine's Day touches. Looking forward to the next time I want to have a personal chef just because. #blacklove
Signature Plates by Dequandre WilliamsSignature Plates by Dequandre Williams
Thumbtack Customer
Easter dinner for a party of 20 was handled with ease and grace. The food was outstanding in preparation, taste, and presentation. I highly recommend Damien to be a personal chef for anyone looking to wow their guests. He is clean and timely and comes prepared and truly has a passion for food and will exceed all of your expectations. Everyone will be talking about this for a long time. Thank you!
Cheftekar Catering and Personal Chef ServiceCheftekar Catering and Personal Chef Service
Thumbtack Customer
Incredible and Stress Free!Chef Mancini's team provided an outstanding four course meal for my holiday dinner. Their efficient handling of everything (prep, plating, serving, cleaning) made it a dream for me to focus on hosting and enjoying my guest. Truly turned my home dinner into a personal 5 star experience. Looking forward to hosting a future event with him soon.
Chef Most Wanted Catering & Private Chef ServicesChef Most Wanted Catering & Private Chef Services
Jonathan M.
I highly recommend Chef Aram Reed for your next event or dinner party. He worked with me to host a special Birthday party for my wife and we were absolutely delighted with him and the delicious food he prepared. He was professional, worked with me on dietary restrictions a guest had, and was personal and engaging with my friends and family at the event. His multicourse meal items tasted amazing and were beautifully presented. I really enjoyed collaborating and planning our event with Chef Aram and have already told a number of my friends and colleagues about our excellent experience with him. We are impressed by his talents and will definitely use him again when hosting a dinner party.
Chef Aram ReedChef Aram Reed
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