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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 Downers Grove personal chefs
Herb K.
This is the first time for me hiring a private chef for a special birthday dinner. We really didn’t know what to expect other than hope for good food. We hired Chef Matt so that could be all together with family in the same place enjoying a great dinner. We have two immunocompromised family members and an infant child the keeps us from nice restaurants that are crowded. Chef Matt was very understanding about our asks to be vaccinated and wear a mask, I hated to have to ask that but he made me feel very comfortable about that and eased my mind. Chef Matt was awesome at designing a menu. I talked with him about our family for about 30 mins on foodie likes and dislikes. He designed a custom menu around that conversation and I only asked for two minor changes. He was very kind about the changes and didn’t make me feel like I was defiling a masterpiece. Our family has a broad range of different food favorites and culture ranges with so many variables. I trusted Chef Matt’s ability to do this, while I was not sure some family would even like some dishes served I went with it. All of us were blown away by every dish he served looking forward to the next course. There was not one dish that any of us turned our nose from or didn't enjoy. He even made some special plates for the two year old and when Chef Matt put a plate in front of him he gave a big “WOW!” and dug in. He was happy for 3 1/2 hours eating with us because it was that good. Chef Matt inspired us that this dinner is about gathering and time for family to enjoy and have fun while eating. He nailed it! What I really respected was that he was personable but not trying to make a staged show of himself and not be the center of attention. He allowed the family to be the center of attention and engaged in a personal and fun way that inspired us to enjoy and have fun. It was a perfect evening with perfect food thanks to an excellent Chef. We will be hiring him again!
Chef Matthew RyanChef Matthew Ryan
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