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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 Ashburn personal chefs
Uriah W.
The most incredible experience ever. If you are looking for a personal chef look no further.
Full Plate CulinaryFull Plate Culinary
Jorge c.
It was our pleasure to have Chef Moise as our personal Chef for a special day. The experience was nothing like we have experienced before. We recommend hiring her and will definitely use her services again. Thank you Chef Moise for making our day extra special.
Chef Moise -Manje with Moise LLCChef Moise -Manje with Moise LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Chef Tony July 11th, for my 5th year wedding Anniversary. It's really hard to formulate into words how spectacular and memorable my Anniversary night was thanks to Chef Tony. Chef Tony helped me plan the surprise dinner for my wife, and executed the perfect five course meal with wine pairing. You can really tell Chef Tony enjoys what he does. The food was just ridiculous! Full of favor and creativity! One week later, and my wife and I are still talking about what an amazing night it was. I would highly recommend Chef Tony! After my experience with Chef Tony, I feel like everyone should experience a personal Chef with there significant other at least once. And no one better for the Job than Chef Tony in my opinion. I will definitely use him again! Wish I could post pictures.... Thanks again Chef! Quinton W.
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
Robert p.
Had a great experience with chef tony excellent food and wine pairing the conversation was spiritually uplifting thank you for your excellent service you have made me and my wife's anniversary one of the best ever and I would recommend him to all family and friends my first personal chef and it really was worth every dollar
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
Thumbtack Customer
First let me start off by saying the entire experience with chef Tony was phenomenal. I treated my awesome wife to her first in home personal chef experience for her birthday. Chef Tony provided everything from table dressings to cleanup. My wife had a delicious stuffed lobster while I enjoyed a wonderful filet mignon. We had about 4 courses all delicious. He was very accommodating with the menu and very personable during the dinner. Highly recommend him and can't wait to book his services again. Thank you again Chef Tony!!!
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
Thumbtack Customer
I contacted Chef Anton for a one time personal chef session for a birthday dinner (2 people). I spoke with him about pricing and made the decision to hire him with about a week to spare, which he assured me wouldn't be a problem. Chef Anton exuded confidence and professionalism, and not to mention he delivered a DELICIOUS meal. My boyfriend and I were truly impressed (and stuffed!). In addition to the remarkable dinner and dessert, we had the pleasure of speaking with Chef Anton about his extensive experience in the food industry. Chef Anton made this a night to remember for the both of us, and it most certainly won't be the last time that he'll hear from us. I could never thank him enough!
Feast CatererFeast Caterer
Kristen T.
This was my first experience with a personal chef. I hired Chef Tony as a surprise birthday present for my husband and he did not disappoint! The food was top notch and he was very up front about costs and menu items. He worked with me and our likes and delivered excellent service. Not only was the food good but the conversation was as well. I would definitely hire him again!
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
Cesaria A.
This was my first time working with a Personal Chef and I had an amazing experience with Sophia. She was easy to communicate with, very professional. She came prepared and delivered a great meal! The food was delicious 😋. She left my kitchen spotless which I really appreciated! Thank you!
Friendly Fire Culinary Stuido LLCFriendly Fire Culinary Stuido LLC
Dion Y.
I was put in a tough position as my usual caterer/chef could not do the job as he got sick with coronavirus. I Contacted Chef Morris and she responded within a half an hour And was very professional. I gave her my menu and she said she could accommodate and it was not a problem, and her price point was amazing. She showed up early with Jennifer and they got down to business for 3 1/2 hours nonstop. The meal was amazing for 15 of my guests. It was my cousins 37th birthday and it was surprise party , but the real surprise was how amazing all the food was. The plating was on par with high end steak houses in Center City Philadelphia. These two women were bosses in the kitchen. From prep to clean up they crushed it. I will continue to use them and Recommend them to anyone who needs catering or a personal chef for a private event. Keep rocking out friendly fire.!!! 10 out of 10 !!!
Friendly Fire Culinary Stuido LLCFriendly Fire Culinary Stuido LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had the idea to gift my sister and brother-in-law with a private chef experience, but did not have a date or person in mind. We decided to do it on a Sunday in June, and I reached out two days before to find someone. Tony responded and was very flexible and accommodating, despite the short notice. We had an amazing evening full of delicious food, wine, and stories. It ended up being an unforgettable gift for my sister and brother-in-law: "We didn't know what to expect when we learned, as part of our 30th birthday present, that a personal wine and food chef would be coming into our house to cook us a meal. Will he be awkward? How long will it be? Will the food be good? What will we talk about? Yet the moment Tony pulled up to our front door, all of our questions were answered and all of our fears abated. Truly an entertainer, chef, sommelier, and foremost, a teacher, Tony instructs his students on the relationship between good food and great wine while genuinely trying to learn more about them as individuals. By the end of the night - which will happily go longer than you anticipated - we couldn't remember whether Tony was a close friend who came over for dinner, or the chef hired to make a birthday meal... we'll blame that on the wine." Thank you Tony!!!
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
Thumbtack Customer
Kim created a special dinner menu for our son, who turned 25! She asked about likes and dislikes and was very flexible in planning for exactly what we wanted. Kim showed up on time and prepared a fabulous meal at Jake's home for 8 people. Kim brought along a server, and cleaned up for us. Everything was fresh and delicious! We loved the way she thought outside the box and was so willing to make the menu suit our tastes! I would recommend Kim for any personal chef needs!
Chef Kim's KitchenChef Kim's Kitchen
Brandon B.
I was in a tight spot with limited time to plan a special Personal Chef Experience for my girlfriend's 34th. I called Tony a week before and not only did help create an unforgettable experience, he went the extra mile. He provided printed menus, fresh blue roses (which is my gfs favorite color), wine to go with every course. Oh yeah, my girlfriend is a vegetarian, but I'm not. Tony provided two different menus and entrees to satisfy us both. In the words of Johnny Depp in my favorite mob movie(Donnie Brosco), if you taste something or have an amazing meal..." oh man, forget about it." In short, make your life easy. CALL TONY!!!
Tony Lawrence - Global Wine ChefTony Lawrence - Global Wine Chef
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