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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 Cary personal chefs
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In my search for a personal Chef to prepare the meal for my wife’s Birthday party (of 6) at our home, I took to the internet and found the Thumbtack website. With a few clicks I entered the required information and waited for Chef’s to contact me via email. I was a little skeptical about who would be reaching out to me, and set my on a couple local companies I knew for a quote. I was down to 6 days. Of all the Chef’s I heard from, Chef Nico stood out to me because first he is in the Army and my wife is retired Army, and he didn’t send me to a website to review a thousand menu offerings like everyone else. He sent me a note with a quote and 5 or 6 choices per category. He told me to choose a salad, 2 appetizers, 2 entree and dessert. This made the process so much simpler for my personality. Once I sent him my initial thoughts for the food, I was able to set-up a call with him and discuss all the logistics and finalize a custom dinner offering. He is really easy to talk to and accommodating. He even sent me additional dessert options because although fantastic, the originals were not what I thought she would enjoy the most. We even added a Chef’s table concept so he would interact with the family during the cooking process. About 3 hrs. before the event I texted Chef to let him know my party of 6 was now a party for 7! My son came home for college to attend the party and brought his girlfriend. Chef wasn’t fazed by the last minute change at all and also advised me that he couldn’t find any fresh Calamari so he was switching one appetizer to Coconut shrimp w/ raspberry horseradish. As expected from a military man he and his assistant Sam were on time, made themselves at home in the kitchen and began prepping and preparing the food. With the first bite we knew we would be in for something special. The presentation was first class and the taste was incredible. He was able to chat with the family and talk a little Army with my wife. There were a couple hiccups, but nothing big. I was really impressed at how they managed to set everything up at in our home and how they cleaned it all up before leaving! I would recommend US Army Chef Nico to anyone needing a personal Chef. I plan to use him again. This was much better than any restaurant experience I could have given her.
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