The Private Chef Life
The Private Chef Life

The Private Chef Life

starting price

Budget per person

Responds within a day

Introduction: First: I am currently working on my website and my LLC, now that I know for sure NC will be home for several years. Serious requests only please as my time and money are equally as important. Food is love. The love of my life is my family. Went to the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan to be a private chef. Two months after graduating I got my first private chef gig with a couple, and then just kept on working my way to the top. Was with a family for 7 years, who lived on Park Ave and then would spend my summers in the Hamptons. I moved down to NC almost 2 years ago, and I am still looking for clients, and would love consistent clientele! Growing up birthdays and holidays (they still are) huge events in my family. The center on the event was always great food! Growing up 15 minutes from the GWB, I had the luxury to eat at some of the best restaurants in NYC, possibly the world. Eating great food, is my favorite past time! I’m organized, have great time management, cooking is how I show my love, it is an experience. Most importantly please tell me what YOU want! I want all your needs met! Honestly, it is my pleasure to share my love of food and food service with you. So thank you in advanced. We get one chance at this thing called life. Food gives me the opportunity to share my love with the world. I am so grateful to have a career that I enjoy doing every single day. Hustler spirit. Be Kind. Stay Hungry. Ciao! Serious requests only please. My time is just as valuable. And time is money.

Hired 8 times

Serves Southern Pines, NC

Background checked

1 employee

14 years in business

Payment methods

This pro accepts payments via Cash, Check, Credit card, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, and Zelle.

Social media


Featured Projects

175 photos

Cuisine types

, , , , , , , , ,


Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Good 3.7

11 reviews


Read reviews that mention:

pro avatar
Tyson P.
Jan 29, 2023
"Such a wonderful experience from start to finish. Our menu was fine tuned to match our personal preferences. The presentation and taste exceeded our expectations. When our chef left our home the kitchen looked like she was never there. We are still enjoying the leftovers!"
pro avatar
Colleen P.
5 days ago

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

I do not have many words to share. The experience was stressful. The Chef did not have enough food. The Chef was not prepared upon arrival for either event. I would not recommend the Chef for an event of more than 6 people. The food was not served as discussed in October for an event which took place In February. There was plenty of time to shop, prep, and deliver on time. As the host of these 2 events on my son’s wedding weekend this added a great amount of stress. She told my son I was a control freak. She told my other son he had a much different demy than I as I prepared tiny yougurt parfaits. Horrible.

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 36 - 50 guests • Dinner • Breakfast / brunch • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - casual • Gluten free or celiac • Vegetarian or vegan • Dairy intolerant • Meal delivered • Only once • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

The Private Chef Life's reply
Thank you for your feedback.
Personal Chef
pro avatar
Sara S.
Apr 12, 2023
Kelly provided a wonderful at home chef experience for us! Kelly spent lots of time working out a menu and really personalized it for our specific wants. She is clearly very knowledgeable from all her experience in the food industry. She made an incredible vegetarian meal for a friends birthday! We had delicious appetizers, the best risotto I’ve ever had, and a blueberry crumble to die for. I would absolutely recommend you have Kelly for any kind of event!
pro avatar
Dena R.
3 weeks ago
We recently hired Kelly, as a gift to our friends to celebrate their engagemen, and it was an experience beyond expectations. From our initial conversation, Kelly exuded warmth and openness, meticulously painting a vivid picture of what to expect. Kelly took great care in customizing each dish to accommodate dietary preferences, ensuring everyone felt catered to. The four-course meal was a masterpiece of culinary artistry, each plate presented with elegance and precision. But beyond the stunning presentation, the flavors danced harmoniously on our palates, leaving us in awe of Kelly's skill and creativity. What truly set this experience apart was the impeccable cleanup. Not a trace remained of the gastronomic delight we had enjoyed, allowing us to fully savor the moment without any worry of the aftermath. In summary, our evening with Kelly was nothing short of extraordinary. If you're looking to elevate your dining experience and create unforgettable memories, look no further. Highly recommended!
pro avatar
Angela H.
Sep 16, 2023

Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

The whole experience was fantastic! The food was amazing!!

Details: Date night • 2 guests • Dinner • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Dessert • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

Personal Chef
Background Check

Kelly McCarter

  • Loading