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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 good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

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.

Reviews for Henderson chefs
Merlincia L.
Chef Charlie was amazing!!! If I’m ever to visit Las Vegas again, I would sure choose his service!! Thank you Chef Charlie!!!
Chef CJChef CJ
Susan S.
I hired Chef Jennifer for my daughters birthday. Chef Jennifer was amazing! She went out of her way to create the most delicious meal for my daughter. She accommodated even with my daughter being vegan, soy free, and dairy free. Chef Jennifer came up with a unique and delicious menu that left everyone with happy bellies. Chef Jennifer’s professionalism, positive attitude, and drive to deliver a delicious was apparent! This was an amazing experience and I strongly recommend Chef Jennifer to anyone! It is a meal my daughter will never forget!
Jennifer HutchinsonJennifer Hutchinson
Joanne B.
Chef Gilleum is terrific! It was a pleasure working with Chef from beginning to end. He possesses total professionalism. Chef Gilleum's follow-up skills are excellent. We kept in touch throughout the entire process. I hired Chef Gilleum for two events while I was in town. Both turned out to be fabulous. My guest raved over both menus. The first event was a graduation celebration dinner. Chef fixed appetizers (crab cakes), simply scrumptious, salad, and then the main course everything was delicious! We also had a fantastic barbecue event! The ribs, the sweet potatoes, and the cornbread are an absolute must. If you need a high-quality, Chef Gilleum is your man. I have nothing but absolute praises for your culinary skills!
Smokey Jay’s Florida Style BBQSmokey Jay’s Florida Style BBQ
Maggi F.
Exceeded our expectations...! Our anniversary dinner was beyond delicious...and Chef Creon was a delight.
Meals and GatheringsMeals and Gatherings
Chelle L.
This is the first time I have ever hired a personal chef, and Chef Pierre was worth every penny, and then some. You do not need to look any further, this is the chef you want for any event, big or small. My siblings and I hired Chef Pierre for a birthday dinner for my mom and dad. With my dad disabled, and my mom taking care of him full time, they don’t get to do the things they used to do, like go out and enjoy a good meal. It was outstanding! The food was spectacular and he was so great with my mom and dad. The menu selections were varied and of high quality, allowing my mom and dad to choose what they would like to eat. The service was outstanding, and every detail was perfect. This is the chef you want for any occasion. I honestly cannot say enough good about him and this experience. I don’t think it can get any better than Chef Pierre.
Chef Perry-Edwards  & Chef PierreChef Perry-Edwards & Chef Pierre
Redd G.
Chef Jenny was amazing! We wanted to make our anniversary special and couldn’t figure out how until we found Chef Jenny! She came to our home and made us an incredible private tasting dinner. Her food was perfect and so ingenious! She was lovely and friendly, our dogs even loved her! She truly made our night special and I wouldn’t hesitate to hire her again! Thank you SO much Chef Jenny!!
Jennifer HutchinsonJennifer Hutchinson
Rhys H.
Chef Jennifer was the best! She made my wife’s Valentine’s Day and she also made it super special for our newborns first Valentine’s Day dinner. The food was absolutely amazing and very well priced. I will definitely be working with chef Jennifer again at least once a month!
Jennifer HutchinsonJennifer Hutchinson
Christy C.
Chef Malcolm created a birthday brunch to remember! Well seasoned food, good portions (the 7 us ate brunch for 2 days after the original event. What I loved about Chef Malcolm is he not only provided what I asked for but he took the extra step to recommend and add in special touches to make the event even more special! The food was DELICIOUS 😍. I recommend Chef Malcolm to anyone looking to have a memorable meal! Thank you Malcolm and look forward to next year!
Eat..By Chef MalcolmEat..By Chef Malcolm
Brian R.
Chef Jenny absolutely exceeded our expectations in every way!! We loved her food so much we had her booked right back and will continue to do so. She’s very personable, an amazing chef who’s dishes are simply amazing!! She cleans up everything as well!
Jennifer HutchinsonJennifer Hutchinson
Willie W.
Chef Pierre was both professional and informative. Joined us in friendly conversation while preparing our meal which was delicious.
Chef Perry-Edwards  & Chef PierreChef Perry-Edwards & Chef Pierre
Hilary L.
Chef Jenny was amazing! Dinner was delicious. We had a great time and look forward to our next event with her. Thanks again!!!
Jennifer HutchinsonJennifer Hutchinson
Joan D.
Chef Nick is awesome!! From start to finish he took care of everything to do with menu, food & kitchen! Left me time to mingle with my guests ! Very creative ! I gave him my party theme & he created a menu that fit perfectly from appetizers to desserts ! Thanks Chef for making the food such a great hit at my party !
Indulge Catering & EventsIndulge Catering & Events
Regina W.
Chef Pierre was on time, flexible and his meal was yummy. He served a meal exactly as described. The guests were pleased and full at the end. U
Chef Perry-Edwards  & Chef PierreChef Perry-Edwards & Chef Pierre
Kathee C.
I was blessed to find Real Meal to cater my birthday dinner. We talked about my worldly menu with some serious tough dishes to conquer, and the Chef delivered to the quality I wanted. Chef Nick makes delicious meals, has a fantastic team, and is great at being personable to myself and my guests. I’m ready to celebrate my in-birthday with him soon!
Indulge Catering & EventsIndulge Catering & Events
Zora B.
Chef Creon Mallett is AMAZING!!! I scheduled his service for my fiancé’s 37th birthday, and it was such a joy! The food was high-quality, fresh & extremely flavorful. The pasta was hand-cut right in front of us & the lobster THE BEST we have ever had! The wine pairing was amazing, and perfectly complimented the dishes Chef Creon provided a fresh white rose as a center piece which really elevated the ambience The chef was extremely professional, yet welcoming. Great conversationalist and very responsive He’s cleanup job after the dinner was amazing!! Dishes loaded, countertops wiped and a few extra bits left in the fridge!! Hire him for your project!
Meals and GatheringsMeals and Gatherings
Ms. C.
Chef Creon’s cuisine is great. Work with him to cater for your preferences ! I had him over twice, and my guests were all so happy!
Meals and GatheringsMeals and Gatherings
Erin C.
Dinner was delicious and amazing. Our family loved the experience of having Chef Nick in our home. He was professional and pleasant to interact with. He made the night yummy and fun!
Indulge Catering & EventsIndulge Catering & Events
Ryan G.
I hired Chef Pierre for a dinner party for 7 and he did not disappoint. His Caribbean courses were phenomenal and I would highly recommend him for your event.
Chef Perry-Edwards  & Chef PierreChef Perry-Edwards & Chef Pierre
Stephanie H.
Chef CJ is absolutely amazing at his craft. Truly a professional and provides such great food quality. The food was to die for. The crab cakes were the best any of us have ever had. The first bite of the Cajun chicken Mac and cheese had us all saying wow! So creamy bursting with flavor. The Shrimp and grits were like nothing we ever had. Don’t look any further for a chef! Book CJ today.
Chef CJChef CJ
Erin V.
Chef Jenny was great to work with. She arrived early and set everything up before our party started. The food was excellent. I recommend the sausage stuffed mushrooms, super yummy!
Jennifer HutchinsonJennifer Hutchinson
Everett S.
Marckende was what you want in a private chef. This was the first time I’ve hired a private chef for my wife and myself. Marckende easily exceeded my expectations. I needed a nice dinner option for a very new mother for the holiday and he came through perfectly. He wasted no time and knocked out the first course within no time. We had plenty of time to enjoy our courses and not wait long for the next. From start to finish it was fantastic. You can tell the difference between a caterer and a true chef who is dedicated and speaks passionately about their meal. Marckende is the latter. His professionalism, conversation, teachings and food are all reasons to choose an experience like this over a restaurant dinner date. I look forward to celebrating more family events with Marckende.
Chef Perry-Edwards  & Chef PierreChef Perry-Edwards & Chef Pierre
April y.
Our chef hip-hop g grill was amazing! We stayed in an airbnb in vegas for Mother's Day weekend and when I tell u this man showed up and showed out for us. We as a collective give him 70 stars cause it was 7 of us. The food was sooo delicious I thought I was a judge on Master Chef and I couldn't find anything wrong with the food. The salad dressing was BUSSING BUSSING u can put that sh*t on everything! Oh and I can't forget about ur awesome wife. Thanks for partying with us and talking some amazing pictures of us ladies on our cousin's trip 2022. You deserve a gold metal so here u go Chef!🥇🏅🏅🏅🏅🏅 When we travel from NOLA to Vegas again, ur the only one I'm calling. Thanks once again for ur professionalism, value and delicious food!
Hip-Hop G Grill by DaChef ShadigidyHip-Hop G Grill by DaChef Shadigidy
Madeline O.
We had Jenny as our chef for our first night in Vegas and it was SUCH a treat. The food was delicious and she is extremely responsive. We even had a last minute request for an espresso martini and she made it happen. I would definitely hire her again!
Jennifer HutchinsonJennifer Hutchinson
Jena b.
We hired taco blvd for our daughters college graduation and they were amazing! Chris’s response time to all of my questions was almost immediate. He made the entire process easy and relaxed. His chef Leo was great! He was friendly on time and the food was delicious! Would definitely hire again! Thanks taco blvd!
Taco BlvdTaco Blvd
Deena V.
Chef Creon was everything I expected abs more. His demeanor was engaging and most importantly, his food was divine. Our guests enjoyed every bite from the wonderful appetizers, the tasty salad, delicious entree with sides, to the exquisite mini desert assortment. I highly recommend him for any event and will definitely be using his services again!
Meals and GatheringsMeals and Gatherings
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