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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 Brooklyn personal chefs
James H.
Chef David prepared a terrific three course meal for my wife’s Bday. Which she loved. If you are looking for a personal chef David is the Man!
Chef David FeldmanChef David Feldman
Sarita A.
Chef Chris was super responsive which allowed us to get straight to business! After our brief telephone conversation, he immediately drafted my personal menu with the exact items I wanted! My spouse and I are really looking forward to meeting him on our scheduled upcoming date.
NY Catering Service & Personal ChefNY Catering Service & Personal Chef
Thumbtack Customer
What a great experience. This is the first time I had the personal chef experience for two. Charlie is a gentleman and an amazing cook. He let me sample some of the food before hand, also he was a great conversationalist. My boyfriend absolutely loved it. Best birthday gift ever. Will definitely use his services again.
Thumbtack Customer
This chef was out-of-this-world!! He served a three course meal and I couldn't find anything we wanted to change about it. It was simply perfection. He put his personal touch into the meal and really ensured he would allow us to enjoy the evening. His food was amazing from start to finish. You could taste his passion with every bite. And, he was so friendly, charming, and professional - a total win.
Tyler G.
Dianne was an absolute pleasure to work with arranging a custom menu that really fit the dietary restrictions and high expectations we had. It's difficult to find someone as extremely knowledgeable and still open to suggestions. She arrived in plenty of time to meet with us prior to preparing dinner and cleaned everything spotless including the kitchen floor. Our dinner party was a complete success with everyone being WOWED by her presentation and attention to detail. We have hired a few other personal chefs and have never been as satisfied as we were with Dianne. I will defiantly be having her back in the near future!
Off-Book CookOff-Book Cook
Thumbtack Customer
Charly came to my apartment to prepare a surprise birthday dinner for my wife's birthday (6 of us total). This was the first time I've booked a personal chef, so I did not know what to expect. Upon booking Charly for my event, he called to consult with me about putting together a bespoke three-course menu for her special evening. Charly took care of all the details, getting all the supplies, and even printing custom menus for our table for that extra touch. While Charly's preparation and presentation were exceptional and professional, it was his execution that truly blew us away. This is not someone who just cooks for you. Charly has an excellent command of French and Provencal cuisine, and his dishes were superbly presented and stunningly delicious. It was a real treat to have such excellent food and culinary craftsmanship in our own apartment, and I like to think I can cook pretty well! Charly's warmth, professionalism, and dedication to his art as a chef are the reasons we're excited to have him again for a future event. You won't be disappointed!
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