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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 New York personal chefs
Jenny W.
Chef Kit is kind, understanding, Very responsive, and her food is amazing and personal.
Kit Wong-Khoo, Natural Foods ChefKit Wong-Khoo, Natural Foods Chef
Lulu L.
Very high end catering/ personal chef Private dinner experience. We did a custom multi course tasting menu. Everything was perfect!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Mary Y.
Chef Jeffery is an amazing personal chef. We looked through the personal chef profiles and really checked out his background and pricing. It was all listed online. Very easy to find tons of sample menus and pictures on his website too! When we got a quote and spoke to him it was very straightforward and easy. He went above and beyond to ensure our fathers birthday party was excellent. His service staff attended to our every need. And most importantly his food was delicious and well presented. Highly recommend!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Natalie M.
Excellent personal Chef! We hired Chef Jeffrey for a multi course tasting menu for my husband’s birthday. The food and presentation was outstanding! Can’t say enough! His service staff took great care of us. We will definitely use again for all our private dinners!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Akilah K.
Chef Jeffery provides a service like no other personal chef or catering company. He is doing high end seasonal cuisine as multi course tasting menu concept. And they really did a great job! We had a custom menu and cocktail pairings with each course. I highly recommend this experience!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Allyson A.
For personal reasons I did not move forward but speaking to the Chef was an absolute pleasure! He was very professional and answered all of my questions. I hope to be able to use him in the near future.
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Denise A.
Personal Chef Jeffrey was the best Chef I've ever met! I hired him here in Thumbtack to cook a small private dinner for my husband's birthday. Everything was perfect! We had 4 passed hor douerves and a 5 course tasting menu! The food was delicious and beautiful! Can't wait to do another one!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Christopher h.
Chef Feldman made this first-time process of hiring a personal chef a breeze. He immediately contacted me and we discussed menu options for my wife's 50th birthday. He arrived to my home promptly, cooked, took pictures and cleaned the dishes before concluding the night. Each item that he provided was phenomenal. My wife's palate was thoroughly pleased with every item. She praised the chef's cooking and professionalism. We look forward to doing this down the road with a larger group. We will definitely reach out to Chef Feldman to provide the cooking for the group.
Chef David FeldmanChef David Feldman
Andrea W.
I was looking for a personal chef to help me bc I was malnourished from starving due to IBS and fear of food. Jeffrey is kind, compassionate and supportive. He asked me about my food allergies ( there are many) he spoke to my nutritionist, and made sure to adhere to everything carefully. While it was still hard for me to eat I was eating again! Jeffrey is an amazing chef and made me foods I can’t normally eat /find bc of my food intolerances. He is creative and has helped me with my fear of food . I highly recommend Jeffrey for any job that requires personal chef who is both compassionate, talented and professional. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Victoria l.
Thanks for my birthday dinner, I really enjoyed the lamb chops... my guest and I were looking for more of a intimate dinner with a personal chef, I booked with the thought that I was getting that but it was an additional price, which is fine for next time. The portions were good, thanks again
Chef Qonyac CuisineChef Qonyac Cuisine
Elizabeth C.
I was searching the internet for a Personal Chef to deliver meals. I saw Chef Jeffrey called him and it was so easy! He has many delicious menu options that change every week. He shops, cooks everything from scratch and delivers! Everything was fresh and very good! My whole family is eating good food and I don’t have to shop, cook or clean! It’s really nice to have a service like this when we can’t leave the house. Very satisfied customer!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Erika for a custom home cooking lesson as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend and she certainly lived up to the billing as a 5 star rated chef/instructor. From scheduling to preparing the menu and lesson to being exceedingly personable and helpful in our little kitchen, Erika was extremely professional and easy to work with from beginning to end. I would highly recommend Erika to anyone looking for either a personal chef or in-house cooking lesson. She is knowledgable about a wide range of food and cooking techniques, flexible with menu choices, a friendly and outgoing presence in the kitchen, and most importantly, she is a tremendous chef! We learned a ton, had a great time, and had plenty of leftovers that we enjoyed for a week afterwards.
Chef Erika - Health Chef in New York CityChef Erika - Health Chef in New York City
Thumbtack Customer
My company hired Ellen to prepare a breakfast spread for a client meeting we were having last week, 20 people total. Ellen was fantastic, she went above and beyond our expectations and the food she served was delicious. Everyone was very happy with how it turned out, we would absolutely recommend Ellen for any personal chef needs!
Renegade OutpostRenegade Outpost
Thumbtack Customer
Bad boy celebrity chef Chris Nirschell is a rising star! My co-hostess and I hired Chris to be the personal chef for a small very select social group in NYC. The food was delectable, mouth watering and fabulous! His butternut squash? Puree based, no cream? It was wonderful. We also had a wonderful fall harvest salad and wild caught salmon as the entree. All (again) simply mouth watering! The last course was a mango fosters. Almond gelato and homemade whipped cream. Sweet and light. We had a wine pairing with all four courses. Chris plated the meal with artistry; he announced and described each course and was knowledgeable about the wine with which we paired each course. We will use him again. I hope our group is grandfathered into his reasonable rates for the future!! Thank you Chef Chris!
NY Catering Service & Personal ChefNY Catering Service & Personal Chef
Allison M.
Germaine was such a pleasure to work with. I hired her as a personal chef for my sister and her husband as a wedding gift. She was so responsive, easy to work with, and came up with a fabulous 4 course menu that incorporated all of their favorite foods while avoiding all of their allergies. My sister couldn’t pick which course she loved best - everything was so delicious and she can’t wait to book her again for any next event! Thanks so much Germaine!!
Chef Germaine Batiste  -   Executive Chef/OwnerChef Germaine Batiste - Executive Chef/Owner
Kelly I.
Personal Chef Jeffrey and his crew were outstanding! All I did was pay him sign his contract, have a 20 minute conversation with him, and they did everything else! Set up, cleaning, service. I can’t say enough about the experience. We did a multi course tasting menu. The food was beautifully presented and delicious! Beyond any expectations! Michelin star restaurant experience in our home! We are already planning our next private dinner! Highly recommend JP Fine Foods
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Maliki C.
Chef Qonyac is Amazing !!!!!!! My girlfriends’ birthday was 7/12/2020. I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant to celebrate, as we usually do, but I realized last minute that most restaurants were closed and didn’t not offer inside seating or outside seating, due to (covid 19) So I decided to get a private chef last minute, literally two days before her birthday . I wrote him on here and he responded 20 minutes later . We spoke and agreed on a menu, I told him I wasn’t rich but I wanted to do something nice for my girl, so he worked with me on price . Not only did he deliver the meal under budget, he delivered more than expected . He went above and beyond , he did tricks so we could post on our Instagram and he was super professional. Last but not least my girls birthday was on a Sunday so not only was it last minute it was on a Sunday. It doesn’t get any better than that. I would definitely hire him for all of my events and refer him to all of my friends . My girl want him to Actually be our personal chef that’s how good he was.
Chef Qonyac CuisineChef Qonyac Cuisine
Ralph D.
Due to Coronavirus we needed an alternative to eating out. We live in Manhattan and ate out at high end restaurants a few times a week. We found Jeffrey here on thumbtack under personal chef. Read his reviews, looked through his pictures and menus on his website. Wow we are so lucky he offers weekly meal prep delivery service! His cooking is as good or better as many of the highest quality restaurants here in nyc! And with this service at this time we are so appreciative! Really can’t beat the quality and value. Simple easy can’t say enough. Thank you!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Keith M.
Jeffrey is the best personal chef I have ever had the pleasure of working with! He custom made a menu for my event and executed it flawlessly in my home for my guests with his service team. They took care of everything just as he said. Multi course tasting menu served, cleared, wine pairing and cleaning! The food was amazing and presented beautifully! His pricing is a great value for the quality he offers! I did not negotiate and tipped very well because I understand the value and hard work he puts in. A true veteran of his field. I used to be in the industry so I understand! Great experience will do again!
JP Fine Foods LLCJP Fine Foods LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Chris to prepare a 3 course meal plus passed apps and dessert for an intimate gathering in my home this past weekend. This was my first time hiring a chef for a personal event and it couldn't have gone better. Chris is professional, yet engaging and the food was fresh and delicious. The experience was further enhanced by the personalized service and wine pairing suggestions provided by Roman. Chris brought everything he needed with him and you could eat off the floor by the time he left. Chris and Roman also worked wonders my meager dinnerware and serving utensil options (note to self to fix that for future parties). As a special touch, Chris even whipped up some homemade mac and cheese for our younger guests. I will absolutely hire Chris and again and if you are smart - you will too.
NY Catering Service & Personal ChefNY Catering Service & Personal Chef
Yena S.
A miracle! As a working mom with a demanding job and special needs child, I always struggled to put healthy meals on the table. There were several personal chefs on Thumbtack who were interested in my project, but Jaggi was the most responsive and professional one with a track record. What I love most about her is how accommodating she is. She works hard to provide truly personalized, healthy, balanced, and high-quality meals within my budget and I can't thank her enough for that. She carefully listens to my preference and provides Instagram worthy foods real quick. So far I ate four dishes and everything was delicious! Scheduling a delivery to our home was a breeze and her husband brought it personally. As long as I can continue to get a variety of menu, I am definitely going to keep getting weekly meals from her. Thank you so much for your wonderful service, Jaggi.
Haven's Healthy MealsHaven's Healthy Meals
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