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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 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. 

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. 

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’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. 

Reviews for Portland personal chefs
Jessica A.
Ryan was fantastic at curating a personal menu for my husband’s 30th birthday dinner, was punctual, friendly, and a phenomenal chef. Dinner was incredible and it was such a cool experience.
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Anna B.
Chef Ryan is fantastic, he's food was amazing and he was a welcomed addition to our small gathering! I had to regroup last minute for my boyfriend's 50th birthday with the fires, and he made it so special for us all. It was my first time hiring a personal chef and now with Covid, it's something I will continue to do and I would definitely hire Chef Ryan again!
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Anne S.
I wouldn’t change a thing about my interactions with Sage and Linda. Professional, personable, responsive and the food was delicious. My choices were all interesting and creative and the final meal was outstanding. I will be telling my friends about Sage and they will definitely be my first call if I’m looking for a personal chef in the future!
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Betsy K.
I was searching for a personal chef to come cook dinner for my friend’s 40th birthday, and was really nervous about trusting someone to hire. Chef David was super responsive, easy to talk to, and very passionate about his cooking that he made this process so easy. He was willing to cook whatever we wanted and helped create a menu that would be perfect for us. He showed up on time and brought everything he needed to get started. Our dinner party of 8 was so excited for this experience and it couldn’t have gone any better. The food was SO delicious and made with fresh ingredients. He was professional and knowledgable - and he cleaned up super quick after our last meal. I’ll attach photos of our menu, and photos of the delicious food he cooked for us. Thank you, Chef David for making our first experience a great one!
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