Ashburn, VA 20149

Personal Chefs on Thumbtack cost$40 - $60

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29 Personal Chefs found near you!

  • Lowest price:$20
  • Most common low price:$40
  • Most common high price:$60
  • Highest price:$100
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$43

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Oct 5

Chef Camargos was outstanding. He arrived on time and made a great meal for our family of…

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Premium (high end ingredients)
$90

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Oct 3

Patrick was perfect choice for our dinner. We weren’t able to go out for our anniversary…

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  • Meal delivered
  • Premium (high end ingredients)
$55

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Sep 20

Absolutely delicious, chef made my husbands 50th bday one for the books. He was easy to…

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Standard (basic ingredients)
$75

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Sep 14

Patrick was very professional, he arrived and immediately started preparing our meal…

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Premium (high end ingredients)
$50

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Sep 12

Cantrell was amazing! Her food was excellent. The best seafood I have ever had. She was…

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Premium (high end ingredients)
$65

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Sep 9

Aisha is was an absolutely pleasure to work with. Her food was a huge hit at our…

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Standard (basic ingredients)
$50

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Sep 1

Diego was fantastic! He was able to accommodate a last minute request for brunch on a…

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Standard (basic ingredients)
$45

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Aug 31

The food was absolutely delicious. Sarah was very pleasant, and organized.

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Premium (high end ingredients)
$55

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Aug 25

Woodis Cookin was amazing! Everything was fresh and seasoned perfectly! Their vibe was…

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  • Meal prepared onsite
  • Standard (basic ingredients)

How much are home chef prices?

If you enjoy entertaining but cooking is not your strong suit, you may want to consider hiring a personal chef to come to your home and prepare a gourmet meal for you and a group of friends, family members and/or work colleagues. Unlike private chefs, who prepare meals regularly for a family on a set schedule, a personal chef comes to your house to prepare a meal based on a menu set ahead of time for the number of guests you are entertaining. The cost of hiring a personal chef for your event will vary based on your selected menu and the number of guests you are serving. You can expect to pay anywhere from $40 to $100 or more per person, depending on your menu and where you live. Costs will increase for menus featuring more expensive items, such as premium fish and meat.

The number of courses you want to serve your guests affects the price, of course, because the more food the chef must prepare, the higher your cost will be. Sat Khalsa, a personal chef based in San Leandro, California, offers three-course meals that vary in cost based on a client’s chosen menu and budget. For modest budgets, he can prepare appetizers, a vegetarian or chicken entree, and either salad or dessert for about $45 per person for a party of 10. The next step up, which could include a fish or meat entree, ranges from $75 to $80 per person. The highest-end option—including high-end fish, such as ahi tuna, and/or expensive cuts of meat, such as filet mignon—starts at $100 per person and goes up depending on the details of the menu.

Sean Weyhmiller, owner of Personal Chef Sean, out of Oakland, California, charges $70 and up per person for a three-course dinner using a standard menu. Custom menus start at $75 per person. A standard four-course dinner starts at $80 per person. A custom four-course dinner starts at $90 per person.

Cocktail parties

If you want to hire a chef to prepare food for a cocktail party, you’ll pay less than you will for a full multicourse meal. Personal Chef Sean typically charges $30-$50 per person.

Wine pairings

Some personal chefs, like Tony Lawrence, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, specialize in creating menus paired with wine. (Lawrence is a trained sommelier and chef.) Sat Khalsa is happy to recommend wine pairings to go with any menu he is preparing for a client, but he does not have a liquor license and cannot resell wine or alcohol. Confirm in advance whether the chef will bring wine for the meal or will recommend wines for you to purchase and serve.

Extra staff

If your party is larger than the chef can easily cook for and serve alone, they may need to bring in a sous chef or additional server at an additional cost. Personal Chef Sean charges $250 to bring along a server for parties of 14 or more. Tony Lawrence occasionally gets help from his wife, Gigi, for larger parties. Tye Bell, owner of Main Course in Eugene, Oregon, enlists his mother, Denise, as his sous chef for most private dinners he caters.

Tableware

If you do not have enough cutlery, tableware or glassware for your party, your personal chef may be able to rent them and bring them to your home on your event date. Sat Khalsa has relationships with local event rental companies and does not apply a markup on rentals for his clients.

Kitchen setup

If you have a modest kitchen setup, be sure to ask your personal chef if they will bring equipment they need. Sat Khalsa assumes he will need to bring all knives and any specialty cookware or tools needed, including backup pots and pans.

Prep time

On the date of your event, your personal chef will typically need at least three hours to prepare the meal. Sat Khalsa estimates he needs four to five hours to prepare a three-course meal.

Cleanup

Many chefs include kitchen cleanup in their total cost, but it’s a good idea to ask to make sure.

Travel fees

The chef may charge an additional fee for travel beyond a certain distance. Personal Chef Sean charges $1 per mile for events more than 25 miles from Oakland.

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