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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 Austin personal chefs
Jennifer B.
Chef Rene is everything you want in a personal chef—talented, professional, responsive, punctual and most importantly he makes delicious healthy food with big flavour. Thank you, Chef Rene!
The Cultured Chefs LLCThe Cultured Chefs LLC
Archie L.
First time using a personal chef. Chef Justin has set the bar HIGH! Can't wait to see what else he cooks up.
The Wine DownThe Wine Down
Taleen B.
Such an amazing dinner prepared by Chef Derek!!! I’ve never hired a personal chef for an event and this was the BEST first experience. The everything was great!! Would definitely recommend to anyone in the Austin area!! Truly a pleasure t
Chef DerekChef Derek
Eli A.
Our family wanted to have a personal chef for 2 nights a week and meal prep. Chef Rene was very responsive and super flexible in what we needed. Our lives are chaotic and always changing and he is doing a great job at adapting for us.
The Cultured Chefs LLCThe Cultured Chefs LLC
Katelyn O.
We had a fabulous experience for a brunch for 21 people. Fantastic communication and the food was fantastic. I would recommend using this vendor to any group looking for a personal chef service.
Simply Elegant Cakes & EventsSimply Elegant Cakes & Events
Therese P.
Chef Demeatrie helped us celebrate our anniversary with a fantastic couples dinner. The food was so delicious and flavorful, very vibrant and creative. There were nice little touches throughout the meal, and the serving sizes were very generous. Planning with her was easy (it was our first experience with a personal chef!). Would highly recommend!
The Starving GypsyThe Starving Gypsy
Kelsey b.
Laura did an amazing job preparing dinner for us at our air bnb while we were visiting Austin! She was right on time, receptive to our dietary needs, tried to save us money on groceries when possible, and very friendly. The end product absolutely exceeded my expectations, and I would highly recommend that you hire her for your personal chef needs!
Laura's Eclectic DiningLaura's Eclectic Dining
Peg W.
Derek fixed a really nice meal for 9 of us. Would have been helpful to adjust the steaks to personal preference as they were all cooked very rare. The desserts were ok, not great. Everything else was very good. But Our big concern is that he came to this job and seemed to be very sick. He left early leaving his partner to do the clean up, which she did a great job with. (Maybe that’s how they work) She, Nikki, was great! Very personable and friendly. Chef did not seem too personable, but maybe because he was sick. Would have worked with them to figure out something rather than have him expose our family to any illness. Overall we would work with them again.
Chef DerekChef Derek
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