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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 good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
Reviews for Dallas chefs
Thumbtack Customer
Matt did a fabulous job, was personable, and excellent chef. went smoothly nad professionally. Hiring a chef, and getting Matt, made more sense than i could have ever imagined.
Matt Reddick Personal ChefMatt Reddick Personal Chef
Rebecca S.
Chef Jared cooked a delicious meal for us at the Airbnb we rented for a 12 person Bachelorette party. He was easy to work with and professional. And the food was delicious!!! (Strawberry ice cream was to die for). It was so nice to not have to worry about being in the kitchen while entertaining, and Chef Jared even did all of the cleanup. HIGHLY recommend hiring Chef Jared!
JaredPierre Private Chef and CateringJaredPierre Private Chef and Catering
John W.
Everything was great!! Chef Cassy’s fried collard greens are amazing!
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Ariel C.
Chef Bizz created an amazing dinner for my husband’s birthday dinner. Everything was absolutely delicious! He took care of everything and all we had to do was sit back and enjoy the experience. Chef Bizz even cleaned the used kitchen space and dishes before he left! We were extremely impressed with the overall experience and are looking forward to working with Chef Bizz again!
Kreated by Chef BizzKreated by Chef Bizz
Chantelle s.
I meant to write this sooner but Chef Bizz was amazing. I surprised my fiancé with the dinner I’m which Chef Bizz exceeded my expectations with the food and the cocktails. My fiancé still talks about it to this day. Highly recommend!
Kreated by Chef BizzKreated by Chef Bizz
Reggie B.
Awesome chef! Well spoken and def knows what he is doing in the kitchen!!!!
DaChef ShadigidyDaChef Shadigidy
ML / JP S.
Chef Khanh did a great job - we will use him again for sure !
Chef Khanh Fine DiningChef Khanh Fine Dining
Michelle C.
We had the best night ever!! Food was incredible! Chef Bizz is the greatest.
Kreated by Chef BizzKreated by Chef Bizz
Jason p.
Chef Ely was amazing! She made our evening very special. The food was incredibly delicious! Her service and eye for detail in regards to the cuisine was outstanding! She was great from the planning to the plating We would highly recommend Chef Ely!
Dine RepublicDine Republic
Joel M.
Chef Cassy is a pro. Excellent food, preparation and professionalism. a joy to have in our home.
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Shirley B.
Da Chef was excellent. He really listened to my vision and made it come to life. The food was 10 stars!
DaChef ShadigidyDaChef Shadigidy
Rajesh S.
Roger and the Soiree Chef Group are simply outstanding. We cannot say enough good things about the care they took with respect to the arrangements, special dietary needs, execution on the day of the event and the kindness, courtesy and good humor with which they provided their services. Also, the quality of the food is exceptional. The savory item menu was prepared in detail consultation with us, and the presentation of the items was aesthetically very sophisticated. The pastry chef's creations are divine. We would recommend the Soiree Chef Group with great enthusiasm and look forward to working with them in the near future. KS and RS, Dallas
Soiree Chef GroupSoiree Chef Group
Erika R.
Chef Bizz is great to work with. Food, presentation and timeliness were on point. We’ll be using his services in the near future.
Kreated by Chef BizzKreated by Chef Bizz
Mike M.
DaChef was amazing. From helping select a menu to executing dinner. He created a beautiful souvenir menu with great graphics on it. We had a Caribbean theme and he knocked it out the park! The food was amazing full of flavored perfectly seasoned… And Chef was incredibly entertaining. He made our anniversary perfect. I would highly recommend DaChef to anyone looking for a personal chef!
DaChef ShadigidyDaChef Shadigidy
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Cassy was a true professional throughout the process - proactive communication, providing options based on my budget, arranging details for logistics...and, of course, preparing a delicious meal that my entire group thoroughly enjoyed! She was also a delight to have at the event and answered questions about the cuisine and her experience at the State Fair. Definitely recommend and would not hesitate to work with Chef Cassy again!
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Sekoyah E.
This was my first time hiring a personal chef and I had an amazing experience. I will definitely hire him again for my events , the food was AMAZING 🤩
DaChef ShadigidyDaChef Shadigidy
Gregory P.
I use Thumb Tack across the country and have used private chef services for years. Dozare is a gem! Her food quality and professionalism is top notch. Moreover, she has the personality of someone that you want to have dinner with (literally) so my dinner party asked her to join us at the table. If you’re looking for great food and a professional chef - I fully recommend her services with no reservations.
Cooking the DetailsCooking the Details
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Cassy was amazing to work with and exceeded our expectations! The food was yummy and artfully presented. She understood our vision for the party and enhanced it! We highly recommend her.
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Maria E.
We loved our personal chef experience with Chef Luke. We hired him for our wedding dinner, just 7 people (one of which was a vegetarian). Choosing the menu, and Luke's proposal for each course was customized and delicious, it was also very easy to accommodate the menu for our vegetarian guest. Every dish was extraordinarily well executed, and everyone loved it! Highly recommend him and would definitely work with him again for other projects!
LK CulinaryLK Culinary
Thumbtack Customer
We chose Chef Cassy to cater a grand opening party in our office and she did a great job. She was very accommodating and flexible with handling my last-minute requests. Everything was set up and displayed beautifully. Chef Cassy is very professional and was able to handle everything with little direction, which allowed me extra time to tend to other matters. The food was great – everyone especially loved her quesadillas.
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Elaine V.
Chef Brian prepared a wonderful NYE dinner for 9 of us. He was responsive from our initial call and help plan and fully execute an delicious 5 course meal. He made a beautiful cheese board, a delicious gruyere hors d’oeurvre, and a stunning flambé dessert. All of our guests were impressed with the quality of the raw ingredients as well as the delicious finished product. Our kitchen was spotless when he left. Highly recommend! Thanks Chef Brian!
Brian DietzBrian Dietz
Michelle D.
Chef Cassy is a very nice person and easy to work with. I was conducting a working lunch at a hospital with some of the hospital management. She was punctual, professional and everyone thought her meal was absolutely delicious!
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
Bailey T.
Khanh was amazing! The food was outstanding... flexible with the menu, understanding with mat minute likes/dislikes. I wasn’t sure of what to expect from a personal chef- well he excepted all expectations!
Chef Khanh Fine DiningChef Khanh Fine Dining
Star l.
Chef was late resulting in our dinner starting over 1 hour later than scheduled. The entree was delicious; however, the dessert had a lumpy texture due to lack of enough time to prepare properly.
Cooking the DetailsCooking the Details
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I hired Chef Cassy for the preparation and service of a 3-hour, buffet-style brunch for 25 people in our home. Strong Points - Food was delicious. People loved the unique fried collard greens. Fried chicken was also delish. - Overall strong presentation and professionalism – Chef Cassy wore her chef's attire, her assistant was dressed all in black; both were very client service oriented (e.g. adapted to a minor last minute request easily); catered to the guests and the room by regularly refilling glasses and cleaning the tables; and had great positive energy. It's important for us to have people in our presence/ home with whom we can vibe, who are pleasant, and positive. - Kitchen spotless at the end of the job - Chef Cassy worked to have the pricing accommodate our budget. We ended up spending a little more than we wanted to, but thought that it was a reasonable total price. Areas for Improvement: - Food service (buffet style) could probably have been streamlined with pre-arrival food preparation. The delays were manageable and not really noticed by our guests (who were chatting, drinking, etc.) but it could have been smoother. - Had I known people were going to love the food so much (especially the chicken) I would have ordered more... most guests went back for seconds. Chef Cassy should have told me how amazing the food would be so I’d known to order extra!
Chef Cassy's CreationsChef Cassy's Creations
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