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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 Houston personal chefs
Greg D.
Chef Roy was very professional, skilled, and pleasant to have in our home. I hired him to prepare a private dinner for my wife and I on Valentine's Day. The entire meal was excellent and the evening was lovely. I highly recommend Chef Roy to those considering his services as a personal chef.
Catered Comforts Personal Chef and CateringCatered Comforts Personal Chef and Catering
Verna T.
The Chef did an In-depth review of my requirements and I know i’m in excellent hands. She questions and listens to ensure we have mutual understanding of food, cost and delivery. The menu Chef created is inline with requirements of my medical needs and personal taste. Chef Trenica Ashley IS MY FOOD DOCTOR.
Croissant Ville Boutique Style CateringCroissant Ville Boutique Style Catering
Krista H.
Had a wonderful evening in my home with Chris as our personal chef. Very easy to work with and accommodated everyone from vegetarians to non seafood eaters, etc.
Chef Chris JayChef Chris Jay
Thumbtack Customer
On my 8th wedding anniversary I hired Chef Roy to provide his services as a personal chef in my home. Chef Roy was punctual, pleasant, helpful, professional, personable, patient and and all around joy to be around. He prepared an awesome meal for my husband and I to no only enjoy but experince, taking special caution for someone with a picky palet, like myself. I am definitely looking forward to enjoying another meal in the near future prepared by the amazing chef Roy .
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LaQuitta G.
Chef Roy Martin was our first personal chef! And he was the best! We enjoyed having him in our home! The food was delicious! My husband and I ate everything on our plate. Very down to earth professional peoples person we are definitely going to hire him for our next event!!!
Catered Comforts Personal Chef and CateringCatered Comforts Personal Chef and Catering
Raven N.
Chef Keif did an amazing job preparing brunch for my friends and I. He was on time and provided everything need to cook and serve the meal- pots, pan, serving dishes, plates, utensils, etc. He also left the kitchen spotless. My friends couldn’t stop complementing how professional is was and raving about the shrimp & grits and the French toast. If you need a personal chef, look no further. Book Chef Keif
Keif's CateringKeif's Catering
Thumbtack Customer
It was our first time with a personal chef and it was a great experience. He even left us with some of his cooking tools! (On accident, but If you want them back we may have to trade for chocolate mousse!!)
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Brandi S.
Chef Keif was great! Very personal and respectful young man. The food was fantastic! I really appreciated him responding to me last minute as a surprise for my wife.. I would recommend him to anyone..
Keif's CateringKeif's Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Roy is an absolute life saver, literally. I needed to find a personal chef for my 86 year old father in law who has one kidney and is facing some medical challenges. I was determined to find a chef who understands the medical needs and who has the culinary chops to cook AND deliver delicious and nutritious meals. Roy goes above and beyond his role as a chef by taking time to listen and make sure my father in law is pleased with his meals. I live out of town and can't express enough how invaluable, delightful and professional Ron is. Lastly, he is working directly with the Nephrologists' registered nutritionist to receive feedback and her approval on the menus. Too good to be true? He is.....don't hesitate to use Roy for any personal chef services. I am so thankful to Thumbtack, too. With confidence and extreme satisfaction, katherine b.
Catered Comforts Personal Chef and CateringCatered Comforts Personal Chef and Catering
Saroosh L.
It was my first time going with a personal chef and my family had such a great experience! She worked with me on the menu and was really professional throughout the entire process. The food was delicious - we had brunch for about 20 people and everyone loved it! Will definitely be using her services in the future.
Cecilia's Kitchen CateringCecilia's Kitchen Catering
Thumbtack Customer
Good chef, efficient, orderly and prompt. A very pleasant person who tried to listen to our stringent requirements. We should have written out a monthly menu according to our personal tastes and pallets to see if it was a match. We would definitely use the service for large catering events in the future.
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
Thorough review- tasting and actual event. I had the pleasure of hiring Chef Roy for my first personal chef experience for my Wife and I's anniversary. Based on his great reviews and thorough quote response, I decided to request a tasting for his shrimp creole. Chef Roy arrived on time, professional, and seemed to love the art of cooking. I didn't think I would finish the generous sample tasting (free of charge BTW) but by the time we finished chatting, there was no more to take home! Fresh shrimp and vegetables. I hired him right on the spot and we began shaping the menu. I wanted my wife to have a little bit of everything, so I ordered his crab stuffed mushrooms, seafood gumbo, shrimp creole, and three desserts. The day of the event, Chef Roy arrived 1.5hr ahead of scheduled dinner time to prepare. He allowed us to have personal conversation while he prepared our meal which was great. As a complimentary thank you for our business, Chef Roy prepared boudin balls as an appetizer. Sooo good! Sadly, we didn't have room for desserprofessional! comment on that! We plan to eat it tomorrow :) He used gloves and lightly cleaned as he went along. Very personable, yet professional. Great experience!
Catered Comforts Personal Chef and CateringCatered Comforts Personal Chef and Catering
Thumbtack Customer
AJ is a great personal chef! He's really taken to time to understand my tastes in food and has tailored the dishes to satisfy my palate. All of his meals are very healthy and fresh. He's made the best salmon that I've ever had, the greens and vegetable are fantastic, and the deserts are incredible. I always look forward to trying AJ's new dishes.
Red Dot CuisineRed Dot Cuisine
Thumbtack Customer
Chef Lionel and his server did an outstanding job as a private chef for my wife birthday dinner. We normally entertain with one of us doing the cooking and this time we wanted to enjoy time with our guest so we hired a personal Chef. I was prepared for him to have prepped all the food in his own kitchen and just reheat for us, but was pleasantly surprised when he did all the work from scratch right in front of us using local ingredients. He is very personable and professional and we and our guest love the show, the conversation about the local food and the meal was 5 Star restaurant quality. They served, bus and left the kitchen spot less after it was all over. If you have never done anything like this, I would highly recommend you do and also use Chef Lionel. The price would have been about the same as taking all our guest to a very nice restaurant.
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Johnene B.
Wow! Where go I begin? Chef Kay Dee came to the rescue at the last minute when another chef canceled on us, but after taking a look at photos from previous events, I was excited to try her dishes. We booked her for two events. On Friday, we had a ladies night and the next morning we had brunch at the Safari Jungle Airbnb in Houston. Let me just tell you that EVERYTHING was fantastic! I wish I could just hire her as a personal chef at my home! Her cheeseburger sliders were my number one , but choosing that one feels so wrong because everything was equally good! I’ve never understood the word foodgasm until I savored every bite! You will not go wrong if you book her! Thank you again Chef Kay Dee! If you’re in Houston for any event and you don’t book her, you’ll be kicking yourself when you realize your chef didn’t measure up to half of what she can do! She’s really good! If I could give a 10/10, she’d have it!
Kay Dee’s Kitchen and Catering Co.Kay Dee’s Kitchen and Catering Co.
Thumbtack Customer
Wow! I couldn't have asked for a better experience, absolutely everything was percent . My husband was coming from over seas after a month so I wanted to surprise him with personal chef for dinner . But his 2 of him businesses partners came as well , and he was even offering them water and being very polite and respectful. He said ' don't worry you relax I got it " and it was my guest!!!! How amazing. And a amazing person. Don't unusually write reviews but I couldn't thank him enough
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