So, you’re ready to hire a personal chef? Awesome! Personal chefs are used by individuals who want to make a special occasion spectacular and by busy professionals who just don’t have time to cook healthy meals every day. They are used by those with limited time or mobility, such as new mothers or those recovering from surgery. Some hire chefs for birthday parties, anniversaries, holiday events or vacation rentals (think bachelorette party!). Whatever your need, this article helps to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about personal chef services.
What services are included when I hire a personal chef?
The chef will plan a menu for the occasion, shop for all ingredients, prep in advance, and cook and serve your meals. You have the option of having the chef cook on-site—which is the ultimate chef experience as you and your guests can then talk with the chef about meal prep—or you can choose to have your food delivered. The chef will leave your kitchen as clean as it was before they arrived.
Is a personal chef affordable?
The service that a personal chef provides is comparable in price to the equivalent meal served in a restaurant. Of course, if you order a gourmet burger, the price will be significantly less than filet mignon and lobster. Prices will vary based on menu selections and the selected chef. But for an in-home event, you get to skip the upcharge for beverages or any corkage fees that you would pay in a restaurant. And, the convenience and experience of having a personal chef come to you is priceless.
>>Use our minimum budget calculator to find a recommended budget for your event.
Will a personal chef create dishes from my recipes?
If you have a recipe that you want the chef to prepare, be sure to share it with the chef when discussing menu options. Many chefs will want to purchase and prep all ingredients themselves to ensure that all food is properly handled per food safety requirements. Most chefs will happily prepare your recipe. But, keep in mind that one of the perks of having a personal chef is to be able to enjoy food prepared at home that you would not otherwise prepare yourself.
Is there an organic ingredient option?
Our personal chefs will create a personalized menu based on your preferences. This includes using all organic ingredients (if requested) or preparing meals for special diets (like vegan, ketogenic or or low-sodium). A personal chef will also make adjustments to recipes based on your dietary restrictions or food allergies.
When and where are meals prepared?
While meals can be prepared on-site or delivered, we highly recommend having meals prepared on-site. Our chefs have keen culinary knowledge and love to share their passion for creating delicious food with others. Having a personal chef prepare meals on-site will leave your guests with a memorable experience. The chef will work with you to set up an arrival time. Depending on the menu, arrival times can be two to four hours before the meal is to be served. Larger events (such as weddings) may require an earlier arrival time.
How much advance notice does the chef need?
Ideally, we like at least 48 hours to give you competitive bids from personal chefs. However, we have been able to find chefs for clients with as little as 24 hours notice. Keep in mind that personal chefs often book earlier for weekend and holiday events.
Now that you are in-the-know, go out there and hire your personal chef. You can get competitive bids from chefs on our service request page.