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Frequently Asked Questions

What does my personal chef do?

The chef will plan, shop for and prepare your meal. In most cases, the chef will prepare the meal in your kitchen. However, many chefs offer drop-off services as well.  At your option, the chef will also serve the meal.

How much advance notice is required to book an event?

Ideally, allow at least 48 hours to get competitive bids from personal chefs. This gives the chef optimal time to bid on and shop for your customized in-home events.

What do I need to provide?

If the chef is preparing meals on-site, you will need to provide the chef with a full kitchen, to include a stove, oven, refrigerator and sink. For events for 12 or fewer people, you will also typically provide dishes and flatware. For larger events, chefs may coordinate with rental services.

What can I expect on the day of the event?

To help your event go smoothly, we suggest the following:

  • Show up when you say you will. Both chefs and hosts should be on-time, as scheduled.
  • Hosts should provide the personal chef with a tidy, clutter-free space to work in.
  • Chefs are expected to leave the host’s kitchen the way they found it.
  • Use respectful language with one another. Try not to use language that makes others around you uncomfortable.
  • Do not let personal calls or text messages interfere with the service being provided.

If the hosted event is for persons under age 18, an adult should be present at all times when the chef is on premises.

How much does it cost to hire a personal chef?

The cost to hire a personal chef is as diverse as the chefs themselves but generally the meal is similar in price to an equivalent restaurant meal. For more information on the factors that drive costs, read our How Much Does a Personal Chef Cost article.

What’s the difference between a personal chef and a private chef?

Although these terms are often used interchangeably, a private chef typically works for one client at a time and is usually paid a salary. A personal chef works for several clients at a time.

How do I make a change to an event I already booked?

Once your event is purchased and booked, work with your selected personal chef to address any requested changes.