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Lottie was great! Flexible with our task, friendly and easy going, definitely recommend!

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The food was amazing and she was so friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend!

I need simple Indian home cooking


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Cooking is one of those skills that takes a moment to learn but a lifetime to master. Those who choose to master it over a lifetime are generally highly sought after, and for good reason.

Whether you’re a catering company who needs a chef to help serve up food at a gala event, a restaurant who requires the short term assistance of a chef while they search for a long term staffer, or perhaps even a hopeless romantic who wants to engage the services of a private chef to make an anniversary particularly special, you can now gain access to a huge amount of talent, and all at the click of a button.

Simply tell us about the job that you’d like the chef to do and suggest what you’d be willing to pay, and you’ll soon begin to receive offers from available chefs. Each chef comes with ratings and detailed reviews of their previous work, so you can be confident that your chosen hire will be able to produce the sort of quality food that you require.

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Top Cooking related questions

Professional cooks usually have previous kitchen experience or qualifications. They’re paid to prepare food, either in a commercial environment, in people’s homes as a personal cook, or they may work from their own kitchen at home.

Yes. Most cooks specialise in a particular type of cooking, like baking, seafood, gluten-free, vegan, steaming, frying, or even a particular cuisine.

A professional cook doesn’t necessarily need any set qualifications, but it’s common for professional chefs to hold a certificate or have some work experience in a professional kitchen.

Professional cooks can give you a restaurant quality meal but in the comfort (and convenience) of your own home. If you’re hosting a dinner party, it means you can spend more time with your guests and minimise the clean up afterwards.

This will depend on whether your cook is assembling the meal at your place or at theirs. Generally, private catering chefs will bring all the ingredients, along with any specific appliances they need. However, they may use your basic utensils and servingware.

The price for a professional or personal cook is usually between $70-$200 when you hire through Airtasker. It could be more or less than this, depending on how many people they need to cater for, the cost of ingredients, and the time it’ll take them to prepare the meal.

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What do cooking services include?

You can hire a cook to provide food for a range of meals and occasions, from home cooking and meal prep to specialty cooking and even dinner party catering. You can arrange cooking services to happen in your own kitchen or your cook can bring the food ready-prepared. Your chef will take care of everything from buying ingredients to cleaning up. Here’s what you can expect depending on your cooking service:

Home cooking
Want fresh meals in your home? Your home chef can either offer regular home cooking services where they cook multiple nights per week, or provide a one-off meal if you just need occasional help. Your private chef will ask if you have any food preferences or intolerances, how many people they need to cook for, and what appliances and equipment they can use. They’ll usually plan the meals ahead of time, purchase the ingredients, and freshly cook the meals in your kitchen, and then clean up before they go.

Want to impress your best friend with an amazing cake for her birthday party? Or perhaps it’s your turn to bring some baking to work for morning tea? Hire a pastry chef or professional baker to create a cake, biscuits, muffins, or something else tasty. They’ll ask you how many people you’re baking for, any flavour preferences, and any special decorations you’d like. Your baker will bake at their place and deliver the finished product to your home or office once it’s ready.

Dinner party chef
If you’re planning a dinner party with friends, why not hire a dinner party chef to help take all the stress out of hosting? Your professional cook will contact you to confirm the number of guests, what courses/canapes you’d like, and whether the event is formal or informal. They’ll usually prepare most of the food where the event is being held (whether at your home or at a venue) and clean up the kitchen after they’re done.

Specialty cooking
Cooking paleo, vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free can be a challenge, whether it’s for yourself, a family member, or for an event you’re catering. Fortunately, many cooks are experienced with a range of different food requirements, including food intolerances, special diets, and allergies. When you hire a cook, they’ll choose recipes and ingredients that are suitable, confirming any dietary requirements before they get started. They’ll be careful to avoid cross-contamination if they’re preparing alternative meals for certain members of your family or party.

Meal preparation & planning
If you struggle to come up with meal ideas and always find yourself short of time throughout the week, why not hire a cook to prep your meals for the week? Your personal cook will confirm how many meals you’d like, the number of people, and if you have any preferences. They’ll choose meals that keep well and are easy to store, and taste great fresh or reheated. They’ll either prepare the food in your kitchen (cleaning up afterwards) or drop your freshly prepared meals off when they’re done, packaged and ready for the fridge or freezer.

Recent Cooking tasks

Christening and first birthday cake (2 cakes for 1 event)


Fitzroy VIC, Australia

15th Jul 2024

Hello, I am looking for someone to do 2 x cakes for my event on 7th of September. The cakes will need to be delivered to Fitzroy in the morning. One for Christening another for 1st birthday. Similar to the attached but not exact colours. Might need to do a little bit more decoration but would like to stick to this shape. We will have around 80 people so there can be fake base but I'd like to stick to this shape and this size. Please send example of your work and offers including delivery to Fitzroy. Thank you :)

Home cooked low calorie meals and snacks


Sunshine VIC, Australia

14th Jul 2024

Looking for someone who has experience in/small business in creating simple snacks and meals that help fuel and nourish. Ideally low calorie and high protein. At the moment I have time to make a nutritious breakfast and dinner but struggle to make consistent lunch that is of same nutritional value. Open to sweet and savoury, love chilly and very open to all foods. Pick up or delivery .

Simple Indian Cooking lessons, Private home, Hawthorn. Flexible hours


Hawthorn VIC, Australia

14th Jul 2024

We would like a kind, patient person to teach our 24 year old daughter some basic Indian cookery skills. Flexible days-times. Tuesday or Thursday evenings, or weekend. Thinking 2-3 hour sessions? Rate on next page for 3 hours. We will need an invoice.

Meal prep


Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

14th Jul 2024

Looking for someone to cook meals for our family and meal prep lunches. Ideally someone cooking in our home in Bulimba, once or twice a week. Wanting to work with you to meal plan healthy meals. Experience in clean eating meal prep wanted. Open to discuss and review budget and whether ingredients is included in price or provided.

Housekeeping services, laundry and ironing, occasional meal prep


Lane Cove North NSW, Australia

14th Jul 2024

We’re looking for someone to assist us with laundry and ironing and occasional meal prep

Baby Shower decor


Docklands VIC, Australia

14th Jul 2024

I need decor for my baby shower at the venue. Decor drop off, set up and wind up and pick up post the event.

Weekly meal prep


Brooklyn Park SA, Australia

13th Jul 2024

looking for an experienced cook to help with meal prep each week. ill supply all produce

Weekly/fortnightly Meal preparation


Kelso QLD, Australia

12th Jul 2024

Weekly/fortnightly Meal preparation.

Weekly meal prep & delivery


Middle Park VIC, Australia

23rd Jun 2024

Cook and meal prep for a week. Enough for 7 x healthy meals with fresh vegetables for one person. No dietary requirements but want to get more vegetables in my diet. Food that will stay good in the fridge for the week that can be reheated easily. Happy for meals to be repeated e.g. 3 different dishes to cover 7 meals. Price includes shopping for the groceries/ingredients. Deliver to Middle Park. If trial goes well would love an ongoing arrangement.

Christine was very accomodating!

Cooking meal prep/ house work


Bulimba QLD, Australia

16th Jun 2024

Meal prep - mince and veg Chicken and veg Omelettes Ironing and washing clothes Happy to work on hourly rate of $40 but have allowed 4 hours in todays I would be keen for something ongoing and I can work in with your availability going forward

Such a good person. Really did a great job and very friendly and polite to deal with

Bake a birthday cake


Potts Point NSW, Australia

9th Jun 2024

Bit of a last min request - need a cake baked and decorated for my partners 30th dinner tomorrow (Monday) night! It does have to be dairy free but everything else (including eggs) is totally fine. Basic decoration only (male) :). Something choc based would be ideal since he loves chocolate but open to suggestions too. I can collect!

Was so responsive and understanding when I wasn’t - made it easy thanks Freddy!

Meal preparation for single man living in melbourne cbd


Melbourne VIC, Australia

9th Jun 2024

Going through a busy period and I would like to outsource my meal preparation Would like dinners that I will eat at home 5 days a week and lunch 5 days a week but this will be on the road. Also open to breakfast My preference is fresh, healthy ingredients

Couldn’t be happier with the service

Need someone to decorate for hall for daughters baptism. .


Banksia NSW 2216, Australia

1st Jun 2024

Daughters baptism. Need to decorate hall and tables.

Faye did an amazing job with the balloon display for my daughter’s baptism. The design was stunning and matched our theme perfectly. She was professional, creative, and attentive to every detail. The balloons were a highlight of the event and received many compliments. Highly recommend her services!

Housekeeping, cleaning & meal prep


Eerwah Vale QLD, Australia

31st May 2024

Housekeeping, cleaning & meal prep to help in our busy family home. Monday and Friday mornings weekly, 4-5 hours per shift. $50 per hour. Attention to detail needed.

Madeleine was very lovely.

In house experienced chef for meal prep nutritious meals once a week


Glen Iris VIC, Australia

27th May 2024

Looking for a skilled chef to make and prepare weekly nutritional meals for a family of 5. If you are interested in creating delicious but well-balanced meals we'd love to hear from you. We are foodies in this house, and all about the flavours! This position is for one day a week. If you are interested, please contact us with a brief summary and references. Thankyou!

Really easy going, foods full of flavour .I look forward to working with Christine again

Photographed for baby cake smash


Bondi NSW, Australia

27th May 2024

My son has just turned one and I would like to take some cash smash photos for his birthday at my house

Book him! You will not be disappointed, Luis takes beautiful photos, is punctual and a great communicator. Highly recommend him for any photography work.

Need help meal prep Marley Spoon


Milsons Point NSW, Australia

24th May 2024

Ordered a box of Marley Spoon. Need someone to come to my home follow each recipe and cook 5 meals and put them into containers.

Antonia was excellent, great attention to detail, very experienced with cooking. Helped me meal prep for the week and did it meticulously well. Everything was left neat and tidy and the food was delicious!

Attach adhesive letters to glass for wedding sign


North Parramatta NSW, Australia

19th May 2024

I need adhesive letters placed into a glass mirror for a wedding sign Letters include “welcome to the wedding of Kevin & Ember” Letters supplied, windex and paper towel available but we do not supply anything else

Paulo was amazing!! He did our wedding sign for us and was available just an hour after I had requested it on air tasker. He is polite, punctual, did an amazing job with our wedding sign

Meal Prep 7 Meals


Sandringham VIC, Australia

28th Apr 2024

Looking for someone to do meal prep each week. 7 meals. Must be able to cook with meat and have previous experience doing this Price includes getting the food too Location drop off Sandringham

Amazing meals thank you 🙏🏻

Meal Prep & Deliver (10 per week to start with)


Kew East VIC, Australia

7th Apr 2024

Budget is for labour only and excludes groceries. Happy to reimburse for groceries on top of this. Looking for a long term solution as I'll be booking around 15-20 meals per week after the first run! Simple 3-5 ingredient recipe meal prepping weekly. I'm looking to build a routine to have some calories-controlled meals done weekly. Recipes will be supplied: eg 80g pasta, 100g barilla sauce, 16g cheese, olive oil. 2 recipes, 5 meals each. Deliver every Monday if possible. - Due date: Flexible

High recommend Rachel! Great communication and organisation for the task. She's also really attentive and goes above and beyond with each stage of preparation ☺️