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Recent Cooking reviews

"Jessie did an awesome job and I'd highly recommend her for any jobs. Will definitely be asking for Jessie's help again."

Meal prep mainly + clean 1 bed apartment

$75

"Great communication. Cake was beautiful and tasted even better! Would recommend Ms. R without hesitation."

1st Birthday cake

$150

"Nice cake, great service "

Cake for tomorrow

$50

"Yvonne did an absolutely fantastic job! She even sent me photos of ideas for my daughters birthday cake. The finished product made my 6 year old so happy and tasted so delicious!!! Yvonne is so lovely too. Highly recommended. Thank you!"

Bake kids birthday cake

$50

"Madison did a great job on my little boys bday cake. Very professional and plenty of communication, which I felt confident that the cake would be amazing. Thanks Madison I’ll be using you again "

Pastry chef required for birthday cake

$100

"Very happy with the job. Vincent is very punctual and reliable. My customers were pleased with his service. Thank you again! "

Deliver fitness meals to homes

$25

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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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.


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.

Baking
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

Private chef for dinner for 2

$400

Clayton VIC, Australia

22nd Jun 2022

I'm after a private chef to cook at my home a dinner for myself and my partner for her birthday. I'm open to menu ideas, but we do like our meat (especially barbeque), carbs (pizza, risotto) and desserts. We're after the novelty of having this done in front of us while eating some high quality, fun food. - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 8 October 2022

Bake a small halal friendly cake for 4-6 people&deliver in Terrigal

$50

Terrigal NSW, Australia

21st Jun 2022

Need a cake to be baked for anniversary surprise. Small size like for 4-6 people and deliver it to the hotel reception . - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, July 2, 2022

Home chef for healthy meal prep

$100

Sunnybank Hills QLD, Australia

18th May 2022

Looking for someone to cook lunches and dinners as meal prep for two people. About 4 days worth of meals. Healthy meals (Quote is for your time only, I will do the grocerry shopping in advance). - Due date: Needs to be done on Sunday, 22 May 2022

Rena was on time and absolutely meticulous in her meal prep for us. She's a good communicator and the food was divine.

Need someone to do cooking lesson for our client

$150

Cockatoo VIC 3781, Australia

12th May 2022

We need someone that can host a cooking lesson for 2 hours every 2 weeks at our respite house in Cockatoo for our NDIS clients. - Due date: Flexible

Very professional and our client enjoys session with her

Face painting for kids

$100

Moorooka QLD, Australia

26th Apr 2022

Hello, We are doing baby shower on apr 30 this Saturday, can you quote how much u charge hourly and if you are available on that day. Timings- april 30 anywhere between 1pm-4pm

Did an amazing job, kids loved it. Thanks jessica

3-4 weeks of Healthy Meal prep

$150

Craigieburn VIC, Australia

9th Apr 2022

Hi Julia, My wife is planning to undergo a surgery around end May. I was looking at someone to cook up a healthy and nutritious meals for a family of 4. Mostly Vegeterian but 2 people (not my wife) eat Chicken and Fish as well occasionally. Happy to understand how you can help and the cost involved. Cheers Atul

Prompt Service

1st Birthday celebration decoration

$400

Parramatta NSW, Australia

22nd Jun 2022

My son’s birthday is on 22nd july. . We are planning for wild one theme. Open to any other theme suggestions. We are looking for wild one theme props for hire and it will be great if they can deliver and decorate the venue. - Due date: Before Friday, 22 July 2022

Cake maker

$120

St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia

21st Jun 2022

I am looking for a lovely vanilla cake for my daughter 21st birthday. I would like to see some photos of cakes that the person has done. - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 2 July 2022

21st birthday cake

$150

Ivanhoe VIC, Australia

17th May 2022

Hi all! I need a birthday cake made for Saturday night-my budget is 100-150 and I need it delivered to ivanhoe I have added some photos of the style of cake I’m after with an added 21st decorative sign on top

Amy was able to create the most beautiful & tasty cake in very short notice! sooo pleased I found her x

Birthday cake for my daughter

$120

Docklands VIC 3008, Australia

12th May 2022

Hi, I'm looking to order a birthday cake for my daughter's birthday in 2 weeks. I have a rough idea how I want the cake. The theme is The Wiggles, I've all the figurines. Don't need a big or tall one but enough to feed the kids, around 10 of them. This is the amount I can afford (can negotiate a little but limited budget). I may need delivery and understand there is delivery charges (I'll pay up to $30 for this).

Good communication and lovely cake, thank you!

Homemade 2 year old boys birthday cake

$70

Surry Hills NSW, Australia

13th Apr 2022

A “Cookie Monster” (Sesame Street) design homemade Vanilla cake

Cas created an awesome (Cookie Monster) cake for my son’s 2nd birthday celebration. She also made my day when she told me she could create individual part bags for the birthday guests too. (Included homemade cookies and also took the time to personalised my son’s name on the front of the gift bags) Definitely will be contacting her again for my kids next birthday!!!:)

Cake 60th birthday

$150

Carrum Downs VIC, Australia

5th Apr 2022

Need a cake by this Friday morning for my mums 60th. Chocolate with ganache filling. Australian native flowers.

Looks amazing 🤩

Decorate a hall for a birthday party in September

$300

Stanhope Gardens NSW 2768, Australia

23rd Jun 2022

Need a backdrop and ballon decoration, cake stands and centre piece decorations with table and chair decorations, including centrepieces. In a reasonable price. Because its in a community hall, need to come and clean up after 11 as well. We will be there cleaning up as well. - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 3 September 2022

KUNG FU PANDA Cake - as per the picture

$400

Double Bay NSW, Australia

22nd Jun 2022

KUNG FU PANDA CAKE AS PER THE PICTURE - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 25 June 2022

Bake and decorate 40 Pokémon cookies

$80

Sans Souci NSW, Australia

31st May 2022

I need 40 Pokémon cookies baked and decorated for my son’s birthday party on June 11. I have 4 x Pokémon cookie cutters for you to use which can be picked up from Sans Souci. Must be delivered to Sans Souci on Friday June 10.

Ellie did an absolutely awesome job! I highly recommend her for any cookies. The request was very specific, making Pokemon cookies and they arrived, individually wrapped, beautifully decorated and at the right time! I’m very happy. Thanks Ellie.

Meal prep - 2.5 hrs

$75

Cooroy QLD, Australia

16th May 2022

Hi everyone, Looking for someone to cook 3 meals I’m looking for someone to meal prep and grocery shop for me (I’ll pay for the groceries obviously). Please bring your meal ideas, I’ll bring my kitchen. I’m not super fancy but enjoy a decently cooked meal. This will hopefully be a weekly task.

Great job, thanks

Waitstaff x2needed

$270

Caringbah NSW, Australia

5th May 2022

3x waitstaff needed for christening. 12-4pm Price for x2 waitstaff - $270 - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 7 May 2022

Thank you Patricia and Francisco for your services as waitstaff at our event! Highly recommend!

Wedding Cake Cutting

$150

Seven Hills NSW, Australia

12th Apr 2022

I need someone to cut a weeding cake during a ceremony , the cake will be approx 110 pieces and put on individual plates on a table. Total time needed approx 30 minutes . - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 23 April 2022

Amazing 🤩 thank you so much