How much does a personal chef cost?

Price gude

£150 - £300

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£150

median

£175

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£300

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Are you thinking of hosting a private dinner party and aren't exactly skilled in the kitchen? Are you tired of food delivery, too? Here’s a wild idea for you: Why not ask a personal chef to prepare your meals for an extravagant party?

Hiring a personal chef might be an intimidating concept. The thing is, it isn't as expensive as you might think. It’s a step up from having a cook but without the big dent in your wallet. Personal chef prices vary because of hourly and daily rates. 

Usually, you can choose service packages, which cost £150 to £300 per day per day for a small, straightforward party. But really, prices depend on the number of courses and attendees. Add-ons to existing packages will, of course, cost extra.

The good thing is that it's effortless to hire a personal chef to prepare your food! What’s even better? This guide will discuss how much it costs to have a personal chef to help you make an informed decision. Make sure that you get what your money’s worth!

Package

Estimated cost per guest

Basic

(Perfect for any occasion)

£25 to £50

Deluxe
(Gourmet experience)

£75 to £215

Premium

(Michelin dining)

£200 to £300

a chef pouring sauce on a vegetable dish

Why should I hire a personal chef? 

Okay, you might be wondering why it’s better to hire a personal chef instead of eating out or cooking for yourself. Here are a few reasons:

  • It’s at the comfort of your own home.
  • You can avoid undue stress.
  • The menu is ready. You just have to choose what best fits you.
  • All preparations are precise.
  • The personal chef can cater to your food requests so that allergies won’t be a problem.

What factors affect personal chef costs?

Now that you know why hiring a personal chef is better, it’s good to understand its cost factors. That way, you know what party or event to plan and the right person to get the job done. 

  • Food type. Knowing the menu beforehand will help you estimate the cost of hiring a personal chef. Usually, family barbecues are cheaper than gourmet meals or even Michelin-caliber dining. Gourmet meals and Michelin dining usually need more preparation than straightforward barbecue parties. Your dessert might require an extra baker.
  • Experience type. Related to the cuisine you want is the dining experience. Do you prefer a formal sit-down dinner or a buffet? How many courses do you want to offer? You might need additional help, like a waiter or sommelier, or perhaps an entire catering crew to give you the experience you're looking for. 
  • The number of attendees. The number of attendees will have a significant impact on the cost. Most quotes include a headcount of the guests so that the crew or chef can determine the amount of food they have to prepare for the event. 
  • The season. Some dishes are suitable for particular seasons. For example, people usually enjoy relaxed get-togethers full of Spanish food in summer. On the other hand, indoor events with warm desserts are appropriate in winter. 
  • Your location. Many raw materials and ingredients are dependent on the respective region's market prices. This will affect the fees of your chef. The abundance or scarcity of personal chefs can also increase your total expenses.

Personal chef packages and their costs

Given all these, you have to know that most personal chefs offer packages for their services, as listed below:

Basic

This is perfect for any occasion and is usually ideal for a large group of people. Think of barbecues and grill nights with the family but slightly lusher. This is the most casual package.

It includes one main course (like grilled meat, steak, sausages), many sides like coleslaw and mashed potatoes, and a good set of desserts. It costs £25 to £50 per guest. 

Deluxe

If you want an intimate night with a small group of people, the deluxe package might be perfect. Deluxe packages offer a gourmet experience, including appetisers, starter courses, main courses, and desserts. For approximately £75 to £215 per guest, this can be the ideal package. 

Premium

Premium packages are for extraordinary occasions and are ideal for couples. Perhaps you want to propose to your significant other? Or maybe it’s your anniversary?

This package includes a Michelin-caliber dining experience, covering appetisers, starters, middle and main course, and dessert. Of course, since you’ll have a luxurious experience, it comes at a heftier price: £200 to £300 per guest.

a personal chef garnishing a salad

Additional factors that will cost you extra

These things will cost you extra when hiring a personal chef:

  • Delivery and sourcing of raw ingredients
  • Dietary restrictions of guests
  • Additional people/support the chef will need
  • Special food requests
  • The number of courses

Getting ready to book a personal chef

Now that we’ve covered the basics, it’s safe to say you’re ready for your next fabulous party with a personal chef. Here are a few tips for filling out your listing on Airtasker:

  • First, determine the theme of your event. Plan the details as much as you can. What type of food do you want, how many people will attend, etc.
  • Second, it’s best to do your research. Look and ask around – reach out to as many Taskers available. This will help you compare quotes and determine which offer is the most cost-efficient. 
  • Third, post a Task on Airtasker. Be as detailed as you can be. Include dietary restrictions, food preferences – the whole lot.
  • Fourth, sit back and wait for a willing Tasker to reply to your post!

Price gude

£150 - £300

low

£150

median

£175

high

£300

Low, median and high bar chart distribuiton

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FAQs

Don't worry about transporting the actual meals because the personal chef will cook them right in front of you, in your kitchen. This way, you can watch and observe how they prepare your food.

Always look at their credentials. Ask if they’re part of a guild or an association because these organisations usually have strict processes.

The short answer is no. After preparing your meals, the personal chef will ensure that your kitchen is in top condition. And it’s natural for the personal chef to clean the kitchen before starting their job.

Don't worry about transporting the actual meals because the personal chef will cook them right in front of you, in your kitchen. This way, you can watch and observe how they prepare your food.

The short answer is no. After preparing your meals, the personal chef will ensure that your kitchen is in top condition. And it’s natural for the personal chef to clean the kitchen before starting their job.

Always look at their credentials. Ask if they’re part of a guild or an association because these organisations usually have strict processes.

It takes less than 2 minutes. And it's free.