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How Much Does a Personal Chef Cost?

 
 average costMedium: Typically $240-$550 per meal 
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A personal chef is usually employed by multiple clients. They typically work with clients on a weekly basis, planning, purchasing ingredients and preparing complete meals in advance. Many personal chefs have culinary training or extensive experience in the food service industry.

Typical costs:

  • Personal chefs typically charge based on the number of meals prepared in a given week or by the amount of time spent preparing a more-elaborate meal. For example, Natural Kitchen Chef[1] charges $150-$250, depending on the number of recipes used, for a meal that feeds four to six individuals. Chef Victoria[2] , a Southern California personal chef, charges $265-$395, depending on the number of meals prepared and the family size being served.
  • Grocery shopping costs are generally not included in the base charges. The Brown Bag[3] personal chef service charges $90-$150 per grocery shopping trip. Lucia's Personal Chef Service, which served Florida, estimates grocery costs at $75-$175 per cook date.
What should be included:
  • A personal chef service typically includes weekly delivery of a set number of meals. Oftentimes, a personal chef will work with the client to offer nutrition and health information and options.
Additional costs:
  • Personal chefs often charge for the containers used to bring over prepared meals.
  • A delivery fee is often applied to customer to cover fuel expenses. A delivery fee of $25-$40 is standard. For example, The Brown Bag[4] personal chef service charges clients $40 per month for delivery.
  • Personal chefs generally expect to be able to use a client's kitchen, although some chefs allow use of their commercial kitchen. For example, Conscious Creations Catering[5] charges $25-$50 for use of the company's commercial kitchen.
  • Some personal chefs require an initial deposit for their services. This often is a portion of the total bill.
Discounts:
  • Some chefs will offer discounts on initial orders to allow for clients to try out a personal chef's services and cooking style.
  • Websites such as Groupon[6] and LivingSocial[7] often offer deals on personal chefs.
Shopping for a personal chef:
  • The American Personal and Private Chef Association offer a state-by-state chef finder tool[8] and a list of questions to ask a prospective personal chef[9] .
  • The United States Personal Chef Association offers a searchable directory of personal chefs[10] and tips for hiring one[11] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.nkchef.com/chefServices_personal.php
  2.  www.chefvictorias.com/#!personal-chef-pricing-packages/c109h
  3.  www.thebrownbag-personalchef.com/personal_chef
  4.  www.thebrownbag-personalchef.com/personal_chef
  5.  www.conscious-creations.org/conscious_creations_chef_service_pricing.html
  6.  www.groupon.com/wichita?z=skip
  7.  www.livingsocial.com/
  8.  personalchefsearch.com/
  9.  www.personalchef.com/personal_chef_faq_hire_a_chef.php#.UeWBI43VCjM
  10.  www.hireachef.com/search/
  11.  hireachef.com/guide.html
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