Private chefs are well-sought after these days due to an increased interest in nutrition, functional medicine, and fitness. Hiring private chefs is not cheap, so for those who can afford it, they can enjoy the benefits of high-quality meals prepared fresh every day.
Usually, private chefs prepare two meals for the household: for breakfast and dinner. It is because it is common for people to eat out during lunch time because of school or work. Rates for private chefs vary depending on your location, the chef’s skills, the level of training, and experience.
To give you an idea of how expensive private chefs cost, here are some of the general rates around the New York area:
Buffet chef: buffet chefs are hired on a per-event basis. Hiring a chef costs at least $85 and that already includes six courses including dessert. All meal courses are prepared fresh on site.
One-event private chef: also hired on a per-event basis, it costs $125 per person to hire a one-event private chef. This rate usually includes four courses. All meal courses are prepared fresh on site.
Specialty chef: hired for special events, this kind of chef specializes in one area thus becoming the expert in this certain field. A favorite specialty chef is for wine pairings.
Daily rate: personal chefs hired on a daily basis charge around $500-$600 per day. This price includes professional service and food costs good for two meals per day.
Weekly rate: personal chefs hired on a weekly basis charge $2,500-$3,500 per week. This price includes professional service and food costs good for two meals per day.
Annual rate: personal chefs hired on a yearly basis charge at least $120,000 per year. This price includes professional service and food costs good for two meals per day.
You might wonder, why is it so expensive to hire a personal chef? And is there anything special with what they prepare?
To answer these questions, here is a sample meal created by a private chef:
Starter: Fillet Tips with Horseradish Cream. Made with red wine-marinated fillet tips, topped with horseradish cream made from Dijon mustard, kosher salt, fresh horseradish, sour cream, white wine vinegar, and freshly ground black pepper.
Soup: Zuppa Toscana. This soup is made with Italian sausage, russet potatoes, fresh chicken broth, fresh kale, heavy whipping cream, homemade bacon, and cayenne pepper and salt to taste.
Mains: Chicken Saltimbocca. This dish is made with chicken breast stuffed with five gourmet cheeses and prosciutto. This stuffed chicken is served over pasta (usually penne), fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes, and wine cream sauce. For a less caloric option, stir-fried vegetables are used instead of pasta.
Dessert: Coffee Crème Brûlée. When using the French recipe, it is usually made with heavy cream, brown sugar, egg yolks, vanilla bean, and Arabica coffee beans.
As you can see from the sample menu above, a personal chef does not just serve any dish. There are a certain artistry and skill sets involved to produce these kinds of meals, and so if you are passionate about food, love eating quality meals prepared fresh every day, and you have the budget for it, then hiring a personal chef is a good choice.
Other meals are prepared fresh in the chef’s kitchen and delivered to your home in time for your meals. Compared to hiring an in-house chef, registering with chefs to deliver your meals costs less. It is because the overhead costs for deliveries are less compared to having a chef travel to your home every day.
One famous personal chef’s delivery service offers the following options: for singles, for couples, for families, dinner only, and lunch and dinner only. Commitment is for at least one full week.
Here is a sample lunch menu prepared by a personal chef with home delivery services:
Starter: Garlic soy salad topped with seared teriyaki salmon strips, with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
Mains: Freshly made whole grain pasta with turkey meatballs, cooked in marinara and garlic sauce.
And here is a sample dinner menu:
Starter: Blackened lump crab cakes served with seasonal vegetables, topped with black pepper sauce.
Mains: Cuban grilled chicken, served with organic brown rice, mixed beans, and garbanzos.
As you can see, there is a slight difference as to what is prepared by in-house personal chefs compared to those who do meal deliveries. Meals prepared by in-house chefs are more unique, with more flair, and are plated well.
Personal chefs often prepare two to six-course meals. Signing up for more meals means pricier subscriptions. In-house personal chefs often prepare at least three-course meals. Those with delivery services often prepare at least two-course meals. Plating is more exquisite when an in-house personal chef prepares the meals, and there are more meal combinations offered by personal chefs who prepare the dishes right in your very home.
These are the typical meals created by private chefs, both by those who prepare your meals in-house and in their commercial kitchen. Meals are often structured in two to six courses, combined well with other food elements.