How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Private Chef?
and what’s included?
Hiring a personal chef in the UK or Europe is now relatively easy and cost effective with prices very much in line with eating out in a restaurant. But what are you paying for and how exactly does it all work?
The first question you need to ask is what type of meal are you looking for? This might depend on a number of factors including the type of event it is (party, holiday, family get together, formal, informal etc), where it is (your home or holiday accommodation, UK or Europe etc), the type of food you’d like and of course the budget you have available.
- Type of Event – this will often impact what type of menu you choose. For example, if you have an informal gathering of friends then a BBQ, Platter or Sharing menu would work well. However, if you’re having a formal dinner party then a Tasting menu may be more appropriate.
- Where is Your Event taking place? If you’re planning a meal at home in the UK in the Winter then you may find something like our Platter Relax menu ideal where as for a summer holiday in Ibiza, the Spanish paella option may be more appropriate!
- Type of Food – when you envisage your event and the idea of hiring a personal chef what type of food do you imagine having? Are you looking for luxury and indulgence? Or do you want something simple and relaxed?
With private chef menus available from 2-Course Express menus to 9-Course tastings menu and then BBQs, Breakfasts and Sharing menus as well to consider, whatever your requirement a private chef service can fit most customer needs.
So… How much does a Private Chef cost to hire?
Prices start from £24.99 per head for a 2-Course Express menu (€29.99 in Europe) and go up to £79.99 per head for a 9-Course Tasting menu (€89.99 in Europe) and so not only can a personal chef offering meet most requirements they can also meet most budgets. But it does depend on your expectation and whether you have the budget to meet the vision you had in your mind!
There are also minimum spends to consider…
What do you get for that price?
Unlike in a restaurant, when you hire a personal chef their entire time and focus is dedicated to just you and your guests. So with the exclusive use of a chef’s time there is a minimum spend requirement for that. Therefore, you will need a minimum number of guests if you don’t want to be paying premium charges per head. For example, when hiring a private chef whether for 2 heads or 20 you’ll almost certainly have to book them out for the whole day. On top of this they’ll be traveling to you and doing all the shopping, the time of which doesn’t really change much based on how many guests you have. Finally, with economies of scale there is a minimum cost of doing a food shop for a given number of people.
As such, the per head prices quoted will normally be based on a head count of 6 or more people although Deluxe 9-Course Tasting menus of £79.99 are normally fine for 4 guests based on that price. Therefore, if you’re going for smaller numbers than this you’ll still have to pay for that number of heads so always be aware of this and understand why it is the case.
And finally… What do they actually do?
A private chef will come to your home or accommodation with all the food, prepare and cook it for you onsite giving you that experience of a chef cooking for you, then serve each course to you explaining what it is before doing a full clean down of your kitchen. It’s that simple!
Like the idea? Then get started by using the form below to browse our menus and get an instant online quote. We’ll then take care of the rest for you… Yes it really is that easy!