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Best Personal Chefs in San Francisco

Our Recommended Top 11

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco Personal Chefs on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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San Francisco, CA 94127

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5.0 (16)

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Hipp Kitchen is a San Francisco business that has been serving clients for over fifteen years. Their specialty is providing allergen-free food (peanuts, gluten, shellfish, soy, and dairy, and more). Tom Herndon is the owner and executive chef. He will prepare customized meals weekly, bi-weekly, or other arranged schedules. Hipp Kitchen also offers team building cooking events, hands-on cooking classes, overseas cooking adventures, and a romantic in-home dinner for two. Chef Tom can also convert 20 of your favorite recipes to be allergen-friendly.

San Francisco, CA 94107

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5.0 (47)

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Jesse Miner Personal Vegan Chef is a San Francisco business that serves clients in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jesse offers customizable services including intimate dinner party, feed the family, and private cooking class. The dinner party is for up to four people and includes an appetizer, salad, entrée and sides, and dessert. Feed the family includes three entrées and sides. The private cooking class takes place in a client’s home and can be one-on-one or for a small group. The class includes hands-on instruction, recipes, and eating with the chef. Jesse is a certified Natural Chef and has contributed to VegNews magazine. He won the Personal Chefs Network’s Pacesetter award in 2008.

Oakland, CA 94609

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5.0 (40)

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The Heirloom Chef is an Oakland business that provides personal chef services. The business uses local and organic ingredients and prepares meals in clients’ homes and can accommodate dietary needs such as vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, and Paleo. The Heirloom Chef’s specialty is updating comfort foods and also caters dinner parties offering a buffet style or plated. In-home cooking classes are also available. Chef Maggee has over 12 years of personal chef experience. Clients remark on the tasty food and the service.

San Francisco, CA 94117

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5.0 (1)
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5.0 (1)
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5.0 (1)

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Devour is a San Francisco business that provides small event catering and personal chef services. The personal chef services involve a consultation, creating a customized menu for the client’s review, shopping for groceries and either drop-off or preparation in the client’s home, and clean-up after the meal. For event catering, Devour provides services such as menu design and catering, servers, valet, and bartenders, bar and beverages, tenting, rentals, and floral design. Devour is licensed and insured. Clients appreciate Chef Cole’s responsiveness, flexibility, professionalism, and service.

San Francisco, CA 94105

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Gastronomicdiva Personal Chef Services is a San Francisco business that serves Nob Hill, Laurel Heights, Pacific Heights, Alamo Square, San Rafael, San Mateo, Atherton, Twin Peaks, South Beach, and other areas. Along with personal chef services, Chef Jennifer Simpson also offers cooking lessons and home dinner parties. Chef Jennifer graduated from the California Culinary Academy.

San Francisco, CA 94123

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5.0 (16)

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Garbo’s Personal Chef Service is a San Francisco business that provides healthy meals for busy people. The business has been serving clients for over 12 years. Chef Claude Garbarino plans the client’s meals, shops for organic groceries, brings equipment to a client’s home, and prepares the meal. Her specialty is two-week dinner meal plans and she charges a flat fee plus groceries. Chef Claude Garbarino is a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy, is licensed and insured in San Francisco, and is ServSafe Certified. She can prepare meals that are customized to the client and follow diets including Weight Watchers, South Beach Diet, low-carb diet, Weston A. Price diet, Paleo diet, gluten free, and Dr. Fuhrman Diet. Clients appreciate her creativity, attention to detail, talent, and tasty meals.

Oakland, CA 94610

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Chez Ellen Personal Chef Services & Catering is an Oakland business that serves the Peninsula, East Bay, and San Francisco. The business provides cooking parties for kids and adults, catering, and personal chef services. Chef Ellen has over 11 years of combined professional and personal chef experience and she provides a free consultation. Chez Ellen Personal Chef Services & Catering is a member of the American Personal Chef Association and the national Personal Chef Directory.

San Francisco, CA 94103

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Anja Lee Catering is a San Francisco business that has been serving clients for over three years. The business provides event catering, cooking classes, and personal chef services. Anja plans and shops for groceries and brings them to a client’s home to prepare, and cleans up afterward for romantic dinners, small dinner parties, birthday parties, and more. Anja has experience preparing meals for people around the world in their homes and has catered bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, company dinners, company retreats, and more. Anja Lee Catering offers gift certificates. Clients remark on Anja’s professionalism, enthusiasm, and the food and service.

Clayton, CA 94517

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5.0 (11)

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love.cook.nourish is a Clayton business that provides pastry, special event catering, and personal chef services. Chef Cindy prepares meals in clients’ homes which they can store in their fridge or freezer. The client does not have to be home when she cooks. Special events she cooks for are for two to 200 people and include weddings, holiday parties, fundraisers, business gatherings, and family gatherings. Meal plans are tailored to the clients’ preferences and dietary needs. Cindy also provides cooking classes. Gift certificates are available. Clients appreciate her skill, creativity, and passion.

San Mateo, CA 94403

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Chez Stacy is a San Mateo business that serves the Bay Area. The business’ services include demonstrations and cooking classes, catering for small events, menu planning and shopping, desserts and specialty cakes, and personal chef services. Owner Chef Stacy Plackowski can create menus for special diets such as vegan, celiac, illness recovery, diabetes, weight loss, raw, vegetarian, and illness recovery. She is a Certified Natural Chef and graduated from Bauman College.

1839 Ygnacio Valley Rd Ste 250, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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4.8 (35)
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5.0 (22)
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4.5 (7)

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Since 2001, AWG Private Chefs has been handling corporate and in-home private dining events for clients across San Francisco. The company employs a team of Certified Master Chefs that provides its award-winning "Easy Effortless Entertaining" culinary service, which incorporates locally sourced and GMO-free ingredients. It has experience creating menus tailored for a range of event themes, from casual to white-glove. The company also holds wine-tasting classes and educates attendees about topics like the differences between New World and Old World wines.

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FAQs

  • Introduction

    Professional private chefs can prepare daily meals and snacks for the families that hire them, or they can provide catering services for multiple guests at public events. These professionals use fresh ingredients and expert skill to craft delicious, healthy meals for their guests, both in private homes and for large events. Before you hire a personal chef for yourself, your family, or a private event, it helps to know what they do, how they charge, and where to find the right chef for you.

  • How much does a personal chef cost?

    The price you pay for a private chef is affected by many factors, such as location, size of the meal being prepared, and the arrangements you have made for their service. In urban areas with generally high costs, you can expect to pay between $300 and $450 for a meal service for up to 12 guests. Groceries, the cost of facilities, and other expenses can add significantly to this cost.

  • How do you become a personal chef?

    While there are no strict educational requirements for becoming a personal chef, many people who choose this career follow a fairly standard course of classwork and professional experience. Many personal chefs have a high school diploma, plus an associate's degree or professional certificate in culinary arts. Some chefs choose to pursue a bachelor's degree in the subject or to expand into a business degree if they intend to run their own catering service.

  • How do personal chefs charge?

    Personal chefs are free to charge their clients in any way that works for them. Some personal chefs are part of a family's private staff and are usually paid wages as a member of the household help. Some work independently and charge by the hour or by the job. Some charge a flat rate per event, though there is often an additional cost for extra guests.

  • What is the difference between a caterer and a personal chef?

    Though their roles at events can be similar, caterers differ from personal chefs in that they generally manage independent businesses with many clients, rather than acting as single-client contractors. Caterers are also typically hired for one-off events, rather than retained for regular service like personal chefs.

  • Do personal chefs need a business license?

    Though the rules for running a business vary from state to state, personal chefs who work as independent contractors generally do not need professional licensure. A personal chef who owns a small business might be required to pay a business tax or other state or local licensing fee, but this is basically the same as any other small business. Personal chefs employed by a household are generally considered employees and do not need to pay for a business license.

  • Will a personal chef work for one night/meal?

    Personal chefs are generally free to work out any business arrangement that suits them and their clients. In some cases, a personal chef will work for many years for a single family, but others offer their services on an as-needed basis and can be engaged for single events.