Laurels
Best Personal Chefs
in Washington
2017

Why These Personal Chefs?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored personal chefs on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best personal chefs in Washington DC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

A Capital Cook

A Capital Cook is a Washington company offering personal chef services, with meals prepared in customers' homes or delivered to clients every week. Services include weeknight dinners, dinner parties and special events, cooking lessons, and complete kitchen management. Lead chef Elaine Potwardoski has been cooking since the age of 10 and is a ServSafe food service manager.

Washington, DC(202) 423-4906

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A Girl in a Kitchen

A Girl in a Kitchen in Silver Spring provides custom meals based on clients' individual tastes and dietary needs, including organic, vegetarian, gluten free, and diabetic diets. The business offers personal chef services, catering, and canning and food preservation. Pricing begins at $300 plus the cost of groceries for five entrees of four servings each. Side dishes can be provided for an additional fee.

Silver Spring, MD(202) 560-0154

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Chef Anne

Chef Anne is the Washington company of a chef who has experience working as executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck Catering and who is committed to holistic and organic cooking. Personal chef services begin at $300 per day plus the cost of groceries and include a preliminary dietary consultation, menu planning, and up to a week worth of home-cooked meals.

Washington, DC(773) 412-8782

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Chef Bernard

Chef Bernard is the Bethesda company of Bernard Henry, a chef born and raised on a dairy farm in France. He was trained in classical French cuisine at the US school L'Academie de Cuisine and worked as the executive chef at Open Kitchen restaurant in Virginia. Chef Bernard belongs to the American Personal and Private Chef Association and provides weekly personal chef services with a minimum order size of three entrees and three side dishes per week.

Bethesda, MD(301) 830-1608

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Chef Charine

Chef Charine is the Washington company of award-winning chef Charine Mourad, star of the Lifetime Channel series All Mixed Up. Charine studied at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale's International Culinary School and focuses on Mediterranean cooking. She is a ServSafe certified food handler and a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association. Services include catering for weddings, special events, and business luncheons. Personal chef services are fully customized and include an in-home interview, menu design, and weekly meals.

Washington, DC(419) 376-5413

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Chef Jess

Chef Jess is a personal chef, speaker, and nutrition consultant committed to "making it simple to eat good and live great!" for clients in the metro DC area. Owner Jessica Swift, RD is a classically trained chef and registered dietitian with a degree in nutritional sciences. She has been featured in Redbook, Elle, and Essence magazines and has demonstrated her culinary skills on the Food Network and the Today Show. Meal plans include "tasty, metabolism-boosting meals" that are nutritionally sound and health focused.

Washington, DC(202) 753-2622

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Chef Kevin, Inc.

Chef Kevin, Inc. is the Fairfax company of Kevin McGuire, a graduate and current assistant at L'Academie de Cuisine and a member of the US Personal Chef Association. Personal chef services are flexible and customized to meet individual clients' needs, family sizes, and eating habits. Rates include menu consultations, personalized meal planning, groceries, meal preparation, instructions for thawing and reheating, and kitchen cleanup. In addition, the company provides catering for intimate dinners, small events, and weddings.

Fairfax, VA(703) 868-6464

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Chef Valerie

Chef Valerie is a Washington company founded in 2000 by Valerie Woods, who has experience working as executive chef for companies like Sodexho, Dean & Deluca, and the Marriott Corporation. Personal chef services include personalized menu planning, grocery shopping, meal preparation and packaging, and kitchen cleanup or delivery fee for offsite preparation.

Washington, DC(202) 636-4300

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Chiqui Chef

Chiqui Chef is the Arlington company of chef Anna, who began learning the trade at her family's New York Italian restaurant. She is currently a chef instructor at Sur La Table specializing in ethnic, Mediterranean, and Italian cuisines. Chef Anna is a member of the US Personal Chef Association and she is food safety certified and fully insured. Services include personal chef and meal plans, cooking lessons, and private party catering.

Arlington, VA(914) 236-0539

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Cooking & Catering

Cooking & Catering is the Arlington business of chef Rebecca Cole, who is "happiest at the farmer's market, in the kitchen, or on a picnic." Chef Rebecca received her culinary degree from the School of Hospitality and Restauranting in Barcelona, Spain. All private chef packages begin with a $300 service fee, which excludes the cost of fresh and specialty groceries.

Arlington, VA(571) 232-2516

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Life of Riley Personal Chef Service

Life of Riley Personal Chef Service in Alexandria has been providing customized weekly meal plans since 2014. The company's chef Stephanie Riley is a member of the US Personal Chef Association and attended culinary school at Stratford University in Virginia. Chef Stephanie is also a certified ServSafe food protection manager and an Arizona-certified food manager. Weekly plans are charged based on a service fee plus the cost of groceries and include an initial consultation, menu planning, grocery shopping, food preparation in customers' kitchens, printed heating instructions for each meal, and kitchen cleanup.

Alexandria, VA(571) 241-4137

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Main Course Personal Chef Service

Main Course Personal Chef Service is the Arlington company of chef James Main, who has over 20 years of culinary experience and worked in busy DC restaurants for 12 years. Two all-inclusive meal plans are available: the 20 meal plan for $385 and the 30 meal plan for $525. Both plans include an initial consultation, customized menus, grocery shopping, food preparation, packaging, and home delivery of meals.

Arlington, VA(703) 209-4660

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Neil Fletcher Wilson Personal Chef Services

Neil Fletcher Wilson Personal Chef Service is a Washington business providing weekly chef services, cooking demonstrations, lessons, and corporate cooking parties. Chef Neil was trained at L'Academie de Cuisine and is certified in food safety. A standard personal chef service includes five entrees of four servings each for $439.

Washington, DC(301) 699-2225

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Palette Dome Cuisine

Palette Dome Cuisine is a boutique catering and personal chef service in Washington. The company specializes in fresh and modern Mediterranean cuisine, using organic ingredients and incorporating a range of spices and aromas. Services include turnkey event planning, catering for parties and other events, food delivery for small events, home cooking classes, and personal chef services.

Washington, DC(202) 470-1245

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Plenty

Plenty is the Washington company of chef Jodie Steiner, who started her culinary career at the age of 14 at a Chinese takeout restaurant. She was trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York and she is ServSafe certified and an active member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association and the Slow Food movement. Private chef services cost $375 for up to five full meals for two to four people, including menu planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation and packaging.

Washington, DC(240) 374-3648

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Tailored Taste

Tailored Taste is the Washington personal chef service company of Monica Thomas, a graduate of the Culinary Business Academy, member of the US Personal Chef Association, and ServSafe certified food handler. Personal chef plans begin at $325 plus the cost of groceries for five entrees per week, which serve a family of four for approximately one week.

Washington, DC(240) 299-6463

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The Delicious Dish

The Delicious Dish is a personal chef service in greater Washington, DC designed to simplify meals and at-home entertaining for customers. Meal services are available for dinners, freezer-ready meals, healthy lunches, after-school snacks, senior meals, and special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and baptisms. The company's chef also offers plans that follow special diets, including paleo, clean eating, gluten free, vegetarian, diabetic, low fat, and more.

Chevy Chase, MD(301) 204-1121

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The Grateful Table

The Grateful Table in Lanham provides busy individuals with meal planning, shopping, food preparation, tailor-made meals, and kitchen cleanup. The company is operated by a mother-daughter team of chefs who belong to the American Personal and Private Chef Association, carry liability insurance, and are ServSafe certified food handlers. The base price for private chef services is $375 and includes up to five meals of four servings each, but excludes the price of groceries and plastic or glass food containers.

Lanham, MD(410) 756-0485

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Thyme Savor Personal Chef Service

Thyme Savor Personal Chef Service has been providing Fairfax and surrounding areas with customized meals since 2000. Plans include the "single and sick of carry out" for $160, which provides busy single people with five dinners and appropriate side dishes. The "Family of Four" for $375 offers five dinners with appropriate side dishes for four people. Prices include the cost of groceries.

Fairfax, VA(703) 966-0139

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