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Best Personal Chefs in Phoenix, AZ

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7272 East Indian School Rd STE 540, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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5.0 (28)
Yelp
5.0 (11)
Facebook
5.0 (6)

Why choose this provider?

Private Chef William Turner is a Scottsdale-based provider of in-home specialty cooking, serving clients throughout the Phoenix metro area. Mr. Turner founded the company in 2017 after many years front and back of house in the realm of food and beverage. Typical menus for private and corporate clients include Italian Night, Taco Fiesta, and Cajun Crab Boil. The company's list of services includes and in-home private chef, cooking classes, provision of bartenders and servers, and event and destination planning. Chef Turner is known for his grilling expertise and low country seafood flare, and with his southern hospitality he can turn an ordinary dinner into a night to remember.

Scottsdale, AZ 85259

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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (3)

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Cuisine by Celine is a local, family-owned and operated business that specializes in food preparation services for the metro Phoenix area. Their list of services includes meal planning, cooking classes, catering, and nutrition coaching. They accommodate all types of special diets including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and kosher. They also prepare tailored meals for those with allergies or medically-monitored diets. Their meal planning services are available on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis and can be provided with in-home food preparation. Meals can come in individual or family sizes and everything is fully customizable. Cooking classes can be taught in-home for individuals or group events. Cuisine by Celine’s catering service is offered for any type of occasion with a guest list of 75 people or less. They will perform the grocery shopping, menu creation, and food prep. They also can provide décor, entertainment, and staffing services for catered events. The Chef, Celine Fabre, is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu. She graduated with high honors. She was also classically trained in France by award winning chef, Marc Veyrat. Clients of Cuisine by Celine compliment the fantastic taste, attentive service, inventive dishes, and the healthfully sourced food.

Scottsdale, AZ 85054

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5.0 (30)

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Privato Chef Services is an in-home personal chef company serving the Phoenix, Arizona, area. The business offers high-quality food, unique menus, and a fun attitude. Services offered include meal planning, grocery shopping, food preparation, cooking, serving, and cleanup, and the company can handle everything from a romantic dinner for two to a wedding reception for 75.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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5.0 (3)

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Culinary Creations by Connie provides food services for the metro Phoenix area. Their services include personal chefs, catering for dinner parties and special events, the creation of specialty desserts, event planning, and cooking lessons. They specialize in creating menus from healthy, whole foods. They cater to clients with dietary needs, such as vegetarians, vegans, diabetics, and those with gluten intolerances or food-based allergies. The owner and chef has more than twenty-five years of experience in the hospitality industry. She is a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association. She is also a certified Food Handler from the Maricopa County Health Department and ServSafe certified. Clients compliment the delicious food prepared by the chef.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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5.0 (39)
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5.0 (3)

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Kale Personal Chef Services is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based business that specializes in full-service catering and personal chef services. They specialize in organic, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, macrobiotic, low sodium, and high protein menu items. Customers can hire Kale Personal Chef Services to prepare food for events, dinner parties, or in-home personal chef services. They offer customizable menus, complimentary tasting, wine pairing, onsite food preparation, table setting, serving, and kitchen clean-up. They serve a variety of unique artisan-style foods made from locally farmed ingredients. All of their food is prepared using non-gmo items. Kale's owner, Kristen Madison, is a trained and certified professional chef. She is registered with Maricopa Environmental Services and she is certified by The National Restaurant Association as a ServSafe Food Protection Manager. The five-star rated business is licensed and insured. Customers compliment the fresh food, professional service, and delicious meals.

Chandler, AZ 85224

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5.0 (12)
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5.0 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Chef Phoenix is a personal chef business serving the metro Phoenix area. They offer meal prep and delivery services as well as catering for special events, private dinner parties, and corporate luncheons. Personal chefs can also be hired to perform in-home dinner parties or serve romantic meals for two. They use USDA certified organic, locally farmed ingredients to create their menus. The food is free of GMOS, hormones, and antibiotics. Menu choices are updated on a weekly basis. Orders come in a convenient, recycled package and are portioned for the week. Customers can select their food choices from the online menu. They also offer fully customizable menus for events. The chef, Robert Setzer, earned his associates degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in culinary management from The Art Institute of Phoenix. Customer’s compliment the delicious meals, excellent service, and fresh choices.

Mesa, AZ 85209

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5.0 (2)

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Thymely Gourmet is a locally-owned and operated business serving the metro Phoenix area. They specialize in personal chef services. Customers can choose from two package options: fresh service or fresh frozen service. The fresh service package is a weekly service that provides meals prepared with fresh ingredients. The fresh frozen service is a biweekly, monthly, or as-needed service that comes with freezer-friendly food items. Both packages include customized meal planning, grocery shopping, in-home meal preparation, meal packaging, and kitchen clean-up. They also provide food preparation and service for special events, such as romantic dinners, dinner parties, birthdays, book clubs, and more. Additionally, Thymely Gourmet offers personalized culinary classes for those interested in learning how to cook. The owner and chef, Leah Jorgenson, received her culinary training from the Arizona Culinary Institute in Scottsdale and graduated with honors. She is certified as a Food Protection Manager through ServSafe and a member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association.

Compare our Top Personal Chefs

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Private Chef William Turner
7272 East Indian School Rd STE 540, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Cuisine by Celine
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Privato Chef Services
Scottsdale, AZ 85054
Culinary Creations by Connie
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Kale Personal Chef Services
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Chef Phoenix
Chandler, AZ 85224
Thymely Gourmet
Mesa, AZ 85209

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.