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Best Personal Chefs in Los Angeles, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Los Angeles 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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Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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Yelp
5.0 (22)
Google
5.0 (19)
Facebook
5.0 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Set The Table offers culinary and catering services to clients in the Los Angeles, California, area. Founded in 2014, its personal chef service includes meal shopping, cooking, and cleanup for domestic and corporate clients. It caters for a range of dietary requirements including vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten-free, and it uses organic and local produce where available. Set The Table personal chef service also offers event catering and cooking lessons.

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  • food preparation

Los Angeles, CA 90032

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4.5 (12)

Why choose this provider?

Customers love the fantastic food and excellent service at Steven Marshall Productions. The company offers full-service catering for events, weddings, locations, gala openings, and private dinners parties, with a range of innovative recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients. The company also provides personal chef services, allowing customers to enjoy healthy meals prepared in their own kitchen by a certified chef. Personal chef meal delivery is also available to people in outpatient centers or customers recovering from surgeries or illnesses.

Norwalk, CA 90650

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5.0 (5)
Facebook
5.0 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Julie's Home Cooking is a Norwalk personal chef service that offers healthy, tailor-made meals to customers who need help losing weight, want a break from cooking, or have special dietary requirements. The company's chef designs customized menus to suit any taste, and customers can request special diets like vegan, diabetic, or gluten-free. The chef prepares every meal fresh in the customer's kitchen and provides re-heating instructions for later enjoyment. The company also offers catering service for events and dinner parties.

12212 hatteras st, Valley Village, CA 91607

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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (3)
Yelp
5.0 (2)

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The Dueling Forks provides professional personal chef services to busy families and individuals who don't have time to cook, or need helping developing healthier eating habits. Chef Graham Heldreth has more than a decade of experience as a caterer and personal chef and designs customized menus for each customer to accommodate and taste and dietary restrictions. Services start at $40 per hour for in-home dinner parties and events, or $150 per week for drop-off meal service that gives customers a selection of meals ready to reheat.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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4.7 (12)

Why choose this provider?

The friendly staff at The Ripe Choice Catering are committed to providing fresh, innovative foods for location shoots, private parties, and special events. The company's chef works with customers to design a perfectly customized menu of treats, whether the customer wants casual dining or a full, on-location restaurant experience. The company also offers personal chef services, and customers can have pre-made meals delivered, or have the chef prepare meals in the customer's kitchen. Customers can call the company to get information and prices quotes.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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5.0 (25)
Facebook
5.0 (5)

Why choose this provider?

So Divine Catering offers top-quality service for parties, weddings, family celebrations, and special events. The company also provides private chef services upon request, ideal for busy families, individuals that are tired of eating out, and people who like fresh, expertly prepared meals designed to suit any taste and dietary needs. Catering prices start at $35 per guest, and the company staff handles all of the cooking, serving, and cleaning up so guests can relax and enjoy the event.

Los Angeles, CA

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Google
5.0 (17)
Facebook
5.0 (8)
Yelp
5.0 (6)

Why choose this provider?

Chef Amanda Pilkington is a professional chef in Los Angeles that has over 15 years of restaurant experience. Chef Pilkington offers her services for private and public events, including family gatherings, weddings and rehearsal dinners, vacations, business dinners, and private parties. She has a variety of options on her breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, such as barbeque, salads, soups, chicken, and potatoes. Chef Pilkington also offers vegetarian and vegan options.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

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5.0 (26)
Facebook
5.0 (4)

Why choose this provider?

Sleeping Angels is a team of caring, professional home care experts that provide an extensive selection of services for babies, children, and adults. Services include in-home elder care, nannies, sleep consulting, and personal assistants, all tailored to the customer's needs. The company also offers private chef services, allowing customers to relax while a fully trained and certified chef prepares made-to-order meals in the comfort of the customer's kitchen. Customers can call or contact the company on the website to get information and price quotes.

Culver City, CA 90230

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5.0 (12)
Facebook
5.0 (6)

Why choose this provider?

Your Plate or Mine is a professional Culver City personal chef company that offers interactive cooking lessons, meal delivery, and personal chef services. The company's customized dinner solutions packages are perfect for seniors, busy parents, and customers who need a break from cooking, providing freshly made meals that are delivered to the customer's door packaged and ready to re-heat. In-home chef service is available for private parties, special events, and romantic dinners for two, with tailor-made menus for any taste and diet.

Chatsworth, CA 91311

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Yelp
5.0 (70)
Google
5.0 (20)
Facebook
5.0 (7)

Why choose this provider?

Amy's Culinary Adventures is a Chatsworth catering, event planning, and personal chef company that provides five-star service for events of all sizes. The company designs customized menus for each event and can accommodate special requirements like gluten-free and diabetic diets. The company offers catering for weddings, underground dinner parties, and special occasions, as well as personal chef service for busy families and professionals, leaving customers to relax and enjoy freshly made meals while the company's staff handle the shopping, cooking, and cleanup.

Long Beach, CA 90803

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5.0 (37)
Google
5.0 (12)

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Iron Catering Crew is a full-service catering and personal chef company that offers a range of professional services for special events, location shoots, private parties, weddings, and family gatherings of all sizes. The company's chefs prepare fresh, healthy, delicious dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and sides, and the company provides fun extras like ice carvings. The company's private chef service is ideal for intimate dinner parties and small private gatherings, and the company can have meals delivered, or send a chef to prepare food in the customer's kitchen.

Compare our Top Personal Chefs

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Set The Table Personal Chef Services
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Steven Marshall Productions
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Julie's Home Cooking
Norwalk, CA 90650
The Dueling Forks
12212 hatteras st, Valley Village, CA 91607
The Ripe Choice Catering
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
So Divine Catering
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Chef Amanda Pilkington
Los Angeles, CA
Sleeping Angels
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Your Plate or Mine
Culver City, CA 90230
Amy's Culinary Adventures
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Iron Catering Crew
Long Beach, CA 90803

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.