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Best Personal Chefs in Boston, MA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Boston 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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Queen of the Pantry

Natick, MA 01760

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Why choose this provider?

Queen of the Pantry is a private in-home chef service company in Natick, Massachusetts. The Queen of the Pantry features Ms. Yvette Saulnier Taylor, a lifestyle and wellness chef. Private services include menu planning and personalized recipe development, grocery shopping, in-home nutritional meal preparation, and ongoing dietary consultation. Queen of the Pantry strives to provide healthy gourmet meals served fresh in their customers’ homes.

Hanover, MA 02339

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5.0 (3)
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5.0 (3)

Why choose this provider?

Cuisine by Darlene is a personal chef service in Hanover, Massachusetts and serves the South Shore of Boston. Darlene cooks multiple custom meals for her regular clients including people who are on restricted diets or who are following a particular eating plan such as Paleo. Cuisine by Darlene strives to provide nutritious, mouthwatering prepared meals that are ready in minutes. Chef Darlene J. Calcagno has been in business for 18 years and is a certified personal chef.

Boston, MA 02420

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5.0 (11)
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4.7 (9)
Yelp
5.0 (4)

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A Fresh Endeavor Personal Chef Service is a private chef service company in Lexington, Massachusetts. Chef/owners Dennis Nosko and Christine Robinson have been serving clients throughout the Greater Boston, Massachusetts metropolitan area since 1999. They feature conventional and organic options, gluten-free/paleo/low FODMAP, and small dinner parties. A Fresh Endeavor Personal Chef Service is a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association.

Stoneham, MA 02180

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5.0 (3)

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Tiny Spoon Chef is a personal chef service in Stoneham, Massachusetts that serves the greater Boston metropolitan area. Services include weekly meal plans, weekly grocery shopping, pack-your-own school lunch program for kids, grab-and-go lunches for adults and professionals, nutrient-focused menus for those with special diets and needs, private, in-home wine dinners, and more. Tiny Spoon Chef has received the Best of Boston award by the Boston Magazine.

Sudbury, MA 01776

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5.0 (24)

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Carina Is Cooking, LLC is a personal chef service company in Sudbury, Massachusetts that serves the Greater Boston and Metrowest area. They offer comfort foods, plant- based cuisine, and healthy homestyle way of cooking. Carina Is Cooking, LLC features an in-home personal chef. Chef Carina is an International Certified Food Safety Manager through the National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.

Somerville, MA 02143

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4.8 (64)
Yelp
4.0 (61)

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Cuisine en Locale is a food service company in Somerville, Massachusetts that was established in 2005 and serves locally-farmed food. Cuisine en Locale offers catering and personal chef services. Everything they cook is made from scratch, prepared and cooked in the client’s home, delivered, or ready for pick up. In 2016, Cuisine en Locale was awarded Boston’s Best award by The Improper Bostonian, The Best of Personal Chef Services from Boston Magazine, and a Good Food Award (SF).

Milton, MA 02186

Why choose this provider?

Didi Emmons lives in Milton, Massachusetts and is a personal chef, caterer, consultant, and author of three cookbooks. Didi focuses on flavors of the earth including vegetables, spices, herbs, roots, tree shoots, and other wild foods. As a personal chef, she visits weekly while bringing fresh produce, preparing, and cooking up to 5 dinners in a single day in the clients’ home.

Stoughton, MA 02072

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5.0 (4)
Google
5.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

Home Plate Advantage is a personal chef service business in Stoughton, Massachusetts. Personal chef Miss Laura has been serving people with great appetites in the Greater Boston and Eastern Rhode Island since 2008. Their services include a celebration dinner and massage for two, gift certificates, a multiple entree cook day service, dinner parties, special services, instructional cooking days, and menu planning services. Home Plate Advantage has won the Thumbtack Best of 2015 award.

Winthrop, MA 02152

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5.0 (6)
Yelp
5.0 (2)

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Bistro-at-Home Personal Chef Service is a private chef service in Winthrop, Massachusetts that serves plated dinners, buffet dinners, and cocktail parties. Services include small gatherings, prepared meals, and cooking lessons. Bistro-at-Home's owner Chef Ryan Cyr studied at the Johnson and Wales University where he earned his Associates of Occupational Science degree in Culinary Arts, and his experience spans over 30+ years including over 15 years as Executive Chef for several Four Diamond hotels and two free-standing restaurants as well as a Private Chef.

Roslindale, MA 02131

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Lester Esser, Personal Chef is located in Roslindale, Massachusetts. His services include fresh service, cocktail party time, family style buffets, cookouts and BBQ’s, the game’s on, paella parties, and dinner in a flash prep service. Lester Esser also offers food tours and BBQ school/cooking classes. This personal chef is a proud member of the United States Personal Chef Association. Lester Esser has undergone the MA Allergen Training.

Waltham, MA 02451

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The Vegan Pact is a personal chef service company in Waltham, Massachusetts that was established by Personal Chef Lisa in 2011. Their services include in-home weekly meal prep, in-home individual cooking lessons, and in-home group parties. Class themes that can also be prepared for in-home meal services include comfort foods gone healthy, the weeknight vegan, cooking with kale, and vegan in a day. The Vegan Pact is Yummly Certified.

Boston, MA 02118

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Grace Brinton, Inc. is a specialized meal delivery company in Boston, Massachusetts. They offer meal services, health coaching, healthy cooking lessons and organic weekly meal delivery. For individual meals, their fee is $30, and for family style meals, the price is $16–$20 per person. Meal planning and recipe development services are $50 per hour. Their on-call private chef services are $75 per hour plus grocery costs. Their food packaging is eco-friendly.

Dorchester, MA 02121

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4.1 (147)
Yelp
4.0 (75)
Facebook
5.0 (65)

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50Kitchen is a personal chef and catering service in Westwood, Massachusetts that was established in 2012. Services include weddings and events, in-home and cooking classes, and sports event packages. Their master chef, Anthony, the "Boss with the Sauce" is known for serving delectable dishes that keep customers coming back for more. 50Kitchen has earned the ServSafe National Food Service Safety and Sanitation Certification.

Boston, MA

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5.0 (42)
Facebook
5.0 (19)
Yelp
5.0 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Chef David Verdo is a personal chef service providing fresh, high-end foods to clients in Boston and its neighboring areas. This provider can be contacted for dinner parties and special events. Chef David Veto also offers last-minute services to those in need of an exceptional home dining experience. Catering services are available, as well, for events of all sizes. Chef David provides perfect meals for business lunches, weddings, and cocktail receptions, among others.

Compare our Top Personal Chefs

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Queen of the Pantry
Natick, MA 01760
Cuisine by Darlene
Hanover, MA 02339
A Fresh Endeavor Personal Chef Service
Boston, MA 02420
Tiny Spoon Chef
Stoneham, MA 02180
Carina Is Cooking, LLC
Sudbury, MA 01776
Cuisine en Locale
Somerville, MA 02143
Didi Emmons
Milton, MA 02186
Home Plate Advantage
Stoughton, MA 02072
Bistro-at-Home Personal Chef Service
Winthrop, MA 02152
Lester Esser, Personal Chef
Roslindale, MA 02131
The Vegan Pact
Waltham, MA 02451
Grace Brinton, Inc.
Boston, MA 02118
50Kitchen
Dorchester, MA 02121
Chef David Verdo
Boston, MA

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.