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Best Personal Chefs in Charlotte, NC

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Charlotte, NC 28262 Rating

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Why choose this provider?

Heart & Soul is a personal chef service in Charlotte. The business provides in-home chef services as well as meal delivery, private dinner parties, and cooks for intimate dinners. Heart & Soul does the shopping, cooking, and cleaning for meals customized to clients’ preferences, including special diets or picky eaters. Clients also can order meals online that Heart & Soul prepares, packages, and delivers to their home. Owner Lisa Brooks twice won the Food Lion Chef Challenge and is a member of the American Personal & Private Chef Association. The business also caters events such as weddings, holiday parties, and corporate gatherings.

Charlotte, NC 28203 Rating

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5.0 (62)
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Nibbles Personal Chef has provided weekly personal chef services in Charlotte since 2001. Chef Robin Domeier cooks restaurant-quality meals at clients’ homes. She was the 2000 Culinary Student of the Year at Central Piedmont Community College, where she earned culinary, baking, and garde manger certificates. The business also offers catering services for events and dinner parties, cooking lessons for adults and children, and decorates desserts such as cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

Charlotte, NC 28213 Rating

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Just in Thyme Personal Chef Services in Charlotte provides healthy, time-saving meals for clients throughout the region. Chef Valerie Lamey is president of the Carolinas Chefs Chapter of the United States Personal Chef Association. She has experience preparing meals for clients who suffer from celiac disease as well as severe food allergies such as nut, legume, and seafood. Chef Lamey also works with professional athletes to provide them with nutritious meals that help them achieve specific goals. Just in Thyme Personal Chef Services also caters in-home dinner parties and corporate events.

Charlotte, NC 28270 Rating

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5.0 (18)

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What’s for Dinner is a personal chef service in Charlotte. Owner and chef Jill Aker-Ray opened her business in 2007 and later graduated from The Culinary Business Academy of Atlanta. Chef Aker-Ray provides cooking classes, in-home catering services for dinner parties, and personal chef services for groups at a range of vacation destinations. The company is a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and is ServSafe certified.

Charlotte, NC 28220 Rating

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5.0 (1)

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Homemade Fresh is a personal chef service that serves the Greater Charlotte area. Chef Lisa Woodie provides individualized meal planning and preparation services for families and businesses. All services and meals are personalized based on a client assessment to determine budget, tastes, and dietary requirements. Homemade Fresh also provides catering services either on- or off-site in a commercial kitchen for occasions such as wedding receptions, casual dinner parties, and employee events. Chef Woodie also offers group education presentations for business and civic groups on a variety of healthy eating topics.

Compare our Top Personal Chefs

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Heart & Soul
Charlotte, NC 28262
Nibbles Personal Chef
Charlotte, NC 28203
Just in Thyme Personal Chef Services
Charlotte, NC 28213
What's for Dinner
Charlotte, NC 28270
Homemade Fresh
Charlotte, NC 28220


  • 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.