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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 Charlotte, NC.

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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.

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A Delicious Alternative

A Delicious Alternative is a Charlotte personal chef service that covers an eight-county region. Chef Lynette Niemand started A Delicious Alternative in 2003. She is professionally trained by the American Personal Chef Institute and is a member of the American Personal and Private Chef Association. A Delicious Alternative can prepare meals in a client’s kitchen or in their commercial kitchen and deliver them for a $25 fee. The company offers weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly plans that include a free client assessment and personalized recipe research and menu development. A Delicious Alternative also caters special events and dinner parties with five-course meals that include appetizers, salad, soup, and dessert.

Charlotte, NC 28269 (980) 428-4950


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All Things in Good Taste

All Things in Good Taste is a catering and personal chef services company in Lake Norman. The owner learned his craft under his mother, who taught him to cook Southern cuisine, comfort food, and soul food. All Things in Good Taste offers customized meal planning as well as an elite The Sky Is the Limit plan for dinner parties that includes servers, a photographer, fresh linens, flower arrangements, and more. The company offers a range of hors d’oeuvres, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts on its sample menu.

Cornelius, NC 28031 (704) 918-9728


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Chef Jeff & Co.

Chef Jeff & Co. is a personal chef and catering business in Concord that opened in 2003. The company cooks meals at its commercial kitchen and has them ready for pickup or delivery on Fridays and Saturdays. Clients create an account and then select their entrees, side dishes, and desserts on the Chef Jeff & Co. website without a subscription plan. The company also offers catering services for corporate events and personal special events such as weddings, reunions, and banquets.

Concord, NC 28027 (704) 262-3933


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Eclectic Personal Chef

Eclectic Personal Chef provides in-home culinary services in Matthews. Chef Sylvia Anton uses fresh local ingredients from farmer’s markets and produce stands to create unique meals customized to clients’ tastes and dietary needs. Her role includes researching, planning, shopping, and preparing meals. She is affiliated with the United States Personal Chef Association. Ms. Anton also is an integrative nutrition health coach who provides solutions to clients by utilizing a network of natural healthcare providers.

Matthews, NC 28104 (704) 650-5767


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Gullah Cafe

Gullah Cafe in Concord offers catering and personal chef services. Chef Wendy M. Thompson specializes in offering Southern and Caribbean cuisine, including appetizers, beverages, entrees, and desserts from household recipes. Chef Thompson has an initial face-to-face client assessment where she discusses menus, grocery shopping, meal preparation, packaging, and cleanup. Plans are available on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, and pricing includes planning, preparation, shopping, cooking, and cleanup. Gullah Cafe’s menus include an entree, a side dish of a vegetable or salad, and bread.

Concord, NC 28027 (443) 838-4312


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Heart & Soul

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 28262 (919) 949-5543


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Homemade Fresh

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.

Charlotte, NC 28220 (704) 724-0485


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Just in Thyme Personal Chef Services

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 28213 (704) 453-6918


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Meals by Marsha

Meals by Marsha is a personal chef service in Charlotte. The company helps clients simplify their lives by saving time and enjoying delicious, healthy meals despite their busy schedules or special dietary needs. Chef Marsha Gale has experience planning individualized menus for many different dietary needs, such as low-carb, Paleo, Whole30, vegetarian, and gluten and dairy free diets. Chef Gale offers customized meal plans which can be purchased weekly or biweekly. Meals by Marsha also caters dinner parties and offers cooking classes.

Charlotte, NC 28277 (434) 942-2032


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Nibbles Personal Chef

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 28203 (704) 779-9273


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Salted Chef

Salted Chef is a professional personal chef service in Charlotte. Salted Chef’s mission is “to provide relief for many people who find it challenging to tackle dinner each night.” The company works with clients who have special dietary requirements. Clients can form long-term relationships with their personal chef and receive weekly meal services or employ one on a one-time basis. Salted Chef’s menu includes traditional dishes as well as gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free options.

Bellwood, IL 60104 (800) 234-5924


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The Seasonal Kitchen

The Seasonal Kitchen in Charlotte is a personal chef and wellness education business that serves the Mecklenburg County area. Chef Sherri Beauchamp is a board certified health coach with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a member of the United States Personal Chef Association. Her personal chef services provide clients with healthy, balanced, and nutritional meals at their homes. Ms. Beauchamp uses whole foods to provide clients with increased energy, mental focus, improved digestion, and a healthy immune system. She also teaches clients to cook for diets related to gluten sensitivities, celiac disease, and autism spectrum disorders.

Charlotte, NC 28278 (704) 604-8938


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What's for Dinner

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 28270 (704) 621-1121


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