Personal Chef

Craft meals and menus that cater to your clients' tastes.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$18,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Personal Chefs do?

Personal Chefs take their professions personal – literally. Customization is extended to a very personal level, crafting meals and menus to cater to clients’ tastes and diets, which run the gastronomical gamut. In fact, you tailor each assignment to be as unique as the individual client, whether it’s a low-sodium daily menu or school lunch preparations.

Personal Chefs have been around for hundreds of years, at least for the very wealthy. But being a Personal Chef in the entrepreneurial sense is something new, a situation that allows busy middle-class families to hire a “foodie” who is qualified to prepare meals.

And its a pretty sweet job. One of the downsides of being a Chef at a restaurant is that you end up cooking the same things over and over again. Sure, you have the specials to play with, but what is that compared to the complete freedom offered here? Clients will not only tolerate variety, they’ll demand it. That means you’ll be paid to cook creatively, try new recipes, and mix things up.

Typically you outline a menu for a week (with the client’s dietary restrictions in mind), then check with your clients to see if they have any objections. After approval is granted you purchase the necessary ingredients, and use clients’ kitchens to prepare meals that may last a week at a time. Ample space in the client’s freezer is a prerequisite for your services.

Most of your clients are normal families of all sizes, but celebrities and public figures also heavily rely on private Chefs. No matter the client, this occupation is challenging and interesting, drawing on your culinary knowledge, creativity, and business acumen.


Should I be a Personal Chef?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Certified Personal Chef, Cold-Meat Chef, Cook, Private Household, Crew Person, Ice Cream Chef, Prep Person See More

    How to become a Personal Chef

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