Cost to hire a Personal Chef on Bidvine

£150 - £400

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£150 - £400  National average range
£150 - £400
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How much does a personal chef cost?

Jan 14, 2021

Nationally, the average price for personal chefs in the UK ranges from £180 to £250. Depending on the number and complexity of the meals you will need to be prepared this rate can vary. With 100s of personal chefs on Bidvine, you're sure to find an expert personal chef in your budget.

Personal Chef Costs

UK National Minimum Cost£180
UK National Maximum Cost£250
UK National Average Cost£200
Average Range£180 - £250

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What Does a Personal Chef Do?

Hiring a personal chef to prepare a gorgeous meal guarantees excellent results. This can take away a lot of the stress and guesswork of a special gathering or even eliminate the stress of preparing meals yourself! Whether you’re using it as a way to provide a delicious meal to celebrate with your friends and family for an event or simply a meal to take of yourself, a chef can be the solution you need.


This solution can be customised to suit your needs. However, you may be concerned about what costs will be applied to your choices. It’s important to inform yourself about what factors influence the rate for a personal chef’s services. 

For example, think about the place where the meal is made. Your personal chef can prepare the meal onsite using the kitchen available at the venue or home. If the facilities are not up to the job, a meal can also be prepared and brought to the place where it will be enjoyed. This means food can be served as a plated meal or in a self-serve buffet.

Of course, other factors can change the cost too. Read on for more considerations that can affect your rate!

Meals to Prepare

Different meals may have different requirements for your personal chef, so it is essential that you indicate the type of meal they will be expected to prepare. 

This may also come in handy as some chefs choose to specialise in a particular type of cuisine that favours one mealtime over another. So if you tell them what meal you need, you will get the chef best suited to your needs.

Breakfasts and brunches are full of delicious options from a full English to sweeter offerings of crepes and fruit. No matter what you like to eat to start the date, a personal chef can create the perfect medley whether it is to be enjoyed by one or by a crowd.  

Another great option is to have a personal chef to take care of lunch or dinner. These meals can be complicated and involve many steps, especially for more fanciful food selections. Select a cuisine and an amazing meal can be created for each important meal of the day.

Or perhaps you want to have an expert dessert offering. With a personal chef, you can have even the most delightful profiteroles or pavlova. 

You may also wish to have a personal chef prepare a variety of appetisers or snacks. This can make any event special with complicated and exotic offerings for guests. It also leaves you with extra time on your hands to enjoy the event yourself!


When you hire a personal chef, you are paying for a luxurious experience that is sure to make any event wonderful. You'll be able to customize the cuisine offered so it fits your vision for the event perfectly. Most personal chefs will have a speciality where they excel, but many will be able to provide amazing dishes in a variety of styles.

A chef can whip up a spectacular British feast, or you can choose a meal with French flair. Modern European cuisine could also be on the menu if you are looking for a taste adventure.

Italian or Mediterranean food is always a hit at events. Whether you choose rustic flavours or more sophisticated dishes inspired by the hallmarks of these regions, your guests will be pleased with these flavours.

Or perhaps you are looking for Asian-style cuisine that has been inspired by traditions of Chinese or Thai food. This will add popular flavours that are sure to be in demand. 

If spice is on order, consider a BBQ meal prepared by an expert in seasoning or a Caribbean feast that can make you sweat. A chef can also create an Indian meal that will delight your taste buds.

But if you aren't sure what type of cuisine will be best, you can request some assistance in selecting the perfect style. Your personal chef would be glad to create a custom menu that is exactly what you desire, from hors d'oeuvres to a full plated meal.

Dietary Requirements

Dietary restrictions or requests can certainly be accommodated by a personal chef. After all, they aim to please with the dishes they prepare for you and your guests. They want everyone to enjoy their creations and enjoy the delicious flavours.

Often, a supplementary dish is developed to reflect the needs of certain attendees. But keep in mind that some dishes may not be able to be accommodated due to the nature of the ingredients. 

Alternatives may be quite close or use speciality ingredients to suit these requirements. 

Vegetarian, gluten or lactose-free requests can be common as can kosher or halal preparation. Be aware of any restrictions and provide this information to your personal chef to ensure they can prepare meals all can enjoy. 

If you are learning about new dietary requirements it can also be beneficial to arrange to meet with a nutritionist. They can give you the information you need to create a balanced and nutritious meal plan for your lifestyle. Then you can bring this to your personal chef to plan a menu together.

Frequency of Meals

Whether you require a special meal for a special occasion or are hoping to hire a personal chef on a more regular basis, you will be able to find someone who can fulfil your requests. Most chefs can be booked for anywhere from a few times a month to as often as two or three times a day! Keep in mind that it can cost more to have someone preparing meals often as you are essentially hiring them on.

Naturally, it will cost more to enlist a personal chef to prepare multiple meals. However, if you are hosting an event such as a weekend wedding with several meals, you may be able to work out a weekend rate for the continued use of their services.


A chef’s experience is key to the proper preparation of your meal. You will notice a difference in how the meals are prepared and in the selection of ingredients. An expert chef has the experienced required to make a good meal truly great.

Take a look to see if there are any reviews of the chef’s work on their Bidvine profile. From satisfied diners to those who have employed the chef themselves, you can learn about their style as the level of quality you can expect. Reviews are a great way to find out more information before you taste the chef’s work for yourself.


A local chef will bring all of their local connections with them to prepare your meal. This means you could have the freshest seafood or the finest greens grown locally. No matter what type of meal it is you are hoping to serve, working with a local professional is the best approach to receive the best output.

You also want to work with someone who works in close proximity to your venue. This ensures that you do not have to worry about adding on travel costs or expensive equipment rentals when a pro comes from a fair distance to prepare your meal. Your expert will know exactly what resources are available in the area and may even provide their own equipment for use on-site.


Whether it's a brunch, lunch or dinner, you want to work with an expert personal chef to receive a delicious product: your meal! It doesn't have to be a special occasion, but with their help, you'll know it will end up being that way.

Considering hiring a personal chef to help you prepare meals that will energise a new fitness training routine or that fit your nutritionist's suggestions? Simply let them know ahead of time to ensure you're both on the same page!

Start dreaming up your menu and submit a free request for bids from trusted local professional personal chefs today. With Bidvine, you will be connected with experts who can create the perfect meal for your needs. Bon appetit!

Looking to cater meals for a large number of guests for a wedding or event? Full-service catering may be the best option! Click here to learn more about full service caterers near you.

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