Personal Chef Cost – What Should You Pay?

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Life is busy. If you’ve ever felt like there are simply not enough hours in the day, you’re not alone.

A personal chef might seem too luxurious and cost-prohibitive for most. However, it might not be as expensive as you think! Read more on associated costs and how to make it work for your lifestyle.

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The Short Answer

For a family of four, you can expect to pay $300 to $700 per week for a personal chef. Factors that will influence this cost include:

  • The cost of living in your area
  • The number of servings/meals you’ll need
  • Your desired menu and dietary restrictions
  • Whether the chef is an independent business owner
  • The chef’s experience level
  • One-time service versus long-term service

Money-Saving Tips

If this general price point sounds steep, consider these tips to make a personal chef more affordable:

  • Share the service with your neighbour. (How “neighbourly” of you!) If a personal chef doesn’t have to travel far to get to the next house, it’s likely they’ll give both families a break on the bill.
  • Hire someone just starting out. This is a win-win situation: You’ll provide a new chef with a great client and receive great service for a reduced rate!
  • Remodel your kitchen. If you’re not ready to make the weekly investment, consider upgrading your kitchen, in big ways or small, so you’re more excited to cook yourself.

Inspire Your Inner Chef

  • Update/repair your appliances and invest in ones you’ve always wanted. From a new refrigerator to a fancy mixer, treat yourself to some new tools.
  • Stock up on kitchen essentials, like pots and pans, utensils, and food storage containers. You’ll feel more inclined to cook when you know you have everything you need!
  • If your kitchen feels dark and uninviting, add some recessed lighting. That way, you’ll have plenty of light to read your recipes and measure your ingredients.
  • Light and colour play key roles in making your kitchen feel bigger. Consider giving walls/cabinets a fresh coat of paint and letting natural light in through a spacious window.
  • Spend an afternoon scouring through your favourite cookbooks and online recipe sites. Better yet, have each family member flag a few of their favourites!
  • Organize your kitchen and give it a deep clean. A tidy space is a happy space!

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