Personal Chef In Palm Springs

Our fantastic team of private and personal chefs at the Palm Springs Palate is available to prepare fresh cuisine made with organic ingredients based on your unique needs. Our chefs are excited to work with you on a special event or regularly assist with a weekly menu of flavorful, quality food or help you navigate dietary restrictions.
Contact us to create a luxury dining experience starting with your menu through preparation and serving a delicious meal. We take pride in creating memorable events with a private or personal chef service.
Meal Prepared by Palm Springs Personal Chef, Palm Springs Palate
Personal Chef in Palm Springs California

What's The Difference Between a Personal And a Private Chef?

A personal chef works with you regularly, often weekly or biweekly, to plan meals, shop for fresh ingredients, prepare delicious meals, and clean up after preparation. They store the meals in containers in the refrigerator or freezer and provide you with reheating instructions. The chef is educated on food safety and delivers a quality product for you to have fresh, nutritious meals ready to go!
Some people hire personal chefs to meet dietary needs such as paleo, vegetarian, raw food, allergen-friendly diets, or medical-based diets following the American Diabetes association meal plans.
Personal chefs will often expand their services to provide catering for special events such as a birthday dinner or a dinner party. When they act as caterers, they will hire a team of personal cooks and servers to help serve your guests and clean up after the event. If you want to spend time laughing and talking with your guests, a catered event is a good idea. You and your guests will enjoy world-class le cordon bleu dishes without all the prep work that goes into it.
Our clients are busy individuals and families who want to enjoy healthy and unique food on a regular schedule. We take any dietary limitations and personal preferences into consideration to create custom meal plans for you.

A private chef works on a single event or short-term basis, such as a family vacation. Our corporate clients use our private chef service for training sessions or special annual events. Individuals and couples choose us when they're celebrating milestone events such as a 50th birthday party or wedding anniversary and want a private chef to assist them and make the event one of the best experiences of their life.
Our clients range from experienced hosts to first-time private chef users who want to create a relaxing and memorable evening for themselves. We take away the stress of planning and hosting their special event, so they and their guests enjoy the finest cuisine and dining service.
 A private chef also considers your event details and plans the menu and cost according to your needs. Please fill out our scheduling form to learn more about working with one of our experienced and talented chefs at The Palm Springs Palate.
Dinner Plate Prepared by Personal Chef
Salad Prepared by Palm Springs Personal Chef

How Much Does a Private Chef in Palm Springs Cost?

Hiring a private chef at a daily rate depends on your specific needs. The number of people, the type of food you want prepared, and other details can make the price vary from about $115 - $200 per person for groups under 20 people. We will provide a custom quote based on your menu choices and any add-on services needed.
Groups over 20 are considered catered events. Please visit our catering page for details on catered events for your next corporate event or large gathering.
Use the scheduling form with details your private chef will need, including the number of people, special dietary needs, and other requests. One of our experienced support staff at The Palm Springs Palate will contact you to create a custom quote based on your unique event or personal needs.

Average Costs to Hire a Personal Chef

A personal chef is different from a private chef. Typically, a personal chef works with you on a long-term basis to provide instruction, dietary guidance for specialized dietary needs, or a brief service while you're working on a special project.
A personal chef may prepare meals in your home or at a commercial site with a professional kitchen. They will shop for groceries and determine portion sizes. Your custom meals will include heating instructions. Some personal chefs will also provide cooking instruction in your home. Regular chef service is an excellent option when you're aiming to meet a personal goal or are just busy with life.
The average cost for a personal chef depends on a number of factors. For food preparation for 1-3 people, the cost may be $120-$140 per person, not including food costs. The cost per person can go down for more people. For example, food for seven people may be about $100 per person.
Weekly costs could average $200-$300 per week, excluding the cost of food. You can also work with a personal chef on an hourly basis. The average hourly rate for a personal chef is about $40-$60/hour.
Our team of expert chefs at The Palm Springs Palate offers you a host of personal chef services, including menu planning, grocery shopping, in-home or onsite preparation, table service, and cleanup. Drinks are not typically included in the private chef service fees.

Is Hiring a Personal Chef Worth It?

Hiring a personal chef is a personal decision. We highly recommend using a personal chef to meet your needs and budget for a memorable event that leaves the host free to enjoy time with their friends, family, or other guests. Many of our clients have found that the fine dining experience they can enjoy in their homes is well worth the price of hiring a chef.
Your private chef will use the best, freshest organic ingredients to cater your event or prepare your meals to meet your culinary needs. We aim to provide fresh, organic, local (whenever possible) food sourcing when you work with one of our private chefs.
Our team of professional personal chefs can help you with considerations such as food allergies, wellness goals, event planning, and unique-to-you scenarios. Contact us using the scheduling form to find out more about hiring a personal chef. You're worth it!


Drinks & Private Chef ServiceAre Drinks Included in a Private Chef Service?

Wine and food pairings can be part of the chef service, but drinks are considered an "additional service" when hiring a private chef with The Palm Springs Palate. Be sure to discuss this with your private chef if you want to match your food and drink offerings. We'll provide a custom quote so you can determine if it works within your budget.

How Can I Find a Private Chef in Palm Springs?

When you want to book a private chef, The Palm Springs Palate is your first choice for your event. We'll match you with a chef that meets your unique needs. Once you complete and submit your scheduling form, we will book a consultation to discuss your food preferences, budget, and the overall dining experience you're seeking.
Your private chef will custom design a menu tailored to your needs. After you've met with your chef, we'll send you a final menu and set the date for your event.

What to Look for When Hiring a Personal Chef

Below are some sample questions to create a checklist for your introductory meeting with your personal chef. This will help you determine whether they can meet your needs.
  • Can you work within my budget?
  • Will you create a custom menu based on my cuisine preferences?
  • Will I have an opportunity to conduct a tasting before my event?
  • What do you provide from a service standpoint – food, staff, equipment?
  • Will I need to provide any extra support at this price point?
  • Can you accommodate my event date?
  • Do you specialize in my type of event – wedding caterer, corporate events, casual get-togethers?
  • Will you handle cleanup?
  • Will I need to provide any equipment?

At The Palm Springs Palate, we invite you to read our customer reviews and chef profiles to learn more about their approach, reputation, and specialties. Ask our chefs about their process, skills, references, and pricing scale. We also recommend getting at least three quotes to find the perfect personal chef for your needs and budget.

How Does Palm Springs Palate Work?

Palm Springs Palate offers you access to a local private chef for your event or personal party. We offer listings with chef reviews and chef profiles for you to select a chef.
You can also use our matching service, where you fill out our inquiry form, and the best local chefs with availability will respond with a personalized menu and quote for you. Once you decide on a chef, you can book the engagement and relax! Your chef will take care of all the details while you enjoy your meal and guests.
Complete the scheduling form to get started on the process of hiring a personal chef.

Learn to Cook with a Private Chef

Caterer or Private ChefFor some people, fantastic food and trying new foods are skills they would love to learn or master or maybe even break into a personal chef career.
Our chefs have years of experience in the personal chef business and can teach you how to cook your favorite dishes with ease at home. We will pair you with the right private chef to guide you – and your friends – on how to prepare healthy, fresh meals at any time.

We offer cooking classes and technique instruction in your home. Just ask about this option when you interview your private chef.
If a personal chef is a service you want to explore further, complete the form below with your details and one of our professional team members will contact you to answer your questions.