A personal chef is not a private chef! While a private chef is employed by one individual or family at a time, a personal chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for the clients’ particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored, so that the clients may enjoy them at their leisure in the future.
Expect a per diem of $200 to $500, depending on the market in which you live.
Experience in the food service industry is important, as many personal chefs have been restaurant chefs in the past. A culinary arts degree of some kind – from a 2- or 4-year institution – will make you a more desirable personal chef and allow you to charge higher rates. A degree in marketing, sales or business will help you with the self-employment aspects of the job.
Currently, about 9,000 personal chefs are estimated to serve 72,000 customers. Industry observers predict the number of personal chefs in the United States will double in the next five years.