A private personal chef can be an excellent option for a household that require a high standard of cooking while also tailoring the meals to specific personal preferences. They can work closely with their employers to cater for specific personal preferences, are able to cook a range of cuisines and cater for specific dietary requirements such as: low calorie/ low fat/ low sodium, Kosher/ Halal, Vegetarian/ Vegan, macrobiotic, diabetic, gluten/ dairy free or other food allergies/intolerances.
A Private Chef prepares detailed menus and food for most or all of the family and social events. A Private Chef may also prepare meals for the staff. The household Chef is responsible for anything food or kitchen-related, including organization, clean up, shopping for all food-related supplies and menu planning. There are many levels of Private Chef from the general family household Chef / Cook to Michelin starred Chef.
- Produce visually pleasing meals
- Maintaining the kitchen to high standards
- Food safety, hygiene and ensure food rotation is managed
- Responsible for kitchen budgets and accounts or work closely with other staff on managing costs.
- In larger residences or staffed households a personal chef may manage a small team that they are able to delegate some of these tasks to.
- Some personal chefs are also called upon to organise special events such as: dinner parties/ birthday parties, lunch parties, shoot lunches, BBQ’s, canapé drinks parties, cooking at chalets or summer villas.
- Cook a range of cuisines and cater for specific dietary requirements such as: low calorie/ low fat/ low sodium, Kosher/ Halal, Vegetarian/ Vegan, macrobiotic, diabetic, gluten/ dairy free or other food allergies/intolerances.
- They may have experience preparing a wide range of cuisines such as: British, Mediterranean, French, Asian, Middle Eastern, Japanese, Fusion and more.
Working Hours of a Private Chef / Cook
Most Private Chefs / Cooks will work 4 /5 / 6 days per week. The hours will vary depending on the days worked, if they are cooking 2 or 3 meals a day and if they are working alone or with other staff. Generally, a chef may work between 8- 12 hours per day more or less. Some will do longer days if their employers are in residence which is compensated with more time off when their employers are away or they may work on a Rota with other chefs/ cover cooks. Often Private Chefs will do a split shift or regular hours doing longer hours if there is any evening entertaining / events to cater for.
Salary of a Private Chef / Cook
The average salary for a live-in Private Chef is between £50,000 to £80,000 gross per annum and the average salary range for a live-out Private Chef is £60,000 to £100,000 in the UK. An international Private Chef on average is paid £70,000+. Top private chefs may command higher salaries and you can employ temporary and seasonal chefs at fixed rates.