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Cooking not your strong point? Stressed about an upcoming dinner? Then why not hire a Personal Chef to take care of the menu for you, and you can get back to doing what you do best, such as decorating the table, mixing up your signature cocktails, and entertaining your guests.

While hiring a personal chef used to be something only the elite could afford, they are now more affordable than ever before, and if you are considering hiring one for your next social gathering or special event, you’ll find everything you need to know in our Complete Guide to Personal Chef Cost London.

Top 10 Reason’s To Hire A Personal Chef In London

Personal chefs are an everyday luxury for a privileged few, but for most of us, they are a treat that we can splurge on every now and again. If you are considering a personal chef to cater for your next birthday party, wedding anniversary, or small corporate event, here are the top 10 reason’s why you should book a personal chef for your next dinner party:

  1. Stress-Free

Hiring a personal chef takes the stress out of entertaining, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your guests.

  1. Gourmet Food

With a personal chef, you can enjoy restaurant-quality, gourmet food in the comfort of your own home. No experience required.

  1. No Shopping

Most personal chefs prefer to shop for their own ingredients at local markets, fishmongers, butchers etc. so you have on thing less to worry about.

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  1. Choice

As most private chefs are skilled in many different cuisines, you can try foods you’ve never tried before. Sushi anyone?

  1. Saves Time

Employing a personal chef saves a huge amount of time on menu planning, food shopping, and cooking, and so it’s the ideal solution for business professionals and busy families with little time to spare.

  1. Food Allergies

You may be a dab hand at spaghetti Bolognese, but do you know how to cater for vegetarians, vegans, and those on a gluten-free diet? Your chef will know exactly what to prepare for those with special dietary requirements and food allergies, with menus to appeal to every taste.

  1. No Food Waste

Chefs know all about portion size, and they are used to catering for groups big and small, and so you are far less likely to have food waste than you would if you were to cook yourself.

  1. Entertainment Value

Most personal chefs love to entertain with little stories about each course, cooking tips, and wine pairing advice, and so they add entertainment value to private dinners.

  1. No Washing Up

London’s best personal chefs clean up after themselves and leave your kitchen exactly as they found it, with many even doing the washing up, so the only thing you have to do once your guests have left is turn off the lights!

  1. Affordability

Did you know that you can hire a personal chef in London for just £10 per head? You’ll find it difficult to match their prices, even if you cook everything yourself.

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Cost To Hire A Personal Chef in London

The cost to hire a personal chef in London depends on many factors such as location, group size, cuisine, and menu choice, but with rates starting at just £10, there really is something for everyone. It should be noted that some chefs charge per head and others per hour, so make sure you understand their charges before employing their services.

To give you some idea of costs, here is a list of average prices currently advertised for private chefs in London:

  • French Cuisine Personal Chef: £10 – £350 per hour with an average of £20 – £35 per hour
  • Chinese Cuisine Personal Chef: £10 – £350 per hour with an average of £15 – £25 per hour
  • Italian Cuisine Personal Chef: £12 – £350 per hour with an average of £15 – £30 per hour
  • Indian Cuisine Personal Chef: £10 – £50 per hour with an average of £15 – £25 per hour
  • Spanish Cuisine Personal Chef: £10 – £100 per hour with an average of £15 – £25 per hour
  • Arabic Cuisine Personal Chef: £10 – £100 per hour with an average of £15 – £25 per hour

Most personal chefs will prepare a menu according to your budget, using seasonal ingredients and their personal collection of herbs and spices. For a gourmet 4-course menu for a dinner party of six, you should expect to pay around £40 per head. Add wine to the equation, and your overall cost will be around £50 per head.

This may sound like a lot, but when you consider that the average 3-course menu in a top London restaurant costs around £65 per head, it’s a very reasonable price for what you get, and with no transport required, you’ll save another £40 (at least) on taxis!

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