The Difference Between a Private Chef and a Personal Chef

Jul 15, 2023

When it comes to hiring a chef, you may have heard the terms "private chef" and "personal chef" used interchangeably. However, there are actually some key differences between the two.

Private Chef

A private chef is typically employed by a single household or individual, and their job is to prepare meals exclusively for that client. They may work full-time or part-time, depending on the needs of the client. Private chefs are often hired by high-net-worth individuals or families who want the convenience of having their meals prepared for them without having to leave their home. At The Resort Chef, we serve multiple households the wonderful cuisine of the Blue Ridge Mountains and tge Appalachian Mountains. We believe in preservation of our culinary heritage one experience at a time. 

Private chefs may also be responsible for grocery shopping, menu planning, and cleaning up after meals. In some cases, they may even be required to travel with the client or prepare meals at a second home or vacation rental. At The Resort Chef, we handle all of your meal needs including all of the above. 

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Personal Chef

A personal chef, on the other hand, typically works for multiple clients and may prepare meals for several households or individuals. They may work out of a commercial kitchen or their own home, and they often provide meal prep services for clients who want to eat healthy but don't have the time or energy to cook for themselves.

Personal chefs may also offer meal delivery services, catering for events, and cooking classes. They may work with clients on a weekly or monthly basis, creating customized meal plans based on their dietary needs and preferences.

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Key Differences

Scope of Work

The biggest difference between a private chef and a personal chef is the scope of their work. Private chefs work exclusively for one client, while personal chefs may work for multiple clients at the same time. At The Resort Chef, we design menus exclusively for our clients one household at a time. 


Private chefs typically work in the client's home, while personal chefs may work out of a commercial kitchen or their own home.


Private chefs are often responsible for grocery shopping, menu planning, and cleaning up after meals, while personal chefs may offer additional services such as meal delivery and catering. With few exceptions, we offer all of the above except meal delivery. At this time, we prefer to cook in yoyr residence.


Private chefs are generally more expensive than personal chefs, as they are working exclusively for one client and may be required to travel or work irregular hours. Personal chefs may be more affordable, as they are able to work with multiple clients and may have more flexible schedules. Our company is a combination of both activities but largely offer the services of a Private Chef. 


Which One is Right for You?

Deciding whether to hire a private chef or a personal chef depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you want the convenience of having your meals prepared for you in your own home and are willing to pay a premium for that service, a private chef may be the right choice for you. If you are looking for healthy meal prep services or catering for events, a personal chef may be a better fit.

Ultimately, both private chefs and personal chefs offer valuable services that can help you save time and eat healthier. It's up to you to decide which one is the right fit for your lifestyle and budget.

Here at The Resort Chef we work exclusively for you and your guests during your visit to the High Country. Please contact us to see how we differentiate ourselves from other chefs in the area.