Private Chef in San Diego

Rent one of our 268 private chefs for a unique dining experience. You choose the menu, and the cleanup is included.

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A personal chef for any occasion in San Diego

Since the first private chef joined Take a Chef in San Diego in April 2016, more than 268 Private Chefs have joined our platform in San Diego and offered their services as private chefs anywhere in San Diego County.

Starting in 2016, 9788 guests have already enjoyed a chef in San Diego. To book your chef in San Diego, just share your event details in our form. Receive proposals from top chefs and chat with them until you find your match.

Up until today, our chefs have shared 6219 customized menu proposals, sending a total of 86238 messages to their guests, who rated their experience with an average score of 4.83 out of 5.

Since the first dinner provided by Take a Chef, 9788 guests have enjoyed unique experiences with no hassle. Our guests in San Diego usually book menus around 163.6 USD per person, including 3.16 courses, sharing an average of 4.76 messages with their chefs. If you've never had a chef at home but want to add an extra spice to your next celebration, just rent a chef in San Diego.

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How it works

Personalize your request

Share with us the details of your dream meal, including type of cuisine, preferences, and intolerances.

Receive menu proposals

Our chefs will design menus based solely on your wants and needs.

Get chatty with your chefs

Don't be shy about exchanging some messages with your chefs until your perfect menu is ready!

Book your experience

Once you are happy with your choice, submit your payment to secure your experience.

Enjoy!

All there is left to do is count down the days till your culinary experience begins!

Find your chef

Customize your request and start talking with your chefs.

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More than 9700 guests have already enjoyed the experience

4.83
Average score based on 2185 reviews

4.67 Chef

The guests in San Diego have scored the experience with their Private Chef with a 4.67.

4.89 Food quality

The quality of the menus cooked by our Private Chefs in San Diego received an average score of 4.89.

4.8 Presentation

Not only taste counts! The presentation of our Private Chefs dishes has received a 4.8 average score.

4.87 Cleaningness

The clean up of the kitchen and dining area in San Diego has been scored with a 4.87 on average.

6219 menus personalized by our Private Chefs in San Diego

Every occasion is unique - make sure you have the right chef and menu for it!

Personalize your menu

A romantic dinner or a gathering of friends. Traditional dishes or exotic flavours. A fine dining experience or a family-style meal. Every private chef experience is unique! Submit your request and personalize yours.

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Frequently asked questions

Below, you can find the most common questions about private chef services in San Diego.

A private chef service includes everything necessary to enjoy a personalized dining experience at home. This includes:

- Customization of a menu based on your preferences;
- Purchase of ingredients;
- Mise en place (preparation of ingredients) before arrival;
- Preparation of the menu at your home;
- Complete table service;
- Set up and cleaning of the kitchen and used spaces.

Please note that tableware and glassware are not included. Gratuity is entirely at your discretion.

The price of renting a chef in San Diego can vary depending on the specifics, but smaller groups tend to have a slightly different price per person compared to larger gatherings.

Booking prices range from 99 USD to 163 USD. For groups of 13 people or more, the price is 99 USD per person. For groups of 7 to 12 people, the cost is 98 USD per person. For groups of 3 to 6 people, the rate is 122 USD per person, and for 2 people, the price is 163 USD per person.

Seasonal ingredients, your location, and how soon you book also affect the final price. If you're interested in getting free quotes with no obligation, fill out our form and let the best chefs near you send unique proposals for your event.

Booking is easy! Just tell us the date of your event, number of guests, dietary preferences and any allergies, and a few details about your kitchen. Within a few hours, you'll receive customized menus from qualified chefs. Each chef's profile will include their experience, reviews, and photos of their dishes.

Feel free to chat directly with the chefs through our platform. Ask them to modify menus, discuss pricing, or get answers to any questions you might have. Once you've found the perfect chef and menu, finalize your reservation online. We'll then provide the chef's contact information to confirm any final details.

There are currently 268 chefs available in San Diego. Fill out a form specifying your needs and the date. Take a Chef will connect you with the best available chefs in San Diego who will send you their menu proposals. You can then choose the chef and menu that suits you best.

While there's no strict limit on guest count, private chef experiences are designed to create a more intimate atmosphere, perfect for gatherings of friends and family. Since most homes have limited space to accommodate large groups, parties typically don't exceed 15 people.

Yes, the chef always prepares the menu at your home for a more personalized experience. However, some prep work might be done beforehand for complex dishes.

Absolutely! Many guests are passionate about food and relish the chance to learn from the chef. You can pick up new kitchen skills and get a behind-the-scenes look at each dish on the menu. Feel free to jump in and cook alongside the chef for a truly interactive experience!

Yes, they're 100% fresh. Unlike restaurants with pre-made dishes, private chefs prioritize using the freshest ingredients possible. This is because the chef creates a customized menu specifically for you, then goes out and sources the finest ingredients to bring your chosen dishes to life.

Drinks are not typically included, but you can discuss adding them to the menu proposal with the chef.

Tipping for private chefs is entirely at your discretion. Our goal is for you to have an unforgettable experience, and the chef always appreciates a nice tip. However, the decision and amount are completely up to you.

Key information about our chefs in San Diego

Discover more details about our private chefs and their services.

42 years old

The average age of our private chefs in San Diego

60% female chefs

Percentage of our women chefs in San Diego.

5 hours

The average wait time from submitting the request and receiving the first menu.

2016-04-14

Our very first private chef service in San Diego.

14% of kids

Percentage of services with kids in San Diego.

20 bookings

Maximum number of bookings for a personal chef by a single client in San Diego.

30% increase

Increase in the number of bookings for a chef from last year in San Diego.

5 languages

Languages spoken by our personal chefs in San Diego.

62.1% of recurrence

Percentage of guests that hired a chef more than once.

4 days

Average number of days booked for multiple services at home with a private chef.

1979 pictures

Photos uploaded to the platform by our private chefs in San Diego.

2 days

Average timeframe from sending the request to booking.

How many chef services are booked in San Diego each month?

Private chef reservations can vary seasonally depending on the destination. In San Diego, for example, demand often increases during special dates like Valentine's Day or Mother's Day, so it's best to book in advance.

If you're wondering about the best time to hire a chef, any month is perfect for enjoying a private chef. Just keep in mind that prices may vary, especially for last-minute bookings. So, don't wait—book your chef early to secure your unique dining experience in San Diego.

Cost of a private chef in San Diego

The cost of hiring a private chef in San Diego can vary based on several factors, including the number of people in your group or seasonality. Larger groups tend to have a different average rate per person compared to smaller groups that hire a chef:

Booking prices range from 99 USD to 163 USD per person.

For 13 people or more: 99 USD
For 7 to 12 people: 98 USD
For 3 to 6 people: 122 USD
For 2 people: 163 USD.

Additionally, prices can fluctuate depending on the time of year, location, and how soon you book your personal chef. If you want to get free quotes, just fill out our form and receive tailored proposals for your event. No committment at all.

Private chefs registrations

After many years of offering our services, we are lucky to have a fantastic team of chefs that keeps growing in San Diego!

2 personal chefs register with us every month. Our verification team reviews these new chef profiles daily to categorize them, allowing you to discover incredible new chefs every month.

What is the most reserved type of cuisine in San Diego?

We mainly offer six types of cuisine in San Diego: Mediterranean, Italian, French, Japanese, Mexican, and surprise. The type of cuisine with the highest number of bookings is the Surprise, but you can have anything you want (our surprise menu will cover that!).

Beyond these six types of cuisine, our private chefs personalize diverse menus for their clients every day, adjusting every detail to find the perfect menu for every occasion and every group. Our private chefs can accommodate any allergy or dietary restriction and suggest other cuisines or fusion dishes. Submit your request and hire a chef in San Diego!

A Private Chef: Put a fresh twist on your kitchen

Try a unique dining experience with a Private Chef from Take a Chef. Whether for an important occasion, such as an anniversary or birthday, or simply as a way to put a fresh twist on a date or lunch with friends, a Private Chef is an exciting experience.
Let us transform your home into one of the city’s best restaurants but with one important difference: the entire experience is tailored around your tastes.
Simply answer a few quick question about your culinary preferences and our expert chefs will send you menu proposals for you to choose from. As for the service itself, your chosen chef will buy fresh, local ingredients on the day of the meal. They will cook directly in your kitchen and serve you and your guests. What’s more, they’ll make sure everything is spotless before leaving, so that all you have to do is enjoy the experience.

San Diego's best chefs at your disposal

We have over 100 chefs in San Diego and that makes us certain we can find the perfect one for you.
Each one of them has a decade’s experience under their belt and has trained in the best culinary schools.
Whether you’re craving Mediterranean, Japanese or Mexican cuisine, or if you’d like us to surprise you, we’ll find the right chef for you. And to make sure every last detail is just as you want it, you’ll be able to make requests directly to each chef who sends you a menu proposal. Just click below to get started!

Bring the restaurant experience home

San Diego has a rich, dynamic culinary scene and some of the best restaurants in the country particularly for seafood, Mexican and classic American cuisine. What we at Take a Chef strive for however, is taking the dining experience to the next level, with a tailor-made, intimate approach. So why not bring a personal restaurant experience home?

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Each of our chefs is one-of-a-kind, with professional culinary training and years of experience in diverse restaurants. Craving Italian pasta, Spanish paella, or traditional sushi in San Diego? You’ll get it. Tell us about your event in San Diego, and discover the best chefs who will customize every detail of your experience.

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