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Private Chef in San Diego

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Private Chef in San Diego

Since the first Private Chef that joined Take a Chef and created a profile in San Diego in April, 2016, more than 135 Private Chefs have affiliated to our platform in San Diego and offer their services as Private Chef anywhere in San Diego County.

Starting from 2016, 3043 guests have already enjoyed a Private Chef in San Diego through Take a Chef. Up until today, our chefs have shared 1400 customized menu proposals, sending a total of 23705 messages to the guests, who have rated their experience an average score of 4.82 out of 5.

Our guests in San Diego typically reserve menus of 137 USD per person, which include 3.24 courses, sharing an average of 3.82 messages with their Private Chef for the personalization of their menu before reserving. Submit your request and find your Private Chef in San Diego!

How does it work?

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We cook in your home
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We serve each dish
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We clean up before leaving
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135 Private Chefs in San Diego

Meet the top rated Private Chefs in San Diego

Chong Kim Ooi - Private Chef in San Diego

Chong Kim Ooi

Santa Fe Springs

For over 18 years, I have captivated diners with spectacular and scrumptious dishes infused with vibrant creativity and a joyful spirit of adventure. ...

5 (28)
103 services
Jacob Perez - Private Chef in San Diego

Jacob Perez

La Quinta

I am a personal Chef who has worked in restaurants, country clubs, and resorts since 1996. I have worked all around the country with very talented Che...

4.6 (18)
56 services
John Stuart - Private Chef in San Diego

John Stuart

Coto De Caza

Classically trained, multiple award winning and Three Star Michelin trained chef, born in Sussex (UK) speaks English and French.
 Worked around the wo...

4.9 (24)
39 services
Scott Robertson - Private Chef in San Diego

Scott Robertson

Palm Springs

Chef Scott Robertson was born and raised in the beautiful Coachella Valley. He is proud of being 2nd generation of the Elite Palm Springs Local Societ...

4.2 (3)
27 services
Dave Mau - Private Chef in San Diego

Dave Mau

Orange

Forged in the trenches of the Orange County music scene and over the campfires of the High Sierra, the culinary talents of Chef David Christian Mau ne...

4.9 (12)
26 services
Timothy Brice - Private Chef in San Diego

Timothy Brice

Los Angeles

I am a professional chef with over 25 years experience working in California cuisine focused restaurants, running a small boutique local produce comp...

4.7 (6)
24 services
Julian Gonzalez Cruz - Private Chef in San Diego

Julian Gonzalez Cruz

Bermuda Dunes

I am a professional chef with over 16 years of experience and with work knowledge of different world cuisines. I enjoy using seasonal and local ingr...

4.6 (6)
22 services
Matthew Lazarchick - Private Chef in San Diego

Matthew Lazarchick

Los Angeles

I'm a personal chef working for high profile clients in the Beverly Hills, Malibu and surrounding areas . I've grown up in working restaurants arou...

4.9 (6)
21 services
Rodolfo Reyes - Private Chef in San Diego

Rodolfo Reyes

La Cañada Flintridge

I am a professional chef with more than 20 years of progressive culinary training, I graduated from culinary school in 2005 and have held just about e...

5 (3)
16 services
Damon Henderson - Private Chef in San Diego

Damon Henderson

Los Angeles

I am the Executive Chef of D1 and Only Personal Chef Service. I have over 15 years experience in food service and hospitality. I received my culinary ...

5 (10)
14 services
Timothy Brice - Private Chef in San Diego

Timothy Brice

Palm Springs

We are a team of chefs with a combined 101 years of experience in fine dining, high-end catering, and private chef work producing cuisines from around...

4.6 (4)
14 services
Benjamin Mclellan - Private Chef in San Diego

Benjamin Mclellan

Canyon Lake

I have over 8 years experience cooking professionally across multiple different countries. My background includes fine dining, vegan/vegetarian and Eu...

4.9 (6)
12 services

1400 menus personalized by our Private Chefs in San Diego

Every occasion needs a tailored menu, personalize yours!

More than 3000 guests have already enjoyed the experience

4.82

AVERAGE SCORE BASED ON 605 REVIEWS

4.8/ 5

Chef

4.69

The guests in San Diego have scored the experience with their Private Chef with a 4.69.

Presentation

4.77

Not only taste counts! The presentation of our Private Chefs dishes has received a 4.77 average score.

Cleaningness

4.85

The clean up of the kitchen and dining area in San Diego has been scored with a 4.85 on average.

Food quality

4.85

The quality of the menus cooked by our Private Chefs in San Diego received an average score of 4.85.

Take a Chef

4.92

The oeverall experience of our guests with Take a Chef in San Diego has received a score of 4.92!

If I could double tap EXCELLENT I WOULD!!!! An amazing experience The Best Birthday Dinner thus far... service unmatched!!!! I most definitely will be booking again in the future????

Ms. Erica - Sep 4, 2020

5/ 5

Delicious meal. Loved the tapas style starters with the freshest ingredients (especially the tomatoes right off the vine) and the branzino was cooked to perfection!

Maria - Jan 27, 2020

5/ 5

John was great

Jessica Uchtman - Mar 22, 2021

5/ 5

Fantastic service, could use a couple tweaks in the online app and ease of use but the Chefs are sensational

Kevin Martin - Sep 22, 2020

4.8/ 5

Chef Dave was personable, professional, and most importantly, the food tasted amazing.

Jeff Mann - Mar 22, 2021

5/ 5

Chef Tim was absolutely incredible. We have done several private chef events and he is in another level. All the food he made from the appetizers to the main courses to the dessert were incredible. In addition to the cooking, he is just an all around pleasant person to be around. He was a fun person to enjoy NYE with.He took care of our kitchen and left it spotless. Highly recommend for any occasion!

Stevee Wagner - Jan 2, 2020

5/ 5

Amazing chef cooked to perfection. Awesome people skills

Mr. Jason White - Oct 9, 2018

5/ 5

I have been a restaurateur for 25+ years but did not want to use one of my chefs. It was a risk well taken. Matthew is a fine chef. His food knowledge, enthusiasm and taste was out of this world. I had 10 foodies at my home for a Surprise Bday party. I think I was the most surprised at what a fine meal we had. Many of the guests commented that it was one of the best meals they have ever had anywhere. Matt took the time to build a menu that suited the crowd. He also took the time to meet up. He stayed in touch prior to the evening to coordinate details of our night. We even all made gnocchi with him. (a special cooking class treat) I I would like to tell you about my favorite course but literally every course was better than the next; ending with the belle noir dessert which I can still taste. I will use this service again and hope that Matt will be available.

DEBBI SINGER - Feb 25, 2019

5/ 5

We had the BEST experience with Chef Rodolfo! He was great with communication and expectations up front. We were staying at an airbnb in which the kitchen posed a few problems but he came right in and was able to adapt quickly. All 4 dishes were incredible and we enjoyed his company and conversation through out the meal. It was an intimate setting and just what we were looking for.

Hannah Mount - Nov 3, 2020

5/ 5

Chef Damon was professional and amazing. We hired him to cook for our parents 40th anniversary and he absolutely killed it! It will go down as the best present ever and we could not be happier. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CHEF!!

David J pressberg - Sep 4, 2019

5/ 5

Our experience with Timothy Bryce was better than we could have imagined. Tim was so personable and had us laughing the entire evening; it was like we had another family member in the house. He had us engaged in every step of his cooking process and had everything ready at the exact time he told us it would be.. not to mention, the food was absolutely amazing. I feel like I could go on forever about how great of an evening Tim provided for us, but I will just leave it at this: I would recommend Tim Bryce to anyone, and everyone, no matter the occasion.

Matthew Furtado - Feb 17, 2021

5/ 5

I had the chef come for my birthday dinner and everything was perfect. The food was delicious and the chef was very polite and professional. Chef was extremely helpful when picking the menu for the night and attentive to my dietary needs. He left the kitchen spotless. I would 10/10 recommend Chef Ben and the Take a Chef service. Thank you for an amazing dinner!

Lotanna Ike - Dec 18, 2020

5/ 5

Kim was our chef and he was very professional and friendly. The food was prepared and presented very well and most importantly it was delicious! My kids begged to have him come back to prepare our dinner however we just couldn’t fit it into our schedule. When we visit this area again, we will definitely use this service again and request Kim. I will also take advantage of this service whenever I book an Airbnb property.

Evone - Jan 18, 2021

5/ 5

Our experience with Chef Jacob and Carolina was amazing. Every course was better than the last. They were friendly, accomodating and fastidious. The meal was one of the best I've ever had! I would not hesitate to recommend Chef Jacob to others in the Palm Springs area looking for a special evening.

Jessica Tilak - Nov 11, 2019

5/ 5

Chef John was amazing! From start to finish he came in and made the night. The dishes were incredible and we couldn’t stop trying a bit of everything before pushing on to our next dish. Chef John will forever be our Chef for every occasion!

Brandon Perez - Oct 27, 2020

5/ 5

Chef was very friendly and made a delicious meal! He was punctual and respectful and we enjoyed everything so much!

Kate Simoes - Dec 31, 2019

4.7/ 5

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Key information about Private Chef in San Diego

Discover more details about our Private Chefs in San Diego and their services.

42 years

The average age of our Private Chefs in San Diego

46% women

Percentage of Private Chef women in San Diego.

4 hours

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

2016-04-14

First Private Chef service in San Diego.

18.7% of kids

Percentage of Private Chef services with kids in San Diego.

12 bookings

Maximum number of bookings for a Private Chef in San Diego by a single client.

170%

Increase in the number of Private Chef bookings in San Diego in the last year

5 languages

Languages spoken by our Private Chefs in San Diego.

69.6%

Percentage of guests that hire a Private Chef more than once.

4 days

Average number of days booked for multiple services.

983 pictures

Photos of our Private Chefs uploaded to the platform in San Diego.

2 days

Average timeframe from the Private Chef request to booking.

How many services of Private Chef are booked in San Diego each month?

Depending on the destination, Private Chef reservations can fluctuate seasonally to a greater or lesser extent throughout the year. In the case of San Diego, you can check the monthly fluctuations of Private Chef reservations in the following table.

Thruthfully, any month of the year is good to enjoy a Private Chef in the comfort of your home, but due to the fluctuations in the demand for Private Chefs in San Diego, prices may vary especially for last minute reservations. Step ahead and book a Private Chef to avoid any surprises!

How much does a Private Chef cost in San Diego?

The cost of hiring a Private Chef depends essentially on the number of guests who will be enjoying the experience. On average, for bookings of 2 people, the price of a Private Chef in San Diego is 163 USD per person. Between 3 and 6 people, the average price is 122 USD per person. Between 7 and 12 people, the average price is 98 USD. For 13 or more people the average price is 99 USD.

On another hand, each destination is totally different, and seasonality usually makes prices vary considerably. On the following chart you can find the differences on the average pricing charged by our Private Chefs in San Diego on each particular month of the year.

How many Private Chef register in San Diego each month?

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

Every month, 2 Private Chefs register with us. Our verification team reviews these new Private 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 in San Diego is the Surprise cuisine, and the less booked type is the Japanese cuisine.

But beyond these six types of cuisine, our Private Chefs personalize thousands of menus for their clients every day, adjusting every detail to find the perfect menu for every occasion and every group. Of course, our Private Chefs will adapt their dishes to any allergy or dietary restriction, and they can also propose other cuisines or fusions. Sumbit your request and discover the menus of your Private Chefs in San Diego!

Discover our Private Chefs

Each Private Chef in San Diego is absolutely unique. All of them have professional cooking training and years of experience in all kinds of restaurants. Each one of them has made their own way to becoming a Private Chef. Tell us the details of your event and discover the best Private Chefs in San Diego who will personalize every detail of your experience.

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?

Click above to get started!

Frequently asked questions

Below you can find the most common questions about Private Chefs in San Diego.

What does a Private Chef service include in San Diego?

A Private Chef service includes everything necessary to enjoy the experience, from the customization of a menu to the purchase of ingredients, the mise en place prior to the service, the preparation of the menu at the guests' home, the complete table service, and lastly the set up and cleaning of the kitchen and the spaces used during the experience. Tableware and glassware are not included. Gratuity is entirely up to the guests' discretion.

How much does a Private Chef cost in San Diego?

The price of a private chef service depends essentially on the number of people. On average, for bookings of 2 people, the price of a Private Chef in San Diego is 163 USD per person. Between 3 and 6 people, the average price is 122 USD per person. Between 7 and 12 people, the average price is 98 USD. For 13 or more people the average price is 99 USD. It is important to point out that, depending on the destination, Private Chef reservations may be more or less seasonal and, therefore, the price may fluctuate. This also applies to last minute bookings, where prices may also vary.

How can I hire a Private Chef in San Diego?

To hire a Private Chef just select a date, number of people, let us know your food preferences and intolerances and share with us a few details about your kitchen. In a matter of a few hours, you will receive four tailor-made menus and will be able to review the chef's profile, reviews and pictures of their dishes. You will also be able to speak directly with each chef through the messaging area on the platform and ask for menu modifications, price changes, and generally discuss any questions you may have. Once you have chosen your favorite chef and menu, you can finalize your reservation on the website. Once the reservation is confirmed, you will receive the chef's direct contact information to finalize the details.

How can I find a Private Chef in San Diego?

In San Diego there are currently 135 Private Chefs available. To find the best chef, you only have to fill in the form and the 4 best local chefs available on the chosen date will send you their menu proposal. You will be able to check in detail their professional profile and choose the chef/proposal you like the most.

What is the maximum amount of people allowed for a Private Chef service?

There is no maximum number of people, although a Private Chef service is usually carried out in a more intimate level along with friends or family, and usually in homes where space is limited. Even though there is no maximum number of people, generally the groups do not exceed 15 people.

Does the Private Chef cook at my house?

A Private Chef always prepares the menu at the client's home, as it is an inherent part of the experience. However, depending on the complexity of the menu, the chef may prepare a mise en place before going to the client's home, as some dishes take several hours to prepare and it would be impossible to execute all the steps at the client's home.

Can I cook along with the Private Chef?

Absolutely! Usually, there are always several food lovers among the diners who take the opportunity to share some time with the chef, learn some tricks in the kitchen and the step-by-step of each of the dishes on the menu. For those diners who really want to get hands on, they can of course join the chef and cook!

Are the ingredients for a Private Chef service fresh?

Every Private Chef gives the utmost importance to the freshness of the ingredients used in their menus. The main difference between a restaurant and a private chef is in the personalized treatment of each diner. The chef personalizes the menu, and based on that menu, makes the necessary purchases to develop the menu chosen by the customers. Therefore, the freshness of the ingredients is one of the key elements of a Private Chef service.

Are drinks included in a Private Chef service?

Drinks are not included by default. However, you can reach an agreement with the chef in order to add drinks as an "extra" to the menu proposal.

How much should I tip a Private Chef in San Diego?

Each guest can freely decide the tip he/she wishes to give to the chef, as it is up to their discretion. On average, based on the tips given by 3043 guests in San Diego, guests usually tip 14,72% of the total amount to their Private Chef.

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