Have Chef, Will Travel

The best private chefs in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco and more

Whether you're planning a simple soiree in San Francisco or an all-out bash in New York City, one of these chefs can make your culinary dreams come true. From intimate cocktail parties to a sit-down dinner for 20 of your closest friends, here's who's got you covered, city by city.

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Chef David Kirschner, formerly Tasting Table's executive chef, has cooked at such respected restaurants as Bar Boulud. He takes his years of restaurant experience to craft elegant, seasonal dishes with a personal touch.

The Culinistas

Fill out a basic online form (including information on your favorite foods, any allergies or restrictions, the location of the event) and founder Jill Donenfeld and her team will match you with one of their vetted chefs who will work with you on every detail of your event.


Kitchit connects you with working chefs (from James Beard Foundation Award winners to alums of The French Laundry) to create in-home dining experiences, where the chefs shop, cook and clean up for you.


With operations around the globe, Eatwith works with chefs in multiple cities and focuses on local, sustainable, organic ingredients for its twist on the dinner party. And you can host the event in your own homeā€”or in the chef's.

Diane Henderiks

Henderiks demonstrates phenomenal range, from beef brisket to full vegan menus, and is known for her ability to really understand her client's dietary requirements and wishes.

Lena Goldin

With her French training and gorgeous plating, Goldin specializes in beautiful, refined tasting menus and the like.

Ashley Fahr

Fahr relies heavily on area farmers' markets and local butchers to source the best of the Southern California bounty, from sustainably raised meats and nut oils to produce at its peak (persimmons, dates, morels, asparagus).

Lisa Schoen

As Derek Jeter's private chef for years, Schoen specializes in healthy, high-protein diets and focuses on clean food packed with flavor but without a lot of added butter or sugar.

chefbyday@gmail.com or 516-445-3235

The Culinistas



Haute Chefs L.A.

At a dinner party, appearances count. Haute Chefs L.A. focuses on high-quality ingredients through close relationships with farmers and delivers turnkey service with unparalleled style.

Dahlia Abrams

Abrams strives to provide balance with texture and flavor. She specializes in healthy, kid-friendly meals.

dahliaabrams@gmail.com or 248-840-5064



White Apron Chef

Chef Brigitte Theriault shops often in the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and at nearby Happy Boy Farms to produce healthy, rustic comfort foods with a global perspective.

Town & Country Resources

This domestic staffing agency, in addition to its full-time services, offers chef placements for single events.

The Culinistas


John Hagedorn

Hagedorn formerly worked under Top Chef alum Dale Levitski but now cooks up a storm for private clients around Chicago.


Basil Personal Chef

Healthy eating comes first with Basil Personal Chef, which works with producers to source organic, pesticide-free, hormone-free ingredients.

Virginie Savoir-Faire

Chef Virginie Leplus brings the tropical flavors of South Florida to life with French, Asian and Latin influences.


Matthew Maier

Maier prides himself on getting you whatever you might want or need while on vacation, whether that's house-made pasta for a small dinner or a kilo of caviar.

Flourish: Food to Thrive On

Chef Sarah Mandell offers a range of services from stocking the fridge of your vacation rental in Aspen or Snowmass to intimate dinners for two to holiday meals.

Gourmet Girl on the Go

This Aspen and Snowmass one-stop shop handles everything from groceries and meal service for a week to cooking classes to sit-down dinners and cocktail parties.