Hire a Private Chef: How It Works

“People ask me why I like being a chef. I tell them that I get to play with food, fire, and knives — basically all the things your parents tell you not to play with.”

— Michael Casciello, Founder, Food Fire + Knives

At Food Fire + Knives, we’re all about creating exciting experiences around incredible cuisine. Our chefs are fun, interesting people who like to have a chat as they cook for you. They’re passionate about their craft and like nothing better than to see you enjoy the food with your guests.

Our platform lets you bring home the restaurant experience by helping you hire a world-class private chef in your city. Imagine the convenience of chefs that come to your home to prepare menus that you’ve picked out, all at the same cost or less of going to a nice restaurant.

Whether you’re hosting a large party or just a special dinner for two, our chefs are perfect for every occasion. All you have to do is select your menu and we’ll take care of the rest!

How to Hire a Private Chef for Your Event

Make a Reservation

  • Pick a place, date, and time.
  • Select your chef and menu. (Each chef offers different a la carte menus. Just choose the dishes you want for your occasion.
  • Add details like the number of guests or special instructions.
  • Pay for your reservation. Make changes or even cancel up to 1 week before your event for a refund.

The Chef Contacts You

  • After you’ve made a reservation with your chef, they will reach out within 48 hours to confirm the details and coordinate their arrival.
  • If you’ve added any special dietary restrictions or event instructions, they’ll work with you to implement them.
  • And if you’ve chosen placeholder menu items, you’ll be able to select your final choices in your dashboard for up to 7 days before your event.

Watch the Magic Happen

  • Your chef will arrive with everything they need, including ingredients, cooking equipment, and cleaning supplies. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the event with your guests.
  • The cleanup is included too! Hiring a private chef for a night with FFK means your kitchen will be spotless when we’re done!

100% Payment Protection



Customer Service 7 Days a Week

TWO New Features:

Kids menus + reserve now and choose later

Now catering to the big and small

Not sure of your menu? Choose ‘placeholders’ then 7 days before your event, select your menu right in your host dashboard

About Our Chefs

  • All FFK chefs are thoroughly vetted and have worked at least 1 year as an Executive Chef, Sous Chef, or in an equivalent capacity.
  • Many of their menus have been professionally validated and tested (look for the FFK-Certified badge).
  • We guarantee the highest quality and reliability of our chefs.
  • Our service also includes insurance at no extra cost.
  • Interact with our chefs and let them entertain you or have them in the background while you mingle with guests.
A plate with chicken and mashed potatoes

Chefs that Come to Your Home For One All-Inclusive Price

When you hire a private chef with FFK, be assured that you’ll never see a hidden fee. With Food Fire + Knives’ acclaimed pricing transparency, we lay it all out for you in one all-inclusive price.

We help you create unforgettable experiences that dazzle your guests with the culinary excellence of talented local chefs. They’ll pamper you, wearing the apron while you savor incredible food, taking on everything from food shopping to cleanup!

Meals Served
Menus Available
5 Star Reviews

Hire a Private Chef for an Event to Remember

With FFK, it’s easy to connect to culinary pros. FFK is a reservation platform, connecting a network of talented chefs to food lovers in cities across the USA. From coast to coast, we bring you professionals who have served as Executive Chefs and in other high-level roles in top restaurants and other facilities where fine food is prepared. Hiring a Food Fire + Knives chef for a night is not only easy, it’s a guarantee of culinary expertise and exceptional, gourmet fare.

Our chefs are skilled in numerous specialties, running the gamut of international kitchens from Mexico to Italy and beyond. And they’re farm-to-fork local food sourcing experts too, bringing you the bounty of local producers in your area.

Food allergies and special diets challenge our chefs to create around your needs. With FFK, your event is finely tailored to the dietary requirements of you and your guests for any occasion. An intimate dinner for 2 gets the same detailed attention as a birthday bash for 20 or a lively bachelorette party. When you hire a private chef with FFK, you create your event as you’ve envisioned, with an expert at your side.

Inspire Awesome!

~ Chefs Wanted ~

Gift Certificates
now available

FFK Full Service Excellence

From the moment you experience our easy-to-use online booking until the moment our chef packs up and takes their leave after a job well done, you’ll be amazed at FFK’s dedication to service and professionalism.

When you hire a Food Fire + Knives private chef, you’re assured that your payment is protected and that your chef is insured. Every step of the way, you’ll experience customer-centric service that doesn’t miss a bit.

Add the integrity of transparent pricing and the amazing talent of our national network of chefs, and you have an experience that transcends the mundane. Discover superlative chefs that come to your home and create magic in your own kitchen, while you don’t lift a finger! Reserve your FFK chef today!