5 Personal Chefs and Businesses in Austin for Your Private Events

By Shannon Lawlor – November 26, 2022

Party planning can be stressful. You have to worry about guest lists, decorations and setup. Additionally, figuring out what food to provide for your guests can be the cherry on top of your pile of stress. 

Taking on all the cooking yourself can be overwhelming, especially if you strive to curate a menu that will please everyone. Plus, if you’re still cooking when your guests arrive, you can miss out on important memories. So why not take a step back and let someone else take the reins in the kitchen for a night?

Whether you’re throwing a get-together, bachelorette party or wedding reception, hiring a personal chef is one solution to your party planning woes. Hiring a personal chef allows you to enjoy good food without worrying about the menu; it lets you live in the moment with your loved ones. 

Though hosting your event at a restaurant is one solution, that comes with a less interactive experience. Many personal chefs allow you to customize your menu or take your personal food preferences into consideration. Plus, you get a freshly cooked meal served in the comfort of your own home. Many personal chefs also take care of the cleanup so you don’t have to worry about dirty dishes afterward. 

Of course, finding a good personal chef can be difficult. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some excellent chefs and businesses for residents in the Austin area to hire for their next special event!

Xavier Chambers cooking.

Fusion Chamber 

If you’re looking for a chef who can create a private dining experience, check out Fusion Chamber. The founder, Chef Xavier Chamber, provides an experience for each client. For both small and large party sizes, he offers a range of services, which include plated dinners, private chef delivery (or an in-home chef), buffet stations and corporate events. If you book a plated dinner with Fusion Chambers, the menus are client-specific, so you’re sure to please everyone — even picky eaters.

Chef Mike Lenz 

Mike Lenz cooking.

Photo courtesy of Mike Lenz

You can turn to Chef Mike Lenz if you’re looking for someone to help with events or meal prep services and delivery. Lentz attended the Miami Culinary Institute and gradually built an impressive resume before moving his services to the Austin area. He’s worked with and learned from Miguel Massens and famous chef Norman Van Aken. Lenz offers services ranging from personal chef duties to meal prepping for athletes. You can even book his services if you’re looking to reach certain weight loss goals.


Chef D. Washington was born and raised in Austin. His passion for food led to his founding of D’jour in 2014. D’jour offers catering for different events. From waffle bar brunches to plated dinners, D’jour covers a variety of services. D’jour is a great option for anyone looking to hire a private chef for their bachelorette party, as he’s received great testimonials from past clients who have booked with him.


Looking for a chef to host your private dinner party? Chef Monique Santua of Gastronomique customizes her menu for the season, so your meal is cooked with fresh ingredients. Santua focuses on including sustainably sourced protein and locally grown veggies. She also works with clients to plan a custom menu for their events. And bonus: cleanup is included in the services!

Gather and Forge 

Gather and Forge is a personal chef company that solely focuses on serving the Austin area. Their services include dinner parties, home-cooked meals, date nights or even full-time private chefs, and their menus are constantly adjusted for the season. They also have an easy-to-navigate booking process, so they’re a great option if you want to book a chef and don’t know where to start.

Hiring a personal chef is an amazing way to invest in your private event. It gives you the opportunity to enjoy the night from the comfort of your home. What better way to spend your night than eating amazing, personalized meals, cooked by a professional in your own kitchen?


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