When you are hiring a chef, carefully evaluate the chef's reputation in the industry, food quality, creativity and overall value. It's also important to consider the chef's personality since he needs to be able to work with you, your guests and other food service personnel.
Before you start meeting with chefs, determine a budget. A well-planned budget keeps you from interviewing professionals who are out of your price range. If you are searching for a chef for a private event or for home use, consider chefs who have trained with the United States Personal Chef Association or the American Personal & Private Chef Association.