Caterers are chefs/cooks who prepare food for larger parties/events off-site, usually in a licensed kitchen, and transport the prepared food to the event site. Because they cook in such large quantities, their menus can be restricted.
People may also think that Personal Chefs are Private Chefs. Private Chefs become employees of a person and usually cook multiple meals daily in someone’s home. A private chef tends to cook for 1 person or family, not multiple like a personal chef would. The President of the U.S. has a private chef.
Whether you choose to hire a Personal Chef, Caterer or Private Chef, that individual or company should be Serv-Safe Certified, meaning they have been trained and have passed a National ServSafe Food Manager’s Exam.