Vacation Chef Services

See how a vacation chef can make your getaway a truly relaxing and enjoyable experience whether you are spending a week at the beach or a long weekend in the mountains. Chef Jill Aker Ray goes where you go.


  • Planning menus for the week

  • Grocery shopping

  • Re-stocking groceries and beverages (as needed during your stay)

  • Prep and kitchen clean up during your stay

  • Refrigerator and pantry clean out on check out day (for week long vacations)

  • Preparing meals for the week

Meals for the week include:

  • Breakfast (3 days "made to order," 3 days deluxe continental breakfast and one brunch)

  • Lunch (Ready and available each day - in house or boxed lunches)

  • Dinner (2 nights (sit down service), 3 nights buffet style and one "parents’ night out" pizza making party for the kids.

  • Large groups buffet style (Mid-week, one day-dinner only)

  • Afternoon Snacks/smoothies/appetizers

All of the above are customizable to your needs and to make this the best vacation ever! 

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Need private bedroom and bathroom (this is optional if I have access to a shared one that is lockable) on premises or hotel room off premises, but close by-provided by vacationers
Travel expenses (gas, incidentals while traveling). Keep in mind that I have flight privileges on many airlines, which allows me the ability to get to many locations for free or greatly reduced fares. As of 2/1/19, mileage is 58 cents per mile.
Starting at $325 per day PLUS the cost of groceries
(Groups of 12 plus generally require assistant)

Groups of 4-8       $325 per day
Groups of 9-11     $425 per day
Groups of 12-16   $525 per day
Groups of 17-24   $625  per day
For larger groups,  please inquire. Discounts available to former vacation chef clients.

Additional services available (for a fee) during your vacation:

  • Babysitting

  • Added Meals

  • Cooking Classes, Wine Tastings or "Theme" Parties


2 day minimum for services(which would include your choice of 3 meals per day and style of meals-same daily rates as above plus groceries) 


"Staycation" Rates for local Charlotte and surrounding areas. Hire Chef Jill for the day to come and allow you a vacation at home! This is a very economical way to enjoy the "Royal Treatment" at home. Invite friends or family and sit by the pool while I do the prep, cooking and clean up!


"Jill, we miss you already. You truly made our vacation another level of wonderful! Even aside from your amazing cooking, you were just a joy to be around."

/ Tracy Bria /

"Jill, you exceeded any/all expectations-you are GREAT at what you do."

/ Jason Bria /


"Jill, I just wanted to say thank you for such a fabulous weekend! It was so wonderful to have you join our family and we were continually spoiled with your delicious food!"

/ Christy McColgin Potter /


"Jill, what a gift and a joy it was to have you take care of all of our food needs at Thrive Retreat on the farm. Your vision, perfect execution, incredible talent and positive spirit were all gifts. The goody bags for the drive home where the icing on the cake. And big thanks to Dave, too! You are so appreciated!"

/ Rosie Molinary /

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If so, please advise while we do menu planning so I can do my best to stay within it.
If you request I do that, we will discuss best way for each couple or family to pay me. I am most comfortable buying the beverages that all are sharing at meals ( i.e. milk, juice, coffee, tea, etc) but will accommodate your wishes!
If so, let me know so I can plan one night of pizza making or interactive cooking class for kids dinner (included in your daily charge if 3 nights or longer). Extra nights are considered babysitting and will incur additional charges.
I am glad to be flexible as I want your vacation to include freedom and relaxation for you! Just give me enough time to shop, prep and prepare your delicious meals.
I always bring a suitcase (or two) full of these items. It is helpful to have a general idea of what is provided at the house, cabin, cottage, villa or boat/yacht.
Questions are welcomed, so please ask! I am so excited to make this your most memorable and relaxing time ever!
Photography by Angela Tucker