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Birmingham Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Birmingham.

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ChefChefCatering
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly K.
Verified review

Chef Franklin was a delight to work with and the food was wonderful! I will definitely Work with him again! We had a birthday party for about 40 people and everyone enjoyed the food. I told Chef Franklin how many we were expecting and that I wanted heavy hors d'oeuvres and he delivered! Look forward to another event!

Birmingham Sushi Classes
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Bonnie S.
Verified review

Kelly is awesome! Very talented & an excellent chef. 😊

Chef TrèJ
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Shametria J.
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What I like about Chef TreJ is that I've never seen anyone with such a diverse catering style. She can do small lunches for just a few people or cater for a couple of hundred people. Chef TreJ works with your budget to provide the best menu as well as addressing any special dietary needs. She has a "can do" attitude and is always professional. Everything she cooks is absolutely delicious and I will continue to use her for any upcoming events!

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sam B.
Verified review

DeAntaye came to my home and cooked an exquisite lunch that only the best of chef cooks can do. I highly recommend him for any catering and/or personal chef engagements.

Underground Cooking Academy
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Amanda S.
    Verified review

    I have had a unique experience in that I have worked with Underground Cooking Academy professionally when Chef Thyme Randall worked directly with our Instructors on a cooking demonstration, which was very successful. I have also been a guest at a few of Underground Cooking Academy's catering events and I can say that without fail the food has always been incredible and I have appreciated and celebrated Chef Thyme Randall's energy!

    • 4 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Brenda T.
    Verified review

    I have known Chef Detrick or "(DJ) for a long time. When he first cooked for me I knew he was destined for greatness. His food is awesome and his staff is friendly and professional. Everything I wanted they created and did so to our liking. I would most definitely hire him again! Thank you!

    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Donna R.
    Verified review

    I had an incredible experience with Chef Bryon and his staff at my wedding this past weekend. Not once did I have to look over my shoulder to make sure everything was being taken care of. The food was even better than at the tasting. I found the menu to be creative, attractive and very delicious. My guests were impressed and many asked for cards. The shooter desserts were incredibly clever. My husband loved having them on his very own table. I’ll use him again and again.

    About

    We specialize in great sweets and treats for a great price. We offer custom-made cakes for any special occasion. We offer cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, brownies, gourmet dip strawberries and apples, etc.

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    I provide full-service catering and/or in-home cooking, from two to two thousand. I'm willing to perform services including live entertainment, fresh fruit cascade, imported and domestic cheese display, assorted bread table, and if needed, full bar, and/or imported cigar station. I need a job now. Also, I am truly qualified to manage and operate full-service kitchens. The people I feed are my guests, not customers. My hands alone have fed over half of a million plates. Get busy. Please call. --Chef Stew

    • 33 years in business
    About

    We are a family owned and operated business for over 25 years. Our passion is baking and cooking for events. The development and execution of a glorious event.

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    I will cook for your dinner parties, special events, cocktail parties, and brunches. I serve up to 50 people (I will consider larger parties with enough notice).

    About

    I am a personal chef in the Greater Birmingham area providing culinary experiences for family meals, dates, important meetings, and special dietary needs.

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    I provide custom menu and recipes executed with precision and care, and displayed with passion for presentation. I also provide hand-crafted meals made from scratch with freshest available ingredients. I have over 20 years of food-service experience, and I still get excited about each and every event. I genuinely appreciate being included in your dining experience.

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    My food is filled with love, cooked with love, and prepared with the utmost respect for my client and the ingredients I love being around food, able to prepare meals to make people feel good!!

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    I provide southern food at it's finest. I am a chef who prepares southern dishes made with all local ingredients. I can cater from 10-2000 persons.

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    I'm a fine dining chef here in Hoover Hyatt Regency Hotel. I am a graduate from the Art Institute. I do prepare food with a pop. I have a very elegant style of cooking.

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    I offer casual and gourmet menus for events ranging from dinner for two to parties of hundreds. I specialize in classic French and modern fusion. I have worked for some of the best kitchens in the state, and have over 20 years of experience in the food service and catering industry.

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    I am a culinary artist. I cook, clean and everything in between. I have been in the industry for 12+ years. I am working high-end for The Cheesecake Factory to catering events for Regions Bank.

    • 11 years in business
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    My love for cooking for people with my favore dishes. It's what I love to do.

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    My extensive American and European experience in top class hotels sets me apart from all the amateurs in this field.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you find a good caterer?

    Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

    If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

    How much does wedding catering cost per person?

    Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

    What should you look for in a caterer?

    A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

    • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
    • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
    • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
    • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
    • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
    • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

    How much should catering cost for a wedding?

    The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

    • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
    • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
    • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
    • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

    How do you serve food at a wedding?

    Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

    • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
    • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
    • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
    • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
    • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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