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Oro Valley Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Oro Valley.

  • 5 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Jody G.
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A country outdoor wedding venue has inherent obstacles that are totally unpredictable and mine was a gift from God. Tracy is full of passion and creativity. She is willing to carry the ball or work within the ideas presented to her which allows flexibility to meet individual needs and wants. Many accolades from my guests on the food; plenty to be sampled and none left over, the true compliment to the chef.

Stillwater Catering
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jim D.
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Chef Charlene at her staff were extremely professional and could be us then Maitland amazing holiday party where were you entertain your baby people. All of our guest raved about the food and the chef service along with benefits that I would highly recommend chef Charlene 👍👍👍👍👍

At Your Service
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
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Karen is a fantastic chef who keeps it simple and makes it fun to learn. It is amazing what she can do with just a few ingredients. I really enjoy taking lessons from her. Highly recommend!

  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Cody A.
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Wow, I am truly amazed with how professional Functional Medicine Chef LLC was. I am from out of state and I had hoped I could find someone willing to provide a meal for my family as a late gift. Angela was very professional, communicative, and flexible with my request. I highly recommend her as she has provided both myself and my family an experience we won't forget. Thank you so much Angela!

AT's Custom Cuisine
from 4 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim M.
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We have had the pleasure of enjoying the cuisine of Alex both professionally and privately and look forward to enjoying his culinary delights many more times in the future

Marjorie Saves Thyme
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mari L.
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After three deliveries I can confidently rate Marjorie between three and four stars. She is attentive and adaptable, serves high quality food.

  • 15 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Janel B.
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Debie Pageau was an in home chef for an event I hosted. I have nothing but superlatives to describe her services. She's talented, skilled, professional, intuitive, dependable--and that's just for starters. You will be exceptionally pleased if you hire her.

Vicki B.
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We had Chef Marcus create lunch for us and our guests when we hosted my daughters Bridal Shower. The food was amazing. He was very friendly and easy to work with. He left the kitchen spotless. All this meant that I was out socializing and mingling, rather than stuck in the kitchen. I would gladly hire him again!

Brew of A
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
Ellie I.
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My company had Chef Robert and his team cater our luncheon of 16 people. The food was fantastic ,staff friendly and efflcient which made the event a great success. Steaks were cooked to order ,the sides were delicious and dessert was out of this world "cheese cake & chocolate cake" 😀. We will definitely have them out again for our next event !!

  • 1 year in business
Jamie S.
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Chef Todd was wonderful to work with and showed me a great deal. Would go to him again in a heartbeat.


I prepare and cook amazing meals. I offer to teach clients cooking skills. I cook a variety off cuisines and desserts as well.


I currently don't have a business per se. However, I have been in culinary for 20 years strictly doing pastry/baking for the last fourteen. I have a good eye for plating/presentations. I am very detail-oriented (a perfectionist) and won't be happy until my food turns out exactly how I want my food to look and taste.


Classic dishes are done in new and exciting ways. I do Italian, Chinese and New England classics to dine and savor.

  • 24 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Classic trained French chef with custom designed menus to make your special event an affair to remember Creating great food that nourishes all the senses!

  • 19 years in business

My career began in high school at a small French restaurant in Tucson, AZ. I washed dishes and was an apprentice Then, I spent 40 years in kitchens around the world, as a sort of "finishing school" experience, and I still do so with a spirit of pride and passion.

  • 6 years in business

I provide full-service catering in your home, office or park of your choice. I do event planning for wedding or party. We do drop off or we will serve.


Create customized menus using local sourced organic ingredients Creating memories that will last a lifetime from christening to celebrations of life


I am an executive pastry chef. I am willing to create anything you wish, from small parties to large events.


I prepare vegetarian, vegan and raw food meals for private customers, with an emphasis on organic local foods.


Invite yourself to dinner with Chef Chic! We are a personal chef service that can handle all of your food needs. Our levels of services include prepped meals, table-ready meals, special diets, special occasion dinners, dinner parties, catered events, cakes, desserts, and cooking lessons. We offer a complimentary in-person meeting to help figure out the best service to fit your food needs.

  • 3 years in business

Improving Seniors Lives through Food by preparing healthy and nutritious meals in the home. Listening to fascinating life stories of our Baby Boomers and providing a service that permits seniors to “age in place.”

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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