I was recently injured and needed help making up for a rather disappointing birthday experience for my wife. Normally, I would prepare some ridiculous meal for her, do all the shopping, cleaning, etc., but this year I was physically unable. I wanted to make up for that, I wanted it to be a surprise, and taking her out to dinner just didn't seem like enough.
I posted my situation on Thumbtack and Julian responded within 10 minutes. He offered two completely different dinner ideas, one American BBQ inspired and one Thai inspired. Considering we still have a fridge full of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc., I was thrilled to see Julian throw out an option that was so different than the food we had been eating.
From the very beginning, Julian was super enthusiastic, and he really dove head first into the dinner plan. He was very communicative while shopping and didn't hesitate to take charge and throw ideas out there. I was happy to let him go for it and definitely was not disappointed with the results. He cooked an amazing Thai themed meal that was so refreshingly different, and he seemed to genuinely enjoy making it for us.
Julian was on time and professional (but still casual enough given the intimate setting). He was very communicative and responsive leading up to the event, and he seemed perfectly at home in our kitchen within minutes of arriving. My impression of Julian is that he is a workhorse and someone who is lucky enough to be doing what he loves. He was absolutely the perfect fit for this project, and my wife and I would consider hiring Julian again for any catered event, big or small.