east bay chef
east bay chef

east bay chef

$70/person
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Introduction: Bay area trained chef with over 17 years experience, past employers include: The French Laundry, Boulevard, The Ritz-Carlton, Lark Creek Inn (Larkspur). Chef Jon provides customized menus that suit your private dinner or party needs for one easy all-inclusive fee. All services included, the cost of groceries, shopping, cooking in your home kitchen, waiter service all with a clean kitchen before the chef leaves. Relax and enjoy your company and private dinner in your own home. Specialize in: Farm-to-table seasonal California cuisine. Available for intimate private dinners, cooking classes, and parties. Providing a relaxed worry free setting for your special day.
Overview

Hired 23 times

Serves Bonsall, CA

4 employees

23 years in business

Payment methods

Cash, Venmo

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and value.

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Kami G.
Jul 20, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Jon and company were absolutely fantastic!! From his initial message with a suggested menu to meeting at our home to determine the ideal setup all the way through to drying and putting away the last dish at the end of our party, Jon and his crew exceeded our every expectation. The food was spectacular. The presentation at our small plate stations was a perfect compliment to our party theme. The volume of food was spot on. Jon and his crew possess some sort of magic that allows the food to be replenished and the plates to be removed from the tables at exactly the right time. Jon is passionate about his craft and it is evident in everything he does. We highly recommend Jon - and have already passed on his information to several of our guests - and we can’t wait to have him out again for our next event!

Details: Outdoor event • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • Dessert • Barbecue • American - formal • American - casual • Italian • Mexican or Latin American • Indian • Asian • Mediterranean or Middle Eastern • American - Southern • Food stations • Yes, full service • Home • Yes, full kitchen • 30 - 39 guests • Serving and warming equipment • Standard (basic ingredients)

Wedding and Event Catering
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Kim K.
Nov 4, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

John is an incredible chef. We collaborated to create a sophisticated Halloween inspired dinner menu for my baby shower and it was a huge success. John was easy to work with and had so many great ideas from the charcuterie board to the appetizers, the main course, and the desserts. He added so much flavor and detail to every item on the menu. I loved how John made the main course look like a anatomical heart. He added calamari and a shrimp head to the appetizer for creative touch for the spooky theme. The octopus was cooked to perfection. All my guests were so impressed with the presentation and how delicious the food was. We all felt like we were at a five-star restaurant. I will absolutely call him for any future dinner parties! I highly recommend hiring him.

Details: Dinner party • Dinner • American - casual • American - formal • Plated meal • Yes, full service • Home • Yes, full kitchen • Fewer than 20 guests • Standard (basic ingredients)

Wedding and Event Catering
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Mary m.
May 20, 2018
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Hired on Thumbtack

Jon, and his assistant Danny, catered a sit down dinner for 24. The menu included several appetizers, salad, Filet Mignon and lobster with fingerling potatoes and veggies, and a homemade raspberry filled buttercream cake (as requested) for my husbands 70th birthday. Everything was perfect!!!!!! Exceeded our expectations. Not only was everything amazing but Jon and Danny couldn’t have been any nicer. Several of my guests are already arranging to use them for their upcoming events. We would definitely use them again. They made my husbands 70th so special. Could t be happier.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • $51 - $60 per person • The personal chef travels to me

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Cynthia D.
Feb 5, 2018
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Hired on Thumbtack

Jon and his crew were outstanding! The food was delicious and everything was presented perfectly! I plan on using Jon for future events.

Details: Dinner party / special occasion • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Appetizers • Party host • Semiformal / cocktail • Modern / inventive • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Passed appetizers • Only drop off is necessary • Home • Yes - full kitchen (oven, stove, refrigerator, sink, and utensils) • 31 - 40 guests • $$ (standard)

Wedding and Event Catering
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Lori G.
Dec 11, 2017
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Hired on Thumbtack

Chef Jon was fabulous! He worked with me to make sure I was comfortable and and had the menu and staff I needed. They arrived 2 hours before my party and got straight to work preparing the food and setting up the tables. The food was soooo good! All of my guests were impressed and several asked for his contact info so they can hire him also. Everything was handled! I was able to just relax and enjoy my party. Afterward, they cleaned up and left my kitchen spotless. The whole menu was delicious, but in particular I look forward to my next event when I can again eat the avocado deviled eggs, and chicken verde on sweet potato rounds. So good!

Details: Holiday party • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Appetizers • Party host • Semiformal / cocktail • Modern / inventive • American - casual • American - formal • Italian • Mexican / Latin American • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Buffet / self serve • Only drop off is necessary • Home • Yes - full kitchen (oven, stove, refrigerator, sink, and utensils) • 81 - 90 guests • $ (basic)

Wedding and Event Catering

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I do have a standard pricing structure in place. I have written several sample menu's for each type of service requested. But It is truly up to the client ultimately what they are interested in paying, that is usually pre-determined by the guest before the process begins. We just need to find what type of services matches that.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I will generally start a dialouge with the guest, and try to get a feel for what type of service or event they wish to have. Sometimes if I can gather enough info from what they have written, I will send over an impromptu menu.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    In high school my first job was a waiter, and I was hooked right then. First it was because it was good money. I could work a short shift and walk out with a good amount of cash in hand. Then it became a passion, my mother loved to garden and we had one where ever we lived. I always remember watching my grandmother in the kitchen as well, I have had great teachers. I took all those memories and they fueled my desire to provide great food and great experiences for my guests.

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