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Chef Mumsie LLC
from 53 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
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I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

Top Pro
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven R.
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I have had the pleasure of enjoying Francesco's cooking and must comment. Having lived in Italy for a year, I must state that his food was authentic, flavorful, and just as delicious as the food I ate in Italy, if not better. His lasagna and egglant parmigiana are truly to die for.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

Healthy Homemade
from 18 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Virgilee R.
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Joan arrived on time and fully prepared to do a cooking lesson for a friend and me to celebrate my friend's birthday. Joan prepared some wonderful dishes that were delightful. We learned all kinds of things.... Knife skills, spice info, stir fry techniques, even info on local stores' organics quality. Joan was open to questions and very knowledgeable. My friend, who is a good cook herself, learned some tips that she says she will incorporate in her cooking. It was a great experience! Thank you, Joan!!!

Fruitcakes Chef Services
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Bonny K.
Verified review

Kathy did a terrific job of cooking in our tiny kitchen. She was personable, prompt, and patient. We had a fabulous meal of macadamia nut crusted chicken, Caesar salad, sweet potato with caramelized onions and coconut milk, pork wettest wraps, flourless chocolate cak. We learned how to make these things contributed to the meal and enjoyed a delicious meal. Kathy's price was reasonable and extremely fair what she did., I can highly recommend her.

from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista H.
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Valerie started cooking for my family this week. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and eat her tasty and healthy food. Highly recommend.

Chef Bai
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Cheri R.
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Chef Bai changed the way I think, feel and approach the food I eat. What I have learned from her is that I still can enjoy delicious food that I enjoy to cook while having it be really good for myself and my family as well. She even helped us with our special dietary needs including the fact that I must eat gluten free.

Meraki Meals
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel A.
Verified review

We hired Jory for a 20 person office party. Jory's cooking was immaculately presented and so flavorful. We wanted delicious food that was organic, sustainable and healthy—and he delivered. He made Lemon caper chicken, a chickpea tzatziki salad with olives, pesto vegetable medley, homemade granola with yogurt and honey, and charred tomato and kale salad with feta. All served in festive silver platters. On top of the food tasting superb, Jory was a great host and fit in seamlessly with our guests whose questions were answered professionally and in good spirits. Using him again. For sure.

Bw's California Catering
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tom S.
Verified review

We hired Brian to cook for a group of 22 for our friends 30th B'day party. Leading up to the event, communication was fantastic - Brian was responsive, communicative, and flexible with regard to logistics, menu selection, etc. He was happy to accommodate our requests, but able to offer informed, thoughtful recommendations in areas where we deferred to him, which we really appreciated since this was our first time hiring a chef for an event. During the party Brian and his assistant were efficient and competent - everything ran ahead-of-schedule, and the food was fantastic! All our guests have asked for his card to hire him for their special events, and we look forward to having Brian cook for us again!

Dance to the Beet
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lito D.
Verified review

Best nutritionist in San Diego for natural and healthy foods, especially if you are thinking of becoming a vegan or vegetarian! Basically, I was a bachelor and I needed guidance for grocery shopping, meal prep and did one of her cooking classes focused on smoothies and juicing - was geared to yogis/athletes (pre and post workouts). I was taken to People's in Ocean Beach for a one hour tour (place is all vegetarian), and I learned the best things to pick out from each isle. She also treated me to a salad in their cafe, and told me what salad bar items pack the best nutrition (I was focusing on slowly eating less meat and just making sure I was getting good protein). My work is hiring her for our corporate wellness program based on her dietician background and nutritionist certification...sweet! She has awesome teas too, they cleanse you out ;)


I offer in-home chef services, catering, cooking classes and kitchen design for companies and individuals.


We have a beautiful, inviting kitchen space that draws kids into the cooking mentality. We let the kids work independently when possible, supervising and advising if necessary. They feel so accomplished when they leave here! Plus, they know why what they did was healthy and beneficial for them.


I provide unique cooking classes and culinary experiences utilizing locally sourced fresh ingredients and premium products in Southern California. Follow me @cookwithjason on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

  • 5 years in business

Need a helping hand? Are you too busy to make healthy meals but want a healthy alternative? Let us take the stress out of your day. We set up nutrition plans and prepare and deliver healthy meals and desserts for the person on the go. We are the best fast food in town. We deliver to your work or home. We make it convenient with no hassles, so order today and reserve your healthy meals! It's time to get healthy!

  • 9 years in business

I put my heart and soul into every single menu service. No matter what the budget, I always put my client first and work hard to provide their needs and wants.


I am providing cooking skill lessons for individuals, families and groups. I specialize in hands-on or demonstration classes. I enjoy guiding students through basic techniques using simple and tasty and recipes. My style is easy and relaxed. After learning basic techniques and a few skills, you will effortlessly prepare delicious meals for your family and friends. All skill levels are welcome. I can take you from where you are to the next level. My goal is to inspire confidence no matter what your level is. I enjoy teaching all levels. For beginner cooks, my mission is to help individuals and families quickly prepare fresh, healthy food without using processed products. I can show you how to ditch that box of mac and cheese, jar of pasta sauce, bottle of ranch dressing and skip the drive through for your own fresh homemade versions. For seasoned cooks, I teach you how to be sure the recipe you are using will work. The truth is that many recipes are not tested before they are printed in that famous chef cookbook and magazine or posted to the internet. Often times, your dish does not turn out because the recipe is poorly written and has nothing to do with your skill. Let me show you how to avoid wasting time and money. I look forward to hearing from you, and am I excited that you want to learn to cook.


Well, I make simple dishes; however, they are very delicious. It all depends on what you need. I like making foods that you can eat cold and know that they are going to taste great.


I specialize in teaching how to convert traditional recipes to lighter and cleaner fare. I encourage instinctive creativity in the kitchen.


I am an allergy-aware private chef, instructor, and consultant with a focus on organic, local and seasonal ingredients. I excel at seamlessly and unobtrusively shopping, prepping, cooking, sharing, teaching and cleaning in private residences for families, especially those with specific dietary needs.


Services provided are the following: * Private Chef * Cooking Lessons -- individuals or groups; all ages and levels * Private Dining -- catering * Restaurant and Menu Consulting -- recipe development The Chef: Andres Dangond graduated as an 'Honorary Student' from Le Cordon Bleu and has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 14 years old. Over the years, Chef Dangond has learned from some of the best chefs in the world, training in Colombia, Spain and the US. He remembers his apprenticeship under Grant Achatz at 'Alinea' and Laurent Gras at 'L20' as two of the most influential and inspirational experiences for him in his career and life. He has appeared as a guest chef on television and has interviewed world-known chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, Laurent Gras, Marcus Samuelsson, Joan and Jordi Roca, Ted Allen, Curtis Duffy, Homaro Cantu and Jean Joho, among others. His articles have been published in magazines in Latin America.


We teach fun, hands-on, plant-based, nutrient-dense cooking classes for kids, teens, and young adults. We teach younger generations how to make recipes they will want to make and eat! We currently teach classes in the community, as well as provide afterschool programs in local schools. We also do private events.

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Trabuco Canyon, CA

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    basic cooking for my pesonal knowledge I'm not planning to do this for a living or a job
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