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Chula Vista Home Chefs

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa G.
Verified review

I organized a trip for 25 people to stay at a villa in Tuscany, Italy this summer for 8 days and was fortunate to have Lilian as our house Chef. She did a fabulous job on every detail including meal planning, shopping the Italian markets, kitchen prep work, cooking and presentation. The villa had a commercial kitchen which she handled expertly and created delicious meals for the group. She even came in under budget! I would highly recommend Busy Bee and plan to use her for my next event.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael B.
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We have had personal chefs in the past and all were good experiences, but Shawna was a cut above. The experience that she provided was exemplary in every facet. Shawna was personable, prepared, and her food was exquisite. She will be called upon in the future to cater any event we may have. We give her our highest recommendation.

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 54 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Carolann N.
Verified review

Simply amazing! We're host quite a few events, these folks are so easy to work with and our guests raved about the food- and...there was LOTS of food. They arrived early, set up and began working - the aroma was wonderful! At the end, we had to tell them it was OK to leave----they didn't want cook and leave. They made sure everyone was full. They neatly put all of the left over food in my kitchen. We were so impressed and so glad we found them....they were a true pleasure to work with. Thank you so much!

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Justin C.
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They came to my home on time. Everything was amazing. Very professional. The food was absolutely fantastic. The chef is awesome!

Top Pro
  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen P.
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Stacy is an Extaordinary Chef! She made an excellent Stationary Buffet, Passed Heavy Hors D'Oeuvres and a Dessert Station for my residential party. All of my guests were raving about how delicious her cooking from scratch was. She is so creative and has an impressive list of appetizers to chose from. Stacy was so classy and professional and she kept everything on task so I could enjoy talking with my friends and relax. I would definitely hire her again and recommend her to my friends. She is Tremendous!

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Marie L.
Verified review

I am a mother of three children and I hired Chris to be our family's private chef. She also was the chef for our occasional dinner parties chef as well as coordinated them for the last two years. We absolutely enjoyed her cooking and loved her easy going nature. Our family will miss Chris profusely as we are moving to Austin.

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Susan D.
Verified review

My experience with Chef Stephani is one of excellence! She did a magnificent dinner party for me that was far superior to my wildest dreams! She is extremely creative, meticulous in her selection of foods and preparation. Her presentations are beautiful and her food is delicious! Everything is done with love! She excels at creating an atmosphere of anticipation.....of what is coming next! Thank you Chef Stephani Susan D.

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Fruitcakes Chef Services
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jamie P.
Verified review

Kathy created the perfect event with her beautiful display of food for the private club at Kukuiula on Kauai. She was professional and warm and the food wasn't just lovely to look at but was a delight to eat!!!! The island of Kauai misses Fruitcakes Chef Services!

Luscious Bites, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kylie M.
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We can't say enough good things about Chef Reneé and her team at Luscious Bites. They catered both our wedding for 100 at our home in Thousand Oaks and the brunch the following morning. They did a fabulously wonderful job. My family is of French heritage and filled with good cooks and foodies. So, the food part of the wedding was VERY important to us. We interviewed a dozen caterers, we went to a few tastings and even tried a several local restaurants in the initial planning stages. We were beginning to get worried that we would have to settle for less than we wanted until we met with Chef Reneé. Her stellar personality and her food at the tasting put both of our minds at ease and we knew that we had found the person who would cater our wedding to our standards. The food was all delicious and beautifully presented - crab stuffed Chilean Sea Bass, Blood Orange Glazed Pork tenderloin (to die for!), Saltimboca chicken, Saffron and Roasted Garlic mashed potatoes, asparagus with grilled red peppers and onions, arugula salad with heirloom baby beets and cherry tomatoes, Japanese cheesecake with 5-spice caramel, triple chocolate mousse cups and an apple tartlett. The brunch the next morning was equally wonderful as well, I mean stuffed French toast do I need to say more. All of the guests raved about the food! And, their wait staff was perfect. It couldn't have gone better! With all of the stresses that a wedding entails, Chef Reneé and her team definitely wasn't one of them. She was responsive, flexible with our many changes and positive and upbeat. She even handle the arrival unexpected guests at the brunch with grace and without missing a beat. They are everything you could ever want and we'll definitely use them again!!

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathleen K.
Verified review

Wow Carly made our event so easy! I contactcted her on SHORT notice and wow she delivered ! Fed 13 of us a great meal with dessert and brought it all ready to serve !! Really loved the Mac and cheese and fried chicken, salads and dressing was yummy ! Loved that we could enjoy the company and not be busy in the kitchen, and—- she even took our group photo !!! Thanks Carly !

Rogue BBQ
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
James H.
Verified review

Rouge bbq is such a great place to get quality bbq. The chef is such a nice guy and explains how he makes his food so well y .oku feel like your there. He takes pride in his work, and does it all with a smile. If you want some amazing food and awsome customer service make sure you hit up rogue bbq you won't regret it.

Chef Bai
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Samantha E.
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My entire family just loves Chef Bai. Amazing food preppared with love. Healthy and delicious, Chef Bai and her food always leaves us feeling good!

Marckende
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ace W.
Verified review

Chef Marckende was amazing! He came up with an incredibly creative menu (all vegan/vegetarian) with dumplings, potstickers, ramen, and an amazing chocolate, strawberry, blueberry layer cake. He was very responsive in the planning process, even coordinating the on-site setup/visit the night before because we were celebrating a birthday with a group of friends at an AirBnb. Couldn't have imagined a better dining experience for celebrating a birthday with the group of 11. He was very professional, came with all of the necessary supplies, took care of service and clean-up. If you're looking to choose a chef for an event, you're missing out if you don't choose Chef Marckende. He'll create a memorable meal and take care of all the details so you don't have to even think about doing anything else other than enjoying a great meal with great company.

commis.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dustin S.
Verified review

For the last 3 years, Chef Monterey has been a constant fixture at our events.  Her food is absolutely top-notch, and she always comes up with just the right dishes for each dinner!  We've done everything from a Western-themed birthday party with authentic BBQ to a classy Old Hollywood New Year's Eve where she served an eight (!!!) course tasting menu, and her food just knocks it out of the park.   Chef Monterey is most definitely in our top 3 private chefs in Southern California (and we've gone through A LOT), and if you want absolutely AMAZING food made by a dynamic young chef with a personality to match, she's your girl!

Cuisine a la Carte Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Diane N.
Verified review

Harry is an excellent chef & caterer. He is such a pro! Harry has catered many of our dinner parties and always does a professional and creative job. I recommend him for events of all kinds.

Flavor Affinity
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Ian S.
    Verified review

    Flavor Affinity and Chef Baker came highly recommended by a co-worker of mine.  I decided to use this service because Chef Baker was not only the first to respond to my email,  (I sent out the same email to 3 private chef/caterers) but had the most value built into his quote. He had pre-built packages but ultimately allowed us to design the whole menu! We chose a 4 course option and could not have been happier with the food, ambiance, and decor.  Lastly, as the party began to wind down, I noticed that almost the whole service area and glassware was cleaned up without anyone noticing. It was a truly impressive evening and Flavor Affinity comes highly recommended from myself and surely anyone who has had the pleasure to work with them.

    Takobar San Diego
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jennifer D.
    Verified review

    Julianna was very professional in setting up all details of our event and gave a discount for the number of people we had at our event. She wrote out a very detailed contract to what would be served, time they would arrive to set up and to start serving our guests. She went over and beyond when she included a sweet and special treat for our daughter that was a spectacular surprise, Chocolate Covered Strawberries at no additional charge! Jorge the chef's meat was amazing and all the fixings! In addition they served quesadillas as an appetizer and Julianna brought them out on a tray to serve our guests! She also made a menu and asked for a pic to include! Like I said she went over and beyond! Everyone enjoyed the food, service and people! All wanting to use this company for their catering needs! Thank You Takobar!

    About

    I have about 7 years' culinary background. I love BBQ and also have a thing for Latin and fine dining. The one big difference between me and the others is I have no hourly rate. I work around you, and that's what is most important. So, give me call. You won't be disappointed.

    About

    I am a specialist in a holistic, vegan, live-food cuisine. I am able to prepare a variety of different dishes, including Italian, American, Mexican, and Indian. I am versatile and comfortable working with dietary preferences, such as low-carb, low-salt, low sugar, diabetes, hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, and candida. If you are looking for somebody to prepare delicious healthy vegan meals or teach you how to prepare your own food that is going to be powerful in the enhancement of all levels of your being, physically, emotionally and spiritually, I am here to help you!

    • 30 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    I provide catering services. I am providing a customized menu for customer's needs, and I serve events one at a time. I have nice presentations and tests. Be amazed to get fresh herbs and meats in the day of serving. Foods are base on homemade sauce and spices which are well-selected, such as organic and fresh daily supplies.

    About

    Let me come to your home and prepare healthy meals for you on the go busy day. I serve breakfast, lunch and dinners ready when you want them.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How much do private cooking lessons cost?

    You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

    How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

    Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

    Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

    Actual Requests

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    Need a Food Specialist

    San Diego, CA

    • Meal preparation frequency
      Once a day
    • Meals needed
      Dinner
    • Head count
      1
    • Serving style
      Individually packaged
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
      Other (Paleo)
    • Day preference
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • Time preference
      Late afternoon (3-6pm)
    • Details
      Not a big veggie fan but will drink juiced veggies from a juicer machine.
    • $169
      Average price

    Need Cooking Lessons

    San Diego, CA

    • Reason for cooking lessons
      Personal enrichment
    • Interested in the following cooking skills
      Knife skills, Soups and sauces, Roasting and braising, Grilling
    • Cuisine interest
      American, Mexican/Latin
    • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
      Please describe here (no)
    • Number of students
      Over 10
    • Student age(s)
      Adult (over 18)
    • Experience
      Intermediate
    • Frequency
      Ongoing classes
    • Lesson length
      60 minutes
    • Willing to join an existing group?
    • Day preference(s)
      Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    • Time preference(s)
      Evening (after 6pm)
    • Details
      10 years in kitchen
    • $55
      Average price

    Need a Caterer

    San Diego, CA

    • Event type
      Other (Teachers Lunch)
    • Which meal
      Lunch, Other (Thanksgiving Teacher's Lunch)
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      Other (Traditional Thanksgiving foods)
    • Serving style
    • Staff needed
      Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
    • Head count
    • Details
      We are looking to get a quote for a holiday luncheon for small group of teachers ... approximately 20 - 25 teachers for a buffet style lunch. Tentative date: second Friday in Nov. @01:00 PM. I. Type of meal: traditional Thanksgiving types of foods. Note: the form wouldn't allow me to correct number of guest or budget
    • $219.25
      Average price
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