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Dana Point Personal Chefs

Browse these personal chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Dana Point.

  • 18 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
Jay G.
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We wanted to put on a dinner at our house for our Advisory Board and Senior Management team. The problem is that after a long day of meetings who has the energy to cook? So we decided to search for a personal chef that could put together a meal that would rival a five star restaurant. Michael and his staff showed up on time and not only knocked the meal out of the park, they also cleaned up! I would highly recommend Gourmet Your Way Catering and Personal Chef!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elsie S.
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We hired Gourmet Lovers to cater lunch at our daughter college graduation on a Yacht. Carolina and Boris arrived early dress in their professional chef coats The Buffet set in a lavished 5 star style Everything from the mouthwatering appetizer to the main lunch had great presentation, set in high-quality culinary service Each bite tasted amazing. We had a varieties of perfectly executed dessert making it the Gourmet Lovers treats During these events, our guests complement Gourmet Lovers, their culinary creations were outstanding We highly recommend Carolina & Boris Your menu is traditional and modern with unique a twist. We will use them again!!! Thank you!!!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexis M.
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Jose is very responsive and has great service, along with him being a great chef of course! He traveled to my parents house for us to do a tasting for our wedding and we were blown away. It was amazing. We got so many compliments from our friends and family about how good the food was. With that being said I have a couple nitpicky complaints for constructive feedback: The plates and silverware were not what we had originally discussed at the tasting. They were supposed to be the nice plastic that looked real and we got clear which looked cheesy to us. It could have had to do with the fact that we did the tasting about a year in advance and things could have been forgotten or overlooked but the change was never communicated to us. Also, my husband requested to have a spicy BBQ sauce during our tasting and the BBQ sauce was on the side at that time. We discussed having spicy and mild options. I was very excited for the pulled pork at the wedding but it had spicy BBQ sauce all over it! I thought it was going to be on the side, like it was during the tasting. It was so spicy that I couldn't even eat it. :( One of our aunts was not able to eat any of the meat because it was "too peppery" but that was the only other complaint that we got. Other than that everyone loved it. Everything was great and I would still highly recommend Mr. WorldWide Catering, it just wasn't quite perfect for my event.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Jianxiong Y.
Verified review

The catering staff was amazing and polite. We got one chef, one assistant, one server and one DJ. They arrived on time. Server helped us set up and clean up everything. DJ was great! They did a wonderful job! Price is very reasonable and acceptable. Paid them with extra tips when service is finished. Love the team! Recommend for any events!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 86 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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Michele J.
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I loved working with Susan Kowalski from Wild Thyme Catering. She was professional, helpful, positive, and personable. At the last minute, I decided to throw my husband a surprise birthday dinner for 8 people. I wanted to try something new and have a chef prepare dinner in our home. Susan was able to work with the short time frame and within our budget. She listened to what I said my husband would like and helped me put together a fabulous menu. The food was outstanding and exactly what we talked about. Everyone had a great meal and an awesome time. I definitely recommend Susan, and hope to have her back sometime in the near future.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 53 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy D.
Verified review

We hired Chef Mumsie to provide a special Birthday treat for our Mom. We ask her to prepare two dinners a week and deliver them for a period of two weeks. The food is spectacular! Chef Mumsie's attention to detail, personal touch and caring nature make for an exquisite dinning experience. She even delivered the first dinner herself. Our Mom got a kick out of seeing her in her tall chef hat. We have decided to extend our contract, as our Mom is enjoying having this treat to look forward to. Her only complaint is that the food is so good, she can't stop eating! I would highly recommend Chef Mumsie for your next event or need for a personal chef.

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  • 15 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary M.
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I hired Rich for a small event at my house yesterday. Before the party, Rich was always answering my phone calls and texts with any question or concerns I had. The day of the party he did an EXCELLENT job bartending and walking around to make sure everyones glasses we full! He even went to the extent to help entertain my 2 year old during dinner time and helped the chef move empty dishes! He was truly amazing and a great price and i will definitely use him again!

One Hot Dish Catering Co.
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Dashawn R.
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Michelle from One HOT Dish Catering was hired as a 'one time' personal chef at my home. I requested that Michelle provide me and my guest with a fine dining experience with five star restaurant service. She didn't disappoint. Michelle transformed of portion of my home into an elegant dining corner and prepared a full course meal with the culinary expertise reminiscent of Flemings. If you weren't in awe of the table setting and china flatware then you were marveled by her attentive service and the exquisite manner in which explained each dish. We felt like royalty. We can't wait to do it again!

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Dolores G.
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I am beyond grateful to Thumbtack for connecting me to Chef Keith Prante and his team at Hautè Productions Events and Catering to cater my mom's 80th birthday celebration. They are absolutely A-MAZING! Chef Prante was one of two chefs who responded to my request via Thumbtack, and I also received a personal referral. Neither of the other caterers offered ANYWHERE NEAR the quality, selections, variety and value that Hautè offered at my price point. We had our tasting today, and it absolutely sealed the deal! Everything was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. I highly recommend Hautè Productions to any potential customer who appreciates excellence, accommodation and genuine customer service.

Chef Leslie Ann Catering
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Heather K.
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Chef Leslie Ann made an AMAZING variety of gorgeously plated scrumptious food for a friend's baby shower. Everyone raved about the food! Chef Leslie Ann was professional, creative, and accommodating. I will definitely ask her to cater my future events!

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Marie L.
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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 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 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.

Top Chef
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Denice H.
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It was a pleasure working with Diane and her food was quite tasty. She made my husband's birthday celebration joyful and may life so much easier at a very busy time. This was our first experience with a personal chef and we will certainly consider doing it again in the future for another special occasion.

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
YL B.
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Valerie is an outstanding and professional chef, and I would highly recommend her. She took the time to get to know our family, and customized the food to meet our needs and preferences. She has a huge repertoire of menu choices and provided us with well balanced meal options and always a variety to choose from. Her food is absolutely delicious, and most importantly, always healthy (an important factor for us with a toddler). We miss her so much and hope we get a chance to work with her again in the future.

BON APPETIT Chef Services
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Dean B.
Verified review

Gigi's meals are outstanding. They are truly nutritious and delicious. I have a son with allergies and Gigi was able to create great tasting meals that are Gluten-Free and Allergy Friendly. It is such a pleasure to have quality, healthy, convenient meals everyday. The stress of what to cook is gone - we just warm, eat and enjoy. I highly recommend hiring Gigi as your Personal Chef!

Divoon Dining
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela S.
Verified review

Divoon Dining was able to produce a delicious Mac and Cheese for a simple dinner and then a five course gourmet feast at another time, all with smooth and unobtrusive preparation and good humor, which contributed to the whole excellent dining experience. We look forward to doing it again.

I DO IT ALL!
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Julie B.
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Sharon is the best chef! I’m into health and delicious food and she prepares food like no one else. She is super creative and uses the best and healthiest ingredients and can make anything!! The presentation is also exceptional! This woman has many talents and is a joy to be around!

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.

Meraki Meals
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michael B.
Verified review

Excellent. Jory is a great Chef, very interested in pleasing customer and educating at the same time. Very knowledgeable about the culinary arts. I recommend him without hesitation.

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Manny S.
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a fabulous meal topped off by a scratch made carrot cake that was divine.The reduction sauce with vanilla bean added was incredible to plate everything in. This was a great meal,for a great celebration in a great setting. Unique will deliver a great experience for whatever need your occasion requires.Thanks Steve for providing a great experience !

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