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El Cerrito Home Chefs

Browse these home chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in El Cerrito.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Patrick L.
Verified review

Chef Sat did a spectacular job for my girlfriend's birthday party! I had two previous chefs flake out on me, the first being completely unresponsive, and the second not answering a request for a quote and then going completely over budget. Sat stepped in with only a few days to organize, and was more professional and invested in the event than I could have hoped for. Sat listened carefully as I rambled about which ingredients I was hoping to include on the menu, and provided great feedback about what would be in season, what we would be able to find with good quality, and how we could break from a traditional menu in order to squeeze in as much variety as possible. He patiently revised his menu 4-5 times for me to address every detail I could throw at him - and, remember, this was all with under a week to plan the event. Sat also helped me rent dishware, and was very transparent about what would be needed, and what things would cost - this was a huge time saver. At the party, Sat was charismatic and charming. He thoroughly cleaned the entire kitchen and packaged all our leftovers while we ate. He fielded our questions about his background, cooking techniques, sourcing tools and ingredients. The Bottom line, I would hire Sat again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the wonderful evening!

Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 68 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Dana M.
Verified review

I have worked with many chefs in the past and Stephanie stood out as exceptional not only for the wonderful food she made, but also for her easy going nature and ability to accommodate our many additions requests. She truly went above and beyond and our event was a great success due to her hard work. I am looking forward to working with her in the future and I hughkg recommend her.

A Plus Catering
4.4
from 77 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

A-Plus staff (chef/server and bartender) arrived early and went right to work as we had 175 guests. Bartender quickly organized the bar and made pitchers of signature drinks to get ahead of the coming rush of guests. Hot appetizers were prepared and served to hungry arriving guests. Great service by the A-Plus team. We will use again!

Top Pro
Made With Love
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kim N.
Verified review

We had Made With Love do the food for our wedding. Everything turned out so good I am still getting compliments on the food 2 months later. There was plenty of food so everyone could have seconds if they wanted and I keep hearing how everyone left feeling full. We had a family wedding with a lot of help from friends and family so although we had a friend of my husband do the meat Made With Love did all the drinks and side dishes. We had home made bread, garlic green beans, baked beans, pasta salad and Caesar salad. The presentation was beautiful

Top Pro
Chef Andrea Lawson Gray
4.7
from 57 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Larry F.
Verified review

I hosted a 50th birthday dinner at our home last night form my wife and 12 of her close girl friends. Senorita Gourmet Andrea Gray catered a Mexican themed dinner for us and did an outstanding job. The ladies absolutely loved it and my wife could not have been more pleased with her birthday dinner. Thank you Andrea. We interviewed three other private chefs for our dinner before deciding to go with Andrea. She was the most professional, the most responsive, and by far the most creative. Of course we wanted great food (Andrea can deliver that), but we were also looking for something unique and creative, without being stiff and formal. Enter Andrea, with her Mexican themed dinner complete with her own plates, glasses and table decorations. Fun, Festive, and Uniquely Fresh! As for the food and drink. Key highlights were the Raspberry Mojitos, Avocado Soup, Quiche de Calebazita, and Mexican Corn Cake. I highly recommend the Una Senorita Gourmet.

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 62 reviews
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
James H.
Verified review

The food was amazing. The chef sent to my house (Chef Matthew) took care of all my guests and made us all feeling special and amazing. The food was top notch and I have enjoyed the extra that was left over all week. I will definitely use you again because it was all exactly what I hoped for.

Top Pro
Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
Verified review

Having worked with a few different chefs, with varying results, I can enthusiastically recommend Chet Chase! From start to finish, working with him was a pleasure. Prior to my event, Chet proactively responded to my requests, suggesting options, working with my budget and numbers - and adjusting the menu when my numbers changed. During my event, Chet and his assistants were thorough, on-time, organized, adding an item on the fly, and provided a seamless experience. And something I have not seen from other chefs - clean, stocked with their own cleaning supplies, and left the kitchen as clean as it ever was. I will definitely be using Chet Chase for my next event!

Top Pro
  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Carole K.
Verified review

My husband forgot to tell me he had agreed to host a cocktail party for 40 guest only 8 days away. When I talked to Graham he said he was available and within a day he had a menu and some suggestions about the bar.Graham arrived at our apartment in S.F. 2 hours before the event and just made everything so easy and and gracious that the party seemed like it had been planned way in advance. Graham served small bites of very tasty canapes and wonderful french style sliders that satisfied everyone. The whole evening was a success from set up to clean up and I was able to enjoy being the hostess and not worry about anything. Graham makes eating good food a total joy and I look forward to catering future parties with him as the Chef. Carole

Top Pro
Kitchenina.com
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Kitchenina provides high-quality, nutritious and organic meals for our events. They have a variety of dishes catering to different tastes and dietary preferences but the one thing that is true across all of them is that they are delicious! We're happy we found such a great catering service.

Top Pro
Graceful Kitchen
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Niranjan S.
Verified review

This was our first time having a chef for a house party with ~15 guests, and I highly recommend Graceful Kitchen! Chef Grace was able to accommodate our request for vegetarian food, and presented us with several good choices. She was there ahead of time, and the food, esp. the pasta, received good feedback from everyone that attended. I will use Graceful Kitchen again for future events.

Rose Johnson Catering
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
Verified review

Rose Johnson Catering was my party partner for our son’s engagement celebration last weekend in Orinda. The party was a huge success, and Rose and her team deserve much credit for the success. Rose responded to my Thumbtack inquiry with a prompt, thorough, and reasonable bid. However, after viewing her beautiful website, I replied to Rose that while I personally thought her menus were perfection, my son had specified that he did not want the food for his party to be “too fancy.” I told Rose the party would be a casual afternoon affair on our deck and I feared her culinary talents would be wasted on my son and my husband. Rose persevered, pointing out in her reply that she could do a barbecue with a southwestern flavor. The food need not be "fancy," she observed, but it should be tasty. And she sent me a custom menu that my son, his fiancée, my sisters, my husband and I all proclaimed perfect, including seared medium rare tri-tip of beef with chimichurri sauce, grilled cilantro chicken with tortillas, chipotle laced potato salad, and Mexican rice, bean, and corn salad. But Rose did not stop with sending me the menu; she said she would use my kitchen and grill on my deck, ensuring the food would be fresh as well as tasty. And after I hired her, she came to my home to check out my kitchen, my deck, and my grill and advised me on renting and setting up dining rounds and serving tables, as well as how to ensure good traffic flow for 50 guests. Rose is a real party expert, and I am not, so her advice was very much appreciated. The day of the party, Rose, Floricel and Esteban arrived a full two hours early and took charge. I hired Rose Johnson Catering for the food, which they delivered beautifully. As it turned out, they helped with the entire party, going above and beyond in many instances and showing poise and flexibility in the face of surprises, like my son’s decision to give a speech and set off a round of champagne toasts before dessert. Rose poured the champagne herself. Several guests asked me during the party: Who catered this? Who is your caterer? I happily provided several referrals to Rose Johnson Catering. Guest comments about the food were very positive: Mike: “The tri-tip was great.” Helen: “The grilled chicken was fabulous.” Kay: “I loved the potato salad. And the guacamole was wonderful.” Liz: “So nice to have so many dishes gluten-free.” Cindy: “The brownies were amazing. I told them so.” Bill: “Those parfaits were a big hit.” Matt: “Great food! Great service!” There was plenty of food for 50 guests, even with 1/3 of them being hungry 20-something friends of my son’s from high school and college. We even had leftovers, which Rose packed up and left in my refrigerator, along with leaving my kitchen cleaner than she found it. My husband, son, future daughter-in-law and I made a brunch of the leftovers the next day, sharing the delicious food and happy memories of a wonderful party. Best of all, this was the first party I’ve ever hosted where I had a great time myself. I don’t think I’ll have another big party again without booking Rose Johnson Catering!

Kitchen 350
4.6
from 36 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

The food tasted fantastic! I did hear just a few complaints that the food did not come around to their tables Very often so some people only got one or two appetizers. The people from kitchen 350 were super nice!

Lady Chef Catering
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Was awesome working with Chef Annicette. She came right on time, was full of energy, and made us and our guests some amazing BBQ. Such a variety of dishes as well. Will definitely be looking forward to working with her again!!

Farm to Table
4.7
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Stanley K.
Verified review

We hired Zachary to teach us how to make pasta. He suggested 3 different kinds of shapes and fillings. He was punctual to our home and came prepared with all the ingredients. The pasta turned out great and it was a fun experience overall. I would recommend anyone to take lessons with Zachary and/or hire him as a personal chef.

Top Pro
Cook with Chef Traci
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Christine W.
Verified review

To celebrate our 13 years (3 years married!) anniversary, my husband surprised me with a private cooking class with Chef Traci! Because I am still fairly new on my whole foods plant based lifestyle journey (for health reasons!) this was a SUPER thoughtful gift and what made it special too was Chef Traci! I loved how it was held in her very own kitchen which made it low key, hands-on, personable and fun! Chef Traci was not only very welcoming but knowledgeable, entertaining and willing to answer any and all questions! To start off Chef Traci had prepared for us a cheddar cheese and an eggplant caponata with crackers - both of which were super addicting! I had to ask for those recipes! Then started the preparation for the blue cheese of which was stuffed in dates for our appetizers and let me tell you this blue cheese is HEAVEN! I LOVE blue cheese (the stinkier the better!) and this was an amazing alternative and I appreciated how Chef Traci let us season to our taste! I was beyond stoked knowing that I got to bring a mason jar full of this yummy goodness back home! After the blue cheese, we made a ricotta cheese, cut up a ton of veggies and assembled our entree which was a delicious and super easy to make zucchini lasagna! Side note: My husband brought a bottle of wine so YES we most definitely were all sharing it while having a fun time in the kitchen! Chef Traci then prepared for us a chocolate mousse dessert to enjoy later while she let us sit out on her deck to enjoy more wine and appetizers. Once the lasagna was done cooking, she brought us to a long dining table in a separate room where we were served table side and soon after finished off on a chocolaty note! The whole experience was AMAZING and I HIGHLY recommend Chef Traci! What's even better is that I now have these recipes so I can make and share these delicious eats with friends and family =)!

Top Pro
Phiesty Food Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
luzeria w.
Verified review

The team was amazing at coming on board last minute but also making sure my vision for my day was executed. I had a wonderful experience and truly appreciate each and everyone that was involved.

What's Cookin?
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jenett T.
Verified review

Chef Eileen was the greatest! This was a first time experience for us, hiring a personal chef for a small group of 8. It was a bachelorette party and the best touch to start an otherwise amazing weekend. Chef Eileen was professional, extremely sweet and most of all our 4 course dinner was delicious! The entire group was happy!! We will certainly do business again in the future and I believe she even gained new clients from our experience. Thank you Chef Eileen!!! All the best, Jenett

  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan J.
Verified review

Chef Sophie did a birthday dinner party for 6 in San Francisco and was a complete gem! She always got back to me quickly, worked with me regarding guest dietary restrictions and created a delicious menu that everyone enjoyed - AND was fun addition to the party. I'd fully recommend her.

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kristin Q.
Verified review

Amazing food and an amazing person! Chef Niko catered a party at my house last night and it was perfect! The food was outstanding! She is so easy to work with. I would definitely hire her again. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!

Cater2uSF LLC
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Charles K.
Verified review

The food is alway excellent hot and on time and the customer service is A+...Chef Rhonda is a MUST HAVE for all our events and gatherings.

Chef Sacha Kupelian
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick I.
Verified review

I've had the pleasure of working with Chef Sacha for countless dinners over the last several years. He's my go-to for creating a fine dining experience at my home or at a friends. He's cooked for as small as a few people to almost twenty. He's always ready to explain each of his dishes (and also provides a multitude of options prior to the day of), and the guests all love of having Chef Sacha over.

Actual Requests

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Need catering (drop-off)

San Francisco, CA

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin, Mediterranean
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Head count
    25-50
  • Budget per person
    $10-$20 per person
  • Details
    nope
  • $471.33
    Average price

Need a Cooking Skills Instructor

Oakland, CA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Team building
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (N)
  • Number of students
    Over 10
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Details
    We are planning a team building exercise for a kaiser Oakland pediatric team
  • $343.75
    Average price

Need Cooking Lessons

Berkeley, CA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Private party
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (no)
  • Number of students
    5-10
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Saturday
  • Time preference(s)
    Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    this is for an adult birthday
  • $75
    Average price
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