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El Cerrito Personal Chefs

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 144 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 257 hires on Thumbtack
Leah S.
Verified review

Normally, I enjoy preparing a sit-down 3-course dinner for my family&friends so this was our first time hiring a personal chef. It truly is the most effortless way to host a party of 8! Chef Pete did it all-- he planned&prepared a lovely 5-course meal, plated&served the plates and even cleaned after himself. Aside from the overly salted soup, the entire meal was well-portioned and delicious. The ingredients were all fresh and the lamb was cooked to perfection! Chef Pete is professional, courteous and communicative. I would highly recommend him!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 111 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenessa L.
Verified review

Great food and great experience. The two chefs working our holiday party couldn't have been kinder or more patient. Everyone loved the food, and the boss told me after they left that she would like to bring them back again next year. Thank you for a lovely experience!

  • 12 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Leanne V.
Verified review

Sat is a true culinary artist. He was easy to work with in the planning, was prompt with all communication. My dinner party was a hit with FIVE start cuisine, and all the guests loved Sat. I would highly recommend Sat for any personal chef needs!!

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Made With Love
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alex M.
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We had a wonderful experience. Debbie was warm, professional, and an excellent chef. Ask for the chicken parm!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sasha S.
Verified review

Grace cooked outstanding food (salmon, prosciutto/melon, eggplant, citrus salad) and provided an all-around amazing experience - customizing the menu to fit our tastes! Thank you so much Grace! I will recommend you to everyone looking for a personal chef/catering!

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Dani Bensimon Catering
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
June P.
Verified review

Daniella was extremely professional, her food was tasty and it was loaded with veggies. I was nervous beforehand as I have never hired a personal chef before, but Daniella assured me that all would be well. I really appreciated her warm and grounded energy. I also liked that she explained the menu and ingredients to my party. Her staff person was also competent and had good energy too.

  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires 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

Custom Creations
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
Verified review

Laura was our personal chef for an evening. Eight girlfriends, fabulous evening, lots of wine and the food was delicious! Laura knows how to throw a party, everything was taken care of including dishes and clean up. Thank you.

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 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!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Leah A.
Verified review

Angela is an exceptional caterer! We hired her for a long (10 day) job for a production crew, serving multiple meals for VERY hungry people. I heard consistently that they were the best meals the crew had ever had on a job. She was very thorough in her choices, and made it obvious that she takes pride in what she cooks, plans, and serves. We plan to make Angela our go-to caterer for ALL future jobs. As much as I would love to tell you to stay away so we can hoard her...you HAVE to hire Angela and try her meals for yourself!

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jim U.
Verified review

Absolutely the best ever food service and presentation. I have hosted over A dozen dinner parties in the last two years with three different chefs. I will only use Lucas going foreward!!

Cook with Chef Traci
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Faren C.
Verified review

We had a fantastic evening of cooking, eating and conversation with Chef Traci as well as a cozy night of sleep and a delicious assortment of goodies for breakfast! How could you go wrong? My parents bought an experience with Chef Traci for me for Christmas. My best friend and I (who both love to cook) went for the overnight experience. It was easy to book our evening and we received info about what we would be cooking and what we might want to bring along. Traci was ready for us right on time and welcomed us into her home which is basically a Bed and Breakfast through AirBnB with all delicious, wholesome treats made in house. There was a welcome brownie, which I may have eaten before we started cooking...possibly. After we settled in, Traci got us started cooking a fantastic chicken Tagine, plus two other courses. She’s very relaxed and down to earth, providing direction without micromanaging. She did give me some good tips to improve my chopping! Then we abandoned our aprons and enjoyed being served the fruits of our labors. The tagine was To. Die. For. Good. We then tucked into one of the cozy, clean, well-appointed AirBnB rooms and slept soundly. The breakfast spread was serve-yourself and there were so many options! I had one of each, naturally. As you can tell, we had a great experience. I would say everything about the experience was delicious, hearty, cozy, without an ounce of pretense. Those looking for a shiny Sur La Table class and a night at the Four Seasons should look elsewhere. However, those who want to have a classic cooking experience and a cozy, like-home-but-better getaway, you’re in the right place. It’s almost like cooking with your aunt, if your aunt was a professional chef, served you all three courses and did all the cleaning ;) oh and I went home with almost a week of leftovers! Thanks Chef Traci!

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Farm to Table
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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.

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elaine Y.
Verified review

So glad we hired Dan from Mise En Place for our most recent dinner party! After discussing options with him, we went with the Kokkari-inspired menu on his website. It tasted exactly like the dishes we've had there so many times. Amazing. We've already booked him for another party in a few weeks. So happy we found Mise En Place on Thumbtack — Dan's now our go-to home chef!

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east bay chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alex R.
Verified review

I had a great experience hiring Jon for my New Year's party. He arrived on time and quickly prepared a round of every dish while the guests were coming, so that it was ready at the time that everyone was there. As the food was eaten, he and Amanda presented more, so no dish was ever empty. I found his work of excellent quality, and he was very personable and friendly. My New Year's party was a success because of Chef Jon Avalos. Highly recommended!

What's Cookin?
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 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

Stephanie Marinese
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
German C.
Verified review

Stephanie was a great host when my wife and I went to San Francisco. She is a very kind person, always concerned on providing a good service in all terms, especially regarding food (what a great chef!), and thanks to her support, we could use our time wisely in order to meet the best places and have a lot of fun in our time in SF.

Classic Cuisine Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Neha C.
Verified review

In contract with Classic Cuisine Catering . Chef Kolnita has been very responsive. She has helped us build a great menu as per our liking for the event within a short time period. We are looking forward to our event this week.

ITK Culinary
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie M.
Verified review

i stumbled on itk and hired them to deliver food in 2012 when we were expecting our second child and they exceeded my expectations immediately. we have worked with them weekly since then because their food and staffing are terrific. The owner is an excellent, creative chef as well as a very nice person to work with. he knows our food preferences and brings us things we like without having to hassle with ordering specific things through a set menu or the computer; he knows us based on our conversations and figures out the menu. it's heaven when the food shows up. they samples a lot of world flavors and create amazing seasonal food. for a busy family like ours, itk beats other kinds of help in a big way: we eat healthier meals together in a much less frazzled state. wonderful service

Chef Sacha Kupelian
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
April K.
Verified review

I have attended three of Chef Sacha's pop-up dinners and all three occasions were wonderful. His style is playful and creative, and his ability to balance multiple textures is keen -all the while maintaining clean, clear flavors. His knowledge of wines is also impressive! I truly enjoyed each experience and look forward to the next event. Cheers!

Devour-creative cuisine
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Rheta C.
Verified review

Marisa has prepared many meals for me which have all been absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. Two years ago, she threw a birthday party for me and since I am from the South, she prepared southern foods with a more modern twist in bite-size portions, to name a few cornbread, mac n' cheese, fried green tomatoes, pulled pork sliders and jambalaya. What an amazing chef!

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Need a Personal Chef

San Jose, CA

  • Personal chef event type
    Special occasion, Other (Birthday dinner for 3 at home)
  • Cuisine type
    Formal American, Italian, I'm not sure yet
  • Number of people
    Fewer than 10
  • Details
    My wife's birthday is coming up this Wednesday, March 13th and since we have a toddler and a baby at home, we cannot go out. I would like to bring in a personal chef to take care of an elegant dinner for us to celebrate at home.

Need a Caterer of a Russian Cuisine

Elk Grove, CA

  • Personal chef event type
    Buffet dinner, Plated dinner, Special occasion, Holiday, Personal meal(s), Cocktail party
  • Cuisine type
    Casual American, Mexican/Latin, Formal American, Italian, BBQ, Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Number of people
    More than 200
  • Details
    Russain food
  • $2500
    Average price

Need a Personal Chef

Dublin, CA

  • Personal chef event type
    Personal meal(s)
  • Cuisine type
    Other (Paleo & raw vegan)
  • Number of people
    Fewer than 10
  • Details
    Party of one who loves good food, not fast food, wants to enjoy it at home after long day not at restaurants, i enjoy cooking but have less & less time to do it. Love all ethnic foods, spicy, & no grains, limited beans, not processed, minimal sugar -not a big sweets person.
  • $202.67
    Average price
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