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We gave a big 40th birthday party for our son and wanted everything to be fantastic for him, our family, and all of our friends. We didn't know what a perfect choice we made when we hired Chef Marcel! We cannot say enough good things about Chef Marcel, his staff, and his wonderful food! The dishes were delicious - inventive and perfectly prepared! To add an extra challenge, Chef Marcel and his top notch sous chefs needed to cook in our kitchen and take food to our community room where we were holding the event. Every single step of the process was flawless and at the end of the evening I would have never known anyone had been in my kitchen! I had a recipe for the bartender I wanted to serve. She tweaked it and made it even tastier! Our guests wrote us the next day and raved about the appetizers, the meal, the yummy desserts, and the service, which was impeccable. The staff was friendly, kind, fun, and terrific at what they do. As most people know who give parties, the personalities of those who provide the service is critical. Every single person who took care of us was absolutely lovely. Chef Marcel was there the whole time. He was constantly vigilant making sure everything was running smoothly. He went out of his way to accommodate some hungry late arrivals. He was definitely in charge, respectful of his staff, gracious, flexible, and devoted to us having a great time! Our experience with Chef Marcel exceeded any expectations we could have possibly had. A million thank yous to him and to his stellar staff!
Used Gourmet Lovers Catering for our company picnic and everything was great. Working with Carolina to create a menu was very easy and the pricing was very reasonable. Chef Boris and his team were very punctual in their arrival and set up. And the food was excellent! We did Hawaiian theme dishes and everything tasted fresh and was delicious. I went back for seconds on the salad and sautéed veggies. They were also able to customize a vegetarian option that I heard was very tasty. I certainly would hire them again.
Food was great, Chef and his assistant were very nice and professional
I hired these guys about a year ago for a small dinner party, about 5 of us. It was such a great experience! It was a while ago so I can't remember the chef's name, I think it was David, he was on time, professional, super friendly, did a great job working with my tiny apartment kitchen and crappy old stove. The food was impeccable! No joke BEST crab cakes I've ever had in my life! We all had a great time and my friends were also so impressed with the food. They still talk about the dinner. I'm not a fancy person who hires private chefs all the time, it was my first, but it was such a great experience I would do it again if a special occasion came up and would absolutely hire him again! Highly recommend! It took so long to leave this review because I forgot to do it last year and I'm an outta sight outta mind person, unfortunately, but I just got on here to look for another service and saw them on my list and had to leave this review. Won't disappoint!
Thank goodness for chefs like Mark who cook the way you want, and need, to eat when the last thing you want to do is cook for yourself when you're ill. I'm so greatful to have been introduced to him when I needed it the most. Mark is a great guy who cares about your healing. He's prepared the most healthy and delicious dishes. He'll work with you so that every dish delivered is what you like. And his selection is so broad that you won't eat the same thing again and again. Though some times you'll wish you did!
Sue is creative and fun. Great to work with and has lots of energy. Great chef and organized as well.
Had a great experience with Executive Chef Mark Kearney and Team. To set expectations before the review, I like to consider myself a food lover...not a critic, just a food lover. I love great dining experiences and am equally critical or disappointed when they fall short. My family and I were hosting Christmas Dinner for a total of 10 family members. I found Chef Mark on Thumbtack based on his previous reviews. Roy (part of Mark's team) promptly reached out with thought-starters for the meal and breakout of pricing. Over the next few weeks Roy, Mark and I worked closely crafting the perfect menu for my traditional Christmas dinner, while staying within my budget parameters. To note, Chef Mark is priced higher than some of the other chefs I was in contact with, but I'm glad we went with Mark based on the outcome. The menu consisted of 4 gourmet hors d oeuvres passed around while we opened presents. A fan favorite was the roasted fig with gorgonzola and prosciutto. Then time for dinner. We sat at the dining table and were served Butternut Ravioli as an appetizer, Lobster Bisque soup (a bit on the spicy side - only critique I have with the food all night) and an organic baby butterleaf salad with incredible apricot balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was both a grilled beef tenderloin (prepared to your liking) and pan roasted turkey breast. Sides that accompanied the main course were brocollini, green beans and bacon/garlic mashed potatoes. Everything (except the soup) was beyond 5 stars in terms of presentation, taste and expectations. Lastly we were served two very decadent and delicious deserts - a molten lava cake and traditional bread pudding. Two things to mention. My wife was forced (by her OBGYN) into a new diet two days prior to the Christmas dinner consisting of no dairy and no soy. When Chef Mark arrived we asked him what had dairy and soy ingredients and he quickly and thoughtfully mentioned that he could make my wife's servings without either dairy or soy. Talk about going above and beyond. This was much appreciated and set the tone for the entire dinner! I would potentially ask for two servers for the evening on future events. One to solely serve as sous chef, helping Mark prepare the food in the kitchen and the other server to help set the table, serve food, wine, etc.. throughout the evening. The 5 hours that Mark and Team allocate for the evening can go quickly. This might alleviate that. Either way, a great experience and thank you Mark and Team!
Chef Carolina and her team were great. Everything was confirmed and she arrived right on time. Set up was really quick and easy. She worked around the budget and supplied everything we needed. The food was amazing. I ordered breakfast and the breakfast was so tasty. We had a variety of items. It wasn't the normal, boring scrambled eggs and bacon. We was very creative in her breakfast options. Egg white omelettes Mush omelettes Quiches Breakfast burritos Vegetable and potatoes Fresh Fruit Muffins and Bagels Coffee I would definitely be using her again. I can't wait to see her lunch menu.
Travis was really friendly and an excellent chef. His food was exquisite and delicious. The combinations of food was excellent. The food really represented how much of a talented chief Travis is. The breakfast was amazing, especially the waffles which were crunchy and extravagant. The shrimp tarts were extremely delicious and my whole family were astonished by how he made the base with slices of bread. This truly was an amazing experience and we will definitely be hiring his services again.
Five stars for all for categories. The chicken piccata and trip tip were tender and delicious, and the side dishes were fresh and tasty as well. Aioli dropped off on time in nice dishes. My compliments to the chef!
We had a birthday party for 25 at our home and found Chef Alexis on the internet. Chef Alexis had gone over everything prior to the event and also came to our house to make all of the final arrangements and to check out the kitchen. On the day of the event she and her staff arrived early to setup and start food preparations. When the first guests arrived the cheese platters were out and the food had started to come. Everything went exactly as Chef Alexis had described. Her food was amazing! Her staff was also amazing! As the last guests left Chef Alexis and her staff finished the final clean up and everything looked exactly the way it did when they arrived 7 1/2 hours earlier. We were extremely delighted with everything. Everyone complemented us on how delicious and tasteful the food was and on the great service that Chef Alexis and her staff provided. This was the best party that we've had and we can't wait to have Chef Alexis and her staff do our next one. Thank you Chef Alexis you are the best!
Steven came to our home, to serve my husband and me our anniversary dinner. He brought a beautifully printed out menu explaining the courses. He brought his own dishware which was lovely. From the well displayed appetizers to the meal itself ... we were delighted! The food was five star! And dessert was impressive! A very wonderful experience from beginning to end. What a treat to have an impeccably dressed chef walk through the door of our home and create pure deelish!!! Thank you to Steven!!! Michael and Cindy Thee Ashburn, Virginia
Amy was a delight to work with. She was very responsive on all communication and professional during the event. The food was incredible and her personality made the event even more enjoyable. I would recommend Amy to anyone looking for a efficient, professional, experienced chef. I look forward to working with Amy again!
Dareen and her ladies were terrific. Dareen stayed in touch with me before the event, came on time, and left the kitchen all cleared and clean with the extra food stored neatly in the refrigerator. They were professional yet not stiff. My guests, a casual bunch not used to being "served," felt very comfortable. They were extremely complimentary. I was free to enjoy my gathering with no worries because Dareen and her staff took care of everything!
EVERYTHING I have ordered from Fitch's Kitchen was extremely flavorful and delicious! And Chef Fitch is extremely flexible, great customer service. Keep up the good work!
Chef Don and his team made my event extremely successful. Don was so easy to communicate with, and was very flexible and accommodating. He offered his suggestions and ideas when needed and made sure the entire evening went smoothly. His team was professional and friendly. I couldn't have asked for more. And the food? Amazing! We all loved everything and the report from these picky teenagers was a huge thumbs up! I will definitely contact this catering company for my next big event!
Greg was the perfect chef for my dinner party! He's enthusiastic about what he does and excellent at creating a menu that is delicious and every bit as good (or better) than dining at a 5-star restaurant while being in your own home! My guests loved the experience with Greg. Everyone who came to the party wanted to hire him for their next event! I would definitely hire him again in the future.
Chef LaTay was very professional and the food was the best I've ever had. Every morsel of food was delicious, even the baked goods were good. Her presentation was very appealing to the eye. I will continue to patronize Chef LaTay as my catering service.
We have used Food Joy twice for large functions at our office (400 people +). Cristina is amazing to work with, she is creative in her menus and accommodating with your budget. Leo, the head chef is extremely talented, creating beautiful dishes that have fresh ingredients and a variety of sides that please all crowds. At our recent event we had many more people attend than had RSVP'd, Cristina and her team were never stressed but hustled to get more food and were able to feed everyone. All of our guests left happy, we are so pleased to be working regularly with this company!
Wendell catered a private event, for a group of all vegan / plant based guests. The food was phenomenal and some of the best plant based food I've had. There was a large variety of flavors and dishes - greens, tempeh, tofu, seitan, tons of veggies, quinoa and more. The variety of food was so good, I am looking to bring him as a private chef for a series of wellness retreats.
Discovering FoodPeople was a dream come true for this busy business owner. To me, the thought of planning for and preparing meals is overwhelming and intimidating. And as a single women with no kids, it’s hard to justify spending the time to cook just for myself. When I met Eren and Chef Emre I felt comfortable knowing that they understood me, my lifestyle and my food preferences. They delivered on all of their promises and continually go above and beyond to exceed my expectations. I would highly recommend FoodPeople to any individuals or families who value high quality, wholesome food prepared with great care and attention.