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Escondido Home Chefs

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  • 18 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
Carlann G.
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Chef Mike catered our Toastmasters Club's 25th Anniversary Gala. We had 80 guest. Chef Mike was the first caterer to respond to my request for a quote and he continued to be quick to respond throughout the entire process. Chef Mike provided us with a tasting prior to the event and we were sold from the first bite. He and his crew were flexible, professional, kind and efficient. The food was marvelous. We had Tri-tip, Salmon and Chicken for our entrees. All three were superb. So were the side dishes. Chef Mike altered his ingredients to accommodate our gluten free attendees and added special entrees for our vegan enthusiasts. No matter the request, the answer was always "Yes". Chef Mike and his team were a big part of the successful outcome of our event. I highly recommend Gourmet Your Way Catering for any event, large or small! You're going to love your experience with GYWC!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 91 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nelson Q.
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Jose is a phenomenal chef and caterer. He's the first person I got to for any of my event needs. He catered my birthday surprise party and my wife's birthday party. Jose is incredibly resourceful, full of ideas and always finds a way to go above and beyond. Food is always great, very competitive on pricing and always very flexible and service oriented for your needs. He's definitely my go to guy for any culinary needs I have.

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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 69 reviews
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa G.
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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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June Sper Catering
4.9
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela S.
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I have had the pleasure of knowing and eating June Sper's cooking over the past ten years. June can make anything taste great. I.e. June was cooking lunch for me to help me eat healthy. June made me mashed potatoes out of cauliflower. All I can say is I hate cauliflower but I loved how she made the cauliflower into mashed potatoes. I have had the pleasure of June's food from soup to salads, sandwiches to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. I worked with June in 3 different companies and once June brought food in one time at the companies people would beg her to make make food to bring in. In summary June Sper is the best Cook/Chef I know. If you looking for someone to cater your event you cannot go wrong with June Sper.

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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.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 52 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Craig W.
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I called Chef Mumsie 3 days before a party at which I was expecting 60 guests. She and her staff were able to put together a fantastic menu at a reasonable price. Chef M advised me on what I would need since I was getting some of the party items myself. She and her staff arrived promptly and set up the buffet seemlessly. The only problem we experienced was that the food she made was simply too delicious!!! We actually ran out of food. BTW the party was at our home and Chef M and her staff left the house impeccably clean. Just make sure you order extra food ....it is so delicious....you may run out. . .

La Mexicana Tacos & Catering
4.4
from 53 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Carolann N.
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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 34 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 36 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!

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Colleen H.
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Fantastic meal, way exceeded expectations and was much more affordable than other private chefs we contacted. Would highly recommend to anyone hosting a dinner!! Originally we looked at making a group dinner reservation to dine out in Palm Springs for a birthday party, having Cucina Migrante come to our vacation rental made for a more relaxing and unforgettable dining experience. Francesco and Adisa are true pros!

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.

Healthy Homemade
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jason G.
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Awesome experience from start to finish. Almost more than the amazing food, we loved having Joan in our house. We instantly hit it off and our kids loved her as well. Joan and I planned a menu for an informal dinner party for my wife's birthday that consisted of salad, bolognese, and a deconstructed cannoli...all made from scratch in our kitchen. The food was absolutely delicious and her company was delightful. Next time we have a need for a personal chef, we will go straight to Joan!

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
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Stephani did a wonderful job. We all enjoyed the tea party set up & the foods she prepared! I hosted the party; another person paid for it, so I cannot answer to Value, however, my guess is it was very good, as that person told me she & her sister, Staci were GREAT to work with! Linda H

Fruitcakes Chef Services
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie P.
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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!

Top Chef
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Dana K.
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Just want to tell everybody what a fabulous chef Diane is ! I like to eat on the healthier side so she Incorporated healthier ingredients in some of my favorite recipes which I have shared below. Give her a try and you won't be disappointed.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rachel S.
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Chef Mychael was very good about communicating with me and making sure we were in contact with each other. Unfortunately, we had a miscommunication about the size of the potatoes but it all worked out just fine and we were very happy with the product :-)

Kevies Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Michele A.
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Kevie is a gifted pastry chef whose modern desserts showcase her unique experience. She prepared a beautiful dessert bar table for a large event of 600+ people that our company was sponsoring. The treats were delicious and nutritious baked using our Sugar 2.0 product which includes soluble fiber and probiotics (www.sugar2pt0.com). Her recipes are incredible, and you will be pleased with her sweet treats for your friends and family. She is a professional and fun to work with too. I highly recommend her and am impressed with her baking techniques and capacity to foresee the outcomes! Thank you so much Kevies Kitchen! Everyone loved your yummy treats, you made our event a huge success!

Marckende
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ace W.
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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
Maggie F.
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Meraki is a Greek word used to describe putting a lot of love, creativity and soul into something which is why Jory Pomeranz chose the name. It is easy to smell, taste and see that a lot of love goes into each Meraki Meal. Jory has a natural ability to combine flavors. He can time every course so they are not only cooked at the perfect temperature, but served at the correct temperature and add flare to something basic like a chicken thigh. Even the grill marks on a piece of chicken are perfectly spread out and just enough to give the chicken a grill flavor without ruining the juicy tenderness we all strive for when making chicken. Jory can make things that you hated as a kid taste delectable. Jory adds spices and sauces up until the minute prior to serving to make sure each plate is perfect. I once saw Jory save what was about to be terrible chicken tacos by creating a homemade taco sauce from a nearly empty refrigerator. With Meraki Meals the food suits the season. Who wants to eat watermelon in October when pomegranate and apples are so delicious. Every Meraki Meal tastes like the season and uses fresh fruits and vegetables. Meraki Meals put a healthy spin on what looks and tastes like a calorie nightmare, but each meal is filled with proteins and vitamins. Not only is the flavor impeccable, the presentation is a work of art. Even when catering for 35-40 people, Meraki Meals are served in beautiful silver dishes. Meraki Meals are great for crowds of any size. I have to make a conscious effort not to scrape my plate clean every time I have had Meraki Meals. I highly recommend Meraki Meals for a party of any size, but especially 8-12 people because this might give the chef a chance to sit and talk with you which is a treat of its own!

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Gail L.
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Jared is caring, talented, and an amazing chef! I recommend him with great enthusiasm.

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Aditya V.
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Ellena was amazing and catered a meal for 17 of us over the course of 3 days. Her ability to make great food at scale with fresh ingredients left our entire party in awe. I would def use her again!

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Need Catering Services (Full service)

Escondido, CA

  • Event type
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Italian
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    75-100
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    It will be held at the Elks Lodge in Escondido. It is important that food is served hot and fresh. Not dried out. There is a full kitchen on site that can be used with frig and warmers.
  • $25
    Average price

Need cooking lessons

San Diego, 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 (None)
  • Number of students
    Over 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)
    Thursday
  • Time preference(s)
    Early afternoon (noon-3pm)
  • Details
    We are company that sells food to Prisons and colleges.
  • $102.5
    Average price

Need a Cooking Skills Instructor

Poway, 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 (No)
  • Number of students
    5-10
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Thursday
  • Time preference(s)
    Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    We are in Poway. Would prefer to try and keep location close to Poway/Rancho Penasquitos/Mira Mesa/Rancho Bernardo area.
  • $65.33
    Average price
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