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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy S.
Verified review

Marcel created a delicious menu based on my preferences to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to a hungry group of 15. Incredibly professional and friendly, he has a real passion for cooking. He got a round of applause from our group when he left and then we even brought him back last minute to cook an additional meal for us one day because enjoyed it so much. The food is fresh, healthy and flavorful. We will definitely work with him again.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

FSLA Catering
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Kareen S.
Verified review

Excellent food. I have tried Faisal's cooking on many occasions and it has always been above and beyond !!

  • 33 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Tess M.
Verified review

Our first cooking class was great! There were 4 of us and everyone had so much fun. Theo was so patient and generous with his time explaining simple techniques and ways to save us time and money. Our food came out delicious and we had plenty of leftovers. Our class went so well, that we cannot wait to schedule our next class! Thanks Theo!!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mercedes A.
Verified review

I have had the experience of tasting and enjoying Mr. segar's culinary services in many occasions and find him to be an excellent cook. His cooking abilities are very gourmet and he is very good at improvising and coming up with exquisit results.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

Tania Spil
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa O.
Verified review

Tania came to our home and gave my daughter (12) & her cousin (12) a Sushi and Thai Roll cooking class along with teaching them how to bake Lemon Squares. Tania was amazing with Both girls and helped them to feel confident in making Sushi. They were so excited with their lesson and what they learned that they are making it again for a group of us. Based on the excellent food we experienced from their cooking class we are hiring Tania to make and deliver a meal to another family member. Tania exceeded our expectations. We would recommend her to anyone. Lisa

Aline Healthy Chef
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Tally W.
Verified review

I have been lucky enough to be treated to Aline's cooking and company through a friend so when she started her cooking classes I was in! She finds the way to use lots of vegetables and grains in her classes & makes eating fresh, healing, delicious food all so simple in her relaxed and adorable way

Fearless Appetite - CA
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sue B.
Verified review

On my birthday Nancy came to my house and gave a cooking class for myself and several mutual friends. Although not strictly a vegetarian I requested a vegetarian menu. From appetizer to entree to dessert all were absolutely delicious, served with great presentation and style. Nancy brought her own prep table and utensils, left my kitchen immaculate, and gave us all a truly wonderful experience. I can't wait to do it again !!!

Brother 2 Brother Catering
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel O.
Verified review

My wife and I have used Brother 2 Brother Catering on several occasions for various events such as private parties, church and client activities for groups of 10 to more than 100 people. Each time the service has been great and the food delicious. They have a great variety of menus and will prepare each specialty to your taste. And, to top it off, James and Anna Cameron can entertain you with song! They are "the Singing Chefs" with a repertoire ranging from gospel to pop to jazz to opera -- just like their cooking, they can do it all! I highly recommend them for any occasion -- private parties, picnics, weddings, graduations, church gatherings, you name it.

Chef Michael
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Marisol D.
Verified review

Chef Michael is truly gifted in the culinary arts. Chef Michael and his team catered a baby shower I hosted and were amazing! The menu was superb, they were punctual, professional, and paid attention to the smallest detail. I highly recommend Chef Michael, every bite is an explosion of flavor and texture.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Malia F.
Verified review

Shelly not only makes vegan cooking simple and delicious, she provides the tools and tricks you need to prepare meals for your family! She teaches with love and passion and educates the public about plant-based nutrition and provides the info you need to make the switch from omnivore to vegan or enhance your current vegan lifestyle. I have been vegetarian for 20+ years and vegan for 9 years and I learned so much from Shelly just from one class! I can’t wait to learn more, as she has so much to offer and an entire cook book worth of recipes in her head to impress any chef!

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista H.
Verified review

Valerie started cooking for my family this week. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and eat her tasty and healthy food. Highly recommend.

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Chef Izzy
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tati A.
Verified review

Chef Izzy's personality and cooking brought happiness to my household. Enjoyed the experience and the food. Everything was absolutely delicious. Definitely booking again

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LaLa Ziemski Private Chef
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy H.
Verified review

I used Lauren for a 14 person dinner party. The food was SO SO good. Lauren was efficient, communicative and great to work with. Everyone loved her cooking.

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bryan C.
Verified review

Sydney's cooking speaks for itself. Everything she has prepared has been absolutely phenomenal. What stands out beyond her cooking skills is her passion. Sydney takes great pride in what she does from start to finish, beginning with top notch ingredients and ending with creative presentation. She never misses a thing and always pays attention to the small details. Cooking is not just a job for Sydney, it's her passion in life. She's a perfectionist and holds herself to the highest standard. I couldn't of asked for a better personal chef and highly recommend her for any type of event!

Farmer's Market Groupie
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Debi C.
Verified review

Elisha is incredibly knowledgable about all things organic, GMO-free and sustainable. She is fun and creative and made the cooking class that I took one of my very favorite nights. Let her show you around the farmer's market or around the kitchen. You will have a blast!!!

Pick Your Chefs
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maria B.
Verified review

Chef Niamh came to my house and taught my two teenagers how to make a few yummy meals. She arrived with everything needed, she pre-planned and thought of everything, and taught my kids how to properly handle knives and utensils. It was a great experience for them, they loved her! And, best of all, she gave them little tips on presentation, so now when my kids cook dinner (thanks to Chef Niamh), it looks like a chef prepared it! :)

AF Duran Culinary Services
4.3
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Leticia D.
Verified review

Angel is a great healthy cooking Chef. She's very caring and puts lots of love into her cooking. She was very concerned on making sure to always use the freshest and all organic ingredients! I recommend her highly!

Personal Palate
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 22 years in business
Sandy K.
Verified review

Stacie has been a personal chef for me and for events over the past five years. Her attention to detail is outstanding. Both the presentation and the taste of her food is superior to almost any. The atmosphere she brings is all class. She has a way about her that is both professional and comforting, she makes me feel like she cares about me and about all the other guests. I love the value she provides She's well priced, if might I say inexpensive for the quality she brings. I highly recommend Stacie.

icekcooks
3.7
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Karen V.
Verified review

He was amazing....... my party of 60+ people loved his cooking and he was there to serve it all up with a smile!! Would use he again and again!!!

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How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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Need a Cooking Instructor

Trabuco Canyon, CA

  • Goal
    Skill improvement
  • Cooking type
    Modern cuisine
  • Instruction type
    Private / Individual
  • Details
    I really need to learn some basic techniques and gourmet chicken recipes. I am also interested in cooking classes.

Need a Cooking Instructor

Glendale, CA

  • Goal
    New skill (general education)
  • Cooking type
    Modern cuisine, Italian, French, I'm not sure, Other (german)
  • Instruction type
    Private / Individual
  • Details
    have no experience other than opening cans and heating up vegetable and cooking potatoes once in a while. want to learn how to prepare a simple meal of any kind for myself and one other --
  • $75
    Average price

Need a Cooking Skills Instructor

Redondo Beach, CA

  • Goal
    Skill improvement
  • Cooking type
    I'm not sure
  • Instruction type
    Private / Individual
  • Details
    This is a birthday gift for someone who to LOVE to cook (and eat!). I dont know his skill level as we eat out a lot but he does have excellent taste in food and an appreciation for spice, etc. I think one lesson might spark many more...
  • $147.5
    Average price
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