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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 118 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 130 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 53 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 93 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.

Taquizas ''El Rey''
4.6
from 45 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Joe K.
Verified review

I am setting up for my 4th company BBQ using Jesse and his family, Moms recipe is awesome and there service is great. They work very hard to make everyone happy. I invite customers, subcontractors and suppliers so nobody is there at one time, Jesse and his mom didn't have a problem staying later and kept on cooking. The rate to stay late was way fair. and cooking for 100,people is no problem

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Traveling Chef
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael K.
Verified review

Travis was able to provide a meal prep service custom tailored to my needs! He works efficiently and left my kitchen spotless after cooking a week's worth of food. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing cooking services.

  • 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.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 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.

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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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 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!

You Too Can Eat Healthy!
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Erica O.
Verified review

Marukah is an excellent chef. I hired her for a cooking party at my home and not only was the food delicious, but she was very professional and made sure everything was clean while she prepared everything for the meals. All of my guests got to participate in cooking every single course. I highly recommend her services. I have hired her again but this time we are having a children cooking party to teach our kids how they can eat healthy too!

Good2eat4U
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Emily P.
Verified review

Elaine helped my daughter and I with cooking lessons and menu ideas that would work with both of our dietary issues. We spent an afternoon together - through the magic of web cams. We prepared a vegetable lasagna, a spinach and strawberry salad, the most amazing miso soup ever and a squash and edamame treat that was out of this world. The dishes we prepared were made from fresh, organic ingredients that were gluten free, light on salt and most importantly quick and easy to prepare in our busy schedules. Elaine took every culinary and dietary issue of ours and came back with brilliant solutions. Elaine is knowledgeable and approachable with the ability to communicate what she knows without being preachy. I've ordered the Herblends seasonings, and she also has a cookbook. I'm very impressed her knowledge and abilities make great food and show us how she does it.

Lifestyle Changes 2 Health
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nanci L.
Verified review

Linda came to our home and showed us how to cook several dishes in a healthy and delicious way. She made the process very fun. It felt like a party. We learned a lot about cooking and eating healthfully and will be able to use that information in our daily food prep. I highly recommend her and am sure you would be happy that you enlisted her services.

Heather's Helpful Hints
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Peggy C.
Verified review

Peggy C. I had tried Heather’s Savory Artichoke Heart, Crispy Sage, Caramelized Onion and Italian Cheese Quiche—and knew it was good; along with her very special (& somewhat decadent) Savory Caramelized Vidalia Onion Cheesecake_Spread, so I ordered both for the holidays. They were made with love and care and brought to my door. I loved having them on hand—as you know there are always more mouths to feed around the holidays! The care and pride she takes in her work really shows. The dip/spread is a real treat—very elegant and rich. The quiche is unlike any we’ve ever had and is truly delicious. I would highly recommend her and her cooking for anyone’s event or home.

Porsche Cooks Vegan
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Simone R.
Verified review

Vegan cooking has never been as fabulous as when Porsche is the one serving up cruelty free dishes. She makes healthy - usually soy free - meals for my boss Russell Simmons and myself on the regular. Our guests always leave our events raving about the taste and marveling at how satisfying it is without flesh and dairy. She is the best of the best!

Meraki Meals
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel A.
Verified review

We hired Jory for a 20 person office party. Jory's cooking was immaculately presented and so flavorful. We wanted delicious food that was organic, sustainable and healthy—and he delivered. He made Lemon caper chicken, a chickpea tzatziki salad with olives, pesto vegetable medley, homemade granola with yogurt and honey, and charred tomato and kale salad with feta. All served in festive silver platters. On top of the food tasting superb, Jory was a great host and fit in seamlessly with our guests whose questions were answered professionally and in good spirits. Using him again. For sure.

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nick R.
Verified review

Chef Ray Lopez was exceptional. He prepared and incredible meal and had history for each dish. He was professional and a wonderful cook. Would hire him again.

Generation Sugar
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Sandra S.
Verified review

She’s an amazing cook and excellent baker!!!!!!

Chef Johnnie
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
David I.
Verified review

Chef Johnnie cooks with passion and delivers food that is inspiring. He always has new, surprising and great dishes. Treat yourself to Chef Johnnie amazing culinary cuisine.

Kim Kennedy
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

Having had little experience cooking before working with Kim, I didn't know what to expect. But I couldn't be happier with how much I've learned so far. She has taught me to cook really healthy and some of the more indulgent stuff. I've learned specific dishes like homemade gnocchi with pesto and also skills that I can use to cook my own dishes. Knife skills, pan skills and most importantly for me flavor combinations. So even if I'm making a salad or sandwich at home I can take flavor combinations and make them my own. I would recommend her to anyone with any type of food or occasion.

Eren from FoodPeople
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Drisa C.
Verified review

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.

  • 6 years in business
Lolimar N.
Verified review

Donna prepared for a spiritual retreat a fabulous vegan meal . She prepared a delicious Indian feast, Tikki Masala, basmati rice, appetizers and great side dishes. I definitely recommend her for any Vegan feast . I also loved that she is a Yoga instructor and we had an amazing Yoga class before we enjoyed her meal.

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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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