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Irvine Food Service Professionals

Browse these food service professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Irvine.

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Married To Food Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan P.
Verified review

Marcel was EXCELLENT! I had an unusual catering job, one he hadn't done before. He was terrific at following up with me, patient when I had to delay getting back to him, and took care to understand exactly what I needed. And then he carried it out to the letter, with perfect results. And he's super easy to work with. By sheer coincidence, one of my event attendees had used his catering services just a couple of months before, and also had only glowing reviews of his food and his service. If you have need for catering or chef services, you can't go wrong by hiring Marcel for the job. I can't wait to use him again!

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cynthia H.
Verified review

From the first interaction online, gourmet lovers was prompt, professional, thorough and caring. The initial face-to-face meeting before our wedding gave me even more confidence that on the day of the wedding the food was the least of my worries. We had a hors d'oeuvre only menu that are 80+ guests loved. Many of my guests complimented their food and service and asked for their phone number for their next party which I gladly would refer gourmet lovers. Gary and I were thrilled Thank you Gourmet Lovers so very much for making a joyful day even more special!

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Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lete T.
Verified review

He was polite and professional...Great customer service...The food was outstanding!!! I am glad to have him serve for my wedding.

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Chef Marc's Meal Prep
5.0
from 60 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Josh H.
Verified review

Chef Marc has consistently provided me with A+ food and service. He is an extremely talented Chef with an eclectic mix of healthy food options. His culinary skills are outstanding and he has helped guide me towards a healthier lifestyle. 100% game changer. Thank you sir.

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 59 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Tres Jolie B.
Verified review

I have nothing but great things to say about the service, quality, and overall delivery of Best Mobile Chef. From beginning to end, Shawna was very attentive and professional. As a bride, I can honestly say that planning a wedding is one of the most stressful experiences in your life; however, Shawna did an amazing job at making sure I was not stressed or worried when it came to the catering, bartending, and cake. She made sure that each and every need was met, and she even offered her assistance with cutting our cake even though that was out of her services. We sat down and went over every detail, and Shawna made sure to keep in touch throughout the way to maintain things and to make sure that we were on track with everything. Finally on the day of, the food and setup was more than what was expected. Our family and friends spoke so highly of the food and service. Shawna and her team was absolutely phenomenal! My husband and I would definitely book Shawna and her team again for a large dinner, and even desserts. We are both forever thankful and grateful!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie A.
Verified review

The food and service we received was great. My guests said it was a top notch party and I know it was mainly due to the service we received from Chef Mumsie team. The food was delicious and service was great too. They brought a bar tender which made the party even better. The only thing I would change: Left over food should have been left with us. The team took all the left overs. Technically we paid for all the food and I thought we would keep the extras. Congrats to a great team and thank you! I would use Chef Mumsie services over and over again.

Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
Verified review

both the food and service were incredible! my guests could not stop raving about how good everything was. will definitely use again and highly recommend.

Top Pro
  • 15 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Roxanne S.
Verified review

Rich and his staff did a fabulous job hosting my birthday party . . first thunderstorm in 126 years! . .No kidding so we quickly went to Plan B and Rich adapted like a professional. My Party would not have been the same without him and his cordial staff. He was gracious; kind; and funny with our guests. .Food was excellent . .Will hire him again and recommend his services.

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Tuition Bites
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
Verified review

Absolutely! No complaints Hector and his team are a blessing .. Such great service ... Food was delicious!

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Doris A.
Verified review

I have had a wonderful experience! Quallity of food is great, tasty, presentation is awesome, very original. Either scheduled or improvised, results are always the same........GREAT!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

I used 'drop off' service, everything was perfect! Fantastic catering by Keith for a summer party I organized for my 89 year old mother. He and staff were right on time, plated everything on beautiful serving dishes, and set up everything. Food was terrific, got lots of compliments. Recommend highly.

  • 19 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey J.
Verified review

Finding Carmi was the very best thing I could do for my family and myself!!! As a working mom, knowing that dinner is handled and that it is healthy, organic, local and delicious gives me huge peace of mind and eliminates so much stress from my life!! My 23-month-old son is eating everything she makes, including all the veggies, and he’s getting so many important nutrients to grow because of it! Thank you SO much, Carmi!!

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie F.
Verified review

Greg was everything I could have wanted in a personal dining chef! Such a warm personality, professional yet personal, and off the chart food. I could go on and on about the food combinations, the incredible taste, and presentation of a five star meal, made with love. You will not be disappointed with Greg: hands down, a one of a kind experience:))

Top Chef
4.4
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Tina A.
Verified review

I hired Diane to cook a multi-course meal in the comfort of our home in order to surprise my husband for Valentines Day. We agreed upon a menu, a time, a price and we were good to go. On the day of we corresponded a bit and she offered some of her personal items to help decorate for the special night which was above and beyond. I didn't need them but I did appreciate the offer. Diane is friendly, responsive and the food she made was DIVINE! Part of our meal included cream corn and French onion soup, both my husbands favorites. He loved both items. We were so full, we couldn't even eat the dessert we had planned for the evening. My husband said one more bite and he would have exploded. Diane was efficient in the kitchen, we were able to see the flambé for the steak from the dining room where we were enjoying our salad. She served the meal and cleaned up as each course went along. It was a new experience for both of us and it ended up being a very special evening.

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Island Soul Kitchen
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shauna B.
Verified review

We hired Island Soul for our mothers celebration of life party a week before the event. Luckily they were able to accommodate us on such short notice! Everyone at our event LOVED their food, and their speciality (pork belly) was to die for. They were so sweet and professional. We will be hiring them any time we need catering. Thank you so much you guys!!

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tyler H.
Verified review

Chef Sydney was amazing! I requested to have food prepped and delivered to my boat and she exceeded my expectations! She had everything organized and labeled which made it easy to set up and serve to my guests! Not to mention the food was a 10/10!!! Will be using her again!

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Beatrice D.
Verified review

Valerie prepared a wonderful dinner on Saturday and our guests had nothing but praise for her amazing food and service she provided. She made quite an impression on all of us and we won't forget the wonderful tastes and presentation she prepared for us. I will certainly hire Valerie again for a great culinary experience.

Divoon Dining
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
Verified review

Food and Service for my sons graduation party was wonderful. Party was a great success. Highly recommend Divoon Dining!

Yummy Creations
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Jaz Miller-Hart
Verified review

Quality Food, Quality Service! Love Me Some Yummy Creations!!!

Craftsman Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Robin M.
Verified review

Joe is awesome! His food makes a lot of our customers very, very happy. And they come from all over the world. His customer service is superb. Quality of food is way above standards. DELICIOUS!! Keep it up Joe!!!

Huztle.life
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Kameha D.
Verified review

Brandon and huztle.life has impressed me every time. He comes prepared and always has the best food. Even when we aren’t positive what kind of food we actually want, he will come up with a menu that you can’t turn down. Definitely recommend.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

Actual Requests

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Need Personal Chef

Newport Beach, CA

  • Event type
    Birthday / Anniversary
  • Meals needed
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    American - formal (eg: steak and potatoes)
  • Courses / Dishes
    Salad: Yes, Single entree: Yes, Multiple entrees: No, Side dishes: Yes
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Head count
    6-10
  • Budget per head
    $70-$80
  • Details
    It's our mother's 70th and the family wants to have a dinner for just family. there will be 6 kids as well but we can make their food or something simple for them.
  • $190
    Average price

Need Personal Chef

Tustin, CA

  • Meal preparation frequency
    A few times a week
  • Meals needed
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Head count
    1
  • Serving style
    Plated meal
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    Gluten-free, Other (Healthy prepped meals)
  • Day(s) needed
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Time(s) needed
    Morning (9am-noon)
  • Details
    Can be cooked at my house or your house and dropped off.
  • $191.5
    Average price

Need Personal Chef

Irvine, CA

  • Event type
    Other (Wedding Reception Dinner)
  • Meals needed
    Appetizers
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Hors D'oeurves
  • Courses / Dishes
    Salad: No, Single entree: No, Multiple entrees: Yes, Side dishes: No
  • Will the chef provide alcohol?
    No, the chef does not need to provide alcohol
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Head count
    More than 20 (please indicate) (30-40)
  • Budget per head
    Other (very low, since this is appetizers only)
  • Details
    I need someone to prepare appetizers for my small dinner reception at my home after a small wedding ceremony.
  • $708.33
    Average price
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