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Irvine Private Chefs

Browse these private chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Irvine.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 117 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Aitana C.
Verified review

Marcel was amazing! It was a five star experience from the service he offered, to the food he cooked, to the time he took to prep for my event. We had two chefs at my event who were amazed and very impressed with his cooking! I highly recommend him!

Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Nelson Q.
Verified review

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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  • 8 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Cassandra L.
Verified review

Oh my. There are not enough stars for how perfect this private chef dinner was. From the first contact chef Boris and Carolina were so very attentive and lightening fast responders. Carolina is the most organized and sets your mind at ease that no detail will be forgotten or left out. I never worried they would execute our requests to perfection. She's is calming and a can do yes person. Pricing is beyond fair. The food was beautiful. The presentation was contemporary and current. The taste was spot on and no one left a bite on a plate. 10 star flavors and service. Left the place spotless. I have not one thing I would edit. It is so nice knowing before the event even begins you are in good hands. The attention Carolina gives sets all your worries free so chef Boris can come in and just hit it out of the park while you and guests sip cocktails.

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 79 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 199 hires on Thumbtack
Jianxiong Y.
Verified review

The catering staff was amazing and polite. We got one chef, one assistant, one server and one DJ. They arrived on time. Server helped us set up and clean up everything. DJ was great! They did a wonderful job! Price is very reasonable and acceptable. Paid them with extra tips when service is finished. Love the team! Recommend for any events!

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The Catering Carnival
4.8
from 66 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lena R.
Verified review

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!

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Chef Marc's Meal Prep
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Andrea K.
Verified review

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!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

My first experience with a private chef, definitely not the last, booked Shauna again for another party before she left. Highly recommend

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Michele J.
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I loved working with Susan Kowalski from Wild Thyme Catering. She was professional, helpful, positive, and personable. At the last minute, I decided to throw my husband a surprise birthday dinner for 8 people. I wanted to try something new and have a chef prepare dinner in our home. Susan was able to work with the short time frame and within our budget. She listened to what I said my husband would like and helped me put together a fabulous menu. The food was outstanding and exactly what we talked about. Everyone had a great meal and an awesome time. I definitely recommend Susan, and hope to have her back sometime in the near future.

Top Pro
  • 21 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kristin W.
Verified review

Amazing! This was my first time hiring a private chef and Chef Kearney did not disappoint! We had a party of 20+ guests and from the seafood appetizers to the delicious steak dinner, we were all wowed and it was such a fun way to celebrate my husbands birthday. Even the kids were whipped up some homemade pizza and everyone was left full and completely satisfied. Cheers!!

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 49 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Di S.
Verified review

enjoyed a nice Sunday Private Culinary experience with Chef Mumsey and her team! The dinner was absolutely exquisite and uniquely made. One of the sides was corn on the cob grilled with a special season, I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy it, however I was blown away at the taste!! The meal prep was created in a timely and organized fashion and I even assisted! If you’re looking for an eloquent fine homemade dining experience contact Chef Mumsey! You will not be disappointed yet amazed and delighted!!!

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Sierra Madre Catering
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
JoAnn H.
Verified review

I hired Sierra Madre Catering for my husband's 40th birthday party held at my home. The set up process was so easy, they were so accommodating with the menu I wanted (even though it included fried foods and philly cheese steak sandwiches which are hard to make on-site). The moment they got to my house, Tonya and her chefs were so professional, speedy, on top of it all! They made my night so much easier and fun and I finally got to enjoy my own party for once! They left my house very neat like my kitchen was never used! They picked up after my guests throughout the night. My favorites were inside-out Philly cheese steak, pulled pork sliders, mac & cheese, potstickers and garlic fries. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you again!

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Traveling Chef
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Samantha P.
Verified review

I am very pleased to recommend Chef Travis Pena as a personal chef. I've retained Chef Travis for years to create fabulous dinner parties in the privacy of my home. In our initial interview, Chef Travis asked many specific questions and took notes as we discussed the style of food I would like served. He annotated likes and dislikes. Together we have created several personalized menus. Chef Travis delivers restaurant excellence as he both prepares and serves the meal. Chef Travis is always prepared and well organized with a very positive attitude. Working with Chef Travis each time is pleasant and stress free. Every meal is delicious and precisely prepared. I greatly enjoy leftovers the next day! As a Chef, Travis is professional in every aspect. He cleans efficiently while preparing fine cuisine leaving behind a clean kitchen and delicious food. The only traces of Chef Travis are the lovely aromas and stocked refrigerator. I would highly recommend Chef Travis as a private chef. His service and customer service are exceptional. He provides a relaxing experience. Working with Chef Travis has been a wonderful treat. I look forward to our future dinner parties. Sincerely, Samantha Pitts

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Aioli
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Bobby B.
Verified review

Jordan is an excellent chef and caterer. He produces food that is way beyond the standard catering services. If you want cookie cutter catering go with someone else. If you want really great food at a great price stop on by or use his catering.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Dolores G.
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I am beyond grateful to Thumbtack for connecting me to Chef Keith Prante and his team at Hautè Productions Events and Catering to cater my mom's 80th birthday celebration. They are absolutely A-MAZING! Chef Prante was one of two chefs who responded to my request via Thumbtack, and I also received a personal referral. Neither of the other caterers offered ANYWHERE NEAR the quality, selections, variety and value that Hautè offered at my price point. We had our tasting today, and it absolutely sealed the deal! Everything was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. I highly recommend Hautè Productions to any potential customer who appreciates excellence, accommodation and genuine customer service.

  • 3 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Brittny C.
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Chantel & Bella's is a great company that strives on personal service and quality desserts! I have ordered desserts for a few different events, including a baby shower, gender reveal party, and a company meeting. They have gone above and beyond by providing delicious cupcakes, cookies, and cake pops with a unique design catered to the theme of the event. All of the menu items have been very flavorful and beautifully designed! I must say that my favorite so far has been the rose cookies! They are extremely beautiful and so soft…I could eat them every day! Needless to say, I will be continuing to use Chantel & Bella as my dessert provider!

SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy R.
Verified review

Steven is incredibly professional, enegertic, and skilled at what he does! We loved having him as a private chef for parties and intimate gatherings-- he brings a great enthusiaam to his work, and the food was Michelin star quality!!

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jill D.
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Fitch's Kitchen offers great food and Chef Fitch is very professional.

  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kellz C.
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Acacia has catered private events for me and been the head chef at a former restaurant i used to bartend at. She is always professional and provides excellent food! Clients and customers always rave about the flavors and presentation! Great food can make or break an event and Acacia's catering services will guarantee to make your event a success every time!

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Elle W.
Verified review

We had the most wonderful experience this summer working Valerie. There are not enough adjectives to describe how delicious, innovative, healthy, and diverse her menu is. Our family hired Valerie for our summer in Laguna Beach. Each week she prepared six unique delicious, fresh, nutritious mouth watering dishes. As New Yorkers we are often hard to please and having Valerie as a chef made us feel as we were dining at our favorite restaurants in New York City. She and I would select the dishes for the week, they would range from Mediterranean to Spanish to French to Chinese to Japanese, there wasn't a cuisine Valerie couldn't cook and each was equally delicious. Also, the quantity and ingredients Valerie used allowed us to devour each meal and not gain an ounce. She was open, easy to talk to, enjoyed collaborating on menu options, and she is an absolute delight to be around. She was professional, neat, upbeat, insightful, and a gem. It truly made our summer and we cannot wait to return to Laguna Beach and work with her next summer.

Chef Mikey of Playa Vista
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kristen B.
Verified review

We have used Chef Mikey for both meal prep and catering. He is truly a gem. The meals he has prepped are flavorful, good variety and perfectly portioned. The last party Chef Mikey catered for us, he made jerk chicken wings that people couldn’t stop talking about. I’m craving them right now! I would highly recommend him for meal prep, private dinner parties or catering!

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

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