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Irvine Private Cooking Instructors

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Russell K.
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Marcel is Fabulous. I highly recommend him. He cooked a private dinner for our 1st anniversary. Not only was the dinner delicious, but the entire experience was unforgettable. We can't wait to have him cook for us again soon. You can contact Marcel with confidence that he will go a great job for you.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 56 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Corey L.
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I'm so happy we found Chef Mumsie.Chef Mumsie invited my husband and I to a tasting at her private kitchen, and I was impressed with how personable and friendly she and her staff was. The food was incredible, and we left really happy. I reported the good news to my boss, and we decided to use Chef Mumsie for a board meeting with my company. We made several changes day before changes, and Chef Mumsie was very accommodating and had such a great attitude about everything I asked. She came down to view our set up early on, and she gave me the times she would be here. She was accessible and responsive, and things were set up on time. The food was great, and I heard great reviews from a picky crowd. At the end of the day, I got a pat on the back and a "great job!" for choosing them for our meeting. There will be many more meetings to come! Thanks so much! We will be using chef Mumise Again for our Corporate luncheon in the Orange County area

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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.
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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.
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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.

Luscious Bites, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nathae W.
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My roommate and I are on a kick to just get healthier and we know a part of that is changing our eating habits because we eat out a lot. Not by choice but out of necessity because neither of us can really cook. In comes Chef Renee and Chef Jimmy we weren't sure what to expect because neither of us grew up in cooking families, hence the lack of know-how on our parts. We hired them hoping to just learn the basics but we got sooooo much more than that. We felt so empowered after just one lesson with Chef Renee that we decided to keep going and now we work with her or Chef Jimmy once a week. We feel so much healthier and happier knowing what is exactly going into our food as well as a great sense of accomplishment. My boyfriend also thanks you since I can finally cook him a meal. We still have a lot more we want to learn but they are so helpful and patient that we can't wait to continue the journey.

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Living Veg
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David R.
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Shelley makes the most amazing, inspiring, and eclectic dishes. Always flavorful...you would never believe it was Vegan! I use her for all of my private catering needs. She's is always accommodating and provides impeccable ontime service. She always chooses organic, heart healthy produce for her creations. I have used her so many times, I honestly don't think there is something she cannot create!

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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.
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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
    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!

    • 5 years in business
    Lizzie R.
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    I have had the pleasure to know Rebekah for over 5 years now and have experienced her amazing vegan dishes. I also have attend many of her cooking classes that are not only tasty but teaches you about nutrition and how to make vegan dishes that look and taste so satisfying that you don’t even miss eating meat and best of all good for you! In addition, I have also hired her to cater my parties. Her professionalism and thought that goes into the menu planning was beyond my expectations. The presentation of the food was so delightful and delicious. Some of my favorite dishes are the spring rolls with house made peanut sauce, vegan crab cakes and her famous raw lasagna! I highly reccomend her for all your catering needs and to take her cooking lessons, you will not be disappointed!

    Peralta
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 17 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Susan S.
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    "I have been trying to get Ed Masciana to teach for ages so that I can take his classes. He is a marvelous cook (chef), teacher, who in addition to knowing Italian food and cooking techniques, has an extensive knowledge of other cuisines---American, French--and the chemistry of food/cooking. I was lucky enough to have Ed teach me the essentials of stock making---fish, chicken, beef and then, how to use the results to make marvelous (the best I ever had and not the usual tomato heavy) cioppino. This lesson taught me how incorporating home made stock elevated whatever soups, braises, etc I would attempt. He also showed me sautéing techniques, imparting a thoughtful approach to sautéing vegetables (and meat/fish as well) based on their density and structure. (I'm still learning, but this was an invaluable lesson.) Ed is a great teacher. He is easy to learn from. He's considerate, imparts skills naturally, with a good sense of humor, so one learns without feeling intimidated. As far as the "being on time" question, that does not even come into play. He's a real teacher with professional standards. He's there to teach when this is called for.

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

    Chef Anne de Bonrepos
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 24 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Robert W.
    Verified review

    Chef Ann was incredible. The chef taught me a vast amount in a private three class. I am more confident and knowledgeable thanks to the chef. Extremely enjoyable

    • 10 years in business
    • 6 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.

    Chef Michelle & Co
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Kenneth E.
    Verified review

    Had my first at-home lesson today. Michelle is a kind, polite, well-humored chef who teaches well. The meal we prepared together was simply delicious. Didn't know I had it in me but Michelle did! Salivating in anticipation of my next cooking lesson with her next week.

    • 7 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Hilarie R.
    Verified review

    Being a single full-time working mom with a teenage son, I found it challenging to prepare healthy meals that my son would eat. I also realized that our dietary needs were very different. Top that off with too many leftovers that my son nor I would eat, I thought I would try a private chef to see if I could satisfy our needs as well as reduce the wasted food (on a budget)! I am thrilled to report that Jordan is an incredible chef! His food is healthy and delicious and the meals he has been preparing for my son and I have exceeded my expectations. For the last few weeks, he has been delivering several meals a week for us and has accomplished our goal! My son has been devouring his meals and voila! No more leftovers! Needless to say, I highly recommend T.S.A.R. catering!!!!!

    • 3 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Bruce K.
    Verified review

    Ellena is a joy to work with. I had the pleasure of taking a number of cooking lessons in my home with Ellena who was a patient and encouraging teacher as I learned new recipes and cooking techniques. She is a creative, knowledgeable and experienced chef who also catered a delicious dinner party for our family's summer reunion. She is a consummate professional yet friendly and hospitable and someone I would highly recommend.

    Donnè By Chef Teresa
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lauren H.
    Verified review

    Teresa took time to understand my needs and what I wanted to get out of my experience with her. She also spent a lot of time personalizing our day together and being thoughtful about how to schedule and plan it all out so that I got the most out of it. I learned a ton of tips since we went through the entire process, from picking out my ingredients through preparation. Teresa was willing to answer any question (no matter how silly) I had along the process and adjust to any changes I requested. Teresa is really knowledgable and experienced, as was evident throughout my time with her. I would 100%, no doubt, hire Teresa for many more cooking experiences/classes in the future. I definitely feel more confident in the kitchen after spending a day with her.

    About

    Hi! I am a professional private cook with 25 years of experience. I am skilled in international cuisine, including baking. I also have experience in special dietary needs, modern techniques and kosher cooking.

    About

    I do culinary training and cooking work shops! I do pizza making, cooking classes for couples and much more!

    About

    Services provided are the following: * Private Chef * Cooking Lessons -- individuals or groups; all ages and levels * Private Dining -- catering * Restaurant and Menu Consulting -- recipe development The Chef: Andres Dangond graduated as an 'Honorary Student' from Le Cordon Bleu and has been working in the restaurant industry since he was 14 years old. Over the years, Chef Dangond has learned from some of the best chefs in the world, training in Colombia, Spain and the US. He remembers his apprenticeship under Grant Achatz at 'Alinea' and Laurent Gras at 'L20' as two of the most influential and inspirational experiences for him in his career and life. He has appeared as a guest chef on television and has interviewed world-known chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, Laurent Gras, Marcus Samuelsson, Joan and Jordi Roca, Ted Allen, Curtis Duffy, Homaro Cantu and Jean Joho, among others. His articles have been published in magazines in Latin America.

    About

    As a teacher, my goal is to empower people in the kitchen. At the end of the day, it's not enough for me to dazzle the public with my cooking. I have all of this information to offer and I want to pass it on to others. I want to teach you how to dazzle your family and friends! I provide one-to-one private sessions and group classes on basic and advanced techniques and regional cooking to adults and kids. Topics include: knife skills, fundamentals (soups, salads, sauces), plating, and traditional and innovative dishes from European, Asian, and classic American cuisines. Hire me to teach a private class in your home kitchen, classes are held in the Los Angeles/ Pasadena area. We will work together to select and prepare a menu of your choosing and in the process you'll learn techniques that can be applied to your day-to-day recipes as well.Date nights, family dinners, intimate gatherings, engagement parties, and arts and music events: I also offer private chef services and catering for groups of 2 to 150, on a one-time or an ongoing basis. Menus range from home-style comfort food to elegant multi-course dining experiences. Cuisine options include: Italian, French, Thai, Indian, Pan-American, Caribbean, Cajun/Creole, Southern, and Classic American. Contact me for more information.

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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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