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

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 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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Living Veg
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 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!

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 !!!

Luscious Bites, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nathae W.
Verified review

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.

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.

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires 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!

Your Kitchen Jeanne
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa S.
Verified review

Jeanne is an excellent chef and really listens to her clients. She is punctual, thorough, and her food is amazing. Whether she is cooking for a family or an event everything is fabulous. Her presentation is artistic and spot on. I highly recommend Jeanne. You will not be disappointed. She is exceptional!!!

7th Heaven Gourmet
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Geo R.
Verified review

Had a great experience with 7th Heaven Gourmet. Marva did an excellent job on combining a mediterranean menu with an Asian flare. The deserts were awesome as well. She made the gallery reception a hit. Everyone loved her cooking! Highly recomend her for any occasion. Thanks Marva!

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

Ada's 1st Kitchen
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Raqel A.
Verified review

Ada is honestly one of the best Chef’s I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She’s creative, punctual and a culinary genius. She never disappoints and whenever I’m unsure of what to order, she surprises me with a plate that’s not only delicious, but presentation wise, it’s stunning! Her food never lacks in flavor and she always has the perfect portions to offer, whether I want meal preps or enough to feed a large office. Ada’s home cooked meals are absolutely delicious, stunning and worth every penny!

Circles Health Coaching
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elli H.
Verified review

Our (almost teen) daughter has been participating in classes with Ashlee and we've seen a tremendous shift in her. Specifically, Ashlee has inspired her to prepare new healthy foods for herself, she has grown in physical strength through the various exercises that the circles classes offer, and our daughter's heightened self awareness and gratitude are an amazing foundation for the rocky teen years. Thank YOU Ashlee, and Circles Health Coaching for creating an amazing and inspiring space for our youth, for teaching them life skills, and how to find happiness through food, fun and self empowerment!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am the type of assistant that has a positive, Can DO attitude. I pay attention to detail. Able to multi task. Do you need any of the following errands or responsibilities completed throughout your day but can't seem to find time to get it all done with your busy schedule? You can relax knowing I am there to help. I always have a positive attitude and all responsibilities are timely and sufficiently taken care of. -Chef: shop, prepare, cook, clean I also teach cooking lessons, catering of any event and I can provide bartenders if needed -Meal preparation: fresh cooked meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner or prepare and freeze for easy meals to reheat -Household: laundry/ironing, dishes, take trash out and basic household duties -Personal shopping: Gifts, Cards, Flowers arrangement with delivery or other personal shopping -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Pampering: Coffee/Tea/Smoothie/ Beverage and serve it to you - Organization: Your house, bedrooms, closets, garage, basement, home, office and storage/sheds Errands: dry cleaning, groceries, post office/shipping needs, returns, prescriptions, pick up or drop offs -Pet care: walking, feeding, taking outside -Child Care: I do drop off and/or school pick up, pack lunches, snacks, breakfast/dinner, help with homework or when you need a break keep them occupied with fun activities -Vehicles: oil exchange, repairs, gas, car wash/other -Personal assistant services: appointment scheduling, reminder service, travel arrnagements/packing, filing, mail sorting, office help, meal planning/delivery, event planning -Medication: Organize and reminders -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Decorate: Put up/Take down Holiday decorations, box carefully take pictures of where decorations go, put them in a small album and label/organize -Travel assistance: resort/lodging arrangements, transportation & rental car arrangements, airline/flight tickets -Handywoman: small repairs, hang pictures/shelving/ mirrors/other My rates vary depending on your needs and how many days you will need me per week. I am typically $12-$15 hourly or I offer a 6 hour a day for $70 I am up for discussion it really depends on your needs. I am flexible.

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I have 20 years of restaurant cooking. I have experience in breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am also an assistant pastor and have great people and problem-solving skills.

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I am just starting out, as far as going into others' homes to help them with cooking. I felt this was a way to make them feel at home, and make it much easier to teach them the basics of cooking. I do everything from desserts to some French food; and catering is a favourite. Here at Dee's, we know not everyone is a born cook/chef, but we all can learn the basics and have fun making many different types of food and drinks. We just have fun, as we learn together, you will get a great deal out of cooking with Dee (Donna). I love people and cooking, so here at my place, together we shall learn to cook and enjoy life. Make that man or woman in your life never want to leave nor get enough.

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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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I cooked for over 25 years at Southwestern Academy. I am looking for a rewarding and challenging position that will effectively utilize my acquired expertise and commitment to excellence.

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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.

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I have 30 years of experience cooking and baking. I have a lot of original recipes that I am constantly asked for. My mother was a home economic teacher, so I learned very young.

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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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