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Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 97 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

  • 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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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer N.
Verified review

We had a phenomenal Thanksgiving Dinner prepared and delivered by BAPS catering. We were expecting about 20 people for our holiday dinner and BAPS catering delivered a wonderful meal that everyone loved. The turkey was moist, the vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake were delicious. Needless to say, we had enough food to satisfy everyone and still had some great Thanksgiving leftovers. We would definitely recommend BAPS catering for everyone who wants tasty food cooked just the way you like. Thanks for helping us make our holiday dinner such a success!

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!!!

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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!

Who's Hungry Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Shireen M.
Verified review

Stuart organized, prepped, cooked and plated all the food for our preschool auction. Not only was he timely, creative and a joy to work with, but his food was amazing! I've eaten his creations since and the quality is still the same. More so, he's calm, and extremely kind demeanor would make me go to him everytime for any catering services we may need in the future. Thanks Stuart!!

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.

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.

PLANT BASED CHEF AVAILABLE!
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 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!

Cellys Culinary Creations
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Samantha M.
Verified review

Loncell was able to provide us a fantastic meal quickly and with incredible taste. He was able to read through our needs and provide us exactly what we wanted. Fantastic experience.

Wooden Spoon Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Robert R.
Verified review

Amazing !!! After looking for the right personal chef I came across Maya from Wooden Spoon Catering and I must say thank goodness I hired her. Food is amazing! Every Monday and Wednesday nights she comes to cook, always making new and exciting dishes with tons of flavor. I would recommend wooden spoon catering to everyone looking for a great chef!

Ward's JustGood Food
5.0
from 1 review
    Snowbusters S.
    Verified review

    Wards knows food! We regularly use their services for our annual weekend of activities on Lake Mead. The quality of food, quantity, selection, and value is incomparable. They know how to buy fresh ingredients, safely store ingredients, quickly prepare meals, and present the elements in a tasty and enjoyable experience. To add to that, I know no one that loves preparing meals as much as Del Rio. She prepares the most unique and flavorful twists on items known to man. If you have a chance to taste their food, or better yet, have them cater an event for you, rest assured, there will be silence when the food is prepared. Enjoy the experience with WARDS

    About

    I have been a volunteer at the Salvation Army in the kitchen for 10 years. I enjoy working in the kitchen, cooking and preparing meals for lunch and dinner. I love to cooking and see a smile in others.

    About

    I do all personal chef services. I am specializing in most cuisine types from modern American, Italian, French, and vegetarian/vegan.

    About

    Life's delicious, enjoy every bite! We offer Cali-Itali cuisine your friends and wallet will love. Our gourmet product comes from family recipes and a love for cuisine. We offer catering menu items from all cuisine styles. We prefer to help you design the perfect cuisine spread for each event. We understand that each event has its own personality, and the cuisine is crucial to completing the experience for your guests. It's the little things that count. Top Class Pizza and Eatery is a gourmet Cali-Itali fusion concept which enjoys many traditional items with a modern twist at a gourmet level. We handle many large corporate accounts, and still enjoy our locals who join us for dinner every Friday night. We want to be everyone's first choice for family dinner and their catering needs. With our comfort-meets-delicious catering menu, we are confident we can design exactly what you need. Our catering team has an eye for perfection, and takes pride in making every event a success - whatever your needs may be: buffet, pass service, bartenders, event coordinator, or a simple drop-off. From parties to corporate events and weddings, we are here to help you. Our 14 years of experience make us confident you will be the talk of all your friends. We are ready to make you look great! Give your personal caterer a call today!

    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.

    About

    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.

    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.

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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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    Lakewood, CA

    • Interested in the following cooking skills
      Basic cooking skills, Grilling
    • Student age(s)
      Adult (over 18)
    • Experience
      Beginner
    • Details
      I need fast and healthy meal options
    • $120
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