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  • 9 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Evelyn G.

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I hired Tacos El Rey for my baby shower. From the beginning, they were incredibly professional and communication was clear. Within an hour of initially reaching out to them, my questions were answered and I knew that I needed to move forward with booking them for my event before it was too late. On the day of the event, Jose Gonzalez arrived about an hour and a half before the start time and wasted no time in setting up and cooking the meat. In the past I have hired previous tequizas and they usually arrived about thirty minutes prior to the start time and just reheated the meat—it was a great surprise knowing that my invites (and myself) would enjoy freshly cooked meat! (And the smell was amazing!) Throughout the event Jose was checking in to make sure that everything was fine, and he even informed me (and showed me) that the meat was starting to dry out due to the grill being on and my guests taking a "break" from eating. I made my rounds and announced the "last call" before boxing up all my leftovers. I still have some meat leftover, and the food was just as amazing the next day as it was the day of the event. The theme of my baby shower was a fiesta theme, so hiring Tacos El Rey really was the icing on the cake. Their set up is impeccable (they even use a mexican sarape for a tablecloth). The sauces they bring are delicious—I highly recommend the blended guacamole, and their rice and beans are just as tasty as my grandma's! I definitely will be using Tacos El Rey for my future events, and I will pass the information on to those I know looking to hire a professional and tasty taquiza!

G. W.

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I have used Jesse's business to cater gatherings at my house, from 40 to 70 people, on three separate occasions. Every time, I have been extremely happy with his service, his professionalism, and the quality of his food. The variety and amount of food he serves, along with toppings and even plates and plasticware, make it a really great value for the money. I just provide a fruit platter, drinks, and dessert and the party is covered. And when he's done, he even bags up the extras for you to keep. Being able to enjoy your own party and visit with your guests instead of working the whole time in the kitchen and then having to clean up is a great deal. My guests have raved about the service and the food each time and I can't compliment him enough. Tacos El Rey is a great way to go for large parties.

Joe K.

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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
  • Response time: 13 hours

Jessica G.

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I planned a personal cooking lesson for my boyfriend's birthday, and couldn't have asked for a better experience! Chef Keith took time to get to know exactly what we were looking for, and he was flexible in creating our personalized 3 course menu. He showed up to my house on time, and was prepared with all of the food and cooking tools. He even cleaned up afterwards and left my kitchen spotless. The food was amazing! Chef Keith is very knowledgable about cooking. I would highly recommend hiring Chef Keith! It was absolutely worth it!!

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.

Tina A.

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This is still a work in progress, but I am expecting that the classes will turn out wonderfully. Everyone at Haute productions is going above and beyond to make this a great surprise for my husband.

BAPS!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 15 min

Jennifer N.

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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!

Sally S.

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Our family always enjoys good food over the holidays. This time around we decided to go with a local caterer, BAPS!, so we could relax and enjoy. They did not disappoint! The turkey breast was hot and juicy- the gravy was very good- not too thick, not too thin. Moist stuffing- mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes- had to have seconds on those! The vegetable medley was a nice change over the usual one or two separate vegetables. We are looking forward to trying out other foods BAPS! has to offer for future occasions!

Ryan K.

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Great meal, great service. They were flexible with us the whole time. Definitely recommend them!!

  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Susan H.

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We just had a tasting with this private chef and it was simply great. Just upscale enough and everything was delicious. Even ingredients I didn't think I liked, I loved! She is very talented, a lot of fun -- and can she ever cook! She went went way over and above my expectations, which were already high. A gem.

Tricia S.

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Lauren is an absolute professional and set up the bar, helped with organizing and serving the food, cleaned up after the party and has a delightful personality. She brought along Marina to help, and she was also wonderful. Highly, highly recommended.

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.

  • 4 years in business
  • Response time: 28 min
  • Murrieta, CA

Juan S.

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We had Swamp Daddy's BBQ cater for our daughter's 21st. The food was amazing especially the beef brisket and the bbq beans. I look forward to calling Mike in the future for other parties and would recommend Mike's cooking to everybody. Outstanding service.

Gelsa De Damas S.

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I attended a birthday party catered by Swamp Daddy’s BBQ and the food was delicious and promptly served. I noticed several quests stating how tasty the food was as well.

Andy A.

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Every time Swamp Daddy delivers a GREAT meal! their BBQ beef is fabulous!

  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 22 hours

Erica K.

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I hired Gil to cater a small wedding reception dinner for 20 people at a friend's home in Menifee. From beginning to end, he was a pleasure to work with: His food presentation was beautiful and delicious, he gave an accurate idea of available food options, and then, in every correspondence, Gil was quick to respond with availability, pricing, and other details. He and his staff kept an attentive eye on us, helping keep our glasses full and ensuring good pacing between courses. He left the kitchen clean and organized and was a calm and friendly presence throughout the meal. I'm so glad I thought to look around for a home chef as an alternative to dining out after my wedding--it made for a much more memorable, intimate, and stress-free experience than going out.

Mila L.

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Chef Gil was amazing and beyond patient with my constant changes and requests. His assistant was awesome too and made sure our glasses were filled at all times. They even answered the door for me and helped me get things situated Since I had been running a little behind. He recommended some dishes that I was iffy about and the ended up being the hit with my group of women. I will definately be using Gil again. Absolutely amazing! Thank you from the whole group.

Mark W.

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I loved the Avenue Dining experience, their food is excellent and I enjoyed every minute of the night! Having a professional chef cook for you is quite a treat and believe everyone should try it at least once.

  • Los Angeles, CA

Sheila F.

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Jennifer is an inspired cook! She has travelled around the globe and can create dishes with flavor so from India, Spain, Thailand, as well as continental dihes! She is ready to listen and make you a meal that will thrill and satisfy your guests!

Stu R.

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Jennifer catered a shoot for me recently and prepared a lovely meal for everybody. We didn't have a huge budget so she made two different lasagnas (meat and veggie) and three different salads. Everybody was very happy.

John F.

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Jennifer did several dinner parties for me and both were very successful! She is an excellent chef and very organized with fairly large groups. I would use her again!!

  • Encinitas, CA

Gayle P.

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Marla is an outstanding chef! Her service is exceptional. She's always on time, food is excellent, healthy and organic. She truly cares about her product and her clients and is constantly looking for feedback. She is very attuned to the special needs and preferences of her clients and strives to ensure your expectations are met and exceeded. I could go on and on. She's the total package!

Maile B.

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Marla makes the best food! So healthy and delicious! I am too busy to cook right now so it is so great to have Marla's help. I really look forward to coming home and seeing a bunch of healthy food in the refrigerator. My kids and husband love the food, and I feel like a great mom again!

Jenny L.

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Marla is amazing :) She's a great cook and has such a pleasant energy. I'm a busy working mom and often need help during a busy week with the cooking while maintaining our health and she makes delicious, healthy meals for our family.

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min

Erika T.

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Words can't express how impressed I am with how well my event turned out and it was because of Chef Simone's mouth watering dishes! The meal she served was amazing from appetizers to dessert. Each dish was plated with care and creativity and the flavors were amazing. Beyond the meal Chef Simone's professionalism, genuine kindness and passion for cooking was impressive. I will definitely hire her again and would recommend her to others in a heartbeat!

Samar S.

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I hired Simone for meal prep before she joined thumbtack and she's absolutely amazing. She comes once a week for meal prep. Having her makes my life so much easier and it's extremely convienent. I pay just as much as I would if I were buying groceries and eating out. She's fantastic!

Brittany M.

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Had a cooking class with some of my friends!! It was so much fun. Simone is amazing and professional! To top it off I got to bring home left overs! I highly recommend her!

  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Emma E.

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We just finished our first week of meal service from Luscious Bites and I am utterly speechless at how amazing not only the food but the service has been. My husband and I were totally stressed out trying to be great at both our jobs, the ones that pay the bills and our most important ones of being good parents. No matter our desire it became harder and harder with work, athletic activities, picking up from daycare, homework etc to find time to actually prepare a decent meal for the family so lately it has been a lot of tv dinners or drive-thru fast food we're ashamed to say so we sought out help. We look at several of the popular "meal" delivery services but I say that loosely because they don't deliver you a meal, they deliver you recipes and ingredients. I mean if we had time to cook we would. Sorry for the tangent but I want readers of this review to understand how amazing Chef Renee has been for our family and how much the service she is providing for us is not only appreciated beyond belief but just at needed. I'm sure there are other hard working families out there that feel the same way. Please give Chef Renee a call. I know people think having a personal chef is only for the rich and famous but their pricing is incredible for the quality of food and service you get. If you're like us just try it and you'll be so amazed. She is also great with the kids and I don't know her magic secret but our 10 and 4 year old were the pickiest eaters and all week they asked for more. That alone brings a tear of immense joy to my eyes. We couldn't be happier. Bite the bullet and give them a call you won't regret it.

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.

Trevor M.

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We can't express our gratitude for Chef Renee. We only had six weeks to plan our intimate wedding ceremony and formal reception. We presented her with a date and a vision and she did the rest. To say that she was wonderful from start to finish is a huge understatement. Her skillful plating, attention to detail and delicious food wowed our guests throughout the entire evening. The 5-Course meal with wine pairing and service overall were so impressive that we'll be using her every year for our anniversary.

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 19 hours

Dyan D.

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I have used Chef Ray on several occasions. He has served a variety of menus at my home. Each and every one was carefully thought out and executed to the highest quality.

Nick R.

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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.

DOROTHY D.

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CHEF IS AN ALL TIME WINNER, PROMPT, COURTEOUS AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM. DOROTHY

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Ana R.

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Chef Julie is amazing! I met Chef Julie in a Latino event where she was doing a quick demonstration on how to prepare Peruvian Cebiche, at the end, she was passing out samples and I tasted her cebiche, it was really tasty so I approached her. I was looking for a Chef to perform a cooking class for an event with teenagers. Julie is very approachable, she was interested and indicated that she worked with teenagers in the past, she asked about what they like, how much they eat, and a few other things and that was pretty much all. She put together a very successful and fun class for the boys that up to this date they keep talking about. I like her business acumen, you can tell immediately that she knows what she is doing. She introduced to the boys very simple concepts about how to use the knife, how to cut different types of veggies, how to position your fingers, then she moved into how to read a recipe, when to taste the food and correct flavor, how to present a dish, she kept them entertained for almost 3 hours, having them compete at the end for the best dish!!, It was very intense and fun, I highly recommend her!

Felicia O.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the cooking classes I have taken at Cocina de la Tierra--fun environment and delicious food/recipes! Chef Julie's enthusiasm has inspired me to enjoy cooking more--Highly Recommend!

Maria W.

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I’m very pleased with Julie’s communication. She has been responsive to all my inquires and was able to work with my budget. We are looking forward to our cooking experience with her!

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Maggie F.

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Meraki is a Greek word used to describe putting a lot of love, creativity and soul into something which is why Jory Pomeranz chose the name. It is easy to smell, taste and see that a lot of love goes into each Meraki Meal. Jory has a natural ability to combine flavors. He can time every course so they are not only cooked at the perfect temperature, but served at the correct temperature and add flare to something basic like a chicken thigh. Even the grill marks on a piece of chicken are perfectly spread out and just enough to give the chicken a grill flavor without ruining the juicy tenderness we all strive for when making chicken. Jory can make things that you hated as a kid taste delectable. Jory adds spices and sauces up until the minute prior to serving to make sure each plate is perfect. I once saw Jory save what was about to be terrible chicken tacos by creating a homemade taco sauce from a nearly empty refrigerator. With Meraki Meals the food suits the season. Who wants to eat watermelon in October when pomegranate and apples are so delicious. Every Meraki Meal tastes like the season and uses fresh fruits and vegetables. Meraki Meals put a healthy spin on what looks and tastes like a calorie nightmare, but each meal is filled with proteins and vitamins. Not only is the flavor impeccable, the presentation is a work of art. Even when catering for 35-40 people, Meraki Meals are served in beautiful silver dishes. Meraki Meals are great for crowds of any size. I have to make a conscious effort not to scrape my plate clean every time I have had Meraki Meals. I highly recommend Meraki Meals for a party of any size, but especially 8-12 people because this might give the chef a chance to sit and talk with you which is a treat of its own!

Colin M.

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Jory came to our home to prepare a dinner for 10 guests. Our house staff was delighted by his ability to keep the kitchen clean while preparing for service. Since I run a food service company myself, this alone is laudable and the sign of a true chef. He prepared hor d'oeuvres, appetizers, three entreés, and served the crepe cake we brought in from Lady M Bakery. Afterwards, he offered coffee service while service wound down. The quality of the food was superb on all counts, and many of our guests asked for seconds and still left their plates empty. Mediterranean dishes of fennel branzino, victorian lamb, and gardenherbed lemon chicken were the highlights of the night. During service, our guests were shocked to see the double doors be drawn open and to find a spotless kitchen in between each course. Our guests are very well-to-do in the fashion industry. Jory is young and very well rounded personally—service was socially and culinarily seamless. He was even welcoming when our guests pillaged the leftovers in the kitchen throughout the night. My wife and I will book him to cook parties in the future and you should too.

Daniel A.

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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.

  • Riverside, CA

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

  • Montclair, CA

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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.

  • Carlsbad, CA

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I provide unique cooking classes and culinary experiences utilizing locally sourced fresh ingredients and premium products in Southern California. Follow me @cookwithjason on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

  • 25 years in business
  • Long Beach, CA

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We do full-service catering for intimate dinner parties with high-quality food and service. We offer eclectic creative menus. We are very flexible with menus.

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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.

  • Los Angeles, CA

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I offer Filipino and Asian cuisines. I was a restaurant owner in the Philippines, studied culinary arts and am looking for work.

  • 7 years in business
  • Long Beach, CA

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I'm specializing in personal cooking and catering for all palette types. I do southern, Italian and American fusion cuisine. Servsafe and NSF certified.

  • 9 years in business
  • Winchester, CA

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I put my heart and soul into every single menu service. No matter what the budget, I always put my client first and work hard to provide their needs and wants.

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