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Modesto Chefs

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  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John G.
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On December 23, 2015 approximately 40 Earlimart Seniors participated in its annual Christmas Dinner. Chef Albert and his sous chef prepared a delicious and nutricious meal. The seniors were very pleased with the meal as many "mmm's" and "this is gooood" were heard from the people seated at the tables. Chef Albert prepared a very tender roastbeef, so tender it melted in your mouth.He also introduced our seniors to eating kale. Rounding out the meal was a crisp green salad with cranberries and walnuts, mashed potatoes and dessert. The chefs were very gracious with the seniors - talking and mingling with them and even taking pictures. Everyone left with a smile on their face and a delicious meal in their tummy! We are looking forward to our next meal with Chef Albert- who is innovative and still provides a very satisfying meal. Kudos Chef !

On The Scene Cuisine, LLC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Liana F.
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Great food, great service, great price! Loved all the food Chef Kat provided for our Roaring 20s Party. Everyone was raving about the dishes, especially the homemade canolis! You can tell the ingredients are quality and that extra effort and pride is taken with the cooking. Would recommend her to anyone!

KwazKancook
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Alisha H.
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My mother-in-law is in the late stages of battling bone marrow cancer and due to sick babies, I was unable to help out by bringing food. I spoke to Chef Kwasi and he put together 4 freezer meals and 1 fresh meal for her. My inlaws have loved everything he prepared for them. He prepared organic, nutritious meals that weren't overly spiced per her request. I couldn't be more please, thanks Chef...I'll be in touch soon for another round of delicious home cooked food.

Chef Mark, At Your Door
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Heather K.
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Chef Mark has been willing to go above and beyond to accommodate our needs. Would definitely recommend him to work with!

Fiya Spice Caribbean
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Mohamad R.
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    Good Chef, and has respectful.

    Hunt & Gather
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeff P.
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    Chef was very accommodating to customizing, special considerations, food allergies timing, layout, etc. Ingredients were top notch and fresh. Most importantly, the guests thought the food was superb.

    • 3 years in business
    Phyllis G.
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    The food was delicious and just as we ordered, the entire transaction was done professionally, from the first contact, to the cleanup after the meal at my event. Great staff, great chef. I recommend them highly!

    Simply Homemade Creations
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Juliet E.
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    Teresa did a wonderful job making Uno (as in the card game) themed cookies for my son's birthday party-they were exactly what I was looking for and more!! All my son's friends were excited to take one home as a treat. Would definitly use her baking services again and recommend her to anyone who needs custom baking needs! Thanks so much!!

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    I am a consummate professional who takes great pride in the work I do, and I also derive great pleasure from making your dining experience one you will never forget!! The contentment and satisfaction on guests faces when they are pleased with their dining experience

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    If you are seeking an addition to your domestic staff, with minimum staff presence I plan, shop, prepare, cook, serve and clean up your kitchen on a weekly or monthly basis. I am an experienced professional chef, former restaurant owner, private club manager with California Serve Safe certificate. I do weekly, monthly or contract of one time meals. I can come into your home and prepare special-diet, high-quality meals that you and/or your guests and family just have to heat from your own oven and microwave, with complete labeling, instructions and freshness rotations. Chilled items, snacks and all accompaniments are tagged and dated to go along with your selections.Usually it takes about 7-12 hours per week to shop, prepare, cook, set up storage and rotation of your selected premium meals. I have great references, and I have cooked, served and prepared meals and events for clients of high esteem, CEOs, mayors, congressmen and women, presidents and even the Pope! I have a minimum service charge of $500.00 on all one time, small events. My business is structured to make any and all meals as fresh as possible. I am available for any last minute instructions by phone or email. Basic labor costs, food costs, service charges are negotiated in advance. Along with your budget and menu selections, dietary, special needs and any other requirements are all influenced by your determinations. Imagine your family meals, pre selected, cooked and organized, all at your finger tips. I do all your shopping, rotate all foods for freshness, leave all prepared foods labeled with basic heating instructions, then clean up. Then I disappear until the next cycle of meals is required. I work closely with you on what you like, how large or small your portions are, where you like to have me shop at, how many meals and for how many days your meals are needed. Its like having your own chef at your beck and call! Consultation appointments are required prior to all commitments.

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    I am a self-taught chef. I can cook Mexican, Italian, American and more. I've been in the business for 25 years. I have experience in different foods along with my own twist. I love to cook seafood and steaks with great appetizer. I have lots of ideas. Thank You!

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    Hi, I am Maria Isola, past president and head chef of the East Bay Gourmet Group for 8 years. I was also head chef of What a party! catering in Walnut Creek for 15 years. I offer my cooking services for $25 an hour, or by bidding. I could also serve large dinner parties by request. I can cook and complete 3 courses in an hour, and I can cook any style, may it be gourmet, ethnic, American, or soul. You decide. I will provide a copy of recipes on request of all dishes served in your home. Allow me to cook meals for your party in your kitchen, it allows you to spend time with your family and guests.

    • 28 years in business
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    I demand high quality and attention to every detail. I am an artist and my palette is my plate. Meeting great people. And, repeat business and good clients through personal referrals rather than this website.

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    I am a trained chef at California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. I am well versed in all types of cuisine, and I'm ServSafe certified. I am great with family meals.

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    I'm in culinary school and just looking for experience. I enjoy cooking. I'm not a professional, but I make good food and desserts.

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    I am Jada Umpierre. I am the owner/pastry chef. I am able to do wedding cakes, cupcakes, cookies and any other pastry upon request. I am able to travel to an event for delivery.

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    I am passionate about what I do, and my nutrition degree helps me master my craft. I have visited a few countries and trained to present different cuisines, and my goal is to meet your expectations and make your event unforgettable.

    • 7 years in business
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    I put out everything I make as if I am serving it to my mother! The look of bliss on people's faces when they see and then taste my creations.

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    Personalized menus, specialized diets, high quality clean eating. Excellent customer service Making people happy and sharing the love of delicious food. The art that can be enjoyed by all 5 senses... Maybe even 6!

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    I love being able to show people how to cook and see them smile when they can finally cook. I enjoy cooking for familes that don't have the time to cook for their families.

    • 4 years in business
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    Phicit (P.J.) Suppanich, C.C.C 1809 Mt. Silliman Way Antioch, CA 94531 I provide private chef services for sit-down dinners for 2 to 20 people, with 3- to 5-course meals or small buffets, cocktail parties, lunch, dinner or dessert. Qualifications are the following: Trader Vic's Emeryville CA, Executive Chef 6/2013-present As executive chef, responsibilities include all purchasing, menu development, budget, inventory, P and L cost controls, BOH and FOH Training ordering, preparing, storing and utilizing products in a manner that maintains their quality, hiring, developing and disciplining staff in a manner that supports their success, an informed environment, that promotes individual and team success and growth, creating enticing and seasonally influenced menu specials, execution of all banquets, maintaining a professional, creative safe work environment, Cha-Da Resort & Spa Lanta Island, Thailand Executive chef 2009-2013 Open new five-star resorts as executive chef. Responsibilities included all purchasing (equipment and supplies) menu development, budget, inventory food, labor and cost controls, manager of 2 fine dining kitchen and 1 café, health and safety HACCP/SAFE administration, hiring and training, recipe menu design and execution of all banquets, catering, special events, wine tasting and room service, 215 rooms, and cooking class. Castlewood Country Club Pleasanton CA Executive chef 2006-2009 Complete responsibility for staffing, training and management of 1fine dining kitchen and 2 upscale dining kitchens 1 snack bar. Duties included all purchasing, menu recipe development, hiring, and training and manage budget, food inventory, labor and cost controls, HACCP/SAFE administration. Responsible for design, decoration and execution of all banquets, catering, special events, wine and beer tastings. Consistently below budget on food and labor costs, and cooking class. Mira Vista Golf and Country Club El Cerrito, CA Executive chef 2001-2006 Complete responsibility for kitchens, training and management. Cut food cost by 10%, labor cost by 20%. Consistently came in below budget on food and labor costs. Responsible for design, decoration and execution of all banquets and events. Reorganized planned renovations to prevent 6 month closure of kitchen, while still upgrading facilities. ARCO-IRIS Top 100 Restaurants in San Francisco Chronicle newspaper food section Alameda, CA Executive chef/co-owner 1997-2001 Asian-French fusion cuisine. Complete charge of all phases of restaurant operations, banquets and catering. Oakland Tribune review-- “Undiscovered Gem. Each meal...(is) a feast for the eyes." Other experiences are the following: * Hotels Holiday Inn South San Francisco, CA Sous chef Oriental Hotel Bangkok, Thailand Lead cook and banquets Education/Training: * Bangkok College, B.A. (Thailand) * Apprenticeship San Mateo College ACF culinary program * Purdue University, courses in nutrition, sanitation, and management * California Culinary Academy Courses * Certified by American Culinary Federation and the American Culinary Institute * Traveled extensively in France, Germany, and Japan working and training to develop my culinary skills over a 5-year period Awards are the following: * Cervena Venison, Top Five on the West Coast * Pork Association, First Place Medal Professional associations: * Chef’s Association of the Pacific Coast * American Culinary Federation

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you find a good caterer?

    Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

    If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

    How much does wedding catering cost per person?

    Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

    What should you look for in a caterer?

    A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

    • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
    • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
    • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
    • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
    • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
    • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

    How much should catering cost for a wedding?

    The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

    • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
    • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
    • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
    • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

    How do you serve food at a wedding?

    Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

    • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
    • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
    • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
    • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
    • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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