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About ChefThyme

hired 3 times on Thumbtack

We offer in-home personal chef services throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Services include:

~in-home meal preparation
~special event catering
~cooking instruction
~weekly meal plans (for the busy household)
~specific dietary needs (athlete, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan)
~servsafe certified
~slowfood usa member


Napa, CA 94558

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  • 5/5 stars

    We had a terrific experience when we hired ChefThyme for a dinner and wine tasting party for 10 guests in our home. Leopold cooked us a 4-course meal while 10 of us tasted wine, talked and relaxed in and around the kitchen where he was working. I have never hired a chef before. It was all the fun of a dinner party, with almost none of the work and none of the stress with food! No planning, shopping, or worry that my meal won't turn out. Leopold has a very easy-going personality that fits in with any party. The food was delicious, unique, nicely presented, and I could tell a lot of work went into it. Leopold worked hard and quickly, but maintained a cool exterior and moved gracefully around the kitchen with all my guests hanging around, probably getting in his way. He cleaned as he went, so there was no big mess at the end. He even wiped down my big stove, which was the icing on the cake. ChefThyme made this party such a nice experience, I would not hesitate to do it again.

  • 5/5 stars Personal Chef Verified Review

    Three friends of mine and I stayed at a full suite at the Silverado Resort in Napa on June 13th for a golf outing. We called Chef Leopold a week in advance to prepare a special mexican food themed meal for us. We asked that the service begin with homemade salsa and guacamole and adult margaritas made with only fresh ingredients (i.e., no store bought margarita mix).

    We also asked that he make fresh beef and chicken fajitas and two antijitos/appetizers (of his choosing).

    Everything he was exquisite! He showed up on time and was very congenial while preparing and serving the food. In fact, he was sooooo cool and the food was soooo good that we had him come back at 6am the next day (even though we didn't finish eating until 2am) to prepare breakfast (which was also fantastic) before our 7:30 round of golf!

    Leo is easy going and professional. We can't imagine returning to Napa without having Leo's artistry in the kitchen to kick things off for us.

    Thanks, Leo! We'll see you this Thanksgiving at Mom's house.

  • 5/5 stars

    We needed a personalized high end dinner paired with wine for ten people. Oh, did I mention there was a cost limit? Chef Leo delivered and BIG TIME! The amuse bouche was perfect for the wine tasing and the meal was perfectly delivered. Each course! I can't believe the quality and service for this price. Superb!

Question and answer

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Communication is key. Have a basic idea of what you want for your event, class, etc...then we can develop it into something really special!

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. It takes an immense amount of time & effort to source out and produce great food experiences. The profit margin for a personal chef is extremely small; food cost, labor, travel all add up quickly. We do this predominantly out of a love for the profession and the communal aspect surrounding food as culture.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. When will the chef need access to my kitchen? What equipment does my kitchen have? What will the chef need to supply? Will the chef also do the dishes? ($) Serve the meal? ($$) Feed the cat? ($$$)

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I get to do all the things I love to do most...cook, share, learn, laugh and be grateful. I couldn't think of a better way to spend a life. I look forward to cooking with you soon!

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