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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 121 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 184 hires on Thumbtack
Penny H.
Verified review

He contacted me immediately. We are going to do cooking classes in February. We've spoken on the phone and he is so friendly. He has stayed in touch with me and he deserves 10 stars!!!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
Connie T.
Verified review

Our family was looking for a chef to prepare weekly dinners. We were new to this and Sat was extremely helpful, flexible, and collaborative. He has prepared meals for us twice and were so pleased that he now comes regularly. He works with us to design a weekly menu to suit our family's needs and understands our particular eating habits. It had become challenging to juggle work, activities and cooking, and we grew tired of eating out. This service has allowed us to reduce the amount of stress in planning and preparing meals and decrease worry about eating healthy. We can now enjoy precious time with our children with a delicious home cooked meal.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie F.
Verified review

Alisa made everything I asked her to make and presented it beautifullly. She catered a High School graduation all night party held at the High School. She cooked the hot food for our diner on the premises. She had the appetizer platters premade and ready to go. She came early which I appreciated, and the food was made and served on time. I asked her to leave the leftovers for the kids and adult volunteers to graze on as the night went on and she did. We met at the school weeks before the event to coordinate where the cooking would be done. Also how and where things would be served. The quality of her work exceeded my expectations. I was personally nervous and wanted the diner I had set up for the kids to be perfect. Alisa helped make that happen. I would highly recommend Alisa as she was very detail oriented and did a magnificant job!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David S.
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David Shevick — 5 starGrace catered my 54th b-day party in my new home in San Rafael. I also hired the James Morsely Band. It was all first class. The food was phenomenal. Each dish was unique, original and delicious. Grace put so much love into the food--home-made cheese birthday cake, exotic salads and pastries. I had like 40 people and all the food was devoured. I really appreciate who Grace is and what she does.

Let's Eat
4.7
from 30 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon O.
Verified review

Michelle cooked a lovely dinner for my husband's birthday last week. She showed up with hand-printed menus, flowers and amazing serving boats (we did mole tacos three ways--mole, mole, mole!). She was cheerful, professional and a great cook! Highly recommend.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matt L.
Verified review

Angela is AMAZING! Her cooking made me forget that I once enjoyed meat, and I never wanted to look back. I would recommend Angela and GCD to anyone, and everyone.

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Farm to Table
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kari U.
Verified review

Zach was excellent! We had a total of 6 private cooking lessons over the course of 4 months. Each time he came to our house for a couple hours as we created a wide variety of my favorite dishes from local restaurants in Sonoma. He taught us ways to modify a meal so you could have more variety with the same dish by just changing a few spices or ingredients, what to look for to know you're on the right track or how to "save a dish" if you veer off, and different techniques that were really useful. I'd highly recommend him!

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly R.
Verified review

So glad we found Dan's company on this website. From the first point of contact he was completely on top of everything. At first we wanted to have a cooking class, but after talking with him about the other types of experiences he could offer, we went with a demonstration/dinner party which was so much better than an actual class. We went with the Cotogna inspired menu and got to learn just as much, while spending time with our friends drinking wine. Perfect night!

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east bay chef
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julia B.
Verified review

Jon was amazing! He only will do 2 Saturday’s a month, so I was happy he agreed to work my one year olds first birthday. Very fair rate. I made sure to tip his hardworking team as well. I also took pictures of the space he would be working with. That way he could prepare appropriately with no surprises. All of my guests were in awe. Him and his team provided that wow factor. He even made a special corner for a select few of my guests with dietary or allergy restrictions. Speaking with him over the phone beforehand, he had me incredibly confident in my decision. In hindsight, I am incredibly pleased and confident I made the correct choice. My guests asked him for his contact info too. Lastly, the food was dynamite. One guest told me she doesn’t usually eat coleslaw and this coleslaw was Amazing she had 3 servings. Every one devoured the sliders and deviled eggs. So yummy.

Heartsong
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Nahal A.
Verified review

I hired Stephanie to cook dinner for a group of girlfriends, and everyone was blown away by how both incredibly delicious and healthy the food was! From the moment I hired Stephanie, she was quick to respond, very accommodating, and overall a pleasure to work with. You can really tell that Stephanie puts so much love into her cooking, and I crave her food all the time. If I could hire her to cook for me every week, I would :). I look forward to working with Stephanie again in the very near future!

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Modie K.
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I have now taken two Indian cooking classes from Meenu Bhasin. In the first cooking class she made chicken korma, lentils and a yogurt side dish. These dishes were about a medium level of difficulty to prepare. Meenu was very thorough in explaining and showing each step of the cooking process. She also included a list of all the ingredients and spices, and where to purchase them. In the second class we made chicken tikka masala, saag paneer and rice with vegetables. Meenu is very good at teaching the preparation and cooking process of each dish. She goes over the ingredients and the entire process very carefully. She also leaves plenty of time for questions and discussion. I really enjoyed taking her classes and learned a lot about Indian cooking. I strongly recommend her as a cooking teacher/chef.

What's Cookin?
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Claire C.
Verified review

Eileen was very professional and responsive, and cooked a delicious dinner for 8 for my boyfriend's birthday. Thank you Eileen!

Classic Cuisine Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Marianne J.
Verified review

Last week I hosted a dinner using Classic Cuisine and me and my guests absolutely loved Kolnita and her cooking. Everything tasted amazing and getting to know her and her recipes was an A+ experience. Definitely recommending her catering service to my friends and colleagues!

ITK Culinary
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff B.
Verified review

After many events at ITK for numerous organizations I am part of, it's my pleasure to share how wonderful each has been. I have held, make your own, learn a lesson or come watch cooking event's. Each has been a huge success and everyone wants to come back! If you are thinking of working an Event there, you won't be disappointed!

Chef Sacha Kupelian
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin D.
Verified review

Sacha came to our home for a birthday dinner and it was an awesome experience - we have 2 young kids and Sacha was great about answering all their questions and super accommodating about working his courses around bedtimes (he even made them a special impromptu dessert)!. The food was fantastic and beautiful presentation - what you see in his pictures is what you get. Highly recommended and would definitely have him cook for us again!

Devour-creative cuisine
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
Verified review

Marisa was to help 20 women at a wedding shower cook 4 meals to be served for lunch. Her menu was fabulous, and her generosity of spirit in working with me phenomenal-a bit disorganized at the site, but there were a lot of people and instruction for the cooking was difficult. It didn't help that timing to get there by all, including her, was compromised by the Bay to Breakers race!

Moonlight Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
John J.
Verified review

Tom has worked with our family both on private chef cooking and for small to medium catering events. His creativity in menu creation, presentation and of course taste! is unmatched. We would highly recommend Tom and his company for your event!

Garlic Press Jess
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine C.
Verified review

Jessica is the ULTIMATE in-home chef. It is hard to know where to begin. First, my husband and I loved the fact that every dish Jess made for us was healthy, delicious, and with a little twist of "something extra." Any veggie or "super food" you've been wanting to try but never knew how - Jess can take and whip up something fun, inventive, and satisfying. She was keen on tailoring menus to our specific taste preferences. When Jess cooked for us after our son was born, she was also knowledgeable about what foods would be best for a new mommy...to aid stamina, healing, or the feeling of being totally well-cared-for. She was a huge help with meal planning as well, and left our home with a refrigerator-full of meals with clear and easy instructions for prep. In addition, Jess has prepared the food for a number of our dinner parties (6-8 people) and a family gathering (30+ people). Aside from an insanely delicious and memorable meal/spread, Jess is just simply the kind of person you want to have around. Her optimism, cheerfulness, and can-do attitude is contagious! Since having Jess as our "personal chef," my husband and I now put some of our cooking lessons to use on a daily basis...homemade almond milk, anyone? We wish we could have Jess cook EVERY meal for us! She will leave your family feeling full, happy, healthy, and ready to take on the kitchen.

Meg Finlay
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elissa G.
Verified review

I hired Meg to cater my corporate team outing. Her and her partner did an awesome job cooking lunch for us - the team loved everything! Meg listened to my vision for the event and executed super well. Thank you Meg!

Chef Kerry, Inc.
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Karin S.
Verified review

We hired Chef Kerry to prepare a meal for 4 couples. He met us at our rented house. The appetizers were amazing and in such great quantity we almost did not have room for dinner! He cooked the meal, plated and served the food and cleaned up. Delightful to interact with him while he cooked. Would hire again if we are ever in the Bay Area and would highly recommend.

The Delicious Dish
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Janet H.
Verified review

Amy is a terrific chef and business provider. I hired her to provide meals I could freeze for my family so that I didn’t have to cook as often as I had been. I travel a lot and needed food I could pull from the freezer and leave on the counter. Her meals were home cooking at its best! Plus she would take your own recipes if you wanted and use them in addition to her own. I really miss her since she moved to the Weet Coast!

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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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Sacramento, CA

  • Goal
    Skill improvement
  • Cooking type
    Italian
  • Instruction type
    Class
  • Details
    how to make your own pasta
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