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Oakland Gourmet Chefs

Browse these gourmet chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Oakland.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jenessa L.
Verified review

Great food and great experience. The two chefs working our holiday party couldn't have been kinder or more patient. Everyone loved the food, and the boss told me after they left that she would like to bring them back again next year. Thank you for a lovely experience!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lucy C.
Verified review

Sat Khalsa represented himself as described on Thumbtack. He was very professional & easy to work with. His dishes are superb. Sat is not only a seasoned chef, but a very knowledgeable nutritionist. He is a perfect chef for me because I am a foodie to begin with, but I also have to lose weight & eat healthy due to inflammation from auto immune. I am so happy with the delicious meals he prepared for me. I asked him to come back & cook for me next week too. Thank you Sat.

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Made With Love
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mel W.
Verified review

Debbie was a pleasure to work with. Not only is she very professional but she is an amazing chef. We ordered the BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken and Polenta cakes for the vegetarians. Everyone commented on good the food was. You have to try the baked beans as well. They were soooo good! When we got there the table cloth was set, the food was in warmers, and she was great about the clean-up as well. I would definitely hire her again for the next party.

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Chef Andrea Lawson Gray
4.7
from 57 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Larry F.
Verified review

I hosted a 50th birthday dinner at our home last night form my wife and 12 of her close girl friends. Senorita Gourmet Andrea Gray catered a Mexican themed dinner for us and did an outstanding job. The ladies absolutely loved it and my wife could not have been more pleased with her birthday dinner. Thank you Andrea. We interviewed three other private chefs for our dinner before deciding to go with Andrea. She was the most professional, the most responsive, and by far the most creative. Of course we wanted great food (Andrea can deliver that), but we were also looking for something unique and creative, without being stiff and formal. Enter Andrea, with her Mexican themed dinner complete with her own plates, glasses and table decorations. Fun, Festive, and Uniquely Fresh! As for the food and drink. Key highlights were the Raspberry Mojitos, Avocado Soup, Quiche de Calebazita, and Mexican Corn Cake. I highly recommend the Una Senorita Gourmet.

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
Verified review

Having worked with a few different chefs, with varying results, I can enthusiastically recommend Chet Chase! From start to finish, working with him was a pleasure. Prior to my event, Chet proactively responded to my requests, suggesting options, working with my budget and numbers - and adjusting the menu when my numbers changed. During my event, Chet and his assistants were thorough, on-time, organized, adding an item on the fly, and provided a seamless experience. And something I have not seen from other chefs - clean, stocked with their own cleaning supplies, and left the kitchen as clean as it ever was. I will definitely be using Chet Chase for my next event!

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Personal Chef Sean
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kristina H.
Verified review

Sean was fantastic! He prepared a lovely dinner for my family (including a dairy-free version for a lactose intolerant guest). He even cooked my 18-month old a gourmet croque-monsieur when he first arrived. He poured wine throughout the meal, kept our water glasses filled, and left our kitchen cleaner than it was when he arrived. Our guests raved about the meal -- especially the mashed potatoes, date and blue cheese appetizer, and homemade marshmallow fluff!

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  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
KC K.
Verified review

Fabulous experience! Chef Graham was incredible from first contact. This was our first big party at our home (60 people for a backyard buffet-style bbq) needless to say I was a little nervous but Graham eased my nerves with our first conversation. The menu he put together was outstanding! He communicated clearly and frequently during the planning process. The event went so smoothly. Graham and Eric were delightful and so kind. They took care of everything so that my husband and I were able to enjoy the evening without a worry. And now to the food...It was ridiculously delicious! The gourmet mac and cheese was a huge crowd pleaser. He also made skirt steak with chimichuri and pulled pork sliders with spicy tomato jam, roasted potatoes, quinoa with fresh veggies, and delicious salads. The presentation was a beautiful showcase of the food. It was gorgeous, pleasing to the eye and palate. He did a fantastic job with portions, it was the perfect amount of food. It was a pleasure having Graham in our home. The entire experience was beyond my expectations and I can't wait for our next feast! Several of our friends requested his business cards and are looking forward to planning their own dinner parties. Highest recommendation and compliments to the Chef! Thank you!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Haya K.
Verified review

I've known Grace for many years. I have been over to her house for home cooked meals that were truly gourmet, and delicious. She also prepared some food and sold it from her home. On the level of catering for large parties, I went to our friend Dave's party last month were Grace did the catering. The food was flawless, delicious, with great presentation, and great variety. I strongly recommend Grace for catering your events.

DaniBensimon Catering
4.7
from 42 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon H.
Verified review

WE had the pleasure of having Daniella as our Rising star chef for the month of November at Rosenblum Cellars. She was great! She gave thoughtful pairings for our Zinfandel wines. The food was tasty and the customers really enjoyed it. Her Pop Up dinner party was even better! 27 satisfied customers, 5 courses of delicious Moroccan inspired food. So easy to work with, and clean up and set up was super easy! I highly recommend Daniella to anyone seeking a fresh food chef with innovative ideas!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Scott J.
Verified review

Our guests can't stop talking about how delicious everything was. Rose's food was definitely the star of our afternoon cocktail party. We asked for lots of creative bites for our San Francisco foodie crowd, and everything was both yummy and delightful. Among the highlights: chicken and waffles bites and mini tacos. The afternoon went flawlessly. Rose brought a crew of several people, and the food just kept coming for the four hours of our event. And when they were finished, the kitchen was left spotless. We never had to worry about a thing. I highly recommend Rose. It was a joy to turn things over to her. Even though this was our first time working together, I got a good vibe from the very start and felt completely comfortable both during the planning and the day of the event. Honestly, I think this is exactly what you want to have happen when you have a large event (we had 90 guests), and it allowed me to enjoy the day.

LL Services
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin K.
Verified review

Want to do something special for yourself or someone else? Hire LL Services and get the chef who cooks for the Silicon Valley elite. Lucas' dishes are beyond exquisite and I couldn't be happier with the level of care, professionalism and excellence that LL brings to the table. I can't recommend him enough!

Lady Chef Catering
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Malachy M.
Verified review

Chef Anicette was absolutely fantastic! She created a unique and delicious menu for an in-home party using many of her original recipes which included pizettas, salad, crab fettuccine, chicken Parmesan and bananas foster. She was exceptionally responsive to all my requests and kept in close contact throughout the planning process. Her rates were much better than I had anticipated they would be and were worth every penny. Everyone at our party agreed that it was one of the best meals they had ever enjoyed. Chef Anicette has superb training and amazing talent. I will definitely be using her services in the future and have already suggested her to other friends and family members who are searching for catering services. 10/10 recommendation!

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Cook with Chef Traci
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kirsten M.
Verified review

Chef Traci is an amazing cook!! She makes it so easy to eat healthy. I never knew that eating healthy could taste so good!!! I love that every week we get so many options and everything is so fresh and delicious. I would highly recommend her.

Culinary Misfits
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy B.
Verified review

Hired this private chef for company retreat in Austin lakehouse. Served around 24 people. Very personable, food was fantastic. Everything was perfect. Definitely recommend Eric Daniel of Culinary Misfits.

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Phiesty Food Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Melanie D.
Verified review

Chef Cheri has been an ABSOLTE PLEASURE to work with during the prep phase for my friends' special Romantic Dinner for Two! Chef Cheri is extremely professional, open to suggestions, and committed to creating the perfect event! I will surely leave more comments after the dinner.... I know it will be AMAZING!

What's Cookin?
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jenett T.
Verified review

Chef Eileen was the greatest! This was a first time experience for us, hiring a personal chef for a small group of 8. It was a bachelorette party and the best touch to start an otherwise amazing weekend. Chef Eileen was professional, extremely sweet and most of all our 4 course dinner was delicious! The entire group was happy!! We will certainly do business again in the future and I believe she even gained new clients from our experience. Thank you Chef Eileen!!! All the best, Jenett

  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan J.
Verified review

Chef Sophie did a birthday dinner party for 6 in San Francisco and was a complete gem! She always got back to me quickly, worked with me regarding guest dietary restrictions and created a delicious menu that everyone enjoyed - AND was fun addition to the party. I'd fully recommend her.

Cater2uSF LLC
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Deanna T.
Verified review

Can't describe how AWESOME Chef Rewanda was!! She completely understood and executed the perfect catered BBQ for my company! Above and beyond what I expected, and all within a few days notice!!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Susan I.
Verified review

Alyson of Nourish Personal Chef Services has been providing personal chef services for us for over two years. She is, in a word, amazing. She can cook EVERY kind of food - we've had bouts of Paleo, of vegetarian, of low-carb and full-on comfort food (ie., mac and cheese and fried chicken!). She can do everything. She's flexible, creative, nurturing, friendly and has totally won over our whole family. She's cooked for my writing group, she's catered a huge anniversary gathering, for my friends with new babies, and prepared endless regular family meals of all sizes. She's an absolute treasure.

Chef Sacha Kupelian
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Renee S.
Verified review

Chef Sacha has prepared meals for me on several occasions. Whether a special event or dinner party, he always takes great care to ensure that the ingredients used are in season, and of quality. He is understanding and willing to accommodate any food allergies or aversions, and provides options for those with specialty diets. His twist on French classics creates flavor combinations that are tasteful and surprising, while his take on American bistro fare elevates your childhood favorites. His meals are always delicious, and the presentation impeccable. I highly recommend Chef Sacha for any of your culinary needs.

Chef Liu
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brian M.
Verified review

What I liked about working with Chef Liu was her sincere interest and patience in teaching me, a beginner, to be able to prepare my own good tasting cuisine. When the dishes were finished I felt confident to prepare my own meals for my own family and friends. Her knowledge and skills were great and the results tasted good too.

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