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Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

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.

Top Pro
  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patti G.
Verified review

Stacy made a great dinner for our dinner party. I haven't ever done this before, I always cook myself. It was a fun treat to enjoy with my guests vs. being in the kitchen cooking. Not something I can afford to do often, but definitely fun to try! Thank you!

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Fruitcakes Chef Services
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bonny K.
Verified review

Kathy did a terrific job of cooking in our tiny kitchen. She was personable, prompt, and patient. We had a fabulous meal of macadamia nut crusted chicken, Caesar salad, sweet potato with caramelized onions and coconut milk, pork wettest wraps, flourless chocolate cak. We learned how to make these things contributed to the meal and enjoyed a delicious meal. Kathy's price was reasonable and extremely fair what she did., I can highly recommend her.

Luscious Bites, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nathae W.
Verified review

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.

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista H.
Verified review

Valerie started cooking for my family this week. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and eat her tasty and healthy food. Highly recommend.

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bryan C.
Verified review

Sydney's cooking speaks for itself. Everything she has prepared has been absolutely phenomenal. What stands out beyond her cooking skills is her passion. Sydney takes great pride in what she does from start to finish, beginning with top notch ingredients and ending with creative presentation. She never misses a thing and always pays attention to the small details. Cooking is not just a job for Sydney, it's her passion in life. She's a perfectionist and holds herself to the highest standard. I couldn't of asked for a better personal chef and highly recommend her for any type of event!

Vegetarian Oasis
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Charlyn R.
Verified review

The only reason I am giving a 4star is because I had my food shipped over seas and it had to be frozen so it took away from some of the taste. For the food to have to be prepped and zip sealed and shipped overall was a 5 Star can not wait to taste everything fresh now that I have come back stateside. The punctuality of the shipment was just on time for the holidays when I was missing homecooked meals and the shipping itself was not too costly. Will definitely be ordering through this company again.

Cuisine a la Carte Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rosalyn C.
Verified review

Cuisine a la Carte Catering - Harry Heyligers, is the BEST caterer!! Not only is he an excellent chef with experience preparing healthy and delicious dishes in a wide range of cuisines and styles, his presentation and attention to detail equals that of a 5 star restaurant. He has always accurately calculated the amount of food to prepare for my occasions, both large and small, while staying within my budget. Harry is a delightfully nuturing soul who prepares all of his dishes with a dash of love. Consider yourself lucky to have found this rare gem of a chef!

commis.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michael E.
Verified review

Superlatives cannot describe my cooking experience with Monterey. She was Very friendly, high energy and very patient!!! Put it Simply, she was AWESOME!!! The food was so delicious that I would rather prepare my food instead of going to a restaurant. 😎

Chef Bai
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Cheri R.
Verified review

Chef Bai changed the way I think, feel and approach the food I eat. What I have learned from her is that I still can enjoy delicious food that I enjoy to cook while having it be really good for myself and my family as well. She even helped us with our special dietary needs including the fact that I must eat gluten free.

Meraki Meals
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel A.
Verified review

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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie L.
Verified review

Kathleen provided all the support and confidence I needed to start cooking vegan! Loved the recipe suggestions..they were all super tasty even though I'm not the best cook! Thank you, Kathleen!

PB Natural Foods
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ale P.
Verified review

We arrived at the Fishbone Kitchen where Chef Bear is the executive chef and were immediately served many nice dishes of fresh ceviche while we waited for our class. Once in the kitchen, we learned many cool techniques for knife skills and other techniques like oyster shucking and removing the skin from a salmon without using a knife! Chef Bear was informative and hospitable. The only reason I am removing a star is because the kitchen we were in was very small (he did have a larger kitchen for us but the location fell through at the last moment) and took away from the experience for some of the participants due to it being difficult to see or hear -- positioning and noise level was a culprit. But all in all it was a very cool experience at a very reasonable rate. Chef Bear did everything he could to customize the class for us according to our interests, needs and experience levels. I would recommend him.

  • 5 years in business
Stuart Z.
Verified review

Catered my Wedding Rehearsal Dinner for over 100 people. Could not have been more happy with the service and the food is AMAZING!!!

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I worked with all budgets and menu. I work around all schedules too. I am very generous with my food.

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I'm professional and organized. I'm clean and a good listener. My meals are very tasty. My love for cooking is over 20 years.

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I can accommodate families who are extremely busy taking care of financial obligations. I will make sure that your family has the best meal their taste buds could encounter. Theresa Spencer

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I am providing cooking skill lessons for individuals, families and groups. I specialize in hands-on or demonstration classes. I enjoy guiding students through basic techniques using simple and tasty and recipes. My style is easy and relaxed. After learning basic techniques and a few skills, you will effortlessly prepare delicious meals for your family and friends. All skill levels are welcome. I can take you from where you are to the next level. My goal is to inspire confidence no matter what your level is. I enjoy teaching all levels. For beginner cooks, my mission is to help individuals and families quickly prepare fresh, healthy food without using processed products. I can show you how to ditch that box of mac and cheese, jar of pasta sauce, bottle of ranch dressing and skip the drive through for your own fresh homemade versions. For seasoned cooks, I teach you how to be sure the recipe you are using will work. The truth is that many recipes are not tested before they are printed in that famous chef cookbook and magazine or posted to the internet. Often times, your dish does not turn out because the recipe is poorly written and has nothing to do with your skill. Let me show you how to avoid wasting time and money. I look forward to hearing from you, and am I excited that you want to learn to cook.

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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.

  • 9 years in business
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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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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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Need Group Cooking Lessons

Newport Coast, CA

  • Goal
    New skill (general education)
  • Cooking type
    Modern cuisine, Healthy
  • Instruction type
    Small group
  • Details
    Small group of 5, either in home or we will travel to you.
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