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  • 28 years in business
  • 113 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Amy S.

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Marcel created a delicious menu based on my preferences to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to a hungry group of 15. Incredibly professional and friendly, he has a real passion for cooking. He got a round of applause from our group when he left and then we even brought him back last minute to cook an additional meal for us one day because enjoyed it so much. The food is fresh, healthy and flavorful. We will definitely work with him again.

Aitana C.

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Marcel was amazing! It was a five star experience from the service he offered, to the food he cooked, to the time he took to prep for my event. We had two chefs at my event who were amazed and very impressed with his cooking! I highly recommend him!

Rick M.

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Chef Marcel provided a wonderful evening by being at my wife's birthday party and cooking for our guests. His menu he created for our party was wonderful even though it he was on as tight budget. Everyone was amazed by his cooking!

  • 13 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 31 min

Ron T.

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We just had a college graduation party for our daughter on 4/30/16 with about 80-100 people and it happened to be at our new house. This was the very first party at our new house and we were quite nervous about how it would go. At our old house, we have had many many parties and we had a system in place for everything down to the layout of the tables, food serving area, cooking area, lighting, etc., At our new house, it was first and foremost a bit challenging because of our steep driveway with no room for turnaround for the bbq trailer. Pam came 2 weeks prior to the event and put together a workable plan. She worked it out by leaving the trailer in the culdesac below and cooking everything there then transported everything in cambros up to where the party was in her SUV. The food was fabulous and everyone thoroughly enjoyed all of it. The menu consisted of the following; pulled pork, santa maria style tri-tip, and 3 sides which were bbq beans, twice baked mashed potatoes with the fixings, and 2-cheese mac-n-cheese. We also had 2 appetizers which were the pig candy and the links in a blanket. All was very delicious! We took care of the desserts ourselves but worked it out with Pam for an additional crew member to take care of serving the desserts. We had custom cupcakes, donuts, and smores. Pam and her crew were very attentive to our guests and even took care of helping with making the smores over the fire pit for the kids and others. I remember Pam saying, this was the first time in many years that she made smores. I bring this up only because, if you're looking for a more personable caterer who will customize things for your party then, Pitt Stop Bbq is the caterer you should hire. Since I like to be quite thorough, I asked for and received pricing from a total of 6 caterers and interviewed a total of 4 of them. The common denominator with the others was they simply wanted to do the bare minimum, count every single plate only to charge you more for the additional plates used, and then quickly leave. This was far from the case with Pam and her crew. They were very friendly and jumped in where needed and as needed. I definitely look forward to using them again the next time because it was soooooo nice not having to worry about the cooking and serving and cleaning up. My wife and I and family were simply able to host and mingle rather than being stressed out with all the particulars. Thanks Pam and crew, you guys made our event special and successful. Ron, Ana, and family.

Dave S.

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We hired Pam for our Mom's 60th birthday. It was a small intimate family dinner for 8, and Pam was AWESOME. She was easy to communicate with, professional, and the food was great. We ate- Tomato bisque shooters with grilled cheese bites BBQ chicken sliders Salad Filet steaks Twice baked potato Roaster butternut squash Mocha almond cake This was a fantastic experience I'd recommend to anyone looking to have a family dinner without mom stressing out over cooking AND cleaning.

Stephen B.

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Pam came over and provided us private instruction in our home on basic cooking skills. Pam did a great job. We will be hiring again this next weekend to help us with preparing for Thanksgiving since it will be our first time cooking everything ourselves. I would recommend Pam to anyone looking for cooking instruction.

  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Susan H.

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We just had a tasting with this private chef and it was simply great. Just upscale enough and everything was delicious. Even ingredients I didn't think I liked, I loved! She is very talented, a lot of fun -- and can she ever cook! She went went way over and above my expectations, which were already high. A gem.

Tricia S.

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Lauren is an absolute professional and set up the bar, helped with organizing and serving the food, cleaned up after the party and has a delightful personality. She brought along Marina to help, and she was also wonderful. Highly, highly recommended.

Amy H.

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I used Lauren for a 14 person dinner party. The food was SO SO good. Lauren was efficient, communicative and great to work with. Everyone loved her cooking.

  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 53 min

Dana J.

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Linda is an excellent chef. She catered for a party of 15 people for me. I have had parties catered before, but none were as delicious and gourmet as her food was. She really puts her time into making the meals and the food was outstanding.

Julie J.

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Linda is not just a wonderful cook, but a fun-loving person. You can tell she enjoys making meals and sharing her recipes with family and friends. Her dinner was delicious and showed extra effort in overall presentation!

Janet L.

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AMAZIMG food and prep . My aunt and uncle loved all the meals !

  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Cindy T.

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Steven came to our home, to serve my husband and me our anniversary dinner. He brought a beautifully printed out menu explaining the courses. He brought his own dishware which was lovely. From the well displayed appetizers to the meal itself ... we were delighted! The food was five star! And dessert was impressive! A very wonderful experience from beginning to end. What a treat to have an impeccably dressed chef walk through the door of our home and create pure deelish!!! Thank you to Steven!!! Michael and Cindy Thee Ashburn, Virginia

Jeff R.

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Segars culinary did a phenomenal job last night catering a very special dinner. Their attention to detail and ability to combine art and food in one amazing meal was second to none. They far exceeded our expectations and I would - and WILL - have them again to cook again soon. Without a question one of the best meals we have had in memory.

Mercedes A.

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I have had the experience of tasting and enjoying Mr. segar's culinary services in many occasions and find him to be an excellent cook. His cooking abilities are very gourmet and he is very good at improvising and coming up with exquisit results.

  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Iunona V.

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Chef Izzy did an excellent job. Her food is tasty and never ceases to amaze me. She was the personal chef for my family. She will work with you to find the flavor and dishes that you like. Even my kids who are normally picky were delighted. Thanks for making dinner easier at our house!

Tati A.

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Chef Izzy's personality and cooking brought happiness to my household. Enjoyed the experience and the food. Everything was absolutely delicious. Definitely booking again

Ann P.

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On time and very knowledgable about food and prep

  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 17 hours

Stacey H.

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From the moment Lindsay contacted me with a quote, I was excited to have her cook for a very special birthday celebration. She was thorough, thoughtful, and she easily switched a few things up when I explained that one of our guests had some dietary restrictions. She asked to bring a server to help move the evening along, and I was happy she had the help (and Yvette was an absolute doll). On the day of the party, she was prompt, came incredibly prepared, and not only was course after course unbelievably delicious, but served in and on beautiful dishes (she provided). She and her server were personable, helpful, and by the time we were done eating the beautiful 4 course meal, the entire kitchen was spotless, and she was ready to head out. I will absolutely ask Lindsay to cook for us again, and hope it's not too long before I do so. I cannot recommend her more highly. Book her before some celebrity snatches her up as their personal!!

Desirea L.

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Amazing!! Fork & Thyme catered an intimate wedding dinner for us and were the talk of the night! Lindsay listened to everything we wanted and crafted an impeccable, seasonal, fresh menu that reflected our taste. She was intuitive with the pallet and went above and beyond in every way. We are big foodies and I recommend using her for Anything and will continue to use her from here on. Thank you Fork & Thyme!!

  • 18 years in business
  • Burbank, CA

Shawn Lare B.

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For my fiftieth birthday party, it was important for me to have a party that would be the talk of the town. I am so glad we hired Marie's Southern Comfort because with her on board; Mission accomplished. The most important piece to any event is the food and Marie's Southern Comfort ensured that our guests' palates would be oh so satisfied. The southern-style Cajun cuisine was simply delicious. Never have we tasted chicken that was tender, moist and just the right amount of spicy all at once. We ordered rice and beans to make it authentic and just talking about it I can almost taste them now. The blend of flavors was exquisite. Marie and her team were professional and made sure all the little details were covered for our event. My friends are still talking about the cake, "Death by Chocolate." And what a way to go. Chocolate layer cake with chocolate icing, and chocolate chips. One might think with all that chocolate, it would be overkill...but it was simply divine and perfect. I cannot express how pleased we were with everything Ms. Marie did for us. She gave me a special treat by adding a leopard over-lay on my red tablecloths. She communicated with everyone involved and found out that my red-carpet back-drop had leopard scalloped trim and kept to the theme with my tables. The original leopard woman, I was thrilled. I will not have another event that does not include the comfort I received from working with Marie's Southern Comfort.

Sido H.

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I have used Marie's Southern Comfort twice and both times the food and service has been excellent. The first time was for my Dad's 60th birthday. She made a soul food dinner and it was incredible. We loved our experience with her for our first party so much that we hired her again a couple of months ago for my Mother'n'law's surprise 70th Birthday Party. The food was amazing, especially the hot wings and the service was great. I will continue to use Marie's Southern Comfort for future parties.

John S.

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If you are looking for fabulous tasting food, you have to call Marie. She offers excellent southern-style cooking, with a specialty in cajun and creole dishes, and adds rich, delicious desserts as well.

  • Los Angeles, CA

Ryan B.

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Mr. McGhee was incredibly frustrating to work with in the kitchen. He's opinionated, does not follow recipes to the exact pinch of salt but worst of all, he is far more talented in the kitchen than I could ever be. I once saw him look a cook book and say, "Amateur hour, lets go with this concoction I am whipping up over here." As he was on the precipice of pouring a plentiful marinade on a USDA Choice Ribeye, I cringed at the thought of what bath my steak was about to take. After 9 minutes over a perfect flame, I had one of the best meals of my life paired with a Grand Cru Belgium Beer to perfectly compliment the meal and all in the comfort of a home. It is fair to say that all will eat well with Will. -Ryan

Kimberly P.

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I have had Will's cooking on a numerous of different occasions. And I must say Will has a real talent in the kitchen! He can make almost anything from scratch or make things that you don't think will taste good turn out to taste wonderful! My favorite dish he made was a chicken dish with a load of different seasonings. Every bite I had was so moist and tasty (in a good way)! I would highly recommend to try Will's cooking, at least once, you would not be sorry and definitely be pleasantly surprised with how flavorful his dishes taste. :)

Sunny H.

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Will's heartwarming demeanor definitely shows through in the food he prepares. This guy truly cooks with his heart and you can definitely taste it! From warmed olive goat cheese to lamb chops in cherry wine reduction, Will is able to prepare food of expansive tastes and caters to you, specifically. Additionally, he is exceedingly personable and really seeks to please.

  • 2 years in business
  • Response time: 43 min
  • North Hollywood, CA

Teresa C.

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My husband and I hired Chef Villareal for our wedding this year and we could have not been happier. She was extremely professional but really warm and personable at the same time. The ingredients she used were seasonal and she was able to cater to the vast array of guest preferences we had...... even catering to one friend that was dairy and gluten free! The food ended up being a huge hit and was the topic of conversation days after our wedding. Living in a city with so much culinary talent, we had the choice of many sucessful chefs which made the final decision hard to finalize. I am so extremely happy that we went with Lady Day Catering. Could have not been more happy with her service and cooking talent. Highly recommend!

Virginia R.

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I work for a company that is always using catering for events, I wanted to try some one new and was very pleased to find Lady Day Catering. Chef Villareal was a gem, the food was absolutely outstanding, the way she presented it was a real pleasure to the eye. She takes a lot of pride in her work and has a great personality. My CEO was very impressed. I will definitely be using Chef Villareal again, I have also recomended her to my family and friends

Carlos O.

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This is the 3rd time I've ordered from Chef Sophia, for corporate events. The food that she creates and sets up for us is incredible and delicious. Easy communication, transactions were seamless, and everything is always delivered on time as noted. This catering company has become our go-to for all of our events now, would highly recommend to anyone on this site as well.

  • 9 years in business
  • Studio City, CA

Sharon V.

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Ron's classes are great. He provides a recipe for each dish he prepares and watching as he does it is very helpful. During the class he also provides a lot of valuable information that explains the thinking behind techniques or or other options you can use. I loved it.

Marilyn J.

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The classes Raw vegan food are fenomenal. Ron teaches with expertise. He answers questions and shows his techniques in the kitchen. The flavor combinations in his food are amazing and he always created new recipes. I really enjoy learning from him.

Corby S.

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Not just creating food! It's about the whole story about food and nutrition. He is an expert!




  • 14 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min

Emily P.

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Elaine helped my daughter and I with cooking lessons and menu ideas that would work with both of our dietary issues. We spent an afternoon together - through the magic of web cams. We prepared a vegetable lasagna, a spinach and strawberry salad, the most amazing miso soup ever and a squash and edamame treat that was out of this world. The dishes we prepared were made from fresh, organic ingredients that were gluten free, light on salt and most importantly quick and easy to prepare in our busy schedules. Elaine took every culinary and dietary issue of ours and came back with brilliant solutions. Elaine is knowledgeable and approachable with the ability to communicate what she knows without being preachy. I've ordered the Herblends seasonings, and she also has a cookbook. I'm very impressed her knowledge and abilities make great food and show us how she does it.

Linda B.

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My family and friends know me as a great cook, and in spite of all of my cooking experience I have learned many cooking tips from Elaine Good that make execution easier and my skills fine-tuned to a higher fine restaurant quality level. Elaine is a fabulous teacher, cook, and person. She makes learning about food fun and easy.

Giuseppe N.

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Elaine was entertaining and a gracious host. She showed us some new cooking techniques on our date night. My wife and I had so much fun cooking and eating with Elaine. Thanks!

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours
  • Los Angeles, CA

Peggy C.

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Peggy C. I had tried Heather’s Savory Artichoke Heart, Crispy Sage, Caramelized Onion and Italian Cheese Quiche—and knew it was good; along with her very special (& somewhat decadent) Savory Caramelized Vidalia Onion Cheesecake_Spread, so I ordered both for the holidays. They were made with love and care and brought to my door. I loved having them on hand—as you know there are always more mouths to feed around the holidays! The care and pride she takes in her work really shows. The dip/spread is a real treat—very elegant and rich. The quiche is unlike any we’ve ever had and is truly delicious. I would highly recommend her and her cooking for anyone’s event or home.

Nancy W.

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I could not have been more pleased with Heather Hancock. We were celebrating my husband's 70th birthday! Our guests were very impressed with her as everyone always visits in the kitchen! She created delicious appetizers for us, and arranged the serving area to make it most pleasing to the eye. Every detail was exactly perfect. Heather was engaging and friendly, and the items were all her own creations. Her quiche is particularly unusual and really yummy. I would not hesitate to engage Heather Hancock again should the occasion arise. She is a very a talented and caring 'one-woman show'!! Kudos!

Gail B.

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Heather’s great! She really takes her food seriously and doesn’t cut corners! She has a lot of knowledge of food parings and brought a complimentary set of appetizers to our party. She made sure everything looked great and my guests all loved the food. She does things from scratch and people really notice that, we were very happy. We had gotten a shrimp tray and veggie tray & then she rounded out our table with: DEVILED EGG CUPS Caprese Bites Savory Artichoke Heart Caramelized Onion Italian Cheese Quiche Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread- & Brown Butter Sage Cashews

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Los Angeles, CA

Diana L.

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We held a private screening of a film for a party of 50 guests and hired Salvi Eats to cater the affair. Michelle Lainez and her staff excelled in several areas: the food was exquisite, the presentation was so lovely, and the service was top-notch. The food and beverages were served on schedule, and the clean-up was done swiftly and almost imperceptibly. I cannot recommend Salvi Eats enough and would not hesitate in hiring this catering service again and again and again.

Kenneth E.

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Had my first at-home lesson today. Michelle is a kind, polite, well-humored chef who teaches well. The meal we prepared together was simply delicious. Didn't know I had it in me but Michelle did! Salivating in anticipation of my next cooking lesson with her next week.

Jackie W.

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SO Professional! Learned so much in just one class.

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 19 hours

Dyan D.

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I have used Chef Ray on several occasions. He has served a variety of menus at my home. Each and every one was carefully thought out and executed to the highest quality.

Nick R.

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Chef Ray Lopez was exceptional. He prepared and incredible meal and had history for each dish. He was professional and a wonderful cook. Would hire him again.


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  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 15 min

Stacee M.

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I am so grateful for Jamie’s cooking in my home for the last two years. It has been a godsend! Jamie has brought much more ease into our lives, given that cooking from scratch is extremely time consuming. I love having healthy home cooked meals for my family. But I don’t have the energy myself to do this. Jamie is punctual, has a positive and cheerful demeanor, and is accommodating to my schedule if I need to make changes. Jamie is very open to our personal preferences and suggestions when making the meals, and is an easy going person, there’s never any stress in the kitchen. Also, Jamie is always game to try a new, sometimes very time consuming or creative/unusual recipe for us. My deepest thanks for Jamie and her love of cooking and all the ways she helps our family to save our time for things we’d rather be doing and to stay healthy and well fed!

Barbara d J.

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A life saver for a busy Mom & business owner. Reasonable, always pleasant & most creative.

Karen K.

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Very happy to have Jamie cook for us. Has transformed our meal times!

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 17 hours

Jane W.

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Kathy Haynes has been cooking meals for me weekly for three years. Obviously, I’m very happy with the food Kathy makes for me. I have many restrictions on the foods I can eat because of chronic health issues. Kathy makes all my food from scratch so that I can have delicious food within these restrictions. I love to cook and was very nervous about allowing someone into my kitchen, but the complexities of having consistent appropriate yet delicious food became more than I could handle by myself. Kathy is a great listener and very patient with me as I learned to work with her. She is prompt and reliable and very attentive to details. She takes great care of my beloved kitchen. It is important to me that I still get to be involved with my meals. Kathy allows me to participate when I want and takes control when I don’t. She is willing to find creative substitutes for food I can’t have. My food is gluten-free and dairy-free. She makes me delicious homemade coconut milk and coconut mayonnaise.! I am willing to pay for the consistency, ease, and personal attention of a private chef. I would highly recommend Kathy Haynes to anyone who is looking for that.

Cathy D.

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Kathy did a wonderful job at a recent birthday dinner party in Calabasas California. Because of her calm and flexible demeanor and her ability to create and beautifully display a delicious, but very healthy, family style meal with three entree choices, made Kathy the absolute right choice for our important event! I would have no hesitations in recommending Katherine Haynes and her company, Essential Chef to anyone who is looking for an excellent Chef.

Amy G.

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Katherine catered my 40th bday party. She was very professional and her staff was excellent. She helped design a meal that fit in my budget and was DELISH!! I highly recommend her for all of your catering needs!!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Encino, CA

Julia W.

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Laura is working for me as a chef and teacher for teens of all ages. She has an incredibly large class and manages delegating cooking responsibilities to each of them, deals with classroom management, teaches different cooking techniques, explains recipes and how to tweak them when necessary and creates incredible dishes with these teens. Each week the class size is different and she manages the change. The teens have fun with her as she is attentive engaging. She teaches kitchen safety and is super creative with the minimal kitchen equipment she has to work with at our synagogue. She brings and cooks healthy recipes as well as themed and cultural recipes. She not only teaches a teen cooking class but she leads special cooking activities for group retreats and incorporates the outside community that benefits others when she led a cooking class for teens and the local firemen. Laura is an artist and her art is cooking and teaching cooking to so many.

Marisa S.

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I hired Laura to teach a series of cooking classes at the school where I am the Director. She is an amazing teacher along with being an incredible chef. My students were constantly asking when Chef Laura would be coming back. Laura came to each session, enthusiastic and ready to cook and teach. She is really creative, and was able to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables from our school garden! The lessons ranged from soups to sweet baked goods. My favorite cooking lesson included home made pasta with a delicious tomato sauce. I am looking forward to working with her again.

Sarah E.

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I decided to gift my husband with a private couples cooking class in our home for Valentine's Day. Laura was fabulous and we had the most memorable evening. We do a little cooking ourselves, but she taught us tons of tips and tricks and we tackled recipes that would've normally intimidated us. Laura was so fabulous that I booked her to come and cook for my dad's birthday. It was the perfect gift and my parents absolutely loved it. I can't recommend Laura enough! If you have an event, want a private cooking lesson, or a private chef, definitely give Laura a call.

Cooking With Coetry

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  • 4 years in business
  • Sherman Oaks, CA


At Cooking With Coetry, we understand that taste is important but not everything. We bring a whole-sensory experience for you and your guests to enjoy, from live art to spoken-word performances or whatever entertainment you wish to have at your event. Give us a call, and let's build your menu together.

  • Beverly Hills, CA


Hi! I am a professional private cook with 25 years of experience. I am skilled in international cuisine, including baking. I also have experience in special dietary needs, modern techniques and kosher cooking.

Chef Alex Grover

New To Thumbtack

  • Santa Monica, CA


Unique food combinations that won't be found in restaurants, obscure ingredients sourced from small Northern California farms. Authentic spices from purveyors of the finest flavors. World cuisine in an elegant, contemporary format. Accessible, delightful, yet different.

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