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Palo Alto Personal Chefs

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 141 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
Leah S.
Verified review

Normally, I enjoy preparing a sit-down 3-course dinner for my family&friends so this was our first time hiring a personal chef. It truly is the most effortless way to host a party of 8! Chef Pete did it all-- he planned&prepared a lovely 5-course meal, plated&served the plates and even cleaned after himself. Aside from the overly salted soup, the entire meal was well-portioned and delicious. The ingredients were all fresh and the lamb was cooked to perfection! Chef Pete is professional, courteous and communicative. I would highly recommend him!

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 119 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 178 hires on Thumbtack
Davida M.
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Rocco was our personal chef and cooked us a great meal, with a perfect matching wine selection. Splendid six-course meal with true respect for the purity of the ingredients. Three types of cherry-tomato each tasted different and totally lifted the flavor of the perfectly cooked salmon. The wine selection was as respectful in its tastes and purity. We can fully recommend Rocco as a talented chef and host, even in your own home. He'll take over your kitchen and treat you and your guests to a star-dinner, right in your own home. And leave it spotless too. It has been an amazing experience! Chapeau to Rocco!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 110 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 181 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!

  • 12 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel W.
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Sat was very attentive in creating a personalized menu for me and my girlfriend based on a short call about our dietary needs. His background in nutrition was very helpful here! Unfortunately we had to cancel on short notice so we did not get to try the meal - but Sat was very understanding, and we will definitely be hiring him for future personal chef needs.

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 60 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth C.
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I couldn't be happier with my experience with Alisa! If you are looking for a personal chef / group caterer.. look NO further! She was professional, exceptional and an extraordinary chef. Oh.. and extremely flexible..Love you Alisa!

  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Carole K.
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My husband forgot to tell me he had agreed to host a cocktail party for 40 guest only 8 days away. When I talked to Graham he said he was available and within a day he had a menu and some suggestions about the bar.Graham arrived at our apartment in S.F. 2 hours before the event and just made everything so easy and and gracious that the party seemed like it had been planned way in advance. Graham served small bites of very tasty canapes and wonderful french style sliders that satisfied everyone. The whole evening was a success from set up to clean up and I was able to enjoy being the hostess and not worry about anything. Graham makes eating good food a total joy and I look forward to catering future parties with him as the Chef. Carole

Custom Creations
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Mary H.
Verified review

i cannot recommend Chef Laura enough. I just hired Laura for a small dinner party for my mother-in-law's birthday and she was phenomenal and her dishes were delicious. This was my first time using a personal chef and Laura made the experience easy and enjoyable from start to finish. I looked at quite a few local chefs when I started thinking about a personal chef option and Laura was hands down the most responsive, helpful and offered the most menu options too. Not only did she prepare 3 amazing courses and a lovely cheese/meat platter, she printed off personalized menus, presented and served each lovely course, filled water and wine glasses throughout the night, cut and served the birthday cake (not to mention lit candles and helped my toddler bring it in to the bday girl) and left my kitchen looking spotless with dishes done and all. Oh and everything she made - including the pasta - was gluten free. Dealing with our party's dietary restrictions was no problem for Laura. It was the most stress-free dinner party I've ever hosted and my guests raved about the food. The portions were also large - such a good value. Having Laura in our kitchen was a joy - she is very nice, easy-going and personable. We will definitely be using Laura again in the future! Our guests were even asking for her contact info. Thank you, chef Laura!

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Leah A.
Verified review

Angela is an exceptional caterer! We hired her for a long (10 day) job for a production crew, serving multiple meals for VERY hungry people. I heard consistently that they were the best meals the crew had ever had on a job. She was very thorough in her choices, and made it obvious that she takes pride in what she cooks, plans, and serves. We plan to make Angela our go-to caterer for ALL future jobs. As much as I would love to tell you to stay away so we can hoard her...you HAVE to hire Angela and try her meals for yourself!

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica O.
Verified review

I used Rainbow chefs as a personal chef and the food was fresh and cooked to perfection I will definitely be using them again.

Flavors of Magick
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Taylor D.
Verified review

Food was amazing!! I booked Flavors of Magick for a surprise Father’s Day brunch for my husband and in-laws that were in town. The soul food cuisine of shrimp and grits, greens and waffles were a huge hit! My in laws are from the south and are *very* particulate about soul food...they gave the dishes two thumbs up! Would definitely book again and highly recommend.

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LL Services
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jim U.
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Absolutely the best ever food service and presentation. I have hosted over A dozen dinner parties in the last two years with three different chefs. I will only use Lucas going foreward!!

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Careshia M.
Verified review

I went on a girls' trip to Napa Valley. I wanted to hire Chef Cheri for our first night dinner so we could relax. She told me upfront she would be out of town but she would be happy to assist us. She informed me that she had a vast network. Over the next 2 weeks she connected me with a chef and a photographer. She followed up and was very timely. We were so pleased when we arrived at the home and she had 3 bottles of wine waiting on us. She also had baked us custom red velvet cupcakes with elephant decorations (DST)...they were amazing. The chefs she connected us with were on time. In fact, they beat us to the home. They were so professional and made a delicious dinner for us and provided table service. The photographer she connected us with was punctual and took the most fabulous photos. He was very easy to work with. So I would call Chef Cheri anytime I needed any service in the Bay area. She is top notch and provides world class service. I felt like her family by the time we finished.

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PCJames
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nilufar K.
Verified review

We had a wonderful time with Chef James. He was so professional and made our dinner experience so memorable. We asked Chef James to let his creative juices flow and surprise us with his recipe (all we asked was that the meals were seasonal and refreshing). He came back with a luau themed meal including: ceviche, apple cabbage salad with ginger sauce, tomato and chard salad, AMAZING tamales, and much, much more. He also brought his own cookware! Thank you for a fun night, chef!

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Mise En Place
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elaine Y.
Verified review

So glad we hired Dan from Mise En Place for our most recent dinner party! After discussing options with him, we went with the Kokkari-inspired menu on his website. It tasted exactly like the dishes we've had there so many times. Amazing. We've already booked him for another party in a few weeks. So happy we found Mise En Place on Thumbtack — Dan's now our go-to home chef!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David B.
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We hired Karla for a long weekend of cooking breakfast and dinner for 10-16 people at each meal at our home in Santa Cruz. We didn't know what to expect entirely, but Karla was more than we hoped for. Super nice, very punctual, very honest, gives a good value for the money and most of all Karla is a truly wonderful chef. She can cook anything you can imagine and she does it all well. Our dinners included perfectly cooked New York steaks, lasagna, vegetables, lots of items for carb-conscious folks, etc. Her menus were fantastic and we have a ton of great food. Best of all Karla cleans up. I would give Karla 10 stars on a 5 star chart. Some of the others took pictures of the "spread" Karla created so I don't have those handy to post. Karla is a gem in Santa Cruz and we will be using her in the future. Dave & Lynn and Cindy & John Santa Cruz, CA

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east bay chef
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alex R.
Verified review

I had a great experience hiring Jon for my New Year's party. He arrived on time and quickly prepared a round of every dish while the guests were coming, so that it was ready at the time that everyone was there. As the food was eaten, he and Amanda presented more, so no dish was ever empty. I found his work of excellent quality, and he was very personable and friendly. My New Year's party was a success because of Chef Jon Avalos. Highly recommended!

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy R.
Verified review

Meenu has been teaching cooking camp at La Toque de Cindy for two years. She's a pleasure to work with and I get so many lovely notes of appreciation from the students and the parents of the students about her classes. She has a wonderful method to teach the kids about various cultures by teaching young chefs how to cook cuisines from various countries.

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Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jadyn P.
Verified review

GREAT SERVICE We got married yesterday and had to post a review immediately because Affordable Chef was so great! Chef Mark was punctual in replying to my questions before the big day, which, as an out-of-town bride, was very reassuring! At the last minute, Chef Mark was unable to attend the reception, but his on-site chef made delicious food, and the staff were phenomenal! There was one staff member in particular who took an interest in my Husband and I. She told us that we were her "celebrities for the day," made sure we ate appetizers before we walked in, escorted us to the buffet first, and was constantly checking on our drinks. She also took an interest in our families, leading many people to tell us how amazing she was! The bartender Chef Mark sent was also lovely, knew her stuff, and made our signature cocktails perfectly! All in all, a great experience and a company we would trust our next big event to!

Olive Cater
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Inbal F.
Verified review

I have had the pleasure of experiencing Oliver Cater services and would recommend it to anyone. Arkadi, the chef, creates spectacularly good food that is unfussy, deeply flavorful, satisfying and plentiful. Their team are top notch professional, and Im looking forward to working with them again in the future.

Classic Cuisine Catering
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Neha C.
Verified review

In contract with Classic Cuisine Catering . Chef Kolnita has been very responsive. She has helped us build a great menu as per our liking for the event within a short time period. We are looking forward to our event this week.

Rainbow Chefs San Francisco
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracy F.
Verified review

It what can only be described as a limited and challenging environment, Rainbow Chefs provided a gourmet dinner for my executives that was truly exquisite. Everything about the process was handled well with great communication from Lana. I chose Rainbow Chefs after initial conversations with more than 20 caterers because I was convinced that she was really listening to me. Chef Nicholas created a masterpiece of a dinner that was enjoyed by everybody. It was the highlight of a long day.

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Santa Cruz, CA

  • Type of food preparation
    Other (weekly family meals)
  • Interested in following cuisine(s)
    Vegetarian/Vegan
  • Details
    vegetarian primarily prefer organic no sugar and gluten free ,no dairy
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