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Palo Alto Personal Chefs

Browse these personal chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palo Alto.

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 136 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 242 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Connie K.
Verified review

I hired Pete for my husband's 60th birthday... a 5 course sit down dinner for 14. Everything he turned out was creative, delicious and beautifully presented. He was extremely efficient and personable; very flexible and easy to work with when planning the menu. He arrived on time and took over my kitchen with great ease and confidence, as if he'd been there a hundred times. The timing of all the courses was impeccable. All the guests mentioned how impressed they were with him and with the food. I would highly recommend him as a personal chef for you event!

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 111 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Davida M.
Verified review

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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  • 12 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lierly S.
Verified review

Sat was our personal chef for a week, several times during the year. The food he prepared was nutritional and yummy. He spent time with us before he prepared the meal to find out our dietary needs and health issues. He gave us suggestions after the week was over to continue our healthy lifestyle and helped us with meal plans and recipes for the future. He is friendly, professional and cares about what we put in our bodies. I would hire him in the future.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 95 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jenessa L.
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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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Passionate Plates
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth C.
Verified review

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!

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

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

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sasha S.
Verified review

Grace cooked outstanding food (salmon, prosciutto/melon, eggplant, citrus salad) and provided an all-around amazing experience - customizing the menu to fit our tastes! Thank you so much Grace! I will recommend you to everyone looking for a personal chef/catering!

DaniBensimon Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
June P.
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Daniella was extremely professional, her food was tasty and it was loaded with veggies. I was nervous beforehand as I have never hired a personal chef before, but Daniella assured me that all would be well. I really appreciated her warm and grounded energy. I also liked that she explained the menu and ingredients to my party. Her staff person was also competent and had good energy too.

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Custom Creations
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Julie L.
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Laura was our personal chef for an evening. Eight girlfriends, fabulous evening, lots of wine and the food was delicious! Laura knows how to throw a party, everything was taken care of including dishes and clean up. Thank you.

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
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Rose Johnson Catering was my party partner for our son’s engagement celebration last weekend in Orinda. The party was a huge success, and Rose and her team deserve much credit for the success. Rose responded to my Thumbtack inquiry with a prompt, thorough, and reasonable bid. However, after viewing her beautiful website, I replied to Rose that while I personally thought her menus were perfection, my son had specified that he did not want the food for his party to be “too fancy.” I told Rose the party would be a casual afternoon affair on our deck and I feared her culinary talents would be wasted on my son and my husband. Rose persevered, pointing out in her reply that she could do a barbecue with a southwestern flavor. The food need not be "fancy," she observed, but it should be tasty. And she sent me a custom menu that my son, his fiancée, my sisters, my husband and I all proclaimed perfect, including seared medium rare tri-tip of beef with chimichurri sauce, grilled cilantro chicken with tortillas, chipotle laced potato salad, and Mexican rice, bean, and corn salad. But Rose did not stop with sending me the menu; she said she would use my kitchen and grill on my deck, ensuring the food would be fresh as well as tasty. And after I hired her, she came to my home to check out my kitchen, my deck, and my grill and advised me on renting and setting up dining rounds and serving tables, as well as how to ensure good traffic flow for 50 guests. Rose is a real party expert, and I am not, so her advice was very much appreciated. The day of the party, Rose, Floricel and Esteban arrived a full two hours early and took charge. I hired Rose Johnson Catering for the food, which they delivered beautifully. As it turned out, they helped with the entire party, going above and beyond in many instances and showing poise and flexibility in the face of surprises, like my son’s decision to give a speech and set off a round of champagne toasts before dessert. Rose poured the champagne herself. Several guests asked me during the party: Who catered this? Who is your caterer? I happily provided several referrals to Rose Johnson Catering. Guest comments about the food were very positive: Mike: “The tri-tip was great.” Helen: “The grilled chicken was fabulous.” Kay: “I loved the potato salad. And the guacamole was wonderful.” Liz: “So nice to have so many dishes gluten-free.” Cindy: “The brownies were amazing. I told them so.” Bill: “Those parfaits were a big hit.” Matt: “Great food! Great service!” There was plenty of food for 50 guests, even with 1/3 of them being hungry 20-something friends of my son’s from high school and college. We even had leftovers, which Rose packed up and left in my refrigerator, along with leaving my kitchen cleaner than she found it. My husband, son, future daughter-in-law and I made a brunch of the leftovers the next day, sharing the delicious food and happy memories of a wonderful party. Best of all, this was the first party I’ve ever hosted where I had a great time myself. I don’t think I’ll have another big party again without booking Rose Johnson Catering!

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Chef James Reid
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Valerie V.
Verified review

Chef James is an artist. Good chefs are. He is also an excellent teacher – in all the best aspects of the word. He explains the foundation of what he is doing. He repeats and demonstrates basic cooking concepts in different ways to make sure ALL of his class catches on. He talks about cooking theory – but reduces it to immediate practice. His lesson about the difference between taste and flavor was perfect (you need to talk with Chef James). More importantly he lets the class do the work and learn. How awesome is that. Oh yes, you and your friends (or family) have fun.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 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.

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Flavors of Magick
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lynn P.
Verified review

I used Flavors of Magick to provide bartender services for a party I hosted in my home. The owner was so easy to work with. And, she went above and beyond what I expected. She helped me put together a list of specialty cocktails and she sent me a grocery list of everything to buy (with quantities and estimated prices). It made everything so easy for me. On the day of the event she showed up on time and did a great job setting up. My guests had a wonderful experience and the drinks were fabulous.

LL Services
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jim U.
Verified review

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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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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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 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!

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Debbie Casey, Personal Chef
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mia B.
Verified review

I've had the pleasure of having Debbie cook for my husband and I in our home and highly recommend her as a personal chef. Debbie's cooking is light, healthy and deeply flavorful. She cooks with fresh herbs and vegetables -- easily tailoring a meal to my preferences and what we have available in our pantry. She is meticulous in the kitchen and in the presentation. The final plate looks as fantastic as it tastes.

Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 hires 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!

Meg Finlay
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Abbie D.
Verified review

Meg is an amazing chef, and someone I would absolutely recommend! Meg has been the head chef on several outdoor yoga retreats that I have attended, making amazing and flavorful meals with conditions that are less than ideal : o) She has also been my personal chef for the better part of a year, and delights us each week with recipes that fit our needs, nutritional desires, and family dynamic. Meg is friendly and warm, and also exceptionally dedicated to making sure that her recipes and dishes are a good fit for her clients. She prepares food with love and care, and it shows!

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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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