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Pasadena Home Chefs

Browse these home chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Pasadena.

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 118 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angela E.
Verified review

I was having a Halloween / 50th Birthday party. At my home. Chef Marcel adapted to my needs. The food was served promptly and hot. They also served the Bday Cake. A gentleman in a black cape kept taking platters from me after I passed Jello Shots! He also took care of all the trash- so when I got up the next morning there was very little cups ... to pick up! They enabled me to circulate with my friends without worry. The servers were friendly and the kitchen clean up was excellent! I would use Chef Marcel and associates again when needed. Thank you!

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vanessa G.
Verified review

We hosted an event for 150 people and Chef Boris and Carolina were wonderful with catering our event. Communication was great and our guests loved the food!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Jianxiong Y.
Verified review

The catering staff was amazing and polite. We got one chef, one assistant, one server and one DJ. They arrived on time. Server helped us set up and clean up everything. DJ was great! They did a wonderful job! Price is very reasonable and acceptable. Paid them with extra tips when service is finished. Love the team! Recommend for any events!

The Catering Carnival
4.7
from 68 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 139 hires on Thumbtack
Lena R.
Verified review

I hired these guys about a year ago for a small dinner party, about 5 of us. It was such a great experience! It was a while ago so I can't remember the chef's name, I think it was David, he was on time, professional, super friendly, did a great job working with my tiny apartment kitchen and crappy old stove. The food was impeccable! No joke BEST crab cakes I've ever had in my life! We all had a great time and my friends were also so impressed with the food. They still talk about the dinner. I'm not a fancy person who hires private chefs all the time, it was my first, but it was such a great experience I would do it again if a special occasion came up and would absolutely hire him again! Highly recommend! It took so long to leave this review because I forgot to do it last year and I'm an outta sight outta mind person, unfortunately, but I just got on here to look for another service and saw them on my list and had to leave this review. Won't disappoint!

Jordan R.
Verified review

Had a great experience with Executive Chef Mark Kearney and Team. To set expectations before the review, I like to consider myself a food lover...not a critic, just a food lover. I love great dining experiences and am equally critical or disappointed when they fall short. My family and I were hosting Christmas Dinner for a total of 10 family members. I found Chef Mark on Thumbtack based on his previous reviews. Roy (part of Mark's team) promptly reached out with thought-starters for the meal and breakout of pricing. Over the next few weeks Roy, Mark and I worked closely crafting the perfect menu for my traditional Christmas dinner, while staying within my budget parameters. To note, Chef Mark is priced higher than some of the other chefs I was in contact with, but I'm glad we went with Mark based on the outcome. The menu consisted of 4 gourmet hors d oeuvres passed around while we opened presents. A fan favorite was the roasted fig with gorgonzola and prosciutto. Then time for dinner. We sat at the dining table and were served Butternut Ravioli as an appetizer, Lobster Bisque soup (a bit on the spicy side - only critique I have with the food all night) and an organic baby butterleaf salad with incredible apricot balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was both a grilled beef tenderloin (prepared to your liking) and pan roasted turkey breast. Sides that accompanied the main course were brocollini, green beans and bacon/garlic mashed potatoes. Everything (except the soup) was beyond 5 stars in terms of presentation, taste and expectations. Lastly we were served two very decadent and delicious deserts - a molten lava cake and traditional bread pudding. Two things to mention. My wife was forced (by her OBGYN) into a new diet two days prior to the Christmas dinner consisting of no dairy and no soy. When Chef Mark arrived we asked him what had dairy and soy ingredients and he quickly and thoughtfully mentioned that he could make my wife's servings without either dairy or soy. Talk about going above and beyond. This was much appreciated and set the tone for the entire dinner! I would potentially ask for two servers for the evening on future events. One to solely serve as sous chef, helping Mark prepare the food in the kitchen and the other server to help set the table, serve food, wine, etc.. throughout the evening. The 5 hours that Mark and Team allocate for the evening can go quickly. This might alleviate that. Either way, a great experience and thank you Mark and Team!

Top Pro
CAKE - Gourmet Sugar Service
4.8
from 53 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren D.
Verified review

Easy communication through email and text, organized and helpful when it came to making decisions on cake design and flavor. Cassidy held a cake tasting at my home with my friends and family, making the process of choosing a cake flavor fun and exciting! On the day of my wedding, the cake was delivered and assembled beautifully!

Sierra Madre Catering
4.5
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
JoAnn H.
Verified review

I hired Sierra Madre Catering for my husband's 40th birthday party held at my home. The set up process was so easy, they were so accommodating with the menu I wanted (even though it included fried foods and philly cheese steak sandwiches which are hard to make on-site). The moment they got to my house, Tonya and her chefs were so professional, speedy, on top of it all! They made my night so much easier and fun and I finally got to enjoy my own party for once! They left my house very neat like my kitchen was never used! They picked up after my guests throughout the night. My favorites were inside-out Philly cheese steak, pulled pork sliders, mac & cheese, potstickers and garlic fries. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you again!

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Traveling Chef
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dominique S.
Verified review

Chef Pena is Truly Amazing! Our first experience it was for my Best Friends Birthday Brunch he made her favorite Lasagna and it was So GoooooD!... The next week he came and did a full meal plan/prep for my family for 7days and was Heaven sent and much needed I've learned a lot about my kitchen just by him being apart of it :) he has taken some childhood fears of foods I've told myself I'd NEVER eat and now I'm eating them and loving it each job has been at my home. He's been there on an average time of 3-5 hours depending on the services I've needed at the time, Chef Pena is always on time and prepared for the job he comes with his favorite Pan and Knives to make sure your getting the best Traveling Chef Experience ever.

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Aioli
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bobby B.
Verified review

Jordan is an excellent chef and caterer. He produces food that is way beyond the standard catering services. If you want cookie cutter catering go with someone else. If you want really great food at a great price stop on by or use his catering.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tisha A.
Verified review

So Divine Catering catered my Christmas party for my family. Chef Alexis was professional and attentive. The staff was respectful and friendly. The food was AMAZING! (Stuffed mushrooms and sliders-- so good!!) a wonderful experience had by all. I will definitely be hiring So Divine catering for future events.

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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dan P.
Verified review

Chef Steven and his team made us a fantastic meal, got the oohs and aahs from my parents (it was a 45th anniversary dinner for them) as well as younger crowd at the meal. In fact, we're still talking about the tomato tartare dish he came up with. The chef and his team handled passed appetizers, absolutely inventive and delicious cocktails, setup and cleanup all for a completely reasonable fee per person. They used our dishes/silverware/glassware but cleaned everything up and left the kitchen spotless. Multiple people from the dinner have asked for their contact info so they can book Chef Steven in the future. We wouldn't hesitate to book them for our next party.

Daily Squares, LLC
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan F.
Verified review

I have hired Daneen for my annual bday party dinner party in addition to many other special social functions I have put on and she embodies every attribute associated with what you find in a top notch professional chef. She is punctual, detailed and meticulous in her delivery, and extremely organized with the execution of the entire dinner. When you work with her, her delightful and charming personality wins you over in seconds and she shows you how much effort, commitment and desire she puts forth to make your dinner party a huge success. She cares about her work as if she was cooking for her own family. As for her actual cuisine, one of the most underrated and undiscovered culinary gems we have here in our city. I have told her countless times that if she ever needs a willing tongue to taste anything she is experimenting with, count me in! I consider myself to be a snobby foodie with a demanding palate and even when " whips up a little something" I am on cloud nine and demanding that any and all leftovers are mine to keep. She genuinely loves to cook and you can really taste all the love she puts into her work. For anyone reading this review, do yourself a favor and treat yourself to her culinary magic and you too will soon be more than excited to write a review like this one for her.

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jill D.
Verified review

Fitch's Kitchen offers great food and Chef Fitch is very professional.

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HDX WELLNESS
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tait B.
Verified review

Chad was very pleasant from the start. His home was very inviting, clean, and safe. He gave me a debrief on his experiences and specialties. His background in Kinesiology works in his favor, he is very aware of the anatomy, and knows exactly how to target the pressure points, properly. The mood was set, and he use an adequate amount of oil (I dislike for a masseur to use too much), and he was conversational and kind the entire time. Additionally, his height worked in his favor, as well, because he is able to move fluidly and adequately apply his body weight to maximize the massage experience. I left feeling light, loose, and less stress. Lastly, Chad also took the time to educate me on the muscles groups and small parts of the body/muscles that I was not aware of. Overall, great experience and I will return for another great session.

Top Pro
Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heath B.
Verified review

Greg was the perfect chef for my dinner party! He's enthusiastic about what he does and excellent at creating a menu that is delicious and every bit as good (or better) than dining at a 5-star restaurant while being in your own home! My guests loved the experience with Greg. Everyone who came to the party wanted to hire him for their next event! I would definitely hire him again in the future.

Chef LaTay Its Made Devine
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Megan H.
Verified review

Chef Carolyn Devine did and DIVINE job with her execution for my parents. I asked her to deliver something special for their birthdays + anniversary and special she did deliver! She went above and beyond with champagne, fruit and cheese platter, amazing spread, and dessert. And she stayed and visited with them and made them feel so special. Thank you to the moon and back Chef Devine. This is the first but not last time we'll be working with you!

  • 18 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Maryl F.
Verified review

We have used Food Joy twice for large functions at our office (400 people +). Cristina is amazing to work with, she is creative in her menus and accommodating with your budget. Leo, the head chef is extremely talented, creating beautiful dishes that have fresh ingredients and a variety of sides that please all crowds. At our recent event we had many more people attend than had RSVP'd, Cristina and her team were never stressed but hustled to get more food and were able to feed everyone. All of our guests left happy, we are so pleased to be working regularly with this company!

Good2eat4U
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Ray C.
Verified review

Chef Elaine made my experience go very smoothly and quite wonderful. The session was more than I expected as she is very knowledgeable and experienced with foods of all flavors and is very professional and patient. If you are looking for a cooking instructor yourself look no further as Chef Elaine is the best!

Chef Shinar
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Annie D.
Verified review

Everything was wonderful from start to finish with Chef Shinar! She made great suggestions as well! So happy we went with her and everyone loved her cooking. Definitely recommend and will look forward to working with her again.

  • 5 years in business
Byron H.
Verified review

Darrell is amazing. He's been cooking for me for over 18 months, mostly healthy stuff as per my request (high protein and veggies, good oils, organic, low sugar and carbs). The variety is astounding, there's been hardly a single repeat in the entire time. The dishes are restaurant grade and always a treat to look forward to. He takes preferences and requests seriously. The entrees, soups, and salads are always different and delicious. In addition to being an amazing chef, Darrell is also a great guy. Extremely trustworthy, loyal, and understanding. He has a key to my house, and I consider him a personal friend. I would, and have, recommend Darrell to all of my friends.

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeny W.
Verified review

I always look forward working at a Chef Wendell event. His expertise in culinary cuisine is beyond fabulous. Executing any menu along with any task given at hand is his specialty. He has such a way with food because I know he pours his heart into it. Can’t wait to work my next event with Chef Wendell!

Actual Requests

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Need catering (full service)

Los Angeles, CA

  • Event type
    Corporate event
  • Which meal
  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Mexican / Latin, Mediterranean
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Staff needed
    Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    25-50
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Other (Easy on garlic)
  • Details
    Drop in event from 3:00 pm to 6:00 PM
  • $875
    Average price

Need cooking lessons

Burbank, CA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    Soups and sauces
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (No)
  • Number of students
    2
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Intermediate
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Time preference(s)
    Other (Any)
  • Details
    Available May 7th thru 17th Celebrating my birthday with my daughter, also her birthday
  • $125
    Average price

Need cooking lessons

Pasadena, CA

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Gift for someone else
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (NOne)
  • Number of students
    1
  • Student age(s)
    Child (under 13)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    Ongoing classes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Details
    My daughter is 12 and really likes to bake cakes, cupcakes and really enjoys cooking and wants to learn more and may make it a career at some point.
  • $140
    Average price
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