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Riverside Personal Chefs

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  • 8 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
  • Orange, CA

Cassandra L.

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Oh my. There are not enough stars for how perfect this private chef dinner was. From the first contact chef Boris and Carolina were so very attentive and lightening fast responders. Carolina is the most organized and sets your mind at ease that no detail will be forgotten or left out. I never worried they would execute our requests to perfection. She's is calming and a can do yes person. Pricing is beyond fair. The food was beautiful. The presentation was contemporary and current. The taste was spot on and no one left a bite on a plate. 10 star flavors and service. Left the place spotless. I have not one thing I would edit. It is so nice knowing before the event even begins you are in good hands. The attention Carolina gives sets all your worries free so chef Boris can come in and just hit it out of the park while you and guests sip cocktails.

Elsie S.

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We hired Gourmet Lovers to cater lunch at our daughter college graduation on a Yacht. Carolina and Boris arrived early dress in their professional chef coats The Buffet set in a lavished 5 star style Everything from the mouthwatering appetizer to the main lunch had great presentation, set in high-quality culinary service Each bite tasted amazing. We had a varieties of perfectly executed dessert making it the Gourmet Lovers treats During these events, our guests complement Gourmet Lovers, their culinary creations were outstanding We highly recommend Carolina & Boris Your menu is traditional and modern with unique a twist. We will use them again!!! Thank you!!!

Vanessa G.

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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!

  • 8 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 hours

Alexis M.

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Jose is very responsive and has great service, along with him being a great chef of course! He traveled to my parents house for us to do a tasting for our wedding and we were blown away. It was amazing. We got so many compliments from our friends and family about how good the food was. With that being said I have a couple nitpicky complaints for constructive feedback: The plates and silverware were not what we had originally discussed at the tasting. They were supposed to be the nice plastic that looked real and we got clear which looked cheesy to us. It could have had to do with the fact that we did the tasting about a year in advance and things could have been forgotten or overlooked but the change was never communicated to us. Also, my husband requested to have a spicy BBQ sauce during our tasting and the BBQ sauce was on the side at that time. We discussed having spicy and mild options. I was very excited for the pulled pork at the wedding but it had spicy BBQ sauce all over it! I thought it was going to be on the side, like it was during the tasting. It was so spicy that I couldn't even eat it. :( One of our aunts was not able to eat any of the meat because it was "too peppery" but that was the only other complaint that we got. Other than that everyone loved it. Everything was great and I would still highly recommend Mr. WorldWide Catering, it just wasn't quite perfect for my event.

JERILEE F.

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My husband and I highly recommend MR. WORLDWIDE CATERING! Jose, the Owner and Chef, was incredible every step of the way, we were looking for a caterer for our wedding only a couple months out after another caterer fell through and Jose stepped and truly outdid himself! I wish I had found him in the beginning. He went above and beyond all our expectations. Mr. Worlwide Catering's food is absolutely delicious! The variety of food options and Jose's willingness to work with our tastes was phenomenal. Literally, every wedding guest told us they LOVED Jose's food and were very impressed with the varietes and flavors. Sadly, often wedding food is bland and uninspired, luck for us Jose is passionate about his food and ensured it was absolutely mouth watering! Jose's incredible food is only outdone by his work ethic, reliability and impeccable professionalism! He truly cared about us and our special day, ensuring our needs were met, even personally serving us our plates to ensure we sat and ate knowing weddings get hectic for the bride and groom. My husband and I are so grateful Jose was our caterer and have 100% confidence that he is THE caterer to trust for every event!

Nelson Q.

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Jose is a phenomenal chef and caterer. He's the first person I got to for any of my event needs. He catered my birthday surprise party and my wife's birthday party. Jose is incredibly resourceful, full of ideas and always finds a way to go above and beyond. Food is always great, very competitive on pricing and always very flexible and service oriented for your needs. He's definitely my go to guy for any culinary needs I have.

TOP PRO
  • 18 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Jay G.

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We wanted to put on a dinner at our house for our Advisory Board and Senior Management team. The problem is that after a long day of meetings who has the energy to cook? So we decided to search for a personal chef that could put together a meal that would rival a five star restaurant. Michael and his staff showed up on time and not only knocked the meal out of the park, they also cleaned up! I would highly recommend Gourmet Your Way Catering and Personal Chef!

Virginia M.

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Thank You Michael, We hired Chef Michael for our daughters wedding and it was perfect! The food, the bartender, the staff, Chef Michael, all of it was just perfect. I would definitely hire you again and recommend Gourmet Your Way to anyone in need of a caterer you get quality and professionalism at a great value! Thank you again, Mr. and Mr. Morgan

Lois S.

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Mr. Alexson has been our chef for small dinner parties and large 100+ events. In both cases he has been amazing, professional and provided stellar menus and service. I highly recommend him for any venue

  • 8 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Diane F.

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My husband and I hired Madkins catering for a family weekend in the desert (La Quinta). We requested a bbq for the first night, and an early Easter dinner for the second night. I expected the meals to be good but not great (I haven’t really had an excellent catering experience). However, the meals were OUTSTANDING. Chef Aviarie is truly talented, and our entire family and guests talked about the interesting flavors and quality of the food. I still can’t get over how Chef Aviarie and Frank prepared everything from scratch in our kitchen in just a few hours! We requested a hefty amount of dishes, and they pulled it off without a sweat! The team is incredibly kind, professional and a pleasure to have cooking in our kitchen. They even managed to entertain our 6 year old nephew while they were cooking. I should also note their rates are very reasonable! I can’t say enough good things about our experience. I am happy to serve as a personal reference in case anyone wants my feedback. Madkins Catering can provide my email address. OUTSTANDING JOB! We look forward to hiring you again in LA or in the desert!

Jianxiong Y.

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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!

Ruthie R.

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Food was great, Chef and his assistant were very nice and professional

TOP PRO
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours

Gina W.

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Chef Shawna went out of her way to make our wedding special. Food- We had an idea of what we wanted, fancy picnic food, and she really ran with it. Fried Chicken, Tri Tip, Cedar Plank Smoked Salmon and Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes a mixed greens salad with raspberries and vinegarette, Squash Trio and appetizers that my groom and I missed of course! Every person who ate the salmon asked about it, there's a strong chance it was the best salmon we'd ever had. I don't eat chicken, however getting anyone's attention after dinner was served was almost impossible if they had it, I'm pretty sure I saw grown men fighting over drumsticks and thighs. EVERYTHING was amazing but I cannot overstate the amount of compliments I heard about her fried chicken and smoked salmon. We had 62 people and everyone had enough to eat themselves halfway to a food coma without there being an excess left over. I think that was one of the more impressive things, working out the quantities so well. Service- Shawna communicated with me and answered all my questions leading up to the big day, as well as making some last minute tweaks to the menu to make everything flow better. She showed up on time and dinner was served when we'd asked with no interruptions from her or her (well dressed and mannered) staff. This was a huge help as I had to answer questions and wrangle other people throughout the day who had apparently forgotten our weeks of preparation. I ordered items from VG's bakery for our dessert bar then realized that no one would be able to set it out between the buffet and the time I wanted it open. Shawna stepped in and set up the table beautifully, all I had done was place the boxes and serving bowls/ canisters/ trays in the kitchen! If we lived closer we would absolutely use her services more often, personal chef, small parties, large events, I would even take classes from her if she offered. She is friendly, soft spoken and polite, yet professional, that is a hard combination to find.

LaDonna B.

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Chef Shawna is amazing! I planned a 15-person retreat in Oceanside over a long weekend. We wanted lunches and dinners brought in, but we didn't need serving service. When I requested a quote from her, she also provided a full (mouthwatering) menu within 24 hours, maybe less. She was very accommodating to our handful of 'special diet' attendees, and her pricing was far cheaper than going out for meals. Everyone RAVED about the delicious food, and she was such a pleasure to work with. If you need a personal chef, you won't be disappointed with Chef Shawna!

Michael B.

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We have had personal chefs in the past and all were good experiences, but Shawna was a cut above. The experience that she provided was exemplary in every facet. Shawna was personable, prepared, and her food was exquisite. She will be called upon in the future to cater any event we may have. We give her our highest recommendation.

TOP PRO
  • 3 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

JoAnn H.

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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!

Andria C.

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Sierra Madre Catering made me look like a Super Star to my boss and co-workers. Service and food were excellent! Tonya & Chef were right on time for our event, food was delicious, service excellent, reasonable pricing! Can't thank Tonya enough for taking on our event on short notice. We plan to utilize Sierra Madre Catering again for upcoming employee events. Thank you Tonya and team for a wonderful catering experience. Andria Chism, ROA Senior Administrator

Myra V.

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Everybody loved the food.the servers/chefs, were very pleasant and professional.

  • 28 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 min

Cathy D.

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We hired Chef Mumsie to provide a special Birthday treat for our Mom. We ask her to prepare two dinners a week and deliver them for a period of two weeks. The food is spectacular! Chef Mumsie's attention to detail, personal touch and caring nature make for an exquisite dinning experience. She even delivered the first dinner herself. Our Mom got a kick out of seeing her in her tall chef hat. We have decided to extend our contract, as our Mom is enjoying having this treat to look forward to. Her only complaint is that the food is so good, she can't stop eating! I would highly recommend Chef Mumsie for your next event or need for a personal chef.

William C.

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Food delivery was a little late, but the Chefs stayed and helped with set-up and service even though they were not contracted too. They carved the turkey on location and stayed for the whole event. They also supplied plates and utensils even though we did not ask for them. They were great from start to finish with food left over after feeding 130.

Dana B.

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Nothing feels better than when you hire someone who is a knowledgeable, experienced, and genuinely good person and who is as interested in helping your event succeed as you are. Can't wait to tell others about this caterer! Thanks Chef Mumsie!!!!

  • 15 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Breanna F.

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I highly recommend Tradewinds Hospitality! Richard did an exceptional job bartending my husbands 40th birthday party. He was prompt, attentive and a great conversationalist to our guests. He took the time to walk around the party and refill guest's drinks so they wouldn't have to step away from conversation, the game, or entertainment they were enjoying to go to the bar. Richard also helped me menu plan the bar set up so I could ensure a great selection for my guests. He even stayed later than planned to help keep the party going. I received numerous compliments from my guests about his service. Thank you, Richard!

Mary M.

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I hired Rich for a small event at my house yesterday. Before the party, Rich was always answering my phone calls and texts with any question or concerns I had. The day of the party he did an EXCELLENT job bartending and walking around to make sure everyones glasses we full! He even went to the extent to help entertain my 2 year old during dinner time and helped the chef move empty dishes! He was truly amazing and a great price and i will definitely use him again!

Roxanne S.

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Rich and his staff did a fabulous job hosting my birthday party . . first thunderstorm in 126 years! . .No kidding so we quickly went to Plan B and Rich adapted like a professional. My Party would not have been the same without him and his cordial staff. He was gracious; kind; and funny with our guests. .Food was excellent . .Will hire him again and recommend his services.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 15 hours

Dolores G.

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I am beyond grateful to Thumbtack for connecting me to Chef Keith Prante and his team at Hautè Productions Events and Catering to cater my mom's 80th birthday celebration. They are absolutely A-MAZING! Chef Prante was one of two chefs who responded to my request via Thumbtack, and I also received a personal referral. Neither of the other caterers offered ANYWHERE NEAR the quality, selections, variety and value that Hautè offered at my price point. We had our tasting today, and it absolutely sealed the deal! Everything was delicious and the presentation was outstanding. I highly recommend Hautè Productions to any potential customer who appreciates excellence, accommodation and genuine customer service.

Jessica G.

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I planned a personal cooking lesson for my boyfriend's birthday, and couldn't have asked for a better experience! Chef Keith took time to get to know exactly what we were looking for, and he was flexible in creating our personalized 3 course menu. He showed up to my house on time, and was prepared with all of the food and cooking tools. He even cleaned up afterwards and left my kitchen spotless. The food was amazing! Chef Keith is very knowledgable about cooking. I would highly recommend hiring Chef Keith! It was absolutely worth it!!

Chris A.

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Keith is a wonderful chef. It is a true pleasure to have a dining experience with Keith. Every dish that he creates is a delicious work of art! Keith is attentive and helpful in designing a menu and making sure that the client is happy throughout the entire process.

  • 19 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 15 min

Andrew M.

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One Hot Dish Catering Co. is amazing. They came down to Yorba Linda last month to cater our wedding of over 125 people. The wedding started at 6pm and they showed up very early to set up, meet with my wife about the location and agenda as well as to handle all the prep that was required. They went above and beyond with their gourmet 50/50 burgers and 3 cheese macaroni. Our guests are still complementing us on the food and catering we had at our special day. I would recommend One Hot Dish Catering to anyone looking for a small or large party. They are classy and will make sure you are well taken care of. We will be using them for all our events in the future.

Dashawn R.

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Michelle from One HOT Dish Catering was hired as a 'one time' personal chef at my home. I requested that Michelle provide me and my guest with a fine dining experience with five star restaurant service. She didn't disappoint. Michelle transformed of portion of my home into an elegant dining corner and prepared a full course meal with the culinary expertise reminiscent of Flemings. If you weren't in awe of the table setting and china flatware then you were marveled by her attentive service and the exquisite manner in which explained each dish. We felt like royalty. We can't wait to do it again!

Jessica P.

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I hired One Hot Dish to cater appetizers for my parents 20th anniversary party. It was such a great experience to work with Michelle. She insured that the presentation of the food she prepared was beautiful. And the food......O.M.G. amazing!!! There was nothing left if that gives you any idea of how great her cooking is! She made sure to clean up after herself and help where I needed it as far as restocking of food. As a hostess, I was allowed to enjoy myself. Thank you Michelle!!! You will be our one and only cater for this family!!!!

  • 13 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 50 min

Mia T.

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I've hired Belle Fete many times over the years for various events, all with different budgets and needs. The food quality is always exceptional and highly creative. As an artist, I especially appreciate David's talent. It is one of the reasons that sets him apart from so many other chefs. I prefer to work with people who provide unexpected and unique solutions, who think 'outside the box'. I have referred Belle Fete many times and will continue to do so.

Richard B.

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Excellent! Although, our event is still a couple of weeks away, David has been great with his suggestions, staying within budget, and making himself accessible to us. If his culinary expertise is half as good as his customer service, and i truly believe it will surpass our expectations, our party will be a huge success! I will give a final review in October!

Lee J.

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Chef David was an absolute delight to work with. He was very compassionate to my situation. I had just lost my wife to cancer and didn't have an exact date for her funeral and following reception, which Chef David was catering. David worked with me and accommodate my every need to successfully pull off a difficult event.

TOP PRO
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 16 min

Mr W.

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On Feb 1, 2018, Chef Amy performed her private chef services at my girlfriend’s birthday party with our teenage daughter. Amy curated a delicious 5-course menu based on our favorites. She prepared the food in new fun beautiful ways. Amy was funny, approachable and professional. She brought all needed cooking and serving ware. She cooked and cleaned up everything. Amy explained and presented every course of the meal and prepared unique never seen before drinks that were a huge hit! The food portions in each course were just right and completely filling. Amy clearly loves cooking and enjoys interacting with clients. Amy was sooo good by evenings end that we were singing to our throw-back music playlist and hugging her goodbye with anticipation of a future event. I definitely plan to hire Amy many more times in the future. HIGHLY RECOMMEND- 5 STARS

Wendy R.

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I truly enjoyed working with Amy. I had never hired a private chef for an event before so was nervous about quality and professionalism but I couldn't have made a better choice than Amy! She was super-responsive and pro-active with ideas and suggestions. We had a pretty hard-to-please group and everyone commented how wonderful everything tasted and especially how nice it was to not have to slave over the meal in the kitchen. Amy's pricing is also very fair and open to working with various budget ranges. There is no doubt I (and the dinner guests) will be contacting Amy in the future! Look no further than Amy...she's the best!

Thumbtack Customer

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Amy is a great chef and great company! Not only was she professional and timely in all of our communication pre-event, but she was so gracious and accommodating during the event. Everything she made—dinner and drinks—was absolutely delicious and I'd recommend Amy to anyone.

Top Chef

5

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  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Mission Viejo, CA

Denice H.

Verified review

It was a pleasure working with Diane and her food was quite tasty. She made my husband's birthday celebration joyful and may life so much easier at a very busy time. This was our first experience with a personal chef and we will certainly consider doing it again in the future for another special occasion.

Carol G.

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I have enjoyed Diane's cooking very much. All of her meals have been very delicious. I especially liked the French dish she cooked, "Filet Mignon with Bernaise Sauce". I felt like I was eating at a 5 star restaurant. She is one of the best chef's I've had the pleasure of meeting.

Dana K.

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Just want to tell everybody what a fabulous chef Diane is ! I like to eat on the healthier side so she Incorporated healthier ingredients in some of my favorite recipes which I have shared below. Give her a try and you won't be disappointed.

  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 23 hours

Erica K.

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I hired Gil to cater a small wedding reception dinner for 20 people at a friend's home in Menifee. From beginning to end, he was a pleasure to work with: His food presentation was beautiful and delicious, he gave an accurate idea of available food options, and then, in every correspondence, Gil was quick to respond with availability, pricing, and other details. He and his staff kept an attentive eye on us, helping keep our glasses full and ensuring good pacing between courses. He left the kitchen clean and organized and was a calm and friendly presence throughout the meal. I'm so glad I thought to look around for a home chef as an alternative to dining out after my wedding--it made for a much more memorable, intimate, and stress-free experience than going out.

Patrick M.

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From the beginning Chef Gil was extremely attentive to what I was looking for in my menu. I really liked the fact that unlike other caterers who have their preset generic menus we created a menu together that was totally unique and tailored to what I wanted. He also took the very specific ideas I gave him and put his own touches on them adding a real level of elevation (even the water station had cucumbers and lemons and looked gorgeous).

Mark W.

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I loved the Avenue Dining experience, their food is excellent and I enjoyed every minute of the night! Having a professional chef cook for you is quite a treat and believe everyone should try it at least once.

Knife+Fork

4.8

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  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 12 hours

Andrea M.

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Chef Michael zimmerle was extremely prepared, prompt, and responded quickly when I reached out. His menu stood out the most to me and I’m glad I chose to work with him. His food was absolutely delicious, unique, and the quality made it a fine dining experience. He cleaned the kitchen and utensils and honestly left it cleaner than he found it. The cherry on top? He was extremely kind! Thank you for the great experience, I look forward to working with you again! Bravo!

Young D.

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We had a catering that was more than I could ask for. I'm a professional Chef, yet didn't want to cook for my own event.. very grateful for knife and fork and their staff for our successful event

Alex M.

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Amazing experience; and excellent service and food! Hire chef Mike.

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

Kathleen L.

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Hands down one of the most best chefs. Every item of food I have eaten that was prepared by her has always been so tasty and perfectly seasoned. I'm very picky when it comes to food and I have no complaints. The flatbread was very crispy and light but very flavorful. Highly recommended.

Daniel K.

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For our engagement party, my fiancé and I had Simone over for a dinner party. She created a vegan mushroom dish with vegan sausage and it was absolutely to die for. Not to mention that Simone is the nicest, most professional chef I have come accross. Highly recommend!!!!

Robin K.

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Simone is a great Personal Chef but so much more!! The presentation is equaled only by the visual, palatable pairing of flavors and quality foods she selects for her clientele! And her MEALS ARE SOME SPECIAL KIND OF DELICIOUS!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours

Stacy B.

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I hired Matthew for a private party of 20 people. Not only did he offer his services much lower than my budgeted price, he brought top notch service!! Seriously, WOW. His background and experience from Napa Valley really separates him from any other chefs I have hired in Orange County. He catered to my needs, and made sure he put out dishes that all of my guests loved. His food is truly sensational.. stuff you wouldn't see around here. Examples, flaming brie cheese with chardonnay apricots, five spice cured and braised pork belly with honey whipped sour cream, and many more!! Will definitely be using him from now on. Very talented and professional. Highly recommend.

Cindy T.

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Those who create and make Nometry meals go above and beyond to not only make the meals pleasing to the eyes but also to entice the senses. The value is way above the high standard that others brag about on their meals and the quality is exceptionally Well done! I highly recommend them to everyone who wants to experience these one of a kind meals with a chef who always give his own personal touch which you will delightfully discover with each new meal. Enjoy! I know you will!

Cynthia C.

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Matt is always extremely attentive to my dietary restrictions, which is something I really value. I've ordered two weeks worth of meals so far and each meal is not only nutritious, but it's so yummy! I especially love that the meals aren't generic meal prep options like chicken and rice. It almost feels like I have a private chef! I would absolutely recommend giving Nometry a try.

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Pasadena, CA

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.

DOROTHY D.

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CHEF IS AN ALL TIME WINNER, PROMPT, COURTEOUS AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM. DOROTHY

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 25 min

Manny S.

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We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a fabulous meal topped off by a scratch made carrot cake that was divine.The reduction sauce with vanilla bean added was incredible to plate everything in. This was a great meal,for a great celebration in a great setting. Unique will deliver a great experience for whatever need your occasion requires.Thanks Steve for providing a great experience !

Thumbtack Customer

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We hired Unique Luxury Catering to prepare a family dinner for 8 for my wife's birthday on our patio at the Villa we were staying in at Pelican Hill.Chef Brad prepared a spectacular meal and the carrot cake was over the top.The red wine reduction with vanilla bean was a very special treat for everything to be plated in.The cucumber with lobster & quac & apricot / almond appetizers were perfect starters.Great evening ,Great setting ,fabulous meal ! Thanks !

Natalyn B.

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Chef Steve did an amazing job preparing a luncheon at my home in Laguna Beach for 50 people. . The portions were large and scrumptious with lots of leftovers. I would definitely recommend him and will use his service again. Thanks Steve for a job well done.

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Maggie F.

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Meraki is a Greek word used to describe putting a lot of love, creativity and soul into something which is why Jory Pomeranz chose the name. It is easy to smell, taste and see that a lot of love goes into each Meraki Meal. Jory has a natural ability to combine flavors. He can time every course so they are not only cooked at the perfect temperature, but served at the correct temperature and add flare to something basic like a chicken thigh. Even the grill marks on a piece of chicken are perfectly spread out and just enough to give the chicken a grill flavor without ruining the juicy tenderness we all strive for when making chicken. Jory can make things that you hated as a kid taste delectable. Jory adds spices and sauces up until the minute prior to serving to make sure each plate is perfect. I once saw Jory save what was about to be terrible chicken tacos by creating a homemade taco sauce from a nearly empty refrigerator. With Meraki Meals the food suits the season. Who wants to eat watermelon in October when pomegranate and apples are so delicious. Every Meraki Meal tastes like the season and uses fresh fruits and vegetables. Meraki Meals put a healthy spin on what looks and tastes like a calorie nightmare, but each meal is filled with proteins and vitamins. Not only is the flavor impeccable, the presentation is a work of art. Even when catering for 35-40 people, Meraki Meals are served in beautiful silver dishes. Meraki Meals are great for crowds of any size. I have to make a conscious effort not to scrape my plate clean every time I have had Meraki Meals. I highly recommend Meraki Meals for a party of any size, but especially 8-12 people because this might give the chef a chance to sit and talk with you which is a treat of its own!

Colin M.

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Jory came to our home to prepare a dinner for 10 guests. Our house staff was delighted by his ability to keep the kitchen clean while preparing for service. Since I run a food service company myself, this alone is laudable and the sign of a true chef. He prepared hor d'oeuvres, appetizers, three entreés, and served the crepe cake we brought in from Lady M Bakery. Afterwards, he offered coffee service while service wound down. The quality of the food was superb on all counts, and many of our guests asked for seconds and still left their plates empty. Mediterranean dishes of fennel branzino, victorian lamb, and gardenherbed lemon chicken were the highlights of the night. During service, our guests were shocked to see the double doors be drawn open and to find a spotless kitchen in between each course. Our guests are very well-to-do in the fashion industry. Jory is young and very well rounded personally—service was socially and culinarily seamless. He was even welcoming when our guests pillaged the leftovers in the kitchen throughout the night. My wife and I will book him to cook parties in the future and you should too.

Daniel A.

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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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • San Bernardino, CA

Robert R.

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Amazing !!! After looking for the right personal chef I came across Maya from Wooden Spoon Catering and I must say thank goodness I hired her. Food is amazing! Every Monday and Wednesday nights she comes to cook, always making new and exciting dishes with tons of flavor. I would recommend wooden spoon catering to everyone looking for a great chef!

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