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Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 110 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
Denise C.
Verified review

We wanted to schedule a cooking lesson as a birthday gift for our 17 year old son, who says he would like to attend culinary school after he receives a PhD in Chemistry, and Chef Rocco was truly a perfect match! Throughout the entire process (interviewing, scheduling, and instructing) Chef Rocco was friendly and attentive, and his calm and organized style set the tone for a very relaxing yet educational session of making pasta (and a sauce, of course!) from scratch. He continuously made sure that each of us had ample time and opportunity to practice every skill that he demonstrated. He provided both specific and practical guidance, and he delivered limited but valuable critique in a very kind, thoughtful, and encouraging way. While he instructed and engaged each of us in making the recipes, Chef Rocco not only tailored the lesson to our son's interest (and our goals for the session) but also treated our son as if he was already on his way to becoming a chef. Whether it is true remains unseen, but Chef Rocco clearly understands the essence and effect of good teaching. As for the homemade fettuccini pasta with fresh vegetable sauce? Magnifico! It was so good that we ordered the pasta attachments for our Kitchen-Aid mixer!

DNL Catering
4.6
from 67 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
Ron M.
Verified review

Steve of DNL did an Outstanding job at our Wedding. From the on-set Chef Steve was very open to talking with us and taking the time to review what we were looking for and the timeline in which we wanted the Hor Dour eve's to be passed, to when dinner and the cake was to be served. The quality and quantity of food was superb! We had a sit down (plated dinner) and the food came out to our guest timely and most importantly the food was not cold..it was perfect! Overall, I would not hesitate to hire or recommend DNL Catering..They are a 5 Star business! Thank you again Chef Steve - from Ron and Coby

  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Mahvish B.
Verified review

Ely is a world class chef and has been cooking for us this past year. She takes great care at making us delicious and healthy meals based on our nutritional needs!

TASTE-FULL EVENTS, LLC
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene C.
Verified review

Wow!! Just Wow!! Chef Judith Green catered our company holiday party last Friday and it was amazing. First, and very impressive, she showed up with an army of chefs and servers. They layed out two tables of bountiful delight! Cheeses, hummus, herbs from her garden. Whole Salmon, Asian sliders, veggies, and incredible desserts!! Our CEO was so impressed. She made me and our company look good. Not only will I hire her again, I plan to recommend her to everyone in need of a caterer. Thank you so much!!

Affordable Chef Services
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 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!

Table & Terrace Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Breann R.
Verified review

Everything was fantastic and we will definitely be using Table & Terrace again soon. Tonya was incredibly easy to work with and very responsive. She made the whole event a breeze! And, most importantly, our guests could not stop raving about how great the food was!

  • 19 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Curt V.
Verified review

Overall excellent and wonderful experience

El Patio Mexican Birrieria
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Yvette M.
Verified review

From the tasting to the delivery to the actual wedding reception meal- every aspect- was excellent! Carmen is an incredible chef, Hector a fantastic delivery set-up person, and Gustavo a professional reliable business owner!

The Session
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Viviane F.
Verified review

My mother is an awesome chef, I would recommend The Session to my mother that's how awesome his food is. Seriously cannot recommend enough, he is professional and creative!

HANLOH
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn S.
Verified review

Working with Lalita was a dream! She catered my birthday dinner for a small group of girlfriends at a getaway in Watsonville. Lalita was always very responsive to my inquiries and helped me craft an amazing menu for my budget. She was professional throughout my entire interaction with her. And the food!! We can't stop raving about the food. All the dishes she cooked for us were out of this world in terms of flavor and richness. The chicken wings were to die for! They were crispy and light, sweet and tangy -- probably one of the best Asian chicken wings I've ever had. The noodles were light and packed with fresh seafood. The panang curry with the coconut cream sauce was so rich and complex; all my guests said that was the best dish. Lalita's attention to detail was impeccable. Her service was attentive. She has a very sweet personality and we enjoyed talking to her about her food and her journey as a chef-entrepreneur. The dinner party went off without a hitch and we are grateful to have had Lalita be a part of it. I am definitely going to hire her again to cater dinners and parties for me. It was such a pleasure to work with Lalita.

  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
Verified review

Hannah is an absolute delight! Her professionalism and skills in the kitchen raise the bar for chefs everywhere. I had the pleasure of ordering Hannah's homemade bread- let me tell you, you won't find bread that's better! I look forward to working with Hannah again in the near future.

Healthy Food
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nithya J.
Verified review

Thanks to one of my colleagues who introduced Anita to me. She has been a true blessing to my kitchen and culinary skills. Apart from being an expert chef she is an amazing teacher. She has been mentoring me for for about 6 months now and the dishes I make under her guidance have always fetched me rave reviews of the superlative degree. She shares some of her great culinary secrets and techniques with me and follows through very patiently. She is very professional, takes my needs into consideration and devises each class with lots of enthusiasm and fervor. She is always punctual and has a very pleasing demeanor. She taught me to cook some mind blowing dishes in my very own kitchen :) thanks Anita from coming all the way to teach me. You have been a great source of inspiration to me.

  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Mary M.
Verified review

Andy was the most professional chef I have ever done business with. He catered my wedding and everything was just perfect. The taste of the food matched the amazingly beautiful plating. I will be hiring him for all my future culinary needs. He is the best!!!!

Chef Sterling Walker III
5.0
from 1 review
  • 16 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Elena B.
Verified review

The event went perfectly. The bacon wrapped pumpkin bites were absolutely incredible with the sherry cream sauce. Would hire again. Thanks, Sterling!

  • New on Thumbtack
Judy P.
Verified review

Anna is a delight. She accomodated my desire to create the menu for an elegant dinner party for 8, and made great suggestions to add to it. She's very professional and planned well so that the dinner was served right on time. The flavors were wonderful and the presentation beautiful. What a treat it was to enjoy my own party and have the cleanup done for me. She even handwashed my china and silverware. I'll have her back as soon as I plan another party.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I am a personal chef for those who are unable to cook. I am cheap and friendly. Nowadays, money is tight, so my rate is $15 per person.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Attention to detail and customization. I am very creative with foods and customize the recipes based on your needs.

  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I am a highly motivated professional with 14 years of experience working in the food industry including restaurants, hotels and seven years at UCSC Dining Service. My love and passion for food and teaching makes me the best option out there to teach you how to cook, cook for your special occasion, special gathering or a special dinner for two. I make food simple, fun and elegant. That is what it's all about.

  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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We are a full service catering company and venue. We can do everything including weddings, corporate events, home parties, office drop-offs, healthy meal prep, celebrations of life, or school lunch programs. We have a beautiful venue in Monterey overlooking the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. The restaurant can seat max 205, we have a patio that can hold 66 and a private dining room which can comfortably seat 30. Tent options are a possibility on property as well. In addition, we have a full bar, portable bars, stage, dance floor, and screens for power point. For menu samples and pictures please check the site. We look forward to helping with your special day!

  • New on Thumbtack
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I work with individuals and families to create fresh and healthy meals that they can enjoy throughout the week. I enjoy catering to restricted and unique diets to show people that special diets do not mean boring food. I am also a pastry chef with a strong background in chocolate and confectionery creations.

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We offer menu consulting, event catering, healthy food preperation, weight loss menu/cooking, cooking lessons, and nutrition consulting.

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