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Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista H.
Verified review

Valerie started cooking for my family this week. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and eat her tasty and healthy food. Highly recommend.

Chef Sydney Andrews
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan C.
Verified review

Sydney's cooking speaks for itself. Everything she has prepared has been absolutely phenomenal. What stands out beyond her cooking skills is her passion. Sydney takes great pride in what she does from start to finish, beginning with top notch ingredients and ending with creative presentation. She never misses a thing and always pays attention to the small details. Cooking is not just a job for Sydney, it's her passion in life. She's a perfectionist and holds herself to the highest standard. I couldn't of asked for a better personal chef and highly recommend her for any type of event!

7th Heaven Gourmet
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Geo R.
Verified review

Had a great experience with 7th Heaven Gourmet. Marva did an excellent job on combining a mediterranean menu with an Asian flare. The deserts were awesome as well. She made the gallery reception a hit. Everyone loved her cooking! Highly recomend her for any occasion. Thanks Marva!

Peralta
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
George R.
Verified review

Few chefs have as wide a level of knowledge about not just the food but also wine accompaniments. Ed has been a "foodie" since about 30 years before the term came into wide usage!! He has excellent sources for all his ingredients and his preparations are thorough and well-thought out. If you want to feature particular types of cuisine or particular wines, he will match his menu to any specifications you might have. Not quite sure why he's never had his own restaurant, although cooking for a living is not quite the same as cooking for the love of cooking.

Chef Bai
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Cheri R.
Verified review

Chef Bai changed the way I think, feel and approach the food I eat. What I have learned from her is that I still can enjoy delicious food that I enjoy to cook while having it be really good for myself and my family as well. She even helped us with our special dietary needs including the fact that I must eat gluten free.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie L.
Verified review

Kathleen provided all the support and confidence I needed to start cooking vegan! Loved the recipe suggestions..they were all super tasty even though I'm not the best cook! Thank you, Kathleen!

  • 6 years in business
Lolimar N.
Verified review

Donna prepared for a spiritual retreat a fabulous vegan meal . She prepared a delicious Indian feast, Tikki Masala, basmati rice, appetizers and great side dishes. I definitely recommend her for any Vegan feast . I also loved that she is a Yoga instructor and we had an amazing Yoga class before we enjoyed her meal.

PB Natural Foods
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ale P.
Verified review

We arrived at the Fishbone Kitchen where Chef Bear is the executive chef and were immediately served many nice dishes of fresh ceviche while we waited for our class. Once in the kitchen, we learned many cool techniques for knife skills and other techniques like oyster shucking and removing the skin from a salmon without using a knife! Chef Bear was informative and hospitable. The only reason I am removing a star is because the kitchen we were in was very small (he did have a larger kitchen for us but the location fell through at the last moment) and took away from the experience for some of the participants due to it being difficult to see or hear -- positioning and noise level was a culprit. But all in all it was a very cool experience at a very reasonable rate. Chef Bear did everything he could to customize the class for us according to our interests, needs and experience levels. I would recommend him.

Ada's 1st Kitchen
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Raqel A.
Verified review

Ada is honestly one of the best Chef’s I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She’s creative, punctual and a culinary genius. She never disappoints and whenever I’m unsure of what to order, she surprises me with a plate that’s not only delicious, but presentation wise, it’s stunning! Her food never lacks in flavor and she always has the perfect portions to offer, whether I want meal preps or enough to feed a large office. Ada’s home cooked meals are absolutely delicious, stunning and worth every penny!

Bw's California Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tom S.
Verified review

We hired Brian to cook for a group of 22 for our friends 30th B'day party. Leading up to the event, communication was fantastic - Brian was responsive, communicative, and flexible with regard to logistics, menu selection, etc. He was happy to accommodate our requests, but able to offer informed, thoughtful recommendations in areas where we deferred to him, which we really appreciated since this was our first time hiring a chef for an event. During the party Brian and his assistant were efficient and competent - everything ran ahead-of-schedule, and the food was fantastic! All our guests have asked for his card to hire him for their special events, and we look forward to having Brian cook for us again!

Cellys Culinary Creations
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Samantha M.
Verified review

Loncell was able to provide us a fantastic meal quickly and with incredible taste. He was able to read through our needs and provide us exactly what we wanted. Fantastic experience.

  • 5 years in business
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I love to entertain and educate!

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As an advocate for public education, the magic of life lessons come alive in the kitchen. "Lassiez Les Bon Temps Roulez" is an attitude my services produce.

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Life's delicious, enjoy every bite! We offer Cali-Itali cuisine your friends and wallet will love. Our gourmet product comes from family recipes and a love for cuisine. We offer catering menu items from all cuisine styles. We prefer to help you design the perfect cuisine spread for each event. We understand that each event has its own personality, and the cuisine is crucial to completing the experience for your guests. It's the little things that count. Top Class Pizza and Eatery is a gourmet Cali-Itali fusion concept which enjoys many traditional items with a modern twist at a gourmet level. We handle many large corporate accounts, and still enjoy our locals who join us for dinner every Friday night. We want to be everyone's first choice for family dinner and their catering needs. With our comfort-meets-delicious catering menu, we are confident we can design exactly what you need. Our catering team has an eye for perfection, and takes pride in making every event a success - whatever your needs may be: buffet, pass service, bartenders, event coordinator, or a simple drop-off. From parties to corporate events and weddings, we are here to help you. Our 14 years of experience make us confident you will be the talk of all your friends. We are ready to make you look great! Give your personal caterer a call today!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am the type of assistant that has a positive, Can DO attitude. I pay attention to detail. Able to multi task. Do you need any of the following errands or responsibilities completed throughout your day but can't seem to find time to get it all done with your busy schedule? You can relax knowing I am there to help. I always have a positive attitude and all responsibilities are timely and sufficiently taken care of. -Chef: shop, prepare, cook, clean I also teach cooking lessons, catering of any event and I can provide bartenders if needed -Meal preparation: fresh cooked meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner or prepare and freeze for easy meals to reheat -Household: laundry/ironing, dishes, take trash out and basic household duties -Personal shopping: Gifts, Cards, Flowers arrangement with delivery or other personal shopping -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Pampering: Coffee/Tea/Smoothie/ Beverage and serve it to you - Organization: Your house, bedrooms, closets, garage, basement, home, office and storage/sheds Errands: dry cleaning, groceries, post office/shipping needs, returns, prescriptions, pick up or drop offs -Pet care: walking, feeding, taking outside -Child Care: I do drop off and/or school pick up, pack lunches, snacks, breakfast/dinner, help with homework or when you need a break keep them occupied with fun activities -Vehicles: oil exchange, repairs, gas, car wash/other -Personal assistant services: appointment scheduling, reminder service, travel arrnagements/packing, filing, mail sorting, office help, meal planning/delivery, event planning -Medication: Organize and reminders -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Decorate: Put up/Take down Holiday decorations, box carefully take pictures of where decorations go, put them in a small album and label/organize -Travel assistance: resort/lodging arrangements, transportation & rental car arrangements, airline/flight tickets -Handywoman: small repairs, hang pictures/shelving/ mirrors/other My rates vary depending on your needs and how many days you will need me per week. I am typically $12-$15 hourly or I offer a 6 hour a day for $70 I am up for discussion it really depends on your needs. I am flexible.

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I offer in-home chef services, catering, cooking classes and kitchen design for companies and individuals.

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I am an allergy-aware private chef, instructor, and consultant with a focus on organic, local and seasonal ingredients. I excel at seamlessly and unobtrusively shopping, prepping, cooking, sharing, teaching and cleaning in private residences for families, especially those with specific dietary needs.

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I can accommodate families who are extremely busy taking care of financial obligations. I will make sure that your family has the best meal their taste buds could encounter. Theresa Spencer

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I am just starting out, as far as going into others' homes to help them with cooking. I felt this was a way to make them feel at home, and make it much easier to teach them the basics of cooking. I do everything from desserts to some French food; and catering is a favourite. Here at Dee's, we know not everyone is a born cook/chef, but we all can learn the basics and have fun making many different types of food and drinks. We just have fun, as we learn together, you will get a great deal out of cooking with Dee (Donna). I love people and cooking, so here at my place, together we shall learn to cook and enjoy life. Make that man or woman in your life never want to leave nor get enough.

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How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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