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  • 13 years in business
  • 277 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chula Vista, CA 91910

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We hired Jesus' catering service for our granddaughter's First Birthday Party. Our guests raved about the food and its presentation. There were a few glitches, miscommunication of park location, beans were a bit undercooked, forgot plates but overall the cooks were very nice and did an excellent job. I would definitely recommend them and hire them again. Thank you. gm

  • 8 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Lake Elsinore, CA 92532

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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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92110

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Chef Abe is a phenomenal chef! He catered my girlfriend's 31st birthday. The food was outstanding. The ceviche, to die for! I was most impressed with his roasted chicken. So much flavor, and incredibly juicy. I could eat that every day of my life and be content!

  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Vista, CA 92081

Tracy S.

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We hired Chris after tasting her cooking at our friend's dinner party where she was the chef. She cooked dinner for us off & on during the week when our schedules got to be too much. This was during the early years of parenting and making dinner after being at work just didn't fit in my schedule. We loved having her in our home and her food was always so delicious and nurturing! I loved her help it freed up about 8 hours a week for me to spend time with the kids and or relaxing as a family. Dinner time was so enjoyable since I wasn't the one making it or cleaning up. I think she is a fine chef with a very special touch. We went to a Dinner party last summer where she was the cook...her roasted chicken w/ pasta and pesto was divine! Tracy

  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92109

Jamie M.

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Five stars! Could not be more pleased about Chef Stevan's cooking lesson given to 16 culinary students at my workplace. He came prepared with recipes for them to take home, many interesting and ususual samples to try, and showed the students how to pickle fresh garlic. YUM! The students were engaged the entire time and are still commenting about how fascinating the ingredients and recipes he presented were. Definitely hire NV Personal Dining if you're looking for a reliable, professional Chef who is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about his craft!

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92130

Susan D.

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My experience with Chef Stephani is one of excellence! She did a magnificent dinner party for me that was far superior to my wildest dreams! She is extremely creative, meticulous in her selection of foods and preparation. Her presentations are beautiful and her food is delicious! Everything is done with love! She excels at creating an atmosphere of anticipation.....of what is coming next! Thank you Chef Stephani Susan D.

  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92104

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Chef Joe prepared dinner for my sister's bachelorette party which was for 8 people. He was very professional and the dinner he cooked up was outstanding. we especially enjoyed the cauliflower and brussels sprouts gratin which was one of the side dishes. the salad was also very refreshing with the cantaloupe and prosciutto. Afterwards, he cleaned up and packaged all of the leftovers. I would definitely recommend Chef Joe for any dinner parties.

  • 20 years in business
  • San Diego, CA 92103

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Mici has become an integral part of our lives; in that she is welcome & trusted in our home to create healthy & nurturing meals (with our input as to allergies, preferences, cravings, and ever-changing medical issues); she brings her knowledge, expertise, and finely honed intuition into every meal and every bit of advice that we solicit from her. We couldn't imagine finding such a good fit with a personal chef; She is, as her business name: wholesome goodness awesomeness :)

  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Temecula, CA 92593

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M&M Events is a partnership developed by my husband and myself. We have been together for over 11 years and share a passion for cooking and entertaining. We offer all services from starting with invitations and work all the way through to clean up. We also specialize in catering services, with meal options from all regions of the world. We are working on developing clientele for our start-up event planning business. We offer full-service event planning in Southern California. We specialize in private parties, large-scale corporate events, weddings, birthdays, bridal and baby showers, and everything in between. With a boutique approach to innovative event planning, the experience with M&M Events will be fun, fresh and on budget. No matter the budget, we can plan your party to meet your expectations. We are also available to help organizations with fundraising events, so give us a call, and let's make some unforgettable memories.

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Pasadena, CA 91101

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My travel partner and I had returned from an 18 day trip to Turkey and decided to throw a party for about 20 friends to show our photos. I found Istanbul Catering online and placed a call to Aydin. Over the course of about a week, we put together a menu of traditional Turkish dishes that would accomodate every diet in our crowd - from vegan to total carnivores. Of course I ordered mezes galore, but Aydin suggested that he cook the main courses at the event instead of in his kitchen ahead of time, saying that the flavor and temperature would be so much better. That made him more like a private chef than a caterer! When I think of caterer, I think of someone who prepares food ahead and drops it off, or perhaps puts precooked food in your oven to keep it warm. Not Aydin! Aydin was so much more than a caterer or even a private chef. His way with our guests was so wonderful and there was someone always chatting with him while he cooked and grillled. When the meal was over, he didn't even get to leave because he had become such an integral part of the party by that point. The food was fresh, fabulous and plentiful. We sent almost everyone home with a "care package" and still had enough for a few more meals. I received calls and emails from nearly every one of my guests raving about the food. You will not be disappointed. I feel as though I found not only a great caterer, but a new friend as well.

  • 5 years in business
  • Chula Vista, CA 91910

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We are a full service catering company that specializes in French and Latin Fusion cuisine. We have a variety of options to meet all budgets and tastes. We have over 30 years of experience whether it's for a Wedding, Lunch Meeting, Corporate Event or Private Party, . Choose from a variety of Delicious Menus, and themes like French, Latin Fusion , BBQ, Italian, American, Taco Bar, Gourmet Hamburger Bar , Pasta Bar,Hawaiian Luaus, Asian. or Vegetarian. We can service groups of 30 to 1,000 +guest Our clients include the Mayor of Imperial Beach, Mayor of Chula Vista, Mayor of National City, numerous members of the city councils , Cosco, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chula Vista Chamber, Filipino Chamber, Otay Chamber, San Ysidro Business Association, MANA,National Latino Officer Association, Sweetwater School District, New York Life , Macy's, SDG&E, COX cable, Whalen Furniture, Jeromes and many private clients

  • 9 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92101

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Martha is a magnificent chef! I enjoy the way she can take anything she has in her refrigerator and makes it gourmet! Someone that can do this has a flair for cooking and will be great any place she goes! I have always enjoyed what she makes for me and as a "picky eater" this is always hard to do but she had made me a believer!

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Murrieta, CA 92562

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Chef Dj Seals is an outstanding, humble, and one of a kind Chef. It is not easy being a chef; from experience i can say Chef Dj really holds herself well. What sets Chef Dj Seals a part from all other chefs is her warmth-heartiness to welcome you in and teach you and exude her love and passion for the culinary arts. From every affair high end or affordably pleasant Chef Dj Seals makes it memorable. I have had the privilege of her presence in countless affairs she has work and word of mouth has been she has the magic of balanced flavors. Her food is extraordinary rich and simply delicious. Her mother-like instincts & vibe you are drawn to and captivated. You are quick to witness a chef who really devotes her time and effort in satisfying her clients, and guests. Chef Dj Seals is the chef of who the impossible is the possible, and the no's are the yes's .

  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92115

Carol L.

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You will love working with Janneke! She catered a large bridal shower luncheon and a baby shower for me and the food at both events was delicious and beautifully presented. Janneke is very creative and she designed menus that had a variety of tastes and flavors. She uses her own serving pieces and can coordinate with the kind of event you are planning. All the ingredients are fresh and delicious. For the baby shower she created a variety of hor d'oeuvres that were bite sized and easy to eat without silverware, and all the guests raved about the food. She makes it easy for you to enjoy your own party. I can't wait to plan another event with her help.

  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92103

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Patricia has been absolutely a thrill to do business with! I have her cater all of my client gatherings! From chocolate covered strawberries to veggie trays, her treats have wowed my clients and the presentation is always very upscale. I have also referred Bones Kitchen to my friends for their weddings and events and everyone has been very greatful for such a great caterer!

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92131

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I've had the privilege of tasting many of Janis meals,appetizer and desserts. She is a top notch chef, and I would highly recommend her to anyone!!

  • 7 years in business
  • Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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I was lucky enough to try her amazing food at a fabulous Hollywood Party recently and I must say, I was impressed. I worked as a food consultant for the Royal Family of Abu Dhabi (Al Nahyan Palaces) and was able to consult with some of the finest chefs in the world, I do think Denise Caplan is an exquisite chef and I would definitely recommend her to anyone hosting a fabulous event filled with Celebrities and Royal guests. I think she should have her own reality TV show, she was able to do her work and look fabulous at the same time. A woman that didn't let the heat in the kitchen get to her. Now that's Talent! Bravo Chef Denise

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • La Jolla, CA 92037

Nicole M.

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We hired Kari Rich to prepare a special meal in our Point Loma home for a party of nine guests last night. We were so extremely impressed with the food (divine!) and ease of planning that we had to share! Kari is very professional, punctual, organized, easy to communicate with, and most importantly, makes amazing food. She is experienced and has worked locally for years with one of San Diego's most successful chefs/restauranteur. She charged per hour for her time spent shopping, prepping, cooking, and cleaning (in our case it was a total of 4 hrs), plus the cost of food. We highly recommend Chef Kari if you are considering hiring a private chef for a small or large party. She was truly a delight to deal with and everyone LOVED the food she thoughtfully prepared.

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Encinitas, CA 92024

Whitney B.

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Yasmine is an experienced professional with incredible passion for food and service. I have had the pleasure of working with her several times, and each event I am always surprised by inspired dishes and friendly service. I would absolutely recommend her if you have company you wish to impress.

  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Delray Beach, FL 33484

Federica U.

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I have no words to describe Carolina! she have become a great friend and she's been my personal chef for the past 5 years. She have teach me how to eat like a goodess! Carolina is an amazing Chef, with a touch I still haven't find even on the best restaurants, every dinner or event that she have cook for me and my friends I hear nothing but amazing comments on the food. Besides that she have always been very professional, responsible, punctual and clean with her work, she brings all the food, cooks and leaves the house like nothing ever happened. I just have to warn you that her food, taste and personality can be your next addiction! I rate her 5 starts but really she deserves 100!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Poway, CA 92064

Brian P.

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Marcie assisted me with my two kids, a boy and a girl ages 12 and 11. She was always on time, had a great attitude and was flexible. I would highly recommend her services.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92109

Ann D.

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I hired Chef Simo for a bridal event. I loved how open to my menu ideas he was and he was able to accommodate special diet requests. His speciality is italian but he delivered us the best mexican dishes ever! Him and his partner arrived to our house with great attitudes, and my guests really enjoyed watching them cook. Everything was made fresh and from scratch. Chef Simo prepared for us veggie empanadas, veggie tostadas, chicken and shrimp mini skewers as appetizers. Then for our salad we were given a fish ceviche with a Cuban twist that was to die for! As our main entree we had fresh fish tacos with the best homemade tortillas. And to top it all off Chef Simo made Melba cream peaches which were the most delicatable desserts ever! Chef Simo was professional, friendly, and did an amazing job! I will definitely book him again.

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