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Busy Bee Cook for Me
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allison S.
Verified review

My friends and I were doing a weekend in San Diego, and hired Lilian to prepare our first meal for us at our Airbnb. She arrived on time, was super pleasant, and our meal was absolutely delicious. Highly recommended!

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Best Mobile Chef
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kayla S.
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My family hired Shawna to cook and serve our holiday meal. She far exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing. We all can’t stop stoping about what a wonderful experience it was.

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Sage Bleu Catering
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Priscilla C.
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My team and I had an offsite down in San Diego and Lavonne prepared a stunning meal for us. Before the dinner, we collaborated on the menu which was custom-made for our group. Lavonne had tons of great ideas of what to prepare and was flexible in working around some of our dietary restrictions. The appetizers of assorted crostinis were delicious, the burrata was a must-have, and the entire meal from the flank steak & coffee rubbed chicken to the apple crisp dessert were such a treat. She was even able to use some of the extra ingredients we had in our kitchen to add to our meal! This dinner was no doubt one of the highlights of our offsite and would highly recommend Lavonne to cater your next meal or event - delicious food plated beautifully and cooked with heart!

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gianluca P.
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Chef Francesco prepared an excellent meal. The food selection and the wine pairing was excellent. The ingredients selection is incredibly thorough and worth a Michelin star! Well done and thanks for a great meal!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tessa R.
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Stacy cooked for a group of 15 women for my sisters bridal shower in our home. The food was amazing and we got so many compliments on the food and many guests asked where I had found her. She communicated with me throughout the whole process and she came up with a great menu and let me even change around a few things to fit our needs. She threw in a few extras too when some rental things got messed up and worked with us to find a quality menu that fit our budget (about $25 per person). She worked really hard and you could tell her whole heart is in what she does. I would definitely use her again and recommend her to a friend. My only two things were we wished she left the left overs (a testament to the awesome food) which we hadn't discussed before the event (and when I asked her she offered to bring them back when she picked up the rentals-above and beyond) and our communication about the timeline of serving (I wished we started eating a little earlier and there was less time in between each meal). That being said the pros far outweighed the cons and I am very happy with the service Stacy provided! Thanks Stacy!

Enjoy Dining In
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne F.
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Christine McMaster is a hidden gem of the culinary and catering world! She was the caterer last year for a wedding I attended and I was most impressed. She completely handled an amazing dinner for 21 people with delectable Indian and Middle Eastern Food; taking care of the shopping, the food preparation, the service and cleaning up of the food and leftovers. I was so impressed that I asked her to cater an Indian Meal for 75 people! Since it was a much larger undertaking, we provided theingredients, but Chris oversaw every aspect of the preparation of a 5 course meal, and remained calm, organized and personable throughout. The food was absolutely delicious. I would absolutely recommend her for any catering needs you might have - you would be lucky to get her!

VOA Meals
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Dana H.
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By far the best idea and decision for a teen birthday party ever!! He brought them aprons, taught them about different kinds of knives and knife care, workspace and hand cleanliness, how to get the best deal at the grocery stores, how to cut up a chicken, how to filet fish, proper seasonings, taste testing, how to multitask in the kitchen to time things to hit the table at the same time and how to prepare dishes for complete meals. He was patient, thorough and totally entertaining to the teens. They were all so proud of their meal and all talked about how cool this party was. After the food was set on the table, he gave a description of each item being served, then he cleaned up the kitchen and exited while we sat down to dinner. He was absolutely amazing. He'd never done a birthday party because he usually teaches couples and does catering events but I'd highly recommend him.

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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ryan K.
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Great meal, great service. They were flexible with us the whole time. Definitely recommend them!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Grace W.
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Dave and his team did a fantastic job catering our event of 300 guests. They were even able to accommodate a last minute addition of 75 extra meals! They were prompt, professional, and friendly. Dave was very easy to work with on the contract and menu, and provided a meal that accounted for food allergies. I highly recommend Dave and Steal Your Taste Catering for any event, large or small.

Chef Stephani Hunter
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole C.
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Chef Stephani is simply amazing. Her creations are mouth watering, and her passion for cooking shines through in every meal she prepares. Chef Stephani has shown her versatility in flawlessly executing various types of events for my family, from small intimate parties to large showers and receptions. Working with Chef Stephani is easy; She is very personable and will take the time to listen to your individualized preferences. She has always exceeded my expectations, and she will yours as well.

Dinner with a Chef
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Brad H.
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Chef Andres is not only a very talented culinary professional, but his years of training gives him insight to what it takes for a complete dining experience. He was professional, engaging, and talented. Our meal based upon some dishes from his family roots, were absolutely delicious. You will know by your first contact with Chef, that your night will be special.

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Fruitcakes Chef Services
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Johnny S. S.
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We were introduced to Kathy during our friends' destination wedding in Kauai. Kathy catered several meals including a surprise spread at the time of our island arrival, a wedding luncheon on the beach and finally, a fantastic dinner for the wedding party. So needless to say, we were thrilled when Kathy relocated to San Diego just in time to cater our Son's luau themed college graduation party for 17. The party was everything we expected …beautiful flowers, great food and cocktails and tidy service. Kathy’s menu is always creative, delicious and beautifully presented, which has earned her our catering business. Thank you, Kathy, for working with us to to make our events so special.

Francoise Brana
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Lynda A.
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Francoise did a drop-off dinner for 14 of us who were having a family reunion. She was very timely in her responses to my inquiries and was lovely to work with. Her delivery showed up right on time. Food was good and we had enough left over for a second meal next night for 7 of us! I loved being able to enjoy my own party without being in the kitchen. Thank you Francoise. Lynda

Now We're Cookin'
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi D.
Verified review

We had an in office quarterly company meeting and needed lunch for 35 people. Steve prepared a great meal, was here early and had it all set up before the meeting start time. Unfortunately the food was so good that we really didn't have enough for everyone. Next time I'll have to plan better for the fact that we have some big eaters. Thanks Steve!!

BON APPETIT Chef Services
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne K.
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In my mind, I create the most idyllic, renewing, peaceful, joyous silk painting retreat...ever known to humanity. Then I close my eyes, put my dream into a pink bubble and let it go. Voila..my dream comes back to me ...only better than I could ever have created myself, because now it includes a Gourmet Chef named Gigi Cohen. Home-Sweet-Home Cooking served three lovely, sumptuous meals at 8 am..... noon and 6 pm every day...promptly. My room was near the kitchen, so I did get to watch she and Glen (assistant) prepare the meals together. Gigi and Glen were very orderly and methodical and they worked in peaceful harmony together, in prep, serving and cleanup. I have a few other dreams in a few other bubbles...floating around out there...and NOW they do include GiGi Cohen and "Home-Sweet-Home Cooking" Thanks Gigi and Glen, from Suzanne Knight and the San Diego Silk Guild

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Daily Chew Catering
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathleen K.
Verified review

Wow Carly made our event so easy! I contactcted her on SHORT notice and wow she delivered ! Fed 13 of us a great meal with dessert and brought it all ready to serve !! Really loved the Mac and cheese and fried chicken, salads and dressing was yummy ! Loved that we could enjoy the company and not be busy in the kitchen, and—- she even took our group photo !!! Thanks Carly !

Chef Joann
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jen D.
Verified review

Joann is not only an amazing chef but an absolute joy to work with! We receive gluten free, all organic, home made meals every week for our family of 5! They are always fresh and delicious! I don't have to worry about cooking wholesome meals every night because all I need to do is preheat my oven, put in our food that comes prepared in class dishes, heat it for about 20 min. And enjoy a healthy dinner with my family! I have a type 1 diabetic daughter and this meal plan has been a true blessing! I highly recommend joann for all your catering needs! You will not be disappointed! Her prices can't be beat for the level of quality she provides! Thanks joann!!! :)

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Roger K.
Verified review

My husband hired Brittany to come to our home and prepare breakfast and then a tapas style dinner as a surprise for our anniversary. Not only was the food delicious and beautifully presented, Brittany was a pleasure to have in our home. She is bright, warm, and incredibly talented in the kitchen. She struck the right balance between engaging with us and giving us privacy to enjoy the delicious meals she prepared. I loved the dinner menu that she created based on suggestions of my favorite meals/restaurants that my husband shared. She takes pride in what she prepares and how it is presented. If I had to pick two of my favorite items - I would recommend the raw tuna nachos on fried wontons with seaweed salad (which my husband and I fought over) and the Thai coconut curry base for the steamed mussels was outstanding! She prepared enough food that we enjoyed breakfast left overs for lunch and dinner left overs the next day. She also left our kitchen extremely tidy. I told my husband this was the best gift he has ever given me for any holiday in the 10 years we have been together. I would highly recommend Brittany.

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Jared did an excellent job for us. The food was creative and delicious and beautifully presented. Jared was professional and came prepared. He left the kitchen clean too.

Moe's Meals
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy W.
Verified review

I hired Mychal to celebrate my husband's birthday. My husband is handicapped and we have 6 grandchildren with some food allergies, so going out is more difficult. Chef Mychal arrived on-time, was flexible on what time to start the meal, was very good with the children (let them taste everything along the way -so did we ). The food was amazing and so entertaining. There were left-overs for the next day, and everything was put away and tidy! I would definitely recommend him and hire him again!

Chef Giusy
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Krissy C.
Verified review

Chef Giusy and her assistant Enrica made our birthday dinner very memorable, and such a special experience! She was extremely responsive and thoughtful about the menu, preparing every dish from the homemade pasta to the bread for our bruschetta appetizer. She even prepared scones as a gift for each family as a thank you to enjoy the next morning. Each dish was brought to the table with a brief description of the ingredients, some of which were brought from family in Italy. We thoroughly would recommend her to brighten your next party!

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