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  • 13 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
  • Eugene, OR 97403

Vanessa P.

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Tye Bell and his sous chef Denise are everything you want for your personal chef experience and more. Not only was the food delicious and inventive, but the execution was perfect and the service flawless. Each course was served deftly with enough explanation to excite you without impeding your dining experience. It can be slightly awkward having a stranger come into your home, but chefs Tye and Denise are warm and friendly and break any awkwardness that could reasonably be in such a situation. They are professional, friendly, and make really delicious food.

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  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • La Jolla, CA 92037

Jodi B.

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Lilian is the best! Our first encounter was a friend's celebration dinner where she was the chef. I was so impressed by everything she did to make the party a great success. The food was amazingly delicious... and I'm very picky. She does it all -- steak, fish, chicken, pork... her soups are wonderful and her vegetarian dishes are sooooo good. And she makes this savory bread pudding which is ah-may-zing! I've used her twice since my friend's dinner party, and my guests have all been so impressed. She's clearly got a passion for what she does. I recommend her to everyone! If I could hire her on as my own personal chef, I would. Go with Busy Bee Cook for Me for your dinner party or special event, and you definitely won't go wrong!

  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92104

Colleen H.

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Fantastic meal, way exceeded expectations and was much more affordable than other private chefs we contacted. Would highly recommend to anyone hosting a dinner!! Originally we looked at making a group dinner reservation to dine out in Palm Springs for a birthday party, having Cucina Migrante come to our vacation rental made for a more relaxing and unforgettable dining experience. Francesco and Adisa are true pros!

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

Yvonne L.

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Mr. Betancourth was kind enough to provide Personal Chef services in my home for a VIP dinner for a party of twelve. He was an outstanding Leader in the processes of menu planning, ingredient selection, shopping (while teaching), and cooking. The span of which took a total of eight dedicated hours over a period of one half day. We enjoyed a lovely moon and candlelit dinner in our garden while savoring unique and allergy-conscious delights. While I felt like a total heel asking for a last minute (post-grocery acquisition) menu change to accommodate Vegan guests, Mr. BEtancourth gracefully, and with all the flexibility of a reed in the wind, came up with an added dish from in-house, available groceries; all in less than ninety seconds! I rate the quality of his service as optimal and understand his services are at a competitive price. He only charged for his in person time! Regarding room for improvement, he underestimated the amount of conversation and lingering his elegant meal would create- so we kept him a little late and made slightly unreasonable demands for MORE WINE! I would hope his availability will allow me to select Mr. Betancourth for our next family and/or business event. I recommend him without reservation.

  • 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

  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92124

Katie S.

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Chef Joan was absolutely wonderful! She was so friendly and happy, it was clear she loved her job and loved sharing it with us. She cooked for my boyfriend and I at our home on Valentine's weekend, it was the first time we had ever tried a personal chef. We both love eating out and cooking at home - basically we love food, and we wanted to try something different. This experience was especially great because she shared so many tips and tricks with us - I have been trying new things in the kitchen ever since! It was also great that she shared our values in making a gluten-free, low carb meal. Joan started out with pork belly (melt-in-your mouth amazing - thank goodness she made enough for leftovers!) then moved on to one of the best porkchops ever created. The side dish was buttery mashed cauliflower, but made with a few special ingredients that turned into something out of this world (I don't want to give away the secrets!) It was just like a side of creamy mashed potatoes, but better. To top it off, she brought over a whole tupperware of moist, GF chocolate cookies for us to keep! She used them in the dessert, which was heavenly. Over all, I wish I could give chef Joan 10 out of 5 stars!

  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Diego, CA 92154

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.

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

Adrienne B.

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We could not have been happier with our dinner by Chef Joe. He created a wonderful meal and experience for six old friends reuniting in SD for the weekend. I received several quotes when investigating a personal chef and Joe was VERY reasonably priced, provided lots of options, and was extremely easy to collaborate with. We enjoyed his company and the meal immensely. Everything was delicious. Of note: our rental house had an oven that was very temperamental and certainly made his prep more difficult but nothing suffered as a result. All six of us were elated. We had NY steak, salmon, braised artichokes, gratin, peach cobbler, and a wonderful cheese and fruit plate. I couldn't believe all we got for the price and we had enough left over for four of us to do it all over again the next night. I enthusiastically recommend Chef Joe and Couch Potatoes and could not have been happier with my first personal chef experience.

  • 20 years in business
  • San Diego, CA 92103

C. F.

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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 :)

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

Kimberley I.

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Chef Vedrene was incredible! He was prompt, the food was delicious, he was personable and he even brought in Chef Rob to help. They cleaned up after themselves and Chef Vedrene even texted me to follow up the next day to ensure everyone was happy. I could not have been more pleased. A few of the girls who live local were talking about using his services in the future and if I have an occasion to do so, I'll be calling him up again as well. Thanks Chef Vedrene for making the party a huge success!

  • 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.

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I am a Personal Trainer with over 8 years of experience and with extensive knowledge in rehabilitation, weight loss, corrective exercise, functional fitness, men, women, youth and seniors. I specialize in body transformation and lifestyle change. I have helped dozens of local men and women drop over 200lbs total. I can help you too. I have a B.S. degree in Clinical Nutrition from UC Davis, and I am a Licensed Sports Nutritionist from NASN. I develop individualized meal plans along with supplement recommendation for your goal. Healthy is for life! I am a personal chef, who can help reinvent your kitchen for tasty, healthy food. Pricing for personal training and nutrition are sold seperately.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Lemon Grove, CA 91945

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I offer full-service personal chef services, providing all food and food preparation. I can do anything from a small dinner party for 5 or 6 to a wedding buffet for 200. I have over 15 years experience in the restaurant business, working in casual resort cafes to 4 star hotel fine dining establishments to private clubs. I have experience with most types of cuisines, including French, Pacific Rim and Southern. I can create a menu that everyone will love, and work with any budget. I can even create a menu with dietary and nutritional guidelines. I have also done "Heat and Serve" catering, where I bring you the food ready to go, separated into days that you can eat it at home at your leisure. I have an Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, and a San Diego County Food Handlers card.

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I am a healing arts chef. I usually prepare meals free of meat, dairy, and sugar. I am willing to prepare meals that are what I call wide -- some cheese dishes, possibly chicken, and ground turkey. I use plant-based proteins instead of animals. The meals I prepare are well balanced and delicious, and uses only organic, natural whole foods in balance with location, climate, and you. The Macrobiotic Way, a non-invasive way to health, is for health-minded individuals who are seeking a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being, and a way of eating that nourishes the physical, biological, emotional, mental, and ecological order of our daily lives to create a healthy lifestyle.

  • San Diego, CA 92117

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Busy families and individuals can save an average of 10 hours per week with a weekly meal service. I will plan the menu, do the grocery shopping, and prepare delicious meals, all from the safety of your home. I will also clean up, leaving you with a tidy kitchen and a fridge full of meals to heat up at your convenience. Meal services are available on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly service; you choose what works for you! Private in-home cooking classes and dinner parties are also available. We are a great idea for a fun night in with friends or a more formal occasion.

  • Coronado, CA 92118

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Mary's Kitchen has it all for that dinner party you were thinking of throwing, or maybe you had a crazy idea to host a cooking party? With an impressive experience, we, here at Mary's Kitchen, provides an excellent service and a friendly attitude at all times. Some of our services include: * Personal chef services in San Diego and Coronado: We plan everything, from a 5-entree dinner with sides to the post-meal cleanup. * Dinner party and event services: There is no need to cook. We do it all for you. You just enjoy your evening, and we take care of the rest. * Adult cooking classes and cooking demonstration classes: What a fun way to spend your evening. We will come to your house, and teach you and your friends to cook something that you always wanted! * Children's cooking classes and holiday cooking parties: How much fun is it to make a mess? Take it from the little ones! We will come out, and have the kids cook up something really exciting. Also, how much fun is it to gather around the holidays, and create something really joyful? * Gourmet meal delivery: You don't feel like cooking, but would love to have a fresh home-cooked meal? No worries. Chef Mary will cook it up herself, and deliver it to your house just in time for dinner! Don't hesitate. Check us out, and come try one of our services as it fits you!

  • La Jolla, CA 92037

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My Five Star Chef is a personal chef service that provides unique gourmet cooking at your residence or place of business. • Innovative dinner and cocktail parties for intimate groups to large groups of 75+ • Unique business lunches and corporate events • Customized baby and bridal showers • Special celebrations - birthdays, anniversaries engagements, weddings, rehearsal dinners, surprise parties, etc. • Custom professional cooking classes in your home

  • San Diego, CA 92105

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I'm a personal and/or private chef, offering special event dinner parties and high-end dining. Specialties: Tuscan (Italian), Indian, and Mexican

  • Chula Vista, CA 91911

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At Tropicafe, something is new every day! This is your one-stop shop for everything you need to host the perfect event. We have food, party rentals and entertainment. Our specialized south American cuisine chefs will provide the best food in town.

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Since the spring of 1989, when Patricio Esquivel was launched in Madrid Spain by founder, owner and chef Patricio Esquivel, the company has grown into a full-service shop, providing a full range of services from small events like intimate dinners at your home (personal chef service) to large events using our state-of-the-art kitchen, with operations in San Diego, CA, Madrid and Mexico City and employs a full-time staff of more than 35 personnel. Patricio Esquivel offers logistical support, imaginative catering menus, and original cutting-edge event production and planning, as the result of over twenty years of experience in the catering services, culinary arts and productions. An event planning and catering company committed to exquisite culinary presentation, Patricio Esquivel combines extensive catering experience and superior quality to provide you with a most memorable and wonderful event. Our careful attention to every detail makes you enjoy being a guest at your own celebration or party. We offer the following: * Food Since 1989, Patricio Esquivel has been characterized by having maintained a rigorous search to make a personal style, inward-looking of international kitchens, from vanguard techniques to local ingredients, an exercise of reinterpretation from the cooking land that tries to develop a bridge between the contemporary and the traditional. From our view, one of the best forms to spread any kitchen's huge gastronomical legacy is to approach it from the current cooking technical outposts to harness its new virtues more and to find the possibilities and meaning. By all means, this implies the exclusive use of the highest quality ingredients. * Quality Our quality norms are very rigorous. Everything is produced specifically for your event, so as to be absolutely sure of all the ingredients' freshness. Everything which is used to prepare the menu selections are made to order on the day of the event. * Catering We cater from intimate, private dinners to grand events. Our team of coordinators and specialized chefs will meet with you to personalize your menu and provide various options, taking into consideration your preferences and theme to execute an event which is successful. At Patricio Esquivel, we are proud of addressing the most minimum details and providing the highest level of professional attention. * Event Coordination and Production We will ensure that the only thing you will be concerned about is getting to your celebration on time. When the time comes, everything you have imagined will come to life. Your dreams will become alive with the experience and support of our team who will commit all their effort to transform your special day into reality. Design, equipment, theme creation, etiquette, vendor coordination, logistics, flower design, on-site coordination and creations will all be directly handled by our experienced staff, and if any issues arise, rest assured, our production and operations team will address it and maintain the seamless event. * Cooking Seminars For those enthusiastic about the art of good eating, Patricio Esquivel offers a place for learning. Through directed tastings, courses and seminars, we promote the gastronomical culture. Our seminars and classes are hands-on and entertaining. In order to get better results and increasing the interaction between the student and the instructor, our groups are limited to 12 people.

  • San Diego, CA 92122

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Healthy Cooking Lessons - (In your home. Private, couples, parties, small groups) Learn to cook healthy meals the whole family loves with professional chef and weightloss consultant Melanie Mediate With Rock Body Food, you will save time, save money and look great! I'll show you how to eat what you love in healthier ways that don't taste like boring diet food. You should never feel restricted with a diet, or get caught up calorie counting. That will never last. With diets you will lose weight initially, then get tired of the grueling program, and gain all the weight right back. Rock Body Food will change your perspective of healthy food. You will simply stop eating processed food. Eating right does not have to be a diet! You'll eat delicious home-cooked meals, feel more energized, and lose weight effortlessly. You'll learn to cook like a pro and impress your loved ones and prepare great things the kids will love too! I will show you easy methods to cut down prep time, cook with ease and have fun! $50 per person /per hour for single student $40per person /per hour for group lesson $35 per person/ per hour for groups of 3 or more Standard private classes run about 3 hours, with average of 5 items cooked from scratch, including knife and prep skills, healthy switch out methods, and recipe packets for each student. OTHER SERVICES: * Meal deliveries * Personal chef * Party deliveries ROCK BODY FOOD also provides gourmet weight loss meals to go. Local ingredients and fresh from the market high-quality produced foods. 100% fresh and always homemade. Never frozen, never processed.

  • San Diego, CA 92109

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I am a graduate from the Cordon Bleu culinary school and have been in Hawaii for the last five years, cooking as a personal chef for some famous people, like Adam Sandler and Kelsy Grammar and their families. Not only that; I have been a Chef de Partie for some world-renowned first-class resorts and hotels. I specialize in French cooking methods and sauces, Pacific Rim cuisine, and much more. Thai food is one of my many specialties, and am very confident that I can make any cuisine from any region in the world taste amazing. I can also carve ice and had a two-year apprenticeship learning the skill. The culinary journey is exciting and never ending, and I love it! I'm very passionate about what I do and can't wait to cook something spectacular!

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Planning a special event? Spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. From shopping, cooking, clean up, to custom menu development, let me take the stress out of your special day. All cooking is done on site to each client's unique requirements. Servers, bartenders, and other event staff are also available. References are by request.

  • La Jolla, CA 92037

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Bibi teaches kids and adults the value of home healthy cooking with fast and easy-to-make recipes that please even the pickiest of eaters. She works with a full range of known and unknown ingredients and spices to expand your palette and delight all your senses. Customers love her Persian, Indian, Thai, Malay, Tuscan and Provencal recipes.

  • San Diego, CA 92101

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Personal and special event chef service is the perfect service to meet the needs of busy families, couples, retirees, athletes, professionals, or anyone who just doesn't have the time. I have been cooking for family and friends for over 15 years, and I take great pride and passion in preparing fresh, healthy, restaurant-quality meals. I will plan your meals based on your personal preferences and health concerns. I will do all the shopping, chopping, cooking, choosing the freshest local ingredients, and manage your grocery budget. Then, I'll prepare healthy, delicious meals for your enjoyment and at your convenience and leave your kitchen sparkling clean. I also specialize in dinner parties, birthday parties, and special occasions. We bring the party and restaurant to you! You have no time to cook? No worries. We'll shop, cook and clean up for you, too! Call us today for free tasting and samples.

  • San Diego, CA 92101

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How would you like a customized candy buffet at your next event? It's a great party favor, it brings out your inner child spirit, and will be very memorable for you and your guests. We have tons of different color schemes and themes. Candy buffets are ideal for birthdays, kids' birthdays, quinces, bachelor and bachelorette parties, weddings, sweet sixteens, baby showers, bridal showers and much more. Call us for details.

  • San Diego, CA 92121

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Kitchen Art Studio adheres to these core values: safety and sanitation, leadership and integrity, teamwork, creativity and imagination, interpersonal skills and self-confidence, and social responsibility. We offer the following: - Cooking classes for students of all ages - Catering - Corporate team building programs - Personal chef services - Fund raising services We believe in the balance of life and the importance of teaching and encouraging responsible food selection, healthy living, and family time. We teach anyone who is interested in cooking and food education. Our fun, well-trained educators are experienced and diverse chefs and food experts. They focus on making our courses fun, informative, and creative.

  • Oceanside, CA 92056

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We specialize in balloon animals and face painting, but that's just the start! Our girls go out of their way to make sure everyone at your party will have a great time! We have options like tea parties, art projects, and photo shoots, just to name a few! We also have a personal chef who will gladly write you a custom menu, whether it's a whole meal or just an extra-special dessert! So if you're having a party, let us know how we can help!

  • San Diego, CA 92154

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We are personal chefs, who offer professional catering for special events! Check out our website for photos, menus and prices!

  • Vista, CA 92083

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Ritz Carlton trained chef. Neat, clean, experienced, honest. In-home services with artistic flair or simple family BBQ.

  • Del Mar, CA 92014

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A published raw food chef to the elite, Andrea Cox has published several books on the raw living lifestyle and veganism. She holds one-on-one and group classes in San Diego and Orange County. She is also a weight loss coach. Her clients thrive after a series of phone consultations, supermarket tours, etc. Check out her website and book your phone consult today!

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“Need a Buffet Caterer for a Birthday Party”

San Diego, CA

Event type
Buffet catered event
Cuisine type
Mexican/Latin
Number of people
25-50
Details
Birthday party
$380
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“Need a Caterer on October 27, 2012”

San Marcos, CA

Event type
Food truck
Cuisine type
Other (Hot dog vendor)
Number of people
150-200
$700
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“Need Catering and Chef”

San Bernardino, CA

Event type
Plated dinner party
Cuisine type
Mexican/Latin
Number of people
More than 200
$779
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