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San Jose Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Jose.

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

Chef Rocco Cartia is very easy to work with. He is open to your suggestions and makes every effort to work within your budget. His food is delicious, the presentation is colorful, and he works hard to ensure your guests are happy and enjoying their meal.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 92 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jenessa L.
Verified review

Great food and great experience. The two chefs working our holiday party couldn't have been kinder or more patient. Everyone loved the food, and the boss told me after they left that she would like to bring them back again next year. Thank you for a lovely experience!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 153 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Patrick L.
Verified review

Chef Sat did a spectacular job for my girlfriend's birthday party! I had two previous chefs flake out on me, the first being completely unresponsive, and the second not answering a request for a quote and then going completely over budget. Sat stepped in with only a few days to organize, and was more professional and invested in the event than I could have hoped for. Sat listened carefully as I rambled about which ingredients I was hoping to include on the menu, and provided great feedback about what would be in season, what we would be able to find with good quality, and how we could break from a traditional menu in order to squeeze in as much variety as possible. He patiently revised his menu 4-5 times for me to address every detail I could throw at him - and, remember, this was all with under a week to plan the event. Sat also helped me rent dishware, and was very transparent about what would be needed, and what things would cost - this was a huge time saver. At the party, Sat was charismatic and charming. He thoroughly cleaned the entire kitchen and packaged all our leftovers while we ate. He fielded our questions about his background, cooking techniques, sourcing tools and ingredients. The Bottom line, I would hire Sat again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the wonderful evening!

A Plus Catering
4.4
from 77 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

A-Plus staff (chef/server and bartender) arrived early and went right to work as we had 175 guests. Bartender quickly organized the bar and made pitchers of signature drinks to get ahead of the coming rush of guests. Hot appetizers were prepared and served to hungry arriving guests. Great service by the A-Plus team. We will use again!

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

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Chef Andrea Lawson Gray
4.7
from 57 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Larry F.
Verified review

I hosted a 50th birthday dinner at our home last night form my wife and 12 of her close girl friends. Senorita Gourmet Andrea Gray catered a Mexican themed dinner for us and did an outstanding job. The ladies absolutely loved it and my wife could not have been more pleased with her birthday dinner. Thank you Andrea. We interviewed three other private chefs for our dinner before deciding to go with Andrea. She was the most professional, the most responsive, and by far the most creative. Of course we wanted great food (Andrea can deliver that), but we were also looking for something unique and creative, without being stiff and formal. Enter Andrea, with her Mexican themed dinner complete with her own plates, glasses and table decorations. Fun, Festive, and Uniquely Fresh! As for the food and drink. Key highlights were the Raspberry Mojitos, Avocado Soup, Quiche de Calebazita, and Mexican Corn Cake. I highly recommend the Una Senorita Gourmet.

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 62 reviews
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
James H.
Verified review

The food was amazing. The chef sent to my house (Chef Matthew) took care of all my guests and made us all feeling special and amazing. The food was top notch and I have enjoyed the extra that was left over all week. I will definitely use you again because it was all exactly what I hoped for.

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Celebrations by Chet Chase
5.0
from 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
Verified review

Having worked with a few different chefs, with varying results, I can enthusiastically recommend Chet Chase! From start to finish, working with him was a pleasure. Prior to my event, Chet proactively responded to my requests, suggesting options, working with my budget and numbers - and adjusting the menu when my numbers changed. During my event, Chet and his assistants were thorough, on-time, organized, adding an item on the fly, and provided a seamless experience. And something I have not seen from other chefs - clean, stocked with their own cleaning supplies, and left the kitchen as clean as it ever was. I will definitely be using Chet Chase for my next event!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sasha S.
Verified review

Grace cooked outstanding food (salmon, prosciutto/melon, eggplant, citrus salad) and provided an all-around amazing experience - customizing the menu to fit our tastes! Thank you so much Grace! I will recommend you to everyone looking for a personal chef/catering!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
Verified review

Rose Johnson Catering was my party partner for our son’s engagement celebration last weekend in Orinda. The party was a huge success, and Rose and her team deserve much credit for the success. Rose responded to my Thumbtack inquiry with a prompt, thorough, and reasonable bid. However, after viewing her beautiful website, I replied to Rose that while I personally thought her menus were perfection, my son had specified that he did not want the food for his party to be “too fancy.” I told Rose the party would be a casual afternoon affair on our deck and I feared her culinary talents would be wasted on my son and my husband. Rose persevered, pointing out in her reply that she could do a barbecue with a southwestern flavor. The food need not be "fancy," she observed, but it should be tasty. And she sent me a custom menu that my son, his fiancée, my sisters, my husband and I all proclaimed perfect, including seared medium rare tri-tip of beef with chimichurri sauce, grilled cilantro chicken with tortillas, chipotle laced potato salad, and Mexican rice, bean, and corn salad. But Rose did not stop with sending me the menu; she said she would use my kitchen and grill on my deck, ensuring the food would be fresh as well as tasty. And after I hired her, she came to my home to check out my kitchen, my deck, and my grill and advised me on renting and setting up dining rounds and serving tables, as well as how to ensure good traffic flow for 50 guests. Rose is a real party expert, and I am not, so her advice was very much appreciated. The day of the party, Rose, Floricel and Esteban arrived a full two hours early and took charge. I hired Rose Johnson Catering for the food, which they delivered beautifully. As it turned out, they helped with the entire party, going above and beyond in many instances and showing poise and flexibility in the face of surprises, like my son’s decision to give a speech and set off a round of champagne toasts before dessert. Rose poured the champagne herself. Several guests asked me during the party: Who catered this? Who is your caterer? I happily provided several referrals to Rose Johnson Catering. Guest comments about the food were very positive: Mike: “The tri-tip was great.” Helen: “The grilled chicken was fabulous.” Kay: “I loved the potato salad. And the guacamole was wonderful.” Liz: “So nice to have so many dishes gluten-free.” Cindy: “The brownies were amazing. I told them so.” Bill: “Those parfaits were a big hit.” Matt: “Great food! Great service!” There was plenty of food for 50 guests, even with 1/3 of them being hungry 20-something friends of my son’s from high school and college. We even had leftovers, which Rose packed up and left in my refrigerator, along with leaving my kitchen cleaner than she found it. My husband, son, future daughter-in-law and I made a brunch of the leftovers the next day, sharing the delicious food and happy memories of a wonderful party. Best of all, this was the first party I’ve ever hosted where I had a great time myself. I don’t think I’ll have another big party again without booking Rose Johnson Catering!

Kitchen 350
4.6
from 36 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
Verified review

Kitchen 350 did a fabulous job Catering our company mixer we had over 150 people attending, they were able to provide hors d'oeuvres buffet table along with some delicious past items keeping the guest very happy They also provided bartenders and bar supplies including cocktail tables and glassware it was very easy to plan our event and have all the details organized they provided a very competitive price along with several food options to satisfy Everyone Will for sure refer them to all my friends and hire them again

Rainbow Chefs
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica O.
Verified review

I used Rainbow chefs as a personal chef and the food was fresh and cooked to perfection I will definitely be using them again.

LL Services
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jim U.
Verified review

Absolutely the best ever food service and presentation. I have hosted over A dozen dinner parties in the last two years with three different chefs. I will only use Lucas going foreward!!

Lady Chef Catering
4.5
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Parag S.
Verified review

We had Annicette grill for our July 4th party however she also helped us out by serving as well! She was able to bring a gas tank for our BBQ which we really appreciated and she had brought her own as well. Our BBQ grill didn't have enough space for everything so she took the initiative to use our grill inside the house and switched between the two when needed. When we discussed the arrangement, I could have used a bit more feedback from her on Thumbtack however she responded much better on text/SMS , we paid a hourly rate however Thumbtack seemed to have an issue which only allowed us to book for one hour although we actually used her for four hours.

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Phiesty Food Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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luzeria w.
Verified review

The team was amazing at coming on board last minute but also making sure my vision for my day was executed. I had a wonderful experience and truly appreciate each and everyone that was involved.

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!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kristin Q.
Verified review

Amazing food and an amazing person! Chef Niko catered a party at my house last night and it was perfect! The food was outstanding! She is so easy to work with. I would definitely hire her again. If I could give more than 5 stars I would!

Cater2uSF LLC
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Chris J.
Verified review

Rewanda saved the day! Our event had last minute schedule and venue changes which could have been disastrous. Rewanda flexed her staff and worked with our food vendor to set up and provide waiters as well as a bartending station. Next time we'll use her menu as well - nice selection and well-priced. Awesome job and thanks again!

  • 19 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Richard S.
Verified review

Karla has cooked for our surf camp for 18 summers! She has been amazing how she whips up delicious food for our clients. The quality and punctuality have been excellent!

El Patio Mexican Birrieria
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 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!

Ona
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
John R.
Verified review

Ona is a wonderful chef. Every thing she cooks is both delicious and a memorable experience. She is a joy watch cook and fun to learn from her.

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