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San Jose Gourmet Chefs

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

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Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 137 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 242 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Dalila S.
Verified review

We were looking for catering services for our small and intimate wedding during December 2015. Food was a big part of the event, but we also had a limited budget, so we shopped around to find someone that would fit our needs. Pete understood our menu concept right away and was able to work with our budget. He didn't fuzz about small details that we wanted to incorporate and went above and beyond to make them happen. He even provided ideas on how to improve the overall experience, not just the food. We interviewed lots of chefs and catering companies and we couldn't be happier about working with Pete. Our foodie friends and family members praised the food, the presentation was extraordinary and the service was very professional. Pete also provided support for the drinks, bringing with him a great mixologist that crafted creative drinks for the crowd. Finally, the next morning Pete prepared brunch for guests that spent the night at the venue (and ourselves) and even tho some things did not go as planned for him (the professional oven broke down!), he was able to have everything ready flawlessly by the time we woke up. Thank you Pete for taking care of such important part of our event! We are looking forward to working with you again.

Chef Rocco Cartia
4.7
from 111 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
Servaes T.
Verified review

Rocco was great. Responsive, flexible, and a great chef. It was delicious. He clearly cares.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lucy C.
Verified review

Sat Khalsa represented himself as described on Thumbtack. He was very professional & easy to work with. His dishes are superb. Sat is not only a seasoned chef, but a very knowledgeable nutritionist. He is a perfect chef for me because I am a foodie to begin with, but I also have to lose weight & eat healthy due to inflammation from auto immune. I am so happy with the delicious meals he prepared for me. I asked him to come back & cook for me next week too. Thank you Sat.

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 96 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 166 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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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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  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
KC K.
Verified review

Fabulous experience! Chef Graham was incredible from first contact. This was our first big party at our home (60 people for a backyard buffet-style bbq) needless to say I was a little nervous but Graham eased my nerves with our first conversation. The menu he put together was outstanding! He communicated clearly and frequently during the planning process. The event went so smoothly. Graham and Eric were delightful and so kind. They took care of everything so that my husband and I were able to enjoy the evening without a worry. And now to the food...It was ridiculously delicious! The gourmet mac and cheese was a huge crowd pleaser. He also made skirt steak with chimichuri and pulled pork sliders with spicy tomato jam, roasted potatoes, quinoa with fresh veggies, and delicious salads. The presentation was a beautiful showcase of the food. It was gorgeous, pleasing to the eye and palate. He did a fantastic job with portions, it was the perfect amount of food. It was a pleasure having Graham in our home. The entire experience was beyond my expectations and I can't wait for our next feast! Several of our friends requested his business cards and are looking forward to planning their own dinner parties. Highest recommendation and compliments to the Chef! Thank you!

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Haya K.
Verified review

I've known Grace for many years. I have been over to her house for home cooked meals that were truly gourmet, and delicious. She also prepared some food and sold it from her home. On the level of catering for large parties, I went to our friend Dave's party last month were Grace did the catering. The food was flawless, delicious, with great presentation, and great variety. I strongly recommend Grace for catering your events.

DaniBensimon Catering
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Allegra B.
Verified review

I lovvvvvvv Daniella's food. Always delicious, fresh, and elegant. Thinking about a meal from her makes me wish she was still in Oakland.

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Custom Creations
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mary H.
Verified review

i cannot recommend Chef Laura enough. I just hired Laura for a small dinner party for my mother-in-law's birthday and she was phenomenal and her dishes were delicious. This was my first time using a personal chef and Laura made the experience easy and enjoyable from start to finish. I looked at quite a few local chefs when I started thinking about a personal chef option and Laura was hands down the most responsive, helpful and offered the most menu options too. Not only did she prepare 3 amazing courses and a lovely cheese/meat platter, she printed off personalized menus, presented and served each lovely course, filled water and wine glasses throughout the night, cut and served the birthday cake (not to mention lit candles and helped my toddler bring it in to the bday girl) and left my kitchen looking spotless with dishes done and all. Oh and everything she made - including the pasta - was gluten free. Dealing with our party's dietary restrictions was no problem for Laura. It was the most stress-free dinner party I've ever hosted and my guests raved about the food. The portions were also large - such a good value. Having Laura in our kitchen was a joy - she is very nice, easy-going and personable. We will definitely be using Laura again in the future! Our guests were even asking for her contact info. Thank you, chef Laura!

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Scott J.
Verified review

Our guests can't stop talking about how delicious everything was. Rose's food was definitely the star of our afternoon cocktail party. We asked for lots of creative bites for our San Francisco foodie crowd, and everything was both yummy and delightful. Among the highlights: chicken and waffles bites and mini tacos. The afternoon went flawlessly. Rose brought a crew of several people, and the food just kept coming for the four hours of our event. And when they were finished, the kitchen was left spotless. We never had to worry about a thing. I highly recommend Rose. It was a joy to turn things over to her. Even though this was our first time working together, I got a good vibe from the very start and felt completely comfortable both during the planning and the day of the event. Honestly, I think this is exactly what you want to have happen when you have a large event (we had 90 guests), and it allowed me to enjoy the day.

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Chef James Reid
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Valerie V.
Verified review

Chef James is an artist. Good chefs are. He is also an excellent teacher – in all the best aspects of the word. He explains the foundation of what he is doing. He repeats and demonstrates basic cooking concepts in different ways to make sure ALL of his class catches on. He talks about cooking theory – but reduces it to immediate practice. His lesson about the difference between taste and flavor was perfect (you need to talk with Chef James). More importantly he lets the class do the work and learn. How awesome is that. Oh yes, you and your friends (or family) have fun.

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy S.
Verified review

My friend recently celebrated her 50th birthday. Her wish? To have a catered dinner at home where she could relax and enjoy a wonderful evening of food, vino and friends. My decision to go with Rainbow Chefs was the BEST CHOICE! They worked with me to create the menu which the chef cooked to PERFECTION! It was a joy to see the guests "ooohh" and "aahhh" as each dish was brought out...Having Rainbow Chefs prepare, serve and clean up allowed the hostesses (me and my friend) to enjoy the event too! It was truly a magical night...I highly recommend them!

LL Services
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin K.
Verified review

Want to do something special for yourself or someone else? Hire LL Services and get the chef who cooks for the Silicon Valley elite. Lucas' dishes are beyond exquisite and I couldn't be happier with the level of care, professionalism and excellence that LL brings to the table. I can't recommend him enough!

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PCJames
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Nilufar K.
Verified review

We had a wonderful time with Chef James. He was so professional and made our dinner experience so memorable. We asked Chef James to let his creative juices flow and surprise us with his recipe (all we asked was that the meals were seasonal and refreshing). He came back with a luau themed meal including: ceviche, apple cabbage salad with ginger sauce, tomato and chard salad, AMAZING tamales, and much, much more. He also brought his own cookware! Thank you for a fun night, chef!

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Phiesty Food Catering
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Melanie D.
Verified review

Chef Cheri has been an ABSOLTE PLEASURE to work with during the prep phase for my friends' special Romantic Dinner for Two! Chef Cheri is extremely professional, open to suggestions, and committed to creating the perfect event! I will surely leave more comments after the dinner.... I know it will be AMAZING!

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Julie G.
Verified review

Hassan is very responsive to the customer's wishes, he answers texts and phone calls promptly, he is a very hard worker, a pleasant person and an excellent chef. However, there was a snafu with a missing ingredient which he had to run and get, and this put a kink in the flow of the evening. Before he left to the grocery, he put most of the menu out for people to enjoy, but by the time he got back and prepared the final dish, people had put their plates down; they all had to be collected, washed and restocked for use again. For this confusion, there needed to be another person to either run to the store or to collect and wash the dishes so the flow was not so interrupted. I would hire Hassan again.

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Debbie Casey, Personal Chef
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Adam P.
Verified review

Debbie is a highly experienced chef that is eager to meet her clients needs. She was very attentive to my dietary needs. Very quick to respond to emails/texts and was able to flexible with scheduling when I had a unforeseen conflict (thanks!). She arrived promptly the day we agreed on, prepared a delicious meal and left the kitchen clean. Highly recommend and will hire again!

  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan J.
Verified review

Chef Sophie did a birthday dinner party for 6 in San Francisco and was a complete gem! She always got back to me quickly, worked with me regarding guest dietary restrictions and created a delicious menu that everyone enjoyed - AND was fun addition to the party. I'd fully recommend her.

Affordable Chef Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 21 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!

  • 19 years in business
  • 11 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!

Table & Terrace Catering
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shami R.
Verified review

Tonya was very warm from our first contact. She definitely listened to what I needed and quickly put together some ideas. She is very flexible and never lets on that you are taking up her (very precious and little) free time. The evening of the event: I finally met Tonya and Israel. They went right to work with very little direction from me (their staff had to do final set up of the tables). My guests raved about the presentation and quality of the hors d’ouevres. Dinner was beautiful, delicious, and service was lovely. Just to top it off, no other caterer/chef service we have used has left our kitchen and home in such great shape. I can’t wait to book the team again.

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