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San Jose Private Chefs

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

Top Pro
Chef Pete Coleman
4.9
from 138 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 243 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 113 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 171 hires on Thumbtack
Janet G.
Verified review

I hired Chef Rocco to give my 17 and 18 year old nieces a cooking lesson. He was informative, fun and interactive. The dishes we made were delicious and easy. He showed us proper knife skills and good kitchen organization. I would definitely recommend Chef Rocco for cooking lessons or as a private chef for your next party!

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Cazadores Catering
4.9
from 98 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 167 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!

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 157 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Carmen C.
Verified review

Sat was a wonderful chef for our private dinner party. He made incredibly food that the entire dinner party very much enjoyed and was very accommodating to our requests. Sat was professional and we were extremely comfortable having conversations. He was personable and accommodating.

A Plus Catering
4.3
from 87 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 150 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!

Bouquet Catering
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
Dana M.
Verified review

I have worked with many chefs in the past and Stephanie stood out as exceptional not only for the wonderful food she made, but also for her easy going nature and ability to accommodate our many additions requests. She truly went above and beyond and our event was a great success due to her hard work. I am looking forward to working with her in the future and I hughkg recommend her.

DNL Catering
4.7
from 70 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 129 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

Quiche and Carry
4.6
from 64 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Shamus T.
Verified review

Quiche & Carry (Chef Deborah Moss and her assistants) prepared a tasty feast for my guests. The items were extraordinary! I took a bite of a spring roll to be pleasantly surprised with a flavorful curry marinade on the tofu. The salad and dressing were flavored with mint. The miniature quiches and stuffed mushrooms were especially delicious. There were bite sized fruit tarts, pecan pie, and a gorgeous fruit platter. And so much more! Many of my guests told me that the food was, "Amazing!" Thank you Quiche & Carry for making my event one that I and my guests will never forget.

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Graceful Kitchen
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 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!

Top Pro
  • 13 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Carole K.
Verified review

My husband forgot to tell me he had agreed to host a cocktail party for 40 guest only 8 days away. When I talked to Graham he said he was available and within a day he had a menu and some suggestions about the bar.Graham arrived at our apartment in S.F. 2 hours before the event and just made everything so easy and and gracious that the party seemed like it had been planned way in advance. Graham served small bites of very tasty canapes and wonderful french style sliders that satisfied everyone. The whole evening was a success from set up to clean up and I was able to enjoy being the hostess and not worry about anything. Graham makes eating good food a total joy and I look forward to catering future parties with him as the Chef. Carole

Kitchen 350
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany Z.
Verified review

Matt was amazing! I just started a new role at work, directly serving the Chairman of our company. I had 5 days to plan a private dinner for 31 guests from 3,000 miles away...without seeing the space. There were so many other pieces for me to manage outside of food and tables/chairs. Matt was an absolute lifesaver. He went to the house beforehand and looked at the space to recommend a set up. We changed several details in the short 3 days we had to plan (after he was selected as vendor). Matt kept with all the changes. The day of, there was a mix up with flower arrangements (totally my fault). Matt jumped in to save the day driving to a local florist and picking up flowers. I did not have the pleasure of eating the food, but the chairman’s wife told me how good it was. She said all guests were very happy. The next day, the chairman emailed me & my supervisor to comment on the success of the event. Oh, and his pricing is incredible. I would absolutely hire them again.

Rainbow Chefs
4.7
from 27 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 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 23 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Joy C.
Verified review

Chef Lovelace is everything you would hope for in a private chef - incredibly talented, professional, good natured, and easy to work with. The food was delicious - so much depth and texture as well as beautiful plated. His kitchen setup was efficient and left the kitchen spotless. And his menu creations are thoughtful, refined, and well-balanced. Chef Lovelace was gracious enough to customize our meal based on preferences and diet and even suggested wine pairings for each course. Our group of women could not have asked for a better fine-dining experience in the comfort our own home. A much preferred experience than dining in a 5-star restaurant. We highly recommend Chef Lovelace and look forward to using him at our next occasion!

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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!

Mise En Place
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine Y.
Verified review

So glad we hired Dan from Mise En Place for our most recent dinner party! After discussing options with him, we went with the Kokkari-inspired menu on his website. It tasted exactly like the dishes we've had there so many times. Amazing. We've already booked him for another party in a few weeks. So happy we found Mise En Place on Thumbtack — Dan's now our go-to home chef!

Beach Bum Sweets
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Xin L.
Verified review

This is my first time working with Gaby. I was taking a risk as the cake I ordered was for a dinner party for 12 adult, half of whom are amazing home chefs and two are professionally trained chefs. A friend got a job at Google and so, to surprise him, I ordered this cake (pics) for the party. Gaby was easy AND pleasant to communicate with. She made me a coconut pineapple flavored cake with rainbow layered inside to match the google colors. The crowd, 12 adults and 11 kids went crazy with how beautiful the cake was. Lots and lots of photos later, we finally got to taste it and suddenly the room got quiet. everyone kept shaking their heads with their eyes closed. The cake was so delicious, there was no sound for like 30 seconds. Gaby, I will be hiring you again and again. My friends asked for your contact info. Thank you for such an amazing cake that more than pleased my chef friends and the kids!

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
  • 14 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!

Just Jacquie
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly W.
Verified review

Jacquie is great! She helped me with cooking and hosting an amazing birthday BBQ, with highlights such as grilled corns, bacon wrapped hot dogs and amazing salads. She knows exactly what she is doing and has a very much non-bullit style at work, which I really appreciate. Thank you Thumbtack for finding me such a great chef!

El Patio Mexican Birrieria
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 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!

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