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Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patti G.
Verified review

Stacy made a great dinner for our dinner party. I haven't ever done this before, I always cook myself. It was a fun treat to enjoy with my guests vs. being in the kitchen cooking. Not something I can afford to do often, but definitely fun to try! Thank you!

Chris Gardner Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Laura B.
Verified review

Chris is simply amazing. An amazing chef and an amazing instructor. We learned so much from him. I would highly recommend him for any event or cooking class.

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Fruitcakes Chef Services
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bonny K.
Verified review

Kathy did a terrific job of cooking in our tiny kitchen. She was personable, prompt, and patient. We had a fabulous meal of macadamia nut crusted chicken, Caesar salad, sweet potato with caramelized onions and coconut milk, pork wettest wraps, flourless chocolate cak. We learned how to make these things contributed to the meal and enjoyed a delicious meal. Kathy's price was reasonable and extremely fair what she did., I can highly recommend her.

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Krista H.
Verified review

Valerie started cooking for my family this week. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and eat her tasty and healthy food. Highly recommend.

Vegetarian Oasis
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Charlyn R.
Verified review

The only reason I am giving a 4star is because I had my food shipped over seas and it had to be frozen so it took away from some of the taste. For the food to have to be prepped and zip sealed and shipped overall was a 5 Star can not wait to taste everything fresh now that I have come back stateside. The punctuality of the shipment was just on time for the holidays when I was missing homecooked meals and the shipping itself was not too costly. Will definitely be ordering through this company again.

commis.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michael E.
Verified review

Superlatives cannot describe my cooking experience with Monterey. She was Very friendly, high energy and very patient!!! Put it Simply, she was AWESOME!!! The food was so delicious that I would rather prepare my food instead of going to a restaurant. 😎

Chef Bai
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Cheri R.
Verified review

Chef Bai changed the way I think, feel and approach the food I eat. What I have learned from her is that I still can enjoy delicious food that I enjoy to cook while having it be really good for myself and my family as well. She even helped us with our special dietary needs including the fact that I must eat gluten free.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie L.
Verified review

Kathleen provided all the support and confidence I needed to start cooking vegan! Loved the recipe suggestions..they were all super tasty even though I'm not the best cook! Thank you, Kathleen!

PB Natural Foods
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ale P.
Verified review

We arrived at the Fishbone Kitchen where Chef Bear is the executive chef and were immediately served many nice dishes of fresh ceviche while we waited for our class. Once in the kitchen, we learned many cool techniques for knife skills and other techniques like oyster shucking and removing the skin from a salmon without using a knife! Chef Bear was informative and hospitable. The only reason I am removing a star is because the kitchen we were in was very small (he did have a larger kitchen for us but the location fell through at the last moment) and took away from the experience for some of the participants due to it being difficult to see or hear -- positioning and noise level was a culprit. But all in all it was a very cool experience at a very reasonable rate. Chef Bear did everything he could to customize the class for us according to our interests, needs and experience levels. I would recommend him.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Bruce K.
Verified review

Ellena is a joy to work with. I had the pleasure of taking a number of cooking lessons in my home with Ellena who was a patient and encouraging teacher as I learned new recipes and cooking techniques. She is a creative, knowledgeable and experienced chef who also catered a delicious dinner party for our family's summer reunion. She is a consummate professional yet friendly and hospitable and someone I would highly recommend.

Bw's California Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tom S.
Verified review

We hired Brian to cook for a group of 22 for our friends 30th B'day party. Leading up to the event, communication was fantastic - Brian was responsive, communicative, and flexible with regard to logistics, menu selection, etc. He was happy to accommodate our requests, but able to offer informed, thoughtful recommendations in areas where we deferred to him, which we really appreciated since this was our first time hiring a chef for an event. During the party Brian and his assistant were efficient and competent - everything ran ahead-of-schedule, and the food was fantastic! All our guests have asked for his card to hire him for their special events, and we look forward to having Brian cook for us again!

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I am just starting out, as far as going into others' homes to help them with cooking. I felt this was a way to make them feel at home, and make it much easier to teach them the basics of cooking. I do everything from desserts to some French food; and catering is a favourite. Here at Dee's, we know not everyone is a born cook/chef, but we all can learn the basics and have fun making many different types of food and drinks. We just have fun, as we learn together, you will get a great deal out of cooking with Dee (Donna). I love people and cooking, so here at my place, together we shall learn to cook and enjoy life. Make that man or woman in your life never want to leave nor get enough.

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I specialize in teaching how to convert traditional recipes to lighter and cleaner fare. I encourage instinctive creativity in the kitchen.

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Passionate about great food since childhood, I have worked and developed numerous food and beverage operations and have taught/coached all ages how to make good food on their own. Anything from event planning, catering and instruction are available, and I work one-on-one or in a group environment. Cuisini Turini is on Facebook.

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I can accommodate families who are extremely busy taking care of financial obligations. I will make sure that your family has the best meal their taste buds could encounter. Theresa Spencer

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I am an allergy-aware private chef, instructor, and consultant with a focus on organic, local and seasonal ingredients. I excel at seamlessly and unobtrusively shopping, prepping, cooking, sharing, teaching and cleaning in private residences for families, especially those with specific dietary needs.

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I offer in-home chef services, catering, cooking classes and kitchen design for companies and individuals.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am the type of assistant that has a positive, Can DO attitude. I pay attention to detail. Able to multi task. Do you need any of the following errands or responsibilities completed throughout your day but can't seem to find time to get it all done with your busy schedule? You can relax knowing I am there to help. I always have a positive attitude and all responsibilities are timely and sufficiently taken care of. -Chef: shop, prepare, cook, clean I also teach cooking lessons, catering of any event and I can provide bartenders if needed -Meal preparation: fresh cooked meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner or prepare and freeze for easy meals to reheat -Household: laundry/ironing, dishes, take trash out and basic household duties -Personal shopping: Gifts, Cards, Flowers arrangement with delivery or other personal shopping -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Pampering: Coffee/Tea/Smoothie/ Beverage and serve it to you - Organization: Your house, bedrooms, closets, garage, basement, home, office and storage/sheds Errands: dry cleaning, groceries, post office/shipping needs, returns, prescriptions, pick up or drop offs -Pet care: walking, feeding, taking outside -Child Care: I do drop off and/or school pick up, pack lunches, snacks, breakfast/dinner, help with homework or when you need a break keep them occupied with fun activities -Vehicles: oil exchange, repairs, gas, car wash/other -Personal assistant services: appointment scheduling, reminder service, travel arrnagements/packing, filing, mail sorting, office help, meal planning/delivery, event planning -Medication: Organize and reminders -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Decorate: Put up/Take down Holiday decorations, box carefully take pictures of where decorations go, put them in a small album and label/organize -Travel assistance: resort/lodging arrangements, transportation & rental car arrangements, airline/flight tickets -Handywoman: small repairs, hang pictures/shelving/ mirrors/other My rates vary depending on your needs and how many days you will need me per week. I am typically $12-$15 hourly or I offer a 6 hour a day for $70 I am up for discussion it really depends on your needs. I am flexible.

  • 9 years in business
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I put my heart and soul into every single menu service. No matter what the budget, I always put my client first and work hard to provide their needs and wants.

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How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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