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Santa Ana Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Santa Ana.

Top Pro
Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 115 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Aitana C.
Verified review

Marcel was amazing! It was a five star experience from the service he offered, to the food he cooked, to the time he took to prep for my event. We had two chefs at my event who were amazed and very impressed with his cooking! I highly recommend him!

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Amos R.
Verified review

We had the pleasure of working with Chef Mike for our wedding reception and we're beyond satisfied with the experience he provided us. He was responsive and professional, and was able to accommodate us on such short notice (little under 2 months) and work with our venue host. You will not find a better experience, quality, and quantity for his price. From the food tasting, to last minute details. The food was amazing all of our guests were delighted with the meals and presentation, with the bartender Chef Mike provided, he even came himself to meet and greet the guests and ourselves. We highly recommend Gourmet Your Way and Chef Mike, we would love to have his business for future events. Thank you again Chef -Mr. & Mrs. Rivas

Mr. WorldWide Catering
4.9
from 90 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
Alexis M.
Verified review

Jose is very responsive and has great service, along with him being a great chef of course! He traveled to my parents house for us to do a tasting for our wedding and we were blown away. It was amazing. We got so many compliments from our friends and family about how good the food was. With that being said I have a couple nitpicky complaints for constructive feedback: The plates and silverware were not what we had originally discussed at the tasting. They were supposed to be the nice plastic that looked real and we got clear which looked cheesy to us. It could have had to do with the fact that we did the tasting about a year in advance and things could have been forgotten or overlooked but the change was never communicated to us. Also, my husband requested to have a spicy BBQ sauce during our tasting and the BBQ sauce was on the side at that time. We discussed having spicy and mild options. I was very excited for the pulled pork at the wedding but it had spicy BBQ sauce all over it! I thought it was going to be on the side, like it was during the tasting. It was so spicy that I couldn't even eat it. :( One of our aunts was not able to eat any of the meat because it was "too peppery" but that was the only other complaint that we got. Other than that everyone loved it. Everything was great and I would still highly recommend Mr. WorldWide Catering, it just wasn't quite perfect for my event.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kristina C.
Verified review

From the initial inquiry to the night of the event, it was a pleasure working with them all. Carolina is a pleasure to speak with and work with prior to the event. Chef Boris & the Server - Gustavo were amazing on the night of the event! Our guests were so happy. Thank you again!

Madkins Catering
4.6
from 79 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
Jianxiong Y.
Verified review

The catering staff was amazing and polite. We got one chef, one assistant, one server and one DJ. They arrived on time. Server helped us set up and clean up everything. DJ was great! They did a wonderful job! Price is very reasonable and acceptable. Paid them with extra tips when service is finished. Love the team! Recommend for any events!

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The Catering Carnival
4.8
from 66 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lena R.
Verified review

I hired these guys about a year ago for a small dinner party, about 5 of us. It was such a great experience! It was a while ago so I can't remember the chef's name, I think it was David, he was on time, professional, super friendly, did a great job working with my tiny apartment kitchen and crappy old stove. The food was impeccable! No joke BEST crab cakes I've ever had in my life! We all had a great time and my friends were also so impressed with the food. They still talk about the dinner. I'm not a fancy person who hires private chefs all the time, it was my first, but it was such a great experience I would do it again if a special occasion came up and would absolutely hire him again! Highly recommend! It took so long to leave this review because I forgot to do it last year and I'm an outta sight outta mind person, unfortunately, but I just got on here to look for another service and saw them on my list and had to leave this review. Won't disappoint!

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Chef Marc's Meal Prep
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Andrea K.
Verified review

Thank goodness for chefs like Mark who cook the way you want, and need, to eat when the last thing you want to do is cook for yourself when you're ill. I'm so greatful to have been introduced to him when I needed it the most. Mark is a great guy who cares about your healing. He's prepared the most healthy and delicious dishes. He'll work with you so that every dish delivered is what you like. And his selection is so broad that you won't eat the same thing again and again. Though some times you'll wish you did!

Top Pro
  • 21 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jordan R.
Verified review

Had a great experience with Executive Chef Mark Kearney and Team. To set expectations before the review, I like to consider myself a food lover...not a critic, just a food lover. I love great dining experiences and am equally critical or disappointed when they fall short. My family and I were hosting Christmas Dinner for a total of 10 family members. I found Chef Mark on Thumbtack based on his previous reviews. Roy (part of Mark's team) promptly reached out with thought-starters for the meal and breakout of pricing. Over the next few weeks Roy, Mark and I worked closely crafting the perfect menu for my traditional Christmas dinner, while staying within my budget parameters. To note, Chef Mark is priced higher than some of the other chefs I was in contact with, but I'm glad we went with Mark based on the outcome. The menu consisted of 4 gourmet hors d oeuvres passed around while we opened presents. A fan favorite was the roasted fig with gorgonzola and prosciutto. Then time for dinner. We sat at the dining table and were served Butternut Ravioli as an appetizer, Lobster Bisque soup (a bit on the spicy side - only critique I have with the food all night) and an organic baby butterleaf salad with incredible apricot balsamic vinaigrette. The main course was both a grilled beef tenderloin (prepared to your liking) and pan roasted turkey breast. Sides that accompanied the main course were brocollini, green beans and bacon/garlic mashed potatoes. Everything (except the soup) was beyond 5 stars in terms of presentation, taste and expectations. Lastly we were served two very decadent and delicious deserts - a molten lava cake and traditional bread pudding. Two things to mention. My wife was forced (by her OBGYN) into a new diet two days prior to the Christmas dinner consisting of no dairy and no soy. When Chef Mark arrived we asked him what had dairy and soy ingredients and he quickly and thoughtfully mentioned that he could make my wife's servings without either dairy or soy. Talk about going above and beyond. This was much appreciated and set the tone for the entire dinner! I would potentially ask for two servers for the evening on future events. One to solely serve as sous chef, helping Mark prepare the food in the kitchen and the other server to help set the table, serve food, wine, etc.. throughout the evening. The 5 hours that Mark and Team allocate for the evening can go quickly. This might alleviate that. Either way, a great experience and thank you Mark and Team!

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Caron B.
Verified review

First of all Susan is delightful which is great cause who needs a snarky chef with attitude. On top of that she is a great chef. We asked for an American meat based menu and got the tastiest short rib in a Parmesan crust in individual bowls. I can't wait to use Susan again.

Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 48 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
William C.
Verified review

Food delivery was a little late, but the Chefs stayed and helped with set-up and service even though they were not contracted too. They carved the turkey on location and stayed for the whole event. They also supplied plates and utensils even though we did not ask for them. They were great from start to finish with food left over after feeding 130.

  • 15 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Mary M.
Verified review

I hired Rich for a small event at my house yesterday. Before the party, Rich was always answering my phone calls and texts with any question or concerns I had. The day of the party he did an EXCELLENT job bartending and walking around to make sure everyones glasses we full! He even went to the extent to help entertain my 2 year old during dinner time and helped the chef move empty dishes! He was truly amazing and a great price and i will definitely use him again!

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Traveling Chef
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Niasha W.
Verified review

Everything was Marvelous, the ladies and I enjoyed Chef Travis and Chef Jerome. Will book again thx for such a awesome brunch.... that's pancakes were to die for and I'm not even a breakfast person!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Aioli
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Bobby B.
Verified review

Jordan is an excellent chef and caterer. He produces food that is way beyond the standard catering services. If you want cookie cutter catering go with someone else. If you want really great food at a great price stop on by or use his catering.

One Hot Dish Catering Co.
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Dashawn R.
Verified review

Michelle from One HOT Dish Catering was hired as a 'one time' personal chef at my home. I requested that Michelle provide me and my guest with a fine dining experience with five star restaurant service. She didn't disappoint. Michelle transformed of portion of my home into an elegant dining corner and prepared a full course meal with the culinary expertise reminiscent of Flemings. If you weren't in awe of the table setting and china flatware then you were marveled by her attentive service and the exquisite manner in which explained each dish. We felt like royalty. We can't wait to do it again!

SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Dan P.
Verified review

Chef Steven and his team made us a fantastic meal, got the oohs and aahs from my parents (it was a 45th anniversary dinner for them) as well as younger crowd at the meal. In fact, we're still talking about the tomato tartare dish he came up with. The chef and his team handled passed appetizers, absolutely inventive and delicious cocktails, setup and cleanup all for a completely reasonable fee per person. They used our dishes/silverware/glassware but cleaned everything up and left the kitchen spotless. Multiple people from the dinner have asked for their contact info so they can book Chef Steven in the future. We wouldn't hesitate to book them for our next party.

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
Verified review

I was working out with a trainer, and doing cardio at least 6 times a week; I was barely moving the needle on the scale I stood on each day. My trainer was very helpful in helping me realize it was what I was eating each day and not eating enough of the “right” foods. My trainer had suggested I look at a few meal plans. As I was looking at this options I knew if I got the “standard” meal plan delivery from one of the well-known companies, I would end up throwing half of the food away. I then made a conscious effort to explore and search for other options, and I discovered Carmi. I have been very pleased with my results, and I have been utilizing her personal chef services for almost two years! My original plan was to utilize her for six months, as I prepared to be on a web-series reality show. I dropped the weight I needed and I made a choice to continue with her. I love that we design my meals each week, and we change them according to my palate, and what I need to help keep me healthy. I will tell you all of her meals are scrumptious and addictive! I have regular requests each week, as I must have those dishes! She is very dependable, reachable and always ready to work with you. This is a truly one-on-one personal chef design. Take all of those frozen food meals in your freezer and toss them out; as Carmi’s meals are fresh and organic and just plain yummy!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Amy is a great chef and great company! Not only was she professional and timely in all of our communication pre-event, but she was so gracious and accommodating during the event. Everything she made—dinner and drinks—was absolutely delicious and I'd recommend Amy to anyone.

Fitch's Kitchen
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Vanessa R.
Verified review

EVERYTHING I have ordered from Fitch's Kitchen was extremely flavorful and delicious! And Chef Fitch is extremely flexible, great customer service. Keep up the good work!

  • 15 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Orlisha H.
Verified review

Chef L has made eating healthier so much easier! Chef L not only delivers, but accommodates to special dietary needs. He is well versed in the knowledge of nutrition and he takes the time to educate his customers. Finding organic,affordable and tasty vegetarian meals seemed impossible, but thanks to Chef L I have that now! My favorite dish so far is the Vegtable Moussaka! Thanks Chef L for my tasty and affordable lunches!

CuisinebyValerie
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Radha M.
Verified review

She's an outstanding chef. I receive her services continually on a weekly basis and her meals are delicious yet healthy. She's very accommodating to my needs and makes sure I get exactly what I want. I highly recommend her!

  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Natalyn B.
Verified review

Chef Steve did an amazing job preparing a luncheon at my home in Laguna Beach for 50 people. . The portions were large and scrumptious with lots of leftovers. I would definitely recommend him and will use his service again. Thanks Steve for a job well done.

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