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Santa Cruz Home Chefs

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

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

We wanted to schedule a cooking lesson as a birthday gift for our 17 year old son, who says he would like to attend culinary school after he receives a PhD in Chemistry, and Chef Rocco was truly a perfect match! Throughout the entire process (interviewing, scheduling, and instructing) Chef Rocco was friendly and attentive, and his calm and organized style set the tone for a very relaxing yet educational session of making pasta (and a sauce, of course!) from scratch. He continuously made sure that each of us had ample time and opportunity to practice every skill that he demonstrated. He provided both specific and practical guidance, and he delivered limited but valuable critique in a very kind, thoughtful, and encouraging way. While he instructed and engaged each of us in making the recipes, Chef Rocco not only tailored the lesson to our son's interest (and our goals for the session) but also treated our son as if he was already on his way to becoming a chef. Whether it is true remains unseen, but Chef Rocco clearly understands the essence and effect of good teaching. As for the homemade fettuccini pasta with fresh vegetable sauce? Magnifico! It was so good that we ordered the pasta attachments for our Kitchen-Aid mixer!

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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!

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

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.

ProOrg
4.1
from 28 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Bailey L.
Verified review

I struggled keeping up with the massive amounts of paper coming through my home and office. It was to the point where my mail was creating unnecessary clutter robbing me of my much needed space. The best decision I could have made was to hire Theres no space like home to assist in this paper management problem that was bringing me down. Theres no SPACE like HOME not only organized my space, they created an efficient, functional system tailored specifically to my needs and habits for managing my household and handling all the paperwork. I learned that regular maintenance requires simple, efficient and quick routines to keep it in good condition. I strongly recommend There's No SPACE Like HOME for all your home and office organizational needs. They have truly made a profound difference in my life.

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Green Chow Down
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Leah A.
Verified review

Angela is an exceptional caterer! We hired her for a long (10 day) job for a production crew, serving multiple meals for VERY hungry people. I heard consistently that they were the best meals the crew had ever had on a job. She was very thorough in her choices, and made it obvious that she takes pride in what she cooks, plans, and serves. We plan to make Angela our go-to caterer for ALL future jobs. As much as I would love to tell you to stay away so we can hoard her...you HAVE to hire Angela and try her meals for yourself!

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!!

Be Your Own Guest
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Annie F.
Verified review

Mary Ellen and her crew helped me with my 30th birthday party with about 35 guests. She had great suggestions for not only food, but for the logistics of the whole party including rentals, what kind of drinks to buy and how many, etc. They cooked right in our kitchen, and left is spotless at the end of the night. The guests raved about the food, which was mango quesadillas, chicken piccata, salmon, and veggies to name a few. Mary Ellen and her crew were friendly, professional, and very easy to work with -- I would not hesitate to hire them again in the future.

TASTE-FULL EVENTS, LLC
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene C.
Verified review

Wow!! Just Wow!! Chef Judith Green catered our company holiday party last Friday and it was amazing. First, and very impressive, she showed up with an army of chefs and servers. They layed out two tables of bountiful delight! Cheeses, hummus, herbs from her garden. Whole Salmon, Asian sliders, veggies, and incredible desserts!! Our CEO was so impressed. She made me and our company look good. Not only will I hire her again, I plan to recommend her to everyone in need of a caterer. Thank you so much!!

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!

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.

  • 19 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn D.
Verified review

Karla was an absolute joy to work with. She loves her job and it shows in her work. Karla was flexible, prompt in her replies to questions and her staff was professional and so friendly! The food got rave reviews from my guests - and the delicious leftovers were enjoyed by even more people! Let Karla cater your event. You won't be disappointed.

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!

V&S Event Services
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Ferren F.
Verified review

I have nothing but amazing things to say about Vanessa and her team. To start, I booked her super last minute (literally the day before I needed her). I was scrambling to pull together and offsite meeting that got moved 200 miles away due to the tragic fires happening in Northern California. Vanessa came to my aid by helping me brainstorm a fun, interactive activity for the team at their offsite remote location. She set up an amazing wine and whiskey tasting event that the team just loved! Everything was tailored to perfection! She event created customized wine glasses that each member of the team got to take home with them. To make matters more complex, the location where the event was happened to be located in a remote with limited (to no) resources to catering, grocery stores, etc. Did I mention that I was coordinating this entire event remotely ?!?! Vanessa stepped up and offered to not only provide an awesome team building event, but picked up dinner, plate it to perfection, and bartended for the reminder of the evening. This was phenomenal!!! Working with her was not only a joy, but easy and smooth. I can't wait to work with her again. You would be a fool not to book her 100x over!

The Session
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Viviane F.
Verified review

My mother is an awesome chef, I would recommend The Session to my mother that's how awesome his food is. Seriously cannot recommend enough, he is professional and creative!

Rainbow Chefs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Stefanie S.
Verified review

Had a great experience with Rainbow Chefs! They worked with us to keep in budget while still serving a FANTASTIC dinner. My mouth still waters for that chicken piccata! The chef was punctual, creative and gracious. We will definitely use them again!

  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy R.
Verified review

Meenu has been teaching cooking camp at La Toque de Cindy for two years. She's a pleasure to work with and I get so many lovely notes of appreciation from the students and the parents of the students about her classes. She has a wonderful method to teach the kids about various cultures by teaching young chefs how to cook cuisines from various countries.

  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
Verified review

Hannah is an absolute delight! Her professionalism and skills in the kitchen raise the bar for chefs everywhere. I had the pleasure of ordering Hannah's homemade bread- let me tell you, you won't find bread that's better! I look forward to working with Hannah again in the near future.

HANLOH
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn S.
Verified review

Working with Lalita was a dream! She catered my birthday dinner for a small group of girlfriends at a getaway in Watsonville. Lalita was always very responsive to my inquiries and helped me craft an amazing menu for my budget. She was professional throughout my entire interaction with her. And the food!! We can't stop raving about the food. All the dishes she cooked for us were out of this world in terms of flavor and richness. The chicken wings were to die for! They were crispy and light, sweet and tangy -- probably one of the best Asian chicken wings I've ever had. The noodles were light and packed with fresh seafood. The panang curry with the coconut cream sauce was so rich and complex; all my guests said that was the best dish. Lalita's attention to detail was impeccable. Her service was attentive. She has a very sweet personality and we enjoyed talking to her about her food and her journey as a chef-entrepreneur. The dinner party went off without a hitch and we are grateful to have had Lalita be a part of it. I am definitely going to hire her again to cater dinners and parties for me. It was such a pleasure to work with Lalita.

Rainbow Chefs San Francisco
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracy F.
Verified review

It what can only be described as a limited and challenging environment, Rainbow Chefs provided a gourmet dinner for my executives that was truly exquisite. Everything about the process was handled well with great communication from Lana. I chose Rainbow Chefs after initial conversations with more than 20 caterers because I was convinced that she was really listening to me. Chef Nicholas created a masterpiece of a dinner that was enjoyed by everybody. It was the highlight of a long day.

  • New on Thumbtack
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