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Santa Monica Chefs

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

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Chef Marcel Catering
5.0
from 113 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 127 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
  • 8 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Vanessa G.
Verified review

We hosted an event for 150 people and Chef Boris and Carolina were wonderful with catering our event. Communication was great and our guests loved the food!

Madkins Catering
4.5
from 77 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
Ruthie R.
Verified review

Food was great, Chef and his assistant were very nice and professional

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The Catering Carnival
4.7
from 64 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Heather B.
Verified review

The response was quick and efficient so that part I would give 5 stars. The part that I wish was a little more professional was the presentation of the food. We had to ask the chef to describe his food and we had to set our own table, which in the past when we've had personal chefs that was done for us. The halibut was cooked perfectly and we enjoyed our meal very much. The chef was pleasant and you could tell he "loved" what he is doing which is so important. If we ever come back to Terranea we would use the Catering Carnival again.

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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
  • 4 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Michele J.
Verified review

I loved working with Susan Kowalski from Wild Thyme Catering. She was professional, helpful, positive, and personable. At the last minute, I decided to throw my husband a surprise birthday dinner for 8 people. I wanted to try something new and have a chef prepare dinner in our home. Susan was able to work with the short time frame and within our budget. She listened to what I said my husband would like and helped me put together a fabulous menu. The food was outstanding and exactly what we talked about. Everyone had a great meal and an awesome time. I definitely recommend Susan, and hope to have her back sometime in the near future.

Top Pro
  • 21 years in business
  • 109 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!

From The Grill Catering
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Robin S.
Verified review

I hired Chef Ana to prepare and deliver Thanksgiving dinner. She designed a menu for me to fit my needs. I kept adding things right up until the week of Thanksgiving and she was very kind and agreeable. The food looked wonderful and tasted delicious! My guests were very happy. Thanks Chef Ana!

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Clarissa R.
Verified review

Chef Alexis made catering a meal in LA from MI a breeze!! Her communication is excellent and her food is even better. The lunches were a HUGE hit with our clients and really helped make my company stand out! We highly recommend So Divine Catering and are already working with them for our next round of luncheons!

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Aioli
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 33 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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Shana D.
Verified review

We had WeHo cater our company managers dinner at our home and everything was excellent! The food and service was great. We couldn't have been happier and best of all - All of the managers loved it and we are looking forward to next year.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Wendy R.
Verified review

I truly enjoyed working with Amy. I had never hired a private chef for an event before so was nervous about quality and professionalism but I couldn't have made a better choice than Amy! She was super-responsive and pro-active with ideas and suggestions. We had a pretty hard-to-please group and everyone commented how wonderful everything tasted and especially how nice it was to not have to slave over the meal in the kitchen. Amy's pricing is also very fair and open to working with various budget ranges. There is no doubt I (and the dinner guests) will be contacting Amy in the future! Look no further than Amy...she's the best!

  • 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!

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany W.
Verified review

Chef Lofthouse is incredible. He catered my 26th birthday party and fed 32 famished twenty somethings. Everything was amazing from the stuffed mushrooms to the bbq sliders! He was prompt, responsive and immensely attentive. I never saw an empty tray the entire night. This allowed me to relax and enjoy the party because I knew that he was 100% on top of it. We all know how hard it is to let go when you're hosting a party because you want everything to be great and your guests to be happy. I don't think I've ever had a party run as smoothly as this one and Chef Lofthouse was a big part of that. I will not only be hiring him again but I've already referred him to all my friends and clients. Thank you for a great night Chef!

Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

Wow! What an AMAZING experience I had working with Chef Greg. I hired Greg for my girlfriend’s birthday dinner. We had a total of 16 of her family members, and not a single one of us was disappointed. Greg was extremely attentive, and worked with my every step of the way through dietary restriction and a curveball pescatarian. He was extremely professional and he and his assistant, Chef Brian, led us through an incredible meal. We are already in the process of trying to hire him again. The food was phenomenal, presentation immaculate, and our night was epic as promised. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy T.
Verified review

Steven came to our home, to serve my husband and me our anniversary dinner. He brought a beautifully printed out menu explaining the courses. He brought his own dishware which was lovely. From the well displayed appetizers to the meal itself ... we were delighted! The food was five star! And dessert was impressive! A very wonderful experience from beginning to end. What a treat to have an impeccably dressed chef walk through the door of our home and create pure deelish!!! Thank you to Steven!!! Michael and Cindy Thee Ashburn, Virginia

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!

A Wayfaring Chef
4.7
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Skye J.
Verified review

Jessie is an absolute doll and a fantastic chef! i highly recommend her for any event.

Chef Mikey of Playa Vista
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kristen B.
Verified review

We have used Chef Mikey for both meal prep and catering. He is truly a gem. The meals he has prepped are flavorful, good variety and perfectly portioned. The last party Chef Mikey catered for us, he made jerk chicken wings that people couldn’t stop talking about. I’m craving them right now! I would highly recommend him for meal prep, private dinner parties or catering!

  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kellz C.
Verified review

Acacia has catered private events for me and been the head chef at a former restaurant i used to bartend at. She is always professional and provides excellent food! Clients and customers always rave about the flavors and presentation! Great food can make or break an event and Acacia's catering services will guarantee to make your event a success every time!

Chef Cesar Cuisine
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Irene T.
Verified review

Had corporate event catered by Chef Cesar Cuisine. Love the food! And customer service is excellent.

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