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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
4.9
from 109 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 120 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
  • 114 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!

  • 8 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Angela J.
Verified review

OMG! I can't say enough good things about our organization's experience with Zen Craft Catering. This was the first time using Thumbtack to secure services and I was a little nervous. Our organization was planning a holiday party and was trying to decide what to do about feeding our 50 guests. We were considering some type of delivery or catering but wasn't sure if we could swing getting a caterer on short notice. After putting in all of our information (late on a Sunday evening) we had a reply the very next day. Once we got in touch with Zen Craft Catering, and looked at their website, we were immediately impressed with the variety of the holiday party menu. After speaking with Amy, she worked with us to put together a menu, paying attention to our needs for vegan and vegetarian options. We were able to confirm the menu and work out all of the logistics in less than one day. Amy and Chef Sauber arrived at our event right on time with everything. (I was really impressed that their executive chef showed up for our small event). They completed their food prep and set up of buffet quickly. We were ready to kick off our party without a hitch. Zen Craft Catering went above and beyond, chef Sauber even made a second trip to get vegan dressing for our salad. The food was FANTASTIC! It looked gorgeous and was very flavorful. There was the right amount for the number of guests, and even some leftovers. Our guests raved about the food (the lobster mac and cheese was a hit, and the salmon with honey and chipotle glaze also received high praise. The kale salad with mandarin oranges and cherries was also popular). They treated us like a valuable client, were warm, friendly and professional. We are excited to have found a catering that can work with us. We are a community based organization that has done events and they exceeded out expectations. We look forward to working with them on future events!

Madkins Catering
4.5
from 75 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 183 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
4.7
from 60 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kami B.
Verified review

Kelsea cooked me and my family an amazing dinner for Mother's Day. Even though it was at the last minute she made it happen! The food was delicious! Thank you again Kelsea!!

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 77 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
  • 104 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!

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Sierra Madre Catering
4.6
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Myra V.
Verified review

Everybody loved the food.the servers/chefs, were very pleasant and professional.

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

I was extremely delighted with Chef Ana and her team and all that they brought to the table - literally and figuratively. We found ourselves in a tight spot with no caterer on a commercial shoot all the way out in Ventura the day before the shoot, and From The Grill answered the call and got the job done for us at the very last minute and at a price that stayed within our budget. The food was delicious and the crew were all satisfied and happy. My production team got the props from the crew, but we know the props belong to Chef Ana and her team at From The Grill and couldn't be more grateful for their jumping aboard in crunch time and coming through!

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Aioli
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Angela G.
Verified review

Five stars for all for categories. The chicken piccata and trip tip were tender and delicious, and the side dishes were fresh and tasty as well. Aioli dropped off on time in nice dishes. My compliments to the chef!

  • 3 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren T.
Verified review

We used Chantel & Bella for both our florals and wedding cake/ desserts and we are SOO happy we did! Chantel created our 21 table runners on-site (eucalyptus, white and ivory roses) working with our wedding coordinators to ensure the tables looked clean, simple and elegant. She decorated our Chuppah with white drapery, eucalyptus and white flowers (are you sensing a theme here? :)) and made sure all our bouquets and boutonnieres were perfect before photos. In addition to having her do our flowers, Chantel made us our simple two tier lemon cake with flowers, mini-cupcakes, regular cupcakes and her amazing rose flower cookies. Everyone LOVED dessert; the mini cupcakes came in 4 flavors which allowed guests to get a little bit of each flavor. The larger cupcakes were big enough to share or enjoy on your own and the cookies were perfect for all our little guests in attendance to run around eating. Every item was delicious, beautiful, and displayed so nicely for our evening wedding and reception. Additionally, Chantel helped me surprise my husband by having little kobe bryant legs and a basketball hide on the back of my cake. My husband LOVED this little personal touch and Chantel put a ton of effort and time into making my vision come true. I highly recommend you do a tasting to discover for yourself how wonderful her desserts are and view her floral designs from her previous events. Even though florals are newer to her, her great eye and sense of design in baking crosses right over and we would use her again in a heartbeat! Thanks again Chantel for making our day WONDERFUL! XOXO, Lauren & Callen G.

  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
Verified review

AMAZING doesn't even come close to the experience we had with WeHo. WeHo's owner and chef prepared a delicious spread for our wedding reception. We interviewed several caterer's but was so impressed with Peter and his passion for food. He worked with our budget and found creative ways to give us more bang for our buck. In addition to his food he made an out of this world Sangria Bar that our guests loved. Peter and his team were a perfect blend of professional and personable. We will definitely hire WeHo again for future events, as will our guests (they were a hit!). No lie, a week later my mom was still talking about the food. That says something. Thanks Peter and the WeHo team.

Aline Healthy Chef
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Burzin E.
Verified review

Fresh, delicious, variety, plus a pleasant personality...If that is what you are looking to get for your meals then Aline Fiuza is your Chef! Her food is amazing, menu is full of variety and she works with you to tailor it to your needs. To top it all she delivers her food in clean pyrex dishes, so all you have to do is heat and eat :)

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!

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 26 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!

  • 8 years in business
  • 4 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!

SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jaymee A.
Verified review

Segars Culinary were truly fantastic and we would be happy to book them again when in LA. Thanks for all your hard work. Thanks Jaymee

Kerry In The Kitchen
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jade M.
Verified review

We have had Chef Kerry cater our #SundayDinner parties at the Bronson Bar in Hollywood for the past 3 months. The food reviews have been superb and the parties are going great. We have actually made Chef Kerry the face of the event! 5 stars Mr Prince

Good2eat4U
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Steve B.
Verified review

I was introduced to Elayne Good about two years ago. At that time I couldn't boil water. Elaine has painstakingly taught me about food, food combinations, food preparation, and general education on nutrition. I have watched her in the kitchen and marveled at the fact that she is like a chemist. She experiments with foods and flavors and ingredients and can come up with inventive and delicious new foods in a single meal. I adore this woman and could not recommend her highly enough. She is brilliant she is warm she is an incredible chef.

Chef Shinar
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany S.
Verified review

Loved it all!! Awesome chef and soo sweet!!!

Rondeno Culinary Designs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Louise L.
Verified review

Ryan is absolutely amazing. The food was wonderful, Ryan is an a amazing chef and such a lovely person too. Thankyou so much!

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