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Chef Marc is the best!!! He has completely changed my lifestyle. To give some context, I oversee 2 divisions of an entertainment advertising agency and have a very fast pace, very stressful, always working, late hours lifestyle. I lived in NYC for many years before moving to LA and cooking was never my thing. I tend to order out or make simple things. I’m a chubby girl and recently, my doctor put me on a medical cleanse with a very restricted diet. Chef Marc came to the rescue. He was able to accommodate the restrictions and made everything taste amazing!!! I had to go vegan gluten free as well and he made sure I was well fed during that time. He’s opened my eyes to how to eat well and still be satisfied. In the last 2 months of working with Chef Marc I’ve lost 15lbs. I have minimals snacks and all his food is yummy and keeps me satisfied. He has a wide variety of meals that always keep it interesting. I’ve also turned on a couple colleagues in my office to him. We all talk about how great and yummy his food is. I highly recommend working with Chef Marc. He’s super nice and takes good care of his clients. I intend on continuing to work with Chef Marc now that my cleanse is almost over to continue to loose wieght and most importantly, eat healthy! Thank you Chef Marc! Thank you!
So Devine Catering catered an engagement party for my daughter. I can't say enough how awesome they are. I had never hired a caterer before and was a bit out of my element. Chef Alexa was super cool and kind enough to walk me through the process, meet with me and really did an outstanding job. Chef Alexa and her entire team are just awesome. Everyone at our party was impressed. Just can't say enough great things!
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!
My husband and I hired Madkins catering for a family weekend in the desert (La Quinta). We requested a bbq for the first night, and an early Easter dinner for the second night. I expected the meals to be good but not great (I haven’t really had an excellent catering experience). However, the meals were OUTSTANDING. Chef Aviarie is truly talented, and our entire family and guests talked about the interesting flavors and quality of the food. I still can’t get over how Chef Aviarie and Frank prepared everything from scratch in our kitchen in just a few hours! We requested a hefty amount of dishes, and they pulled it off without a sweat! The team is incredibly kind, professional and a pleasure to have cooking in our kitchen. They even managed to entertain our 6 year old nephew while they were cooking. I should also note their rates are very reasonable! I can’t say enough good things about our experience. I am happy to serve as a personal reference in case anyone wants my feedback. Madkins Catering can provide my email address. OUTSTANDING JOB! We look forward to hiring you again in LA or in the desert!
I am very pleased to recommend Chef Travis Pena as a personal chef. I've retained Chef Travis for years to create fabulous dinner parties in the privacy of my home. In our initial interview, Chef Travis asked many specific questions and took notes as we discussed the style of food I would like served. He annotated likes and dislikes. Together we have created several personalized menus. Chef Travis delivers restaurant excellence as he both prepares and serves the meal. Chef Travis is always prepared and well organized with a very positive attitude. Working with Chef Travis each time is pleasant and stress free. Every meal is delicious and precisely prepared. I greatly enjoy leftovers the next day! As a Chef, Travis is professional in every aspect. He cleans efficiently while preparing fine cuisine leaving behind a clean kitchen and delicious food. The only traces of Chef Travis are the lovely aromas and stocked refrigerator. I would highly recommend Chef Travis as a private chef. His service and customer service are exceptional. He provides a relaxing experience. Working with Chef Travis has been a wonderful treat. I look forward to our future dinner parties. Sincerely, Samantha Pitts
On Feb 1, 2018, Chef Amy performed her private chef services at my girlfriend’s birthday party with our teenage daughter. Amy curated a delicious 5-course menu based on our favorites. She prepared the food in new fun beautiful ways. Amy was funny, approachable and professional. She brought all needed cooking and serving ware. She cooked and cleaned up everything. Amy explained and presented every course of the meal and prepared unique never seen before drinks that were a huge hit! The food portions in each course were just right and completely filling. Amy clearly loves cooking and enjoys interacting with clients. Amy was sooo good by evenings end that we were singing to our throw-back music playlist and hugging her goodbye with anticipation of a future event. I definitely plan to hire Amy many more times in the future. HIGHLY RECOMMEND- 5 STARS
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!
Carmi provides delicious and nutritious meals for our family of 4, with 2 small kids, including one on the ketogenic diet for seizures. Carmi is responsible and responsive, easy to get a hold of, and goes out of her way to make sure everything is perfect. She has become a friend to our family!
Greg was everything I could have wanted in a personal dining chef! Such a warm personality, professional yet personal, and off the chart food. I could go on and on about the food combinations, the incredible taste, and presentation of a five star meal, made with love. You will not be disappointed with Greg: hands down, a one of a kind experience:))
I hope you are lucky enough to have Chef Marcel produce your event. We had a college graduation party for family and grads, poolside with passed and stationary hors d'ouvres. Marcel and his staff were punctual, professional, courteous, warm and personable without being intrusive. Marcel had worked with us to create exactly the menu we wanted, and by showtime, the food absolutely exceeded our expectations. It is no exaggeration to say we were thrilled. We were impressed with Chef Marcel's responsiveness to our emails and texts; he was willing and able to meet our needs. As we were hosting our party as out-of-towners in a VRBO, logistics were tricky, but Marcel managed everything for us with ease. It is easy to spot competency and experience, and Marcel has both in spades. I can't imagine a better personality to work with or better food. Chef Marcel, thank you thank you thank you! We can't wait to return to LA and have another event with you!
Chef Mikey was a joy to work with. He listened to our needs and provided outstanding service for our event and the dishes he prepared were DELICIOUS! I would give Chef Mikey 10 stars if that was an option! He will be our first call for any future events.
Discovering FoodPeople was a dream come true for this busy business owner. To me, the thought of planning for and preparing meals is overwhelming and intimidating. And as a single women with no kids, it’s hard to justify spending the time to cook just for myself. When I met Eren and Chef Emre I felt comfortable knowing that they understood me, my lifestyle and my food preferences. They delivered on all of their promises and continually go above and beyond to exceed my expectations. I would highly recommend FoodPeople to any individuals or families who value high quality, wholesome food prepared with great care and attention.
Nancy quickly came to the rescue after our original chef cancelled the week before. It was a girls weekend & she came to our Air BnB. She adapted the original menu & made some great changes so that the food was diverse but flowed. Also she made it all gluten-free as one girl has Celiacs disease. Her eggplant Parmesan was mind-blowing! Great value for our buck. She even brought flowers for the table.
Excellent chef! Service outstanding! Prices very reasonable. Will be using LOST Foods in the future. Definitely recommend. Thanx Jen!!
If there was only an option for 10 stars! Chef Shinar was incredibly responsive (we had a very tight deadline). She gave incredible thought to the menu and handled our event with the utmost professionalism. The food was amazing and our clients were incredibly impressed.