Chef Mike Dunne
Chef Mike Dunne

Chef Mike Dunne

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Scheduling
Drinks and dessert

Responds in about 3 hours

Introduction: I love to cook and I have been cooking professionally for 13 years - everything from short order to fine dining. My cooking philosophy/ethic is straightforward: seasonal, organic, clean, comforting, from scratch, healthy and is generally within the California/French/Italian/Mediterranean genre. That being said, of course I am flexible and love to cook all cuisines and can accommodate dietary restrictions. @chefmikedunne. Vaccinated.
Overview

Hired 23 times

Serves Santa Monica, CA

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1 employee

2 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle.

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

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Zach J.
1 month ago
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Hired on Thumbtack

The experience with Chef Mike was FANTASTIC - from start to finish. He worked with us to create a personalized bespoke menu and handled every detail of the entire process, with great care, passion, and professionalism. Each dish on our menu exceeded all our expectations and everything was beautifully presented. We look forward to hiring Chef Mike again in the future!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 3 - 5 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

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Leah M.
Oct 16, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Chef Mike is the best! We booked him for a last minute dinner party and with very little notice, he worked with all of our preferences and ideas and delivered the most delicious food we’ve had in a long time. Fresh ingredients, so good and presentation was awesome. He made a homemade fresh corn ravioli that we are all still talking about, and his chocolate mousse and chocolate chip cookies were amazing. He also made a swordfish dish that everyone was raving about. The apps that he prepared were equally delicious, and it was hard to pace ourselves to save room for the meal because the starters were so good. We will definitely be reaching out to him for our future dinner parties. He’s also just an all around gem of a human being - easy going, friendly and super chill. If you’re thinking about hiring him, don’t hesitate!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 3 - 5 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Vegetarian or vegan • Nut allergies • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Matthew Y.
Sep 13, 2022
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This was a new experience for me and let's just say I was not disappointed. I hired Mike to prepare a nice meal for my wife's 40th birthday party at a beach house with 10 guests. The food was excellent and he went above and beyond to make the experience wonderful explaining the dishes and promptly having the courses ready. I would without a doubt be calling on him again and highly recommend him to anyone.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Keren L.
Aug 15, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Chef Mike made for a memorable evening. His food was decadent (as requested) and tasty. He is super communicative and clearly listens to what the client wants

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 2 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • French • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Italian • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Matthew L.
Jan 30, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

I hired Mike to do a hybrid birthday dinner / cooking lesson. He was incredibly user friendly - responsive, thoughtful, and collaborative. He helped customize the meal and experience based on my feedback. Not only was our meal excellent, but Mike was a pleasure to have in our home - fun, personable, and knowledgeable. We will definitely have him back again.

Details: 2 people • Mediterranean • Italian • Healthy • Basic cooking skills • Adult (over 18) • Intermediate • My home, venue, etc.

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Michael Dunne

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I believe my pricing is transparent, competitive and fair. I understand that hiring a private chef can be a luxury saved for special occasions and I take that responsibility seriously. I have never had a client complain about the actual value I deliver for the cost. I have trained and worked for years in the culinary field and I believe “you get what you pay for.”

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Ideally after a brief exchange via text etc I prefer to send some past sample menus and set up a brief phone call. I believe talking on the phone is the quickest and easiest way to establish a connection and answer any questions.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a bachelor’s in literature and a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu.

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