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Santa Paula Chefs

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

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Chef Marcel Catering
4.9
from 118 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 130 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!

The Catering Carnival
4.7
from 68 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 139 hires on Thumbtack
Yasmin W.
Verified review

My daughters Birthday was amazing, the Catering Carnival made pizzas, pink cone shaped french fries and Mac and cheese in cupcake pink cups, the kids were in HEAVEN!!!!! not one piece was left! My daughters exact words were " Can the Chefs come here every day" The display looked like a fairy tale , they were amazing, I will be uploading pics soon. Please Chefs save the date for her next BDAY!!!!

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Chef Marc's Meal Prep
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
James D.
Verified review

From the getgo I knew I was dealing with a professional in Marc. I was talking with a few chefs about the 4th of July party I was planning and it was obvious to me that Marc was on it- when I saw his experience running kitchens in NYC, maybe the world's toughest venue, I knew he was the one. His menu was outstanding and he was open to tweaking it ahead of time to suit our tastes and needs. Marc prepared food for our meat eating and our Vegan guests and each dish was clearly marked. When our party metastasized from expected 50 guests to over 300, Marc saved the day by thinking fast on his feet and with a little emergency grocery shopping, ended up having food for all for over 6 hours. The quality of the food really took the party over the top as far as sophistication- we've all had middling to bad food at weddings and other events and it just makes you feel awkward and bad for the host- not the case here. Almost everyone at the party commented on the quality of the food - bold, nuanced flavors but not pretentious. Also, couldn't be a nicer guy. Genuine real deal.

Jordan R.
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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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Traveling Chef
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Candice H.
Verified review

The Traveling Chef exceeded our expectations. The food was delicious and the presentation of it was well done. We actually had leftovers due to generous portion sizes. We will be using him again in the future as well.

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So Divine Catering
5.0
from 29 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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SEGARS Culinary
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeremy R.
Verified review

Steven is incredibly professional, enegertic, and skilled at what he does! We loved having him as a private chef for parties and intimate gatherings-- he brings a great enthusiaam to his work, and the food was Michelin star quality!!

  • 13 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
J. J.
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Had an amazing time at Food First Events' Feastly pop-up dinner in Los Angeles. Chef David Gussin's superb menu options were shared amongst eager attendee; the aromas filling the intimate (and perfectly decorated) space from the open kitchen. Looking forward to an opportunity to share in this experience again soon.

A Taste of Gourmet Catering
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 28 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!

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Greg Akahoshi
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heath B.
Verified review

Greg was the perfect chef for my dinner party! He's enthusiastic about what he does and excellent at creating a menu that is delicious and every bit as good (or better) than dining at a 5-star restaurant while being in your own home! My guests loved the experience with Greg. Everyone who came to the party wanted to hire him for their next event! I would definitely hire him again in the future.

A Wayfaring Chef
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Emily B.
Verified review

Chef Jessie was PHENOMENAL! We hired her for our anniversary dinner at home. Since we have a newborn and a 2yr old we don’t get out much so this was the perfect treat! Jessie jumped right in and even made things special for my 2yr old son! We worked together on the menu and she was very responsive! The food was outstanding and a delicious! We will be using her again! Thanks Jessie!!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Gill H.
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I regularly hire Chef Leo and Christina to do events at the clubhouse and for our regular summer BBQ. The reason I hire them is because their food is soooo good. We have had other catering companies do the events in past years, but there is nobody that gets the food RIGHT ON(!) like these guys. Somehow, they manage to delight us with incredible food every time they do a catering. They do the entire event and they do it well, but its the food that makes them stand out. Thanks Christina and Chef Leo!

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Betsy H.
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Mary Mills makes delicious dishes. Her cooking is imaginative and very tasty. From finger foods to desserts, her recipes are so full of flavor, so delectable. Mary is a meticulous planner, she listens to the wants of her clients, is very reliable, has very good pricing, and her presentation is impeccable. She is a joy. As a chef and caterer, Mary Mills is professional and works hard to exceed her clients expectations. Mary made our Champagne Garden Party in Montecito a very memorable event for us all - delicious food and wonderful service.

Chef Shinar
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Christine K.
Verified review

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.

  • 5 years in business
Alan O.
Verified review

Going with Darrell as my personal chef has been a gamechanger. Everything starts with what you put in your body and since hiring him to prepare meals for me, I've been eating healthy consistently, looking better and feeling better and more energized overall. I love the variety of his menus as well as his use of healthy ingredients and meticulous choice of produce and meats. Whenever I'm washing the dishes afterwards, there's never anything congealed or greasy. The meals are paired together in an expert fashion. I've been recommending Darrell to all my friends and would give more than 5 stars if possible. Best decision I've made!

Chef Johnnie
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Presilla P.
Verified review

Chef Jonnie was great!

Wendell Hooper
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeny W.
Verified review

I always look forward working at a Chef Wendell event. His expertise in culinary cuisine is beyond fabulous. Executing any menu along with any task given at hand is his specialty. He has such a way with food because I know he pours his heart into it. Can’t wait to work my next event with Chef Wendell!

The Kitchen Door
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Heather J.
Verified review

I reached out to Bettina looking for healthy ways to lose weight fast.Within 10 minutes she had responded.Sent me meal plans,gave a lots of education and counseling on what I needed to change.She promptly answered all my questions.Got me on a plan quick.Its fabulous I almost can feel the fat melting off.Recipes are excellent.I was scared of recipes that had no taste.Not the case here at all.Delicious!!I told her my big problem was super,she didn’t tell my I couldn’t have it at all,in fact she also sent me healthy alternatives that will cater to my sweet tooth.Definately recommend her to anyone looking to make changes and not sure where to begin!Thank you Bettina!

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John L.
Verified review

I needed a chef for a dinner with family and close friends, and didn't want to (nor was I capable of ) cooking for 8 people. I found Susan on Thumbtack and what a great experience. We had some dietary requests such as the meal being dairy free.. Susan gave us some ideas/options, and after discussing what we liked the entire meal was amazing, great food family style. We had barbecued skirt steak with the most amazing chimichurri sauce, perfectly roasted fingerling potatoes, with salad, and vegetables and for desert personal fruits tarts with ice cream. Oh and to start, the most amazing curried butternut squash soup, just enough to get the taste buds going. I couldn't recommend Susan higher, everyone had a great time, super easy to deal with and such a great person. Thanks Susan, looking forward to next time.

Eren from FoodPeople
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tara C.
Verified review

I cannot say enough amazing things about Eren and the company he has created. From beginning to end the process was easy and enjoyable. His communication and arranging of the perfect chef for our party needs were great! And at such a reasonable price. Huge value. He and the wonderful chef arrived punctually and impressed us with their professionalism and skill. They left the place cleaner than when they arrived too! We could not be more thrilled with this service!! Highly recommend.

Chef Asheesh
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
D. C.
Verified review

Charming, affable and talented. Love having him in our home, and so do all of our family and guests. A good person with a wonderful culinary pedigree!

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