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South Lake Tahoe Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in South Lake Tahoe.

CoCoMoes Catering
from 76 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Suzannah R.
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CoCoMoes was great. They emailed me back, answered questions, and showed up on time and ready to serve! We had them bring their food truck and make us tacos and churros for our event and they were great. The churros were some of the best I've ever had.

  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Edwauna D.
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Chef Michelle was very dependable.

Tim Meevasin, Personal Chef
from 7 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christina C.
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Not only is Tim an amazing and creative chef (his food is incredibly tasty and flavorful), he is extremely organized, committed to customer service/satisfaction, easy to work with and a great communicator! We continue to highly recommend him to friends who are looking for personal chef service because he is fantastic!!

Chef Rachael K.
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ann B.
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Chef Rachel recently catered a Christmas party for us in our home. Rachel and her team were very professional. The food was fabulous and the presentation was top notch. I look forward to working with Rachel and her team again - they're the best!

Tahoe Flavor
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Cathie C.
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We decided to spend my 60th birthday with friends in South Lake Tahoe and to have a personal chef prepare the celebration dinner in the home we rented. Chef Mary was open to all our suggestions for dishes and created a custom menu that was perfect for our group of 13. The day of the event she arrived with her assistant and everything she needed. The evening went off without a hitch and every dish was perfectly prepared and delicious. She took care of every detail including setting the table and leaving the kitchen spotless. Not only is Mary a fabulous chef, but she is also professional and personable. A real joy to work with. We will be calling Mary again the next time we visit Tahoe.

  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Denise S.
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We were looking for healthy, low calorie, Paleo meals to help aid in our weight loss goal. My husband and I could not believe that she gave us everything we asked for with over the top flavor (DELICIOUS!!!) and the kitchen was spotless when she left. Chef Brandy was very warm, friendly and professional. We are going to continue to use her!! Denise

April Cooks Tonight!
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa E.
Verified review

Great food and attention to detail. We loved the steak and the cheesecake was amazing! Would definitely hire again.

My Chef Peter
from 1 review
    Linda H.
    Verified review

    Peter has done 3 events for me and my guests at my home in the Tahoe Keys. He is prompt, professional, courteous and his food is out of this world! My guests enjoyed his great personality and his flair for exquisitely plating his dishes. His staff was also professional, neat and left my kitchen sparkling clean! I would recommend him for any event of any size - he DELIVERS exactly what you would expect from an At Home Professional Chef.

    Chef Jonathon Nickels
    from 1 review
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    Masterful chef with exquisite taste and impeccable presentation.


    We are a small group of professional chefs with years of experience and history in the field of culinary arts. Between us, we share a certain passion, drive and desire to invent and create some of the most savory concepts to hit the plate. As ambitious and enthusiastic as we are to elevate our diverse multicultural backgrounds of cooking, we are equally comfortable and proficient in cooking any of the international classics that we all know and love.

    • 7 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I specialize in special needs diets. I am currently a NDTR, Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered. I am able to accommodate a wide variety of special diets, including but not limited to renal, celiac, diabetic, and vegetarian.


    I am a DC based chef. I trained in Italy and moved to DC to start my career. I have worked in fine dining, upscale casual, and steak houses. I am dedicated to cooking delicious food that is customized to your tastes and dietary need. Let Chef Sean cook for you.


    We are two chefs who work in customers' homes to provide excellent meals for families, businesses, events, or specialized health needs. We work independently or together as needs present.


    I am a proven executive chef. I am a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York.

    • 5 years in business

    We are the catering team with the know how and genuine passion for food that will enhance your special event. We coordinate our set up with your desired ambiance. We customize the menu to fit your tastes and budget. We would love the opportunity to serve your guests and incorporate our team into your special event!

    • 25 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    We have been providing Wedding and Event Coordination and planning for over 25 years. We have had the honor of assisting hundreds of couples and clients to create the memorable event of their dreams.


    I will create haute cuisine meals for small, private at-home events. I am specializing in food and wine pairings and Italian and French cuisine.

    • 4 years in business

    The new style of cooking

    • 9 years in business

    I pride myself on using only the freshest ingredients that are in season. Most of my clients have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies. The menus I create for you will be well thought out balanced, nutritious, and of course tasty.


    We are a mobile kitchen that provides fresh-cooked food made as you order, not fast food. We have burgers, fries, sweet potato chips, cheese steak links and grilled chicken.


    We offer customized personal chef services to suit each client's needs. We use only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients available. Everything is home made from scratch and absolutely delicious. We can supply in-house chef services, wait staff, bartenders and whatever one requires to make their at-home entertaining fun and stress free for the host and hostess.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you find a good caterer?

    Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

    If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

    How much does wedding catering cost per person?

    Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

    Do you tip a wedding caterer?

    Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

    How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

    Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

    Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

    What should you look for in a caterer?

    A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

    • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
    • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
    • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
    • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
    • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
    • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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