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Chef Mumsie LLC
4.6
from 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

I have to qualify this review first by saying I have worked as a professional cook and have owned a catering business. So I have an eye for and know what works and what doesn't, what can be prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality, and what can be done on sight and off-site with the aim of making sure everything is properly expedited and comes out on time. When I arrived the table was set up nicely set up and decorated. However, we had previously informed Chef that we were going to be 13 and we would like two tables, as some people are uncomfortable with sitting at a table of 13 people. So we had to ask Chef to please separate the two tables. When Bridgette came the day before, my wife mentioned she wanted a table of 6 and one of 7, not two tables pushed together to make 13. There were also no cloth napkins, but paper napkins. I guess assuming that a request for "linens" did not include cloth napkins, only tablecloths. But I digress. Even though this was done in our home where we are well equipped, I still expect anyone coming to prepare food to come fully equipped to meet their needs without having to use the home equipment. This was not the case, as Chef used our Kitchenaid, tongs, and other items. As well, they did not have a serving platter for one of the hors'd'oeuvres. Furthermore, they had to use some of our silverware because they did not bring everything needed (spoons, forks). There were steak knives on the table when we were eating fish, and no other knives. I had no problem with this because, of course, I wanted the event to go smoothly. But other clients might not have been as flexible. Finally, they used all my kitchen towels and had them all wet, from I don't know what- but it's easy enough to bring your own hand towels. As well, because we used the plates on the table for hors'd'ouevres, they had to wash and prepare again for salad plates, as they had expected the hors'd'oeuvres to simply be finger food. Nonetheless, the hors'd'oeuvres-asparagus with prosciutto and chicken bites, or whatever they might have been-still require plates. This delayed serving. More forethought should have been given to how this was all going to go down. Personally, I would have brought the salad all prepped. Because it wasn't prepped, it meant a longer serving delay. The server didn't know the difference between wine and water glasses-some basic protocol needed. The food was excellent and I had several very positive compliments from the guests, this is where they shined, and it was served hot and fresh like it should be. We had a delicious shaved fennel salad with parmesan, and a main course of Blackened Sea Bass with a succotash and roasted potatoes. That is the beauty of preparing on-site. I say this with the caveat, as mentioned earlier, that a few things could have been prepped beforehand without sacrificing quality. This would have allowed the service to flow more quickly and not have such long delays between dishes. As Chef prepared the chocolate mousse on site, some people had to leave before dessert since it took well over 45 minutes between our main course and dessert. While we had agreed that I would supply the chocolate, it I had known it was going to take chef so long to prepare it, I would have suggested it be made beforehand. If I had done this lunch, I would have brought the mousse pre-made. They used up my whole bag of ice too-I would have brought ice. Finally, food left over was taken away and not left with us. I asked the server I f she was going to leave the food to me as she was walking out and she laughed uncomfortably and said no. My assumption is that the client paid for the food, they should get any leftovers. I give Kudos to the Chef for excellent food, but the service was uncomfortably slow and everyone noticed. Finally, the server was inexperienced. Overall, organization and attention to details were lacking. To end on a positive note, they did an excellent job leaving the kitchen just as the found it and were friendly and professional despite the hiccups mentioned. I didn't have to worry about anything. If you are looking for good food, Chef Mumsie does a great job. But please ask that they send you experienced servers, and make sure to point out every possible detail that you can think of, because in my experience, they did not have a checklist or form to check off what you do or don't need for an event.

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CUCINA MIGRANTE LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven R.
Verified review

I have had the pleasure of enjoying Francesco's cooking and must comment. Having lived in Italy for a year, I must state that his food was authentic, flavorful, and just as delicious as the food I ate in Italy, if not better. His lasagna and egglant parmigiana are truly to die for.

  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin S.
Verified review

I hired Haute Productions for a private cooking class for a bachelor party event, and we had the best time. Keith was an awesome teacher and host, he made the experience wonderful. Everyone had a blast and it was the best part of the entire weekend. Not to mention the fact that the food was awesome! I would highly recommend using Haute Productions for any event you may have.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patti G.
Verified review

Stacy made a great dinner for our dinner party. I haven't ever done this before, I always cook myself. It was a fun treat to enjoy with my guests vs. being in the kitchen cooking. Not something I can afford to do often, but definitely fun to try! Thank you!

VOA Meals
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Laura B.
Verified review

Chris is simply amazing. An amazing chef and an amazing instructor. We learned so much from him. I would highly recommend him for any event or cooking class.

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BAPS!
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer N.
Verified review

We had a phenomenal Thanksgiving Dinner prepared and delivered by BAPS catering. We were expecting about 20 people for our holiday dinner and BAPS catering delivered a wonderful meal that everyone loved. The turkey was moist, the vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and pumpkin cheesecake were delicious. Needless to say, we had enough food to satisfy everyone and still had some great Thanksgiving leftovers. We would definitely recommend BAPS catering for everyone who wants tasty food cooked just the way you like. Thanks for helping us make our holiday dinner such a success!

  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Shelby S.
Verified review

Dave the caterer really knows how to cook! During our first tasting we meet at a park and didn't really know what to expect but as he brought out our Mexican menu, he would make sure to give us our space and plenty of time to try the food! And seriously he makes the best refried beans ever!!! During the wedding he was on time and brought all of the tables, linens and supplies! He was professional and very helpful during cleanup! I would definitely recommend his services! :)

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Fruitcakes Chef Services
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bonny K.
Verified review

Kathy did a terrific job of cooking in our tiny kitchen. She was personable, prompt, and patient. We had a fabulous meal of macadamia nut crusted chicken, Caesar salad, sweet potato with caramelized onions and coconut milk, pork wettest wraps, flourless chocolate cak. We learned how to make these things contributed to the meal and enjoyed a delicious meal. Kathy's price was reasonable and extremely fair what she did., I can highly recommend her.

Francoise Brana
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Luigi V.
Verified review

Françoise is the best private chef I ever met in my life. Highly professional and incredibly knowledgeable, food and service have no secrets for her. She does an amazing job accommodating any requests guests may have and she is fast!! I met her at a friend's party and that night talking about her was the food I had in my hands: elegant, refined and tasty. Appetizers and deserts were presented beautifully, and entrées preserved the traditionals south of French flavors. That was an outstanding dinner from any guests point of view. After that night she became my favorite private chef and I wouldn't know how to do without her. She has an invredible background as she letterally travelled the whole world cooking for celebrities and billionaires. Her standards are 5 stars restaurant although her cuisine is beautifully homey and full of love. I highly recommend Françoise for any kind of private events or dinner.

Now We're Cookin'
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie P.
Verified review

What is great about working with Steven is that you can tell him what your looking for and your needs and he comes up with the menu. I needed a luncheon catered and said I wanted an Italian feast and on person is vegetarian. Steven put together a menu that satisfied everyone even making the most stubborn man say "That was good. Really good"! His cooking got rave reviews from everyone. I will definitely be using Now We're Cookin' for other events!

Meraki Meals
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel A.
Verified review

We hired Jory for a 20 person office party. Jory's cooking was immaculately presented and so flavorful. We wanted delicious food that was organic, sustainable and healthy—and he delivered. He made Lemon caper chicken, a chickpea tzatziki salad with olives, pesto vegetable medley, homemade granola with yogurt and honey, and charred tomato and kale salad with feta. All served in festive silver platters. On top of the food tasting superb, Jory was a great host and fit in seamlessly with our guests whose questions were answered professionally and in good spirits. Using him again. For sure.

Chef Patsyb
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Amber T.
Verified review

I loved my interactive, online cooking class with Chef Patsy! Before I get started, I must say I was extremely impressed with the integrated video conferencing service that Trainasium uses for their online class offerings. The connection was amazing and my screen didn't freeze once during the class. Just a side note for anyone not sure about interactive online cooking classes. I have never made a pie from scratch before and Chef Patsy took us step by step on how to prepare the pie dough and the filling. She gave each and every one of us a warm greetings as we entered the online class. I loved the fact that we could ask Chef Patsy questions during class and have her take a look at our mixture if we were not sure about something. It was like having Chef Patsy in my own kitchen. It was the cooking lesson without the headache. While waiting for the pie to finish cooking, Chef Patsy amazed us with various ways to use left over pie dough and different pie decorating techniques. It was so amazing to be able to celebrate with Chef Patsy and the other students once our pie was finished. My sense of accomplishment was through the roof at that point. The cost of the cooking class was way less than going to a traditional cooking class and I loved the fact that I was in my kitchen which made me so much more confident while attempting this creation. The part I loved the most about this interactive online cooking lesson was that I was able to do it with my sister-in-law! I loved being able to see Chef Patsy and all of the other students that live in different places right from my Laptop. I will definitely be taking more online cooking lessons with Chef Patsy.

PB Natural Foods
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ale P.
Verified review

We arrived at the Fishbone Kitchen where Chef Bear is the executive chef and were immediately served many nice dishes of fresh ceviche while we waited for our class. Once in the kitchen, we learned many cool techniques for knife skills and other techniques like oyster shucking and removing the skin from a salmon without using a knife! Chef Bear was informative and hospitable. The only reason I am removing a star is because the kitchen we were in was very small (he did have a larger kitchen for us but the location fell through at the last moment) and took away from the experience for some of the participants due to it being difficult to see or hear -- positioning and noise level was a culprit. But all in all it was a very cool experience at a very reasonable rate. Chef Bear did everything he could to customize the class for us according to our interests, needs and experience levels. I would recommend him.

Circles Health Coaching
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elli H.
Verified review

Our (almost teen) daughter has been participating in classes with Ashlee and we've seen a tremendous shift in her. Specifically, Ashlee has inspired her to prepare new healthy foods for herself, she has grown in physical strength through the various exercises that the circles classes offer, and our daughter's heightened self awareness and gratitude are an amazing foundation for the rocky teen years. Thank YOU Ashlee, and Circles Health Coaching for creating an amazing and inspiring space for our youth, for teaching them life skills, and how to find happiness through food, fun and self empowerment!

Bw's California Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tom S.
Verified review

We hired Brian to cook for a group of 22 for our friends 30th B'day party. Leading up to the event, communication was fantastic - Brian was responsive, communicative, and flexible with regard to logistics, menu selection, etc. He was happy to accommodate our requests, but able to offer informed, thoughtful recommendations in areas where we deferred to him, which we really appreciated since this was our first time hiring a chef for an event. During the party Brian and his assistant were efficient and competent - everything ran ahead-of-schedule, and the food was fantastic! All our guests have asked for his card to hire him for their special events, and we look forward to having Brian cook for us again!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am the type of assistant that has a positive, Can DO attitude. I pay attention to detail. Able to multi task. Do you need any of the following errands or responsibilities completed throughout your day but can't seem to find time to get it all done with your busy schedule? You can relax knowing I am there to help. I always have a positive attitude and all responsibilities are timely and sufficiently taken care of. -Chef: shop, prepare, cook, clean I also teach cooking lessons, catering of any event and I can provide bartenders if needed -Meal preparation: fresh cooked meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner or prepare and freeze for easy meals to reheat -Household: laundry/ironing, dishes, take trash out and basic household duties -Personal shopping: Gifts, Cards, Flowers arrangement with delivery or other personal shopping -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Pampering: Coffee/Tea/Smoothie/ Beverage and serve it to you - Organization: Your house, bedrooms, closets, garage, basement, home, office and storage/sheds Errands: dry cleaning, groceries, post office/shipping needs, returns, prescriptions, pick up or drop offs -Pet care: walking, feeding, taking outside -Child Care: I do drop off and/or school pick up, pack lunches, snacks, breakfast/dinner, help with homework or when you need a break keep them occupied with fun activities -Vehicles: oil exchange, repairs, gas, car wash/other -Personal assistant services: appointment scheduling, reminder service, travel arrnagements/packing, filing, mail sorting, office help, meal planning/delivery, event planning -Medication: Organize and reminders -Party planning: Special occasion planning & coordination: holiday parties, birthday parties, develop/organize party themes, graduation,anniversaries, dinner reservations -Decorate: Put up/Take down Holiday decorations, box carefully take pictures of where decorations go, put them in a small album and label/organize -Travel assistance: resort/lodging arrangements, transportation & rental car arrangements, airline/flight tickets -Handywoman: small repairs, hang pictures/shelving/ mirrors/other My rates vary depending on your needs and how many days you will need me per week. I am typically $12-$15 hourly or I offer a 6 hour a day for $70 I am up for discussion it really depends on your needs. I am flexible.

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Personal Chef De Cuisine will shop, prepare, cook, establish a "healthy" breakfast, lunch and dinner menu for members of family, following etiquette and health standards. We are not interested in "gigs" or few days' events. We prefer to work on a contractual basis or a long-term commitment. The original interview will focus on the criteria for selecting ingredients based upon the likes, dislikes and related nutritional problems (if any) such as allergies, gluten sensibility, vegan adherence, ethnics, etc. This is a very personalized cooking and dietary program for family members.

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I offer in-home chef services, catering, cooking classes and kitchen design for companies and individuals.

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Well, I make simple dishes; however, they are very delicious. It all depends on what you need. I like making foods that you can eat cold and know that they are going to taste great.

  • 5 years in business
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Need a helping hand? Are you too busy to make healthy meals but want a healthy alternative? Let us take the stress out of your day. We set up nutrition plans and prepare and deliver healthy meals and desserts for the person on the go. We are the best fast food in town. We deliver to your work or home. We make it convenient with no hassles, so order today and reserve your healthy meals! It's time to get healthy!

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I worked with all budgets and menu. I work around all schedules too. I am very generous with my food.

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How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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