Chef Matthew Loftus Services

Washington, DC

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

The combination of a very formal culinary education, as well as vast professional experience. Always friendly and approachable, producing a positive atmosphere. Exceptional execution of what my client desires. Relaxed but professional service. Always willing to provide or suggest ideas and accept them from my client.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Satisfying all guests that I serve. Meeting and connecting with great people. Having the opportunity to fulfill specific dietary needs and taste preferences for each client.

Location

Washington, DC 20003

Years in business

4

Number of employees

16

Times hired on Thumbtack

63

Reviews

48 Reviews
  • Ron F. Jan 23, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Matthew Loftus is Excellent in every way!
    Matthew worked with my daughter to develop a menu, and then he came and did an exceptional job with the menu. Chef Matthew did all of the preliminary work, and was ready to finish and serve at the appointed hour. His food was delicious, and he prepared one of the best meals my family has ever eaten. We will have him come again for future events.
  • Laurie C. Jan 9, 2017
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    amazing weekly meals deliver to our home!
    I hired Matt to cook one a weekly basis for our family. I gave him our families dietary restrictions and preferences. Each week Matt delivers food for our family that is both delicious and healthy. As a working Mom, I find his services invaluable. My only regret is that I didn't find him sooner!
  • Freda P. Dec 14, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review Updated
    Chef Matt has awesome culinary skills!
    Chef Matt's professionalism, punctuality, creativity, culinary creations, presentation and overall customer service was awesome. The Christmas Brunch he prepared for our group of ladies was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the delicious food and full setup, to the clean up services provided. I highly recommend him for your intimate event. You won't regret your choice.
  • Verified Review Original
    Chef Matt has awesome culinary skills!
    Chef Matt's professionalism, punctuality, creativity, culinary creations, presentation and overall customer service was awesome. The Christmas Brunch he prepared for our group of ladies was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the delicious food and full setup, to the clean up services provided. I highly recommend him for your intimate event. You won't regret your choice.
  • Melanie J. Dec 3, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Catered Thanksgiving!
    We used Chef Matt for Thanksgiving breakfast and dinner. He was professional and prompt. The meal was a fantastic mix of traditional favorites and new and creative dishes. His price was fair and he was very respectful of our space leaving it as clean as he found it! An overall fantastic experience for all 15 guests. Chef Matt coordinated and communicated with me prior to the event which eased my holiday anxiety. Will definitely use his service again and I highly recommend him.
  • Scott G. Nov 14, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great event
    Couldn't have been more satisfied. Food was excellent and extra care above and beyond taken by chef.
  • Susan Y. Nov 1, 2016
    Chef Matt Surrounded out Party with Food
    Chef Matt "surrounded" our party with food and kept it coming! Comments from guests were: "they were so nice", "very unobtrusive", "great food and great staff", "kept party relaxed and well fed". All leftovers were put in the refrigerator to be enjoyed the next day and kitchen cleaned up before Matt and staff left.
  • Linda L. Sep 14, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Huge disappointment ...unreliable
    I hired him about 4 weeks prior to the event. Had a great conversation and he promised to send sample menu in 10 days. Never received anything. Emails went unanswered and finally caught him on the phone with just a little over week until my event. He apologized saying he had double booked the evening and couldn't cater my retirement party. I was left to figure an alternate solution. Be careful when hiring...if he gets a better offer he may leave you hanging. He could have at least owned up earlier.
    Matthew L. Sep 15, 2016

    This was my mistake, and I am very sorry. I did inadvertently double-book; however I did not accept "a better offer". I accepted a prior offer and, unfortunately, did not realize it until it was too late. I will try to see that this does not happen again.

  • Gabi K. Sep 1, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Pure talent!
    I hired Matt on very short notice to provide the dinner at our wedding and I was struggling to get things organised. He took over the menue part after figuring out my guests likes and dislikes which allowed me to focus on other things. I had 35 friends and family flying in from all over the world. I couldn't just offer them burgers and chips! Matt and his crew arrived on time, completely took over. I do not recall having to do anything at all in order for his part to run smoothly. They were friendly, polite, yet would not allow me to lift one finger. I found out later he was even entertained my eleven year old son who loved being his little helper. They then washed up, cleaned both kitchens. The food itself was a dream. It was full of flavour, everyone loved it. We had a fish and a beef dish and various vegetable dishes which were each in itself a treat. He then even sliced the wedding cake for us that my friend had prepared as a wdding gift. Nothing seemed too much! To top it all off there was enough left over for us to eat for two days. We found it nicely stashed away in the fridge the next day.....Needless to say we fought over it. All of this for a very very reasonable price! He will be my first choice if I need catering again without any doubt!
  • Aarti P. Aug 4, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Everything was amazing - the food was outstanding, the service was beautiful. Truly a wonderful evening!
  • Lisa M. Jul 31, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matthew and his team did a wonderful job at our party. They showed up early, offered additional assistance with drinks and serving and let my kitchen clean. The food was excellent and I would hire him again
  • Amber B. Jul 18, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Matt and his team did a fantastic job. He made sure to prepare everything to perfection. It was my first born's baby shower so I wanted everything to be perfect and Matt exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend him.
  • Saira S. Jun 28, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Matt was great at creating a menu for our event, a party for approximately 25 guests. He arrived promptly, was organized and helpful in steering the guests (with the help of a great server) throughout the courses. The food was fantastic and our guests raved about every dish. Due to my busy schedule we communicated a lot through email but talking to Matt over the phone a couple of times made it much easier to discuss the event and make arrangements.
  • Priya J. Jun 21, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I asked Chef Matt to do a dinner at home for my husband I for Father's Day. He did an excellent job of preparing the menu to meet the tastes and likes for the both of us. He was timely and professional and the food was delicious. He was extremely reasonable in his pricing and there were plenty of leftovers. We will definitely be using him in the future.
  • Leslie H. Jun 6, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Cheff Matt and his team did a wonderful job of catering our wedding. The food was delicious and the service was on time and professional. The staff was friendly and very responsive. Thank you for helping to make our day so special!
  • Joanne A. Jun 2, 2016
    Chef Matt provided an excellent dining experience for my daughter’s baby shower. He arrived early for the party, brought all the food and prepared a 5-course meal on-site for 26 people. Each course was scrumptious! Our hard-to-please guests were pleasantly surprised that we had a personal chef and pleased with the variety of food offered! Chef Matt brought along his team to serve our guests and assist in the kitchen. He was totally focused on creating delicious food, a great presentation and a relaxing event for the hosts of the party. At the end of our event, he left a spotless kitchen and his team broke down the tables and chairs and placed them in the garage, which alleviated our time and effort. Without a doubt, I would engage Chef Matt again for future events! With a whole-hearted THANK YOU – Joanne A.
  • Stephanie R. May 9, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Chef Matt did an excellent job for my sister's engagement party!! He made several different appetizers and brought a server, at no extra cost, to assist with passing them to guests. He was easy to communicate with throughout the process and even cut the cake we bought!! When the party started winding down, he and his assistant cleaned everything up. I would highly recommend his service for any event you're planning!!
  • Corey H. May 8, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Matt arrived on time and prepared an excellent brunch for Mother's Day. Looking forward to the next event. Thanks so much!!! Corey
  • Robyn F. May 2, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Our food was FABULOUS! It made the party! I was the host of an event that was to occur in a city in which I don't live. I knew I could handle everything but the food since I would be flying in and doing decorations. Chef Matt came up with a wonderful menu for a french-themed afternoon reception - did all the prep - brought the serving dishes and created a beautiful table for our party. And we did it all via email - only met the day of the party. It was exactly what I needed!!
  • Desiree J. Apr 23, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matt and his team helped turn a birthday surprise into a reality! They were on time, very clean and friendly. The food was delicious!! Thanks, Matt. I will definitely be using your services again!
  • Roger B. Apr 18, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    I hired Matthew to cater my wife's baby shower, about 30 guests. Matthew and his assistant did an amazing job. They were both very courteous and nice. All of our guests raved about the food. Matthew took the extra time to ensure everything was set up correctly and we were set prior to leaving. I highly recommend Matthew for your event.
  • Judy R. Mar 20, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We hired Matt for a small birthday dinner celebration. He provided several menu options including appropriate wine choices. Matt prepared the entire meal. The food was not only delicious but beautifully presented. I would not hesitate to recommend him to friends or to have him return another time.
  • S. L. Mar 13, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • Joe P. Dec 9, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Matthew will blow your expectations out of the water. I didn't give him much to go on and he created a great menu. Everyone at the party said they never tasted some of the great flavors that he was able to incorporate in our meal. The best thing--which I didn't think of till it was happening-- was that Matthew and his assistant cleaned everything up!!! We had a 30+ person party and I didn't need to do anything when the party was over. AWESOME!
  • Matt A. Oct 9, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • David G. Sep 30, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Amazing experience, learned so much about cooking and the fundamentals behind it. Matt is a great teacher.
  • Robert C. Sep 20, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    I wanted to give my son an in-home cooking class certificate for his birthday. Chef Matt had one emailed to me within an hour of our arrangement. Because I was going to have my son and his wife over for lunch so I could give him the certificate, it occurred to me that I would have Chef Matt cater the lunch so my son and I would know in advance what capability Chef Matt provided. Within three days I had a menu in hand with a selection of 3 appetizers, 3 main courses, and 3 deserts. Matt personally brought my selection to my home, over 20 miles away, but he added Rosemary bread and two extra small gifts, his own bread and butter pickles and spicy peach ketchup. Matt was at my home at the exact time we had agreed upon and provided me with perfect instructions for heating the meal prior to serving. The meal was without doubt superb. It was the first time my sons and their wives actually went back for seconds. Chef Matt had cooked as directed for 6 but I had left overs for two more meals. As far as the price is concerned it can't be beat. I really didn't have to do anything but enjoy my time with my family. I highly recommend Chef Matt and know as long as you communicate your specific needs he will exceed them. I will certainly be using him again. Thank you so very much Chef Matt.
  • Tamer M. Aug 23, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Jamie G. Aug 17, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Spent time planning with this person via calls, emails, and even texting the day of the event... only for him to not show up at all. Dissapointed that my surprise plans did not work out, but the upside is that I didn't lose any money.
  • Ashwin S. Jul 30, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matt was a little bit late coming to my event (due to traffic), but was well worth the wait. The food was absolutely amazing - just be sure to tell him what you like and don't like in the beginning and he will cater the dishes to that. He was able to cook on a little boat's kitchen and the dishes still came out phenomenal. I'll definitely be using Matt again for any future outings or events that I host!
  • James M. Jul 7, 2015
    This past May my 8 year old Grandson made his 1st Communion at our local Church. While looking for a catering company or a personal chef to prepare a Brunch celebration for family and friends after the service. I came across Chef Matt Catering. I have learned that this small company does both, single events and ongoing personal chef services and I am indeed delighted that I found them. I was pleased with Chef Matt from our 1st phone conversation to the moment I found myself saying a heartfelt thanks to him for a wonderful brunch on our special day. Chef Matt listened conscientiously during our conversations and his subsequent menu suggestions reflected how carefully he had done so. I was pleased at how thoroughly he questioned me about my guests and their food preferences and/or possible allergies. He took time in helping me visualize what the final menu would be and how the food would be presented. He also focused on the "Guest of Honor" making sure that there would be much on the menu that this 8 year old might enjoy. I am grateful that Chef Matt turned out to be as professional in person as he was with me on the phone and in his emails. The day of the 1st communion went very smoothly. Chef matt arrived early with his capable and very pleasant assistant. They set everything up with little assistance needed from me. Everything looked professional and very inviting. When it came time for cleanup they were thorough and my kitchen never looked better. Now for the most important point I would like to make: The food was spot on--JUST GREAT! Thanks Chef Matt for meeting my expectations and then some.
  • Melanie R. Jul 5, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I recently hired Chef Matt Catering to conduct a food demonstration and discussion focused on healthy eating for women for my office's Women's History Month celebration. Chef Matt worked diligently with me to plan the event, making thoughtful suggestions and ultimately delivering a wonderfully informative presentation and providing delicious sample bites to the attendees. On the day of the event, Chef Matt arrived well-prepared and on time.  After his presentation, he made himself available to answer questions fron the attendees, and accommodated us with more of his time than originally planned. Chef Matt's knowledge and talents made this event a complete success. I highly recommend him and intend to invite him back for similar events in the future. Thank you, Chef Matt!
  • Cari G. Jun 24, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matt is an incredibe chef, friendly, easy to work with and knows how to match food preferences well. We hired Matt for home delivered meals (VERY reasonably priced) for our daughter and son-in-law who had twins. Have kept him on a good part of this year as it made such a difference in our "kids" lives. As son-in-laws father is a restaurant owner and chef he is particular about he food and they just LOVE Matt's food. Thanks Matt - everyone -else - hire him -you WILL be pleased.
  • Donna E. Jun 16, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    After months of planning, working through menu options, the day of our party arrived. Matt was to arrive at 4:30 to prepare for our 7 pm dinner party. At 2:45, he called and said he wasn't coming. So unbelievably unprofessional.
  • Christopher N. Apr 13, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matt services were amazing! He made my wife and I anniversary a day to remember. Matt provided a 4 course meal with great drinks that were paired with our meal. Matt’s assistant was very kind and personable. I would use Matt’s services again. Thank you so much Matt!!!
  • Cate R. Mar 26, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We hired Chef Matt to come to our home to celebrate my sister-in-law's birthday, we were a group of 7 and it was a surprise for the birthday girl. Matt and his assistant Melanie arrived on time and dressed in chef coats with all of their supplies. The timeline he presented to me in advance was met spot on. We enjoyed incredible appetizers as we waited for the guest of honor to arrive then we all sat down to a 5-course meal. Both Melanie and Matt served and cleared the plates. Matt presented each dish and its ingredients. The food was so delicious and unique, plate presentation was beautiful. Melanie offered wine service throughout the meal and the final dessert dish was outstanding. Our entire meal was also gluten free! By the time we finished dessert the kitchen was cleaned up with leftovers in the fridge. This was a first time experience for all of us to hire a private chef and we will all do it again and look forward to hiring Matt & Melanie again in the future.
  • Lynn S. Mar 25, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matthew prepared an amazing dinner for a recent Saturday night event. From start to finish the evening was perfect. The food selection was so creative and delicious. Matthew took care of everything including a clean kitchen at the end of the evening. I highly recommend his services. Lynn Smith
  • Olivia J. Feb 24, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    great communication, great food.
  • Wendy S. Feb 11, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matt - To a person, everyone was thrilled with dinner last night. You were outstanding! Some comments from guests: “The food was FABULOUS!” “The menu and food was wonderful – everything was as good as, if not BETTER, than any high-end restaurant. Superb.” “Thank you for a great evening. Everything was wonderful – the food outstanding, the service impeccable. We had a wonderful time.” “Matt is very pleasant, professional and organized.” “Matt did a fine job, the food was very good; it was a totally positive experience and we will use him again.” Thank you for everything!!!! -- Wendy
  • Donna R. Jan 27, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I called Matthew and we briefly spoke about a what needs were. He promised to send menus last Wednesday no later than Friday and he never called back. It is not good business practice to leave a client in limbo.
    Matthew L. Mar 6, 2015

    Donna R., I do apologize this was a simple miscommunication. My email apparently did not reach you and I thought you were no longer interested. Chef Matthew Lofrtus

  • Quinn B. Jan 19, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I hired Chef Matthew for a dinner for my father and his lady as his Christmas present. They had Chef Matthew over in January to cook a 5 or 6 course meal and my dad still can't stop raving about it! He said the food was unbelievable (and my dad is a bit of a foodie) and that Chef Matthew was so nice and funny to have in the house. Needless to say, he had a great night and would suggest Chef Matthew to anyone!
  • Lori C. Dec 30, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I can't really comment on the chef's service as he was in a car accident and cancelled at the last minute. I would encourage him to work to find a back up plan for unexpected life events or illness. With only a couple hours notice, his cancellation put me in a difficult position to continue with my event without any chef.
    Matthew L. Mar 6, 2015

    Lori C., I once again do apologize. In the future I will have a back up plan for such an extreme and unfortunate circumstance. Chef Matthew Loftus

  • Don G. Nov 25, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Matthew was very easy to work with via e-mail and phone calls for this special occasion (Anniversary Dinner). He listened and worked with us on a menu that turned out great. He came prepared to our home near Dulles with all of the food. All we had to do was give him the "Keys" to the kitchen and preparation spaces. His sophisicated creations of soup, salad, main courses and dessert were very pleasing for my wife and I and were equally devoured by our 15yr old son who usually forgoes even trying new things. We even enjoyed the leftovers the next night. It was a great evening and I highly recommend Chef Matthew. He also gave us some ideas for a future party that would involve our guests in the dinner.
  • Kate K. Nov 18, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matt was attentive to menu planning and remained committed to ensuring my event was exactly what I was looking for. He was flexible with a sit down and interactive cooking event. Guests had a great time.
  • Ted F. Nov 2, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Superb food and plenty of it. An effortless evening with a gourmet meal. Thanks to Matthew for a memorable time.
  • Hymie A. Aug 31, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    He was very accomodating and made the evening a very enjoyable night. I would not hesitate to use him again.
  • Jeri T. Aug 24, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matthew has been a personal chef for us, cooking meals once a week. He has been thoughtful in the sorts of dishes he's chosen, paying close attention to our preferences and making creative suggestions. He is always on time and is obviously passionate about his work.
  • Julie L. Jun 25, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Matthew provided an excellent Mediterranean dinner for 12 women. He was friendly, courteous and the food was outstanding. He worked with us on the menu and provided great suggestions. My only suggestion to Matthew is to relax and enjoy!
  • Mary Louise M. Mar 15, 2014
    Mr. Loftus is a professional chef who has provided personal culinary services for my husband and myself. As one of two very busy working professionals, I can attest that life is just that much more pleasant when Mr.Loftus has prepared meals for myself and my husband. He is a pleasant, attentive professional who listens very well. He was thorough in his questioning of our culinary preferences and his attention to details has always been very evident. Mr. Loftus is self-sufficient in preparation and in cleanup. Meals are quite lovely and reflect that he listened carefully to our likes and dislikes. We always look forward to the quality of his food & to the attractiveness of his presentations. In addition, Mr. Loftus has provided my company with varied services from casual breakfast meetings to involved dinner events. He regularly hits that right high note which helps to make my meetings memorable. I will definitely continue to avail myself personally and professionally of his services in the future.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Constant continuing education of current trends in healthy and vibrant eating.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
While the majority of my experience has been in restaurant work, I have found this particular line of work to be much more satisfying, because it allows me to connect with my customers on a more personal level.
What types of customers have you worked with?
In home meal preparation, as well as meal delivery. Special occasions including plated meals and especially cocktail parties.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Knowing exactly what you want, be confident in the fact that I am versatile, willing, able to meet your specific needs, and always appreciative of your business.