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Top Pro
  • 17 years in business
  • 246 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
Verified review

I connected with Chef Tony via Thumbtack many months ago because I was interested in hiring a personal chef for a "girls' weekend" I was hosting in July. After communicating with Chef Tony just a few times, I knew, without a doubt, he was the right person for the job. Not only does have fantastic credentials, he also has a personality to match! Needless to say, my guests and I were beyond pleased with the meal and service provided by Chef Tony, not to mention Diane, the most amazing server I've ever met/seen! The food prepared by Chef Tony was absolutely delicious. That in itself would have made the evening great. BUT...when you couple that with the fact that he's a professional sommelier and does wine pairings throughout the entire dinner, the event was a huge success! I would absolutely hire Chef Tony again and have already recommended him to several friends.

Feast Caterer
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
Shelley C.
Verified review

Our experience with Anton and his assistant was beyond amazing. Everyone has an expectatIon of how they want their event to be presented. From a sit down dinner wIth cocktail hour for 25 people in our home for thanksgiving. The PRESENTATION was phenomenal. it looked like a Norman Rockwell painting, the turkey, the ham, the gluten free dishes, all the family favorites that we requested. Done to perfection. This was the first holiday meal that I was able to enjoy my guests and not worry about cleaning up afterwards. Everyone raved about the food. Plenty of leftovers that didn't go to waste. We had take home containers for everyone. That was such a hit. That about 10 later we had our company holiday feast in our home catered by Anton. He was able to cater to all dietary needs. From vegan, to paleo, to very upscale palate pleasing dishes. So we challenged Anton one more time, for Christmas eve with our loved ones of 27 give or take. We asked him to do the Italian feast of the seven fishes. Omg is all I can say. What a presentation, from the cocktail hour before dinner, then our sit down dinner with mussels,scallops,clams, and crab. Then we had wrapped filet mignon cooked to order for each person along with grilled vegetables and an assortment of gluten free and vegan dishes to please everything. Even the homemade ice cream that Anton makes himself is yummy. He does not rush you to finish and I appreciated sooo Much. We had lil ones to tend to, so we didn't get a chance to all sit at once sometimes. Anton made us feel like a royalty in our castle, and he was our personal chef. If we could rate him at ten stars, that still wouldn't be enough. He is very versatile in his cooking and preparation and presentation of the meals he prepares. I recently switched sd cards in my phone, or I would have posted some pictures. When I locate,I will post. Price wise, he is reasonable and will work within your Budget and still give you the most enjoyable experience. Champagne dreams and cavier wishes should be one of Anton tag lines. I will say, in the future, the sooner you can plan your event, the better your chances of having Anton fulfill your desire to WOW your guests. Thank You Anton and family, for making our holiday gatherings something to remember .

Chef Kim's Kitchen
4.7
from 55 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew L.
Verified review

Kim has been helping me support my close friend in battling breast cancer. Kim has been preparing wonderful meals for the family, including fun bites and snacks for 3 kids. Everyone has really loved the food, and Kim has been very helpful and flexible in meal planning. I'm so glad I found Kim, her hard work has been making a huge difference for my friend during a difficult time.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rob E.
Verified review

We had the BEST time learning how to cook with Allison! She arrived on time and got right to work teaching us how to prepare our meal. Allison was kind enough to sharpen my dull kitchen knives as well. We had a great conversation and sharing stories (Her's were awesome to listen to) as she taught us how to prepare our meal. It felt like we had all known each other for years :) I could probably write all afternoon about the valuable insights into cooking that Allison shared with us. At the end of it all, we enjoyed the most amazing meal I think I have ever had. Thank you so much, Allison! We will definitely have you back again to teach us much more!

Culinary Architects
4.8
from 36 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy E.
Verified review

I worked with Chef Rock to plan my mother's 80th birthday party. We had 20 people and it is always difficult to please everyone; however, Chef Rock was able to plan a menu that was versatile and tasty! The chef made sure he considered people's diet and health needs before he planned the meals. I loved that Jim was completely prepared and self-sufficient, so it didn't matter how well the kitchen was stocked (or not). We had a taco bar and enchiladas one night and I was really impressed that the chef served homemade tortillas and he roasted the fresh chills. The following evening we had a beautiful rib roast with all the trimmings, fresh vegetables and potatoes dauphinoise. I was really impressed with Chef Rock's attention to detail, including warmed plates, the tastiest condiments and dips, as well as plenty of fresh fruit. I highly recommend hiring a personal chef for this kind of event since we only had 2 1/2 days to spend quality time with each other and travelled from five different states. Chef Rock also made sure everything was ready depending on our schedule. If we hadn't made this arrangement with our chef, I'm sure we would have been eating dinner at midnight! Luckily we had plenty of room in the house so the chef could stay the whole time, making coffee in the morning and providing all the clean-up. Thanks Jim for making this great event so memorable and special.

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Elite Flavors Catering
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jasmine S.
Verified review

John cooked for my 6th wedding anniversary. He Took his time to sit down with me to come up with a menu that me and my husband would enjoy. We started off simple with a salad where chef John used his homemade vinaigrette, the main course was a little more complex as he did lamb/ lobster surf and turf and very delicious and we even ended with dessert that was to die for! John cooked everything in our own kitchen which was amazing. Him and his team stayed throughout the whole meal and cleaned up everything I think our kitchen was cleaner than when they got there haha It was a great pleasure to have John and his team cook for us!

  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christine W.
Verified review

Missy catered two parties for us; a four course dinner party complete with bar service and butlered hor d’oeuvres, and a small family gathering buffet style for my daughters christening. For both parties Missy exceeded all expectations I had. I was able to relax an enjoy the party without worrying about food or service. Every bite of food was delicious and Missy was professional and fun to work with. Numerous guests requested her business card for their own events. I can’t think of anything negative about either event and will definitely be calling her for all future needs.

Lazy Susan Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ricky D.
Verified review

Donna has been preparing weekly meals for our family as a private chef for the last year and a half. A tireless and consummate professional, she has proved to be extremely imaginative in her menu design, and flexible in accommodating individual preferences. Her meals possess a certain elegant class and are delicious. We recommend her whole-heartedly!

Let's Cultivate Food
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Julia L.
Verified review

I have used Let's Cultivate Food for catering as well as a personal chef's dinner. On both occasions, Yoon was really great to work with. She was quick to respond and also very accommodating of the large party we had. She worked with us to fit the theme of the party and was so easy to work with. The food was delicious and so creative! For the personal chef's dinner, we selected the Asian Fusion Flair option which was very tasty. The four course meal was prepared, cooked and also we had no clean up to do. I would definitely recommend the personal chef's dinner as a fun group event or even a creative date option.

Breaking Bread
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Amanda M.
Verified review

Sherrill will provide you with an affordable, delicious and lovingly prepared catering experience. Food for my baby shower pleased all my guests and was beautiful!

Fry's Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Carl and Fan S.
    Verified review

    Kyle and Jenna were efficient and professional in serving a delicious meal for our company's outdoor employee picnic this summer. I really felt like they had everything under control, and they took care of all the details, so we could relax and enjoy the evening. The food was colorful and tasty, and the price was good. They left everything in ship-shape condition when the event was over, you couldn't even tell that they had been there! I would highly recommend Simplicity Catering to my friends and family.

    • 6 years in business
    Irina T.
    Verified review

    Not only is David's food absolutely delicious, the presentation is always amazing as well. David has a gift of being able to put any sort of ingredients together and make it a five star meal. I have never been disappointed by his cooking. Even when I have tried foods prepared by him that I was sure I didn't like (as a matter of personal preference), I was surprised that not only did I enjoy the food but I reached for more. You can't go wrong with hiring David for any type of even! You won't be disappointed!

    Lori Olk
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Alex S.
    Verified review

    I am a highly disorganized and messy person. Yet when I work with Lori I always feel able to confront the task at hand and we inevitably make significant progress. Lori has helped me de-clutter, prepare for taxes, and generally pull myself together. Integral to what I am able to accomplish when we work together is the fact that she is non judgemental. We never talk about why I can't seem to do certain seemingly simple tasks, we just get down to the business at hand. Lori also has a fantastic library of resources. A+ all the way for Lori Olk!!!!

    Luna Cooking
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Virginia R.
    Verified review

    We needed help with food preparation when I needed surgery. Matt has good menu choices, and the price is quite reasonable. He delivered some great food on Tuesday and we are really looking forward to continued food deliveries from Luna Cooking.

    • 5 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Denise L.
    Verified review

    Yummy, healthy food!!

    • 12 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Everett K.
    Verified review

    John Burwell (JB) created a magnificent Valentine's Day menu around my wife's "likes"--steak & peach moscato. He arrived, set-up, and created an outstanding 3-course meal. He arrived to a clean kitchen and when he left hours later, it looked as if he'd never been there. JB is a friendly, down-to-earth guy who provides an excellent upscale service. I tell everyone I know about him and am thinking of reasons to hire him again.

    Grateful Plate
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Joshua S.
    Verified review

    Beth was great. Meal was superb.

    Cooking By Bela
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Rob K.
      Verified review

      I started working with Bela in 2002. He gave me about 8 private lessons. To this day the meals I learned and skills acquire continue to impress others. I have yet to have someone taste my Caesar salad and not say it's the best they've ever had. He is able to teach everything from shopping to cutting to making multiple days meals at one time. I've also used his services to cater for parties and prepare a weeks worth of meals in advance. His food is ALWAYS ALWAYS top notch and gets nothing but fantastic reviews from everyone who eats it. If you're looking for a teacher or personal chef, you can stop looking here...he's the best!!

      D'Lite 2 Savor

      New To Thumbtack

      • 12 years in business
      About

      We pride ourselves in providing superb service. Our goal is excellence in making every meal truly a "D'Lite 2 Savor".

      What a Crock Meals To Go

      New To Thumbtack

      • 4 years in business
      About

      We take the work out of home cooking for a reasonable price! Our gourmet meals are made fresh daily from scratch and prepared by real chefs. Simply place the meal in your slow cooker in the morning, and enjoy a chef-crafted meal in the evening.

      Homemade Meals by Kim

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        As a business executive, customer service was a priority. I provided my customers not only with outstanding service, they knew they could depend on me unconditionally. I go the extra mile so that customers are completely satisfied. If you're not,

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