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Wilmington Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Wilmington.

Top Pro
  • 17 years in business
  • 256 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jack B.
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Tony Lawrence prepared an amazing array of Asian and other global dishes for my 80th birthday party in our home on September 19, 2014. We had 18 guests and they all loved Tony and his great staff. We have received nothing but compliments from our guests for a great party with delicious food and wine. No one left hungry and my family got to enjoy all the left overs. Tony was both efficient and flexible in the planning and preparation , with lots of fun and creative ideas. Of all the recommended chefs we spoke to , Tony was the only one who made a site visit before we even committed to use his services. He then made another visit closer to the date. Menu was impressive and we will definitely use Tony for our future catering needs.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin A.
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I'm completing this survey based on our delings so far. Up to this point dealing with Shannon has proven to be a true professional. She is punctual and very easy to deal with. I gather certain dishes are better done by her husband, whom I take it is a very qualified chef. I love it when a family works together. I have faith that they will deliver the party I expect.

Feast Caterer
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
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Anton was so wonderful to us during the whole process. From the first phone call, picking our buffett menu and pricing. We had a set per person price and he quoted us under it. We had impeccable service at our wedding reception. His staff treated my husband an I like a king and queen. Now to the food. The best I can come up with is amazingly awesome. Everything was way beyond my expectations. Every guest personally came to us remarking how superb the food was. I highly recommend Feast Caterers for any event you may need a caterer for. I look forward to planning another event with Chef Anton.

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Stone Hill Catering
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John C.
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Excellent service all around. Locally grown, and sourced in Lancaster county. Everything was either home cooked or prepared right in our kitchen. The chefs were professional and friendly. It was nice having them at our house. After diner they cleaned up the whole kitchen. Melissa said she enjoys researching any cuisine, so don't be afraid to ask for something exotic. Our dinner was for my wife's birthday, and included our immediate family. Everyone was very impressed. Our only wish was that we had more spacious stomachs. I highly recommend Stone Hill Catering and hope to have them over to prepare another special dinner.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike C.
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Have always enjoyed Allison's food. If you are looking for a good Chef or someone to teach you to cook I would highly recommend Allison. Her Chicken Dijonnaise is to die for!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Brittanie K.
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My fiance and I hired Sodiah and her team after a delightful and delicious tasting for our wedding reception. We attended the tasting with a bundle of nerves- every bride wants everything to be just right. We were immediately put at ease with Sodiah's warm personality and attention to every detail suggested in the menu. The presentation was lovely with a creative sunflower centerpiece (I'd never seen one done like that before) and the beverages were tasty as well. The menu was TO DIE FOR;from hors d'oeuvres to the main entree, we were thoroughly impressed with the taste and presentation. Even my dad was impressed and he is the toughest critque I know. The chef even made sure to mention how he prepared his food and even came out to chat with me and my family. Also, Sodiah is extremely helpful and responsive to all form of communication which is something I value. Sodiah is truly a master at hospitality and I can't wait to work with her and her team for my June 2015 wedding.

  • 9 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas O.
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We hired Chef Jay to cater a small office luncheon. Chef jay worked together with us to make sure there was plenty for carnivores and vegetarians alike. The service was prompt, the food delicious, and the prices reasonable. A few people asked me for his contact info so I know they were pleased. We will definitely order from FEAST catering again.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tami D.
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I can't you how wonderful Tanya and her staff made our Derby Style Engagement Party! Tanya is an amazing chef and worked with me to create a menu that fit our theme and our tastes! Besides being a fabulous cook, she provided us a first class menu while remaining within out budget. Her staff was simply delightful, and served our guests like true professionals. They came in, set up, prepared, served and cleaned up without any problems. There wasn't a single moment I felt overwhelmed with questions - they all knew exactly what they were doing. I thought it was so sweet that knew that my fiance' and I wouldn't have time to actually eat at our party - so she saved us plates of our favorite foods to eat later in the night. I would highly recommend Tanya! She's a talented chef, excellent communicator and wonderful business woman. She made our Kentucky Derby Engagement Party come to life!

Ma'idah Catering Co.
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Carleen R.
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Loved the Chef! On time, food was awesome!

Enjoi Catering
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Quanda S.
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I give two thumbs up for Enjoi Catering! I made a last minute decision to throw an Anniversary Party For My In-laws and Enjoi Catering came through for me and I was able to concentrate on my guest list and decorations. I gave them my request and They handled everything else. I was even able to sample my menu. My Menu consisted of Lamb Chops, Asparagus, Lobster Maccaroni, Crab Cakes and Shrimp Salad. Everything was delicious. With the Holidays coming up I'll definitely be in touch with Enjoi Catering. 👍👍

  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth P.
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I have both attended events and hosted events that Chef Missy has catered. She is so much fun to work with. Her food is delicious and menus are creative. I appreciate how she creates food that is fresh, flavorful and visually pleasing. She has helped me plan intimate dinner parties and larger parties where we have had buffet service and has been thoughtful about budget. Her staff is always on time, helpful and very pleasant. I highly recommend Chef Missy to help with your next event...you will not be disappointed!

The Savory Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chef Colleen has been a wonderful addition to the work performed at Inner County Outreach. It has been a pleasure working with her as ICO combats obesity in our community. We look forward to all future collaborations.

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Daniele E.
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Great service, very personable and a joy to work with!

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

Luna Cooking
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tim T.
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Matt has been cooking for us for several months now as a personal chef delivering meals to our house weekly. We look forward to his delicious, professionally prepared cooking for a delicious sit down family dinner at home saving us from the preparation time or cleanup afterward. Each meal is customized to our tastes with Matt making suggestions and we give our input about what we want to have that week. We highly recommend his services.

Chef Keith Ahern
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marla T.
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Chef Keith was absolutely fabulous! The food was amazing and creative from start to finish! He and Austin created an interactive dining experience that won't be forgotten. I shucked my first massive Maine clam and all 12 guests tried their hand at homemade cavatelli. Delicioso!

Doug Brown Catering
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lori O.
Verified review

Chef Doug has cooked for me on several occasions. He has a wealth of food knowledge and experience. He is timely, tidy, and professional. Pictured below is a salad with pickled strawberries, grilled chicken, dandelion greens, Gorgonzola, strawberry vinegarette. The other is monkfish on rice with a side of sea beans and accented with lemon zest.

About

I take the time to make sure that you get exactly what you want. I am extremely detail oriented and take the time to make things perfect. I am quiet and respectful of others and all of my surroundings. My flavors are fresh, crisp, clean and well balanced.

About

I am a certified pastry chef specializing in gourmet custom desserts. I also have a catering company, Janet's Catering. I can cook any cuisine from around the world. My products are delicious and beautiful.

About

I am a progressive culinary professional with over 15 years of experience in establishments that include an upscale Italian restaurant and a Chestnut Hill assisted, skilled, rehab facility. I use a unique blend of creative flair and passion for food, strong business sense, and engaging interpersonal skills.

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I make Egyptian food and Egyptian desserts which is kind of different and delicious food for parties and events or even for daily dinner.

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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