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Boca Raton Private Chefs

Browse these private chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Boca Raton.

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LucaBella
4.9
from 109 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jay D.
Verified review

We had Danny as a private chef for a bachelor party weekend, cooking us brunch at the house for two days. He was outstanding-- on time both days, personable, and food was great. He prepared a menu in advance and was more than willing to adapt and just a great guy overall to work with. He also cleaned up the kitchen area while were gone, and it was spotless when we returned to the house. I would recommend Danny to anyone looking for a private chef in the South Florida area.

Rosemary and Thyme Catering
4.9
from 84 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Lorri H.
Verified review

As this was our first go-around without our mother who ran the best Christmas kitchen ever, we decided to look into catering which then led us to the "private chef" concept offered by Jeffrey Sternberg who owns and operates Rosemary and Thyme Catering. Jeffrey was one of 3 caterers who offered their services through Thumbtack, and right from his online presence, we knew that Jeffrey would be the one who would come through on the home-cooked feel we were seeking. One phone call led to an invitation to his home where we were regaled with samples of his work ... now that is service for you! Planning out the meals was a collaborative effort where we told Jeffrey about all our traditional fare over the 3-day feast with Jeffrey being most accommodating to our habitual dishes but all the while making recommendations here and there which we gladly accepted ... it was a very easy and enjoyable process. Everything was delicious, truly surpassing our expectations. There were even several batches of shortbread made up for our inspection before choosing the version that best matched the type of shortbread we were accustomed to. The cauliflower and celery casseroles were actually better than we had ever made ourselves and the filet roast of beef for the day after Christmas was without a doubt the best we'd ever tasted. If there was any negative to be found, it was simply in that there was way more food prepared for us than we could ever expect to eat ... we froze the leftovers and are still enjoying the odd Jeffrey meal ... talk about getting excellent value for your money! The only exception to the quantity was the gravy that only lasted the one meal of Christmas dinner. And Jeffrey also surprised us with plenty of extras like a 4th appetizer that we had not ordered, dips that we had not ordered for the appetizers, and mayo and mustard spreads for our sandwiches, and the killer was an extra turkey roasted in the oven in case we did not end up being fond of the grilled turkey that he recommended. The one hitch was that the re-heating instructions did not specify "convection" or take into account that all six dishes were to be reheated in the oven simultaneously, so the food was not ready when we were led to believe it would be, but it was well worth the wait in the end because everything was outstanding. Service, service, service ... that is what Jeffrey is all about ... and he really knows what he's doing ... you can just relax or else spend the time you save in the kitchen fretting over more interesting Christmas activities ... Thanks so very much to you Jeffrey ... you saved the Holidays for us ... the best to you and your family in 2016. Lorri H. Jan 07/16

Good Eating Sobe
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Mindy O.
Verified review

We had a birthday dinner for my mother and we wanted to hire a private chef and Traci completely delivered! He was the consummate professional. He worked with us on the menu and the food was DELICIOUS! We raved about every course. He left us wanting more. If we come back to Florida we would definitely hire Chef Traci again!! I highly recommend him!!

Exquisite Catering by Robert
4.5
from 57 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha D.
Verified review

I booked this caterer for my wedding on 12/30/17. I'm Jamaican and my husband and I wanted the jerk chicken with rice and pease. We also had the chance to taste the food prior to booking for the wedding. We worked with Kathy and told her what we like and didn't like at the tasting. The food was awesome at the wedding ! I would like for the chef to be recognized. We had so many compliments about the food. To my regret i didn't get the chance to take any pictures of the food. The servers were so kind and punctual. They provided awesome services. Thank you all for the great work.

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The Catering Group
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Juli S.
Verified review

The owner was incredibly easy to coordinate with. We had planned our family meal well in advance. It was on time, easy to serve, easy to clean up(the employee who handled the delivery was organized and super nice.) They even sent flowers! The Thanksgiving turkey was moist and flavorable as were all of the sides and desserts. We have tried everything in the past on Thanksgiving and this was hands down the closest experience to homemade without being in the kitchen all day, that we have ever had! Was awesome! At the last minute, they were also nice enough to help me feed an office staff that ended up having to work. Amazing customer service and our employees loved it. The chef even delivered himself and my manager informed me that he was amazing too! My family and employees are already planning an event to try his ribs, that we heard are very tasty. Lots of Thanks to The Catering Group

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Chef Tim
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rafael L.
Verified review

We Knew that Chef Tim would be a perfect fit for us from ours first meeting, he arrived at our home ant took notes as we discussed the style of food. On the day of our wedding he came prepared and organized and most importantly came with a great attitude. He was accompanied with a great staff that work together. Each meal was well prepared, served and delicious. Every one worked clean and efficient manner. They keep the kitchen nice and neat. We highly recommended Chef Tim and team as a private Chef, we were able to fully enjoy yhe company of our guest with no stress.

LA Catering & Events LLC
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Ann G.
Verified review

If you want a chef who is able to accommodate your business or party theme, contact Chef Laura. We contacted her for an "Evening in Paris" at Jazzercise of Ft. Lauderdale - a surprise birthday party. Chef Laura decorated the table to the Paris theme. The guests had the best experience watching Chef Laura and her assistant prepare a variety of crepes to their specifications! And, they were so good! She brings everything, sets up before the guests arrived, and cleaned up discretely. A great experience. Debra/Jazzercise of Ft. Lauderdale.

TLC Chef 4 U Corp.
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Carolina R.
Verified review

I could Never say enough about Tesia, and neither could my 6 bridesmaids! Ive been day dreaming about her incredible meals every day since we met! She was very organized and assertive and accommodating (which I've had trouble finding with other chefs), as incredible in her skill as promised, and not to mention she was fun loving and easy going - the perfect fit for our group of ladies. THANK YOU TESIA!! Until next time!!

Cindy's Table
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Karen C.
Verified review

My boss who lives in Palm Beach asked me to find a chef for a private event. He is a high profile celebrity (sorry I can't say who he is) We hired Cindy and everyone just loved her. My boss is normally does not communicate with the chefs we hire but Cindy was different. He and our other guests enjoyed her personality and professionalism. Her food was beyond amazing and she is the person you want to hang out with in the kitchen. She loves to drink wine and even pour some into the food. We just loved that!!! Her recipes are simple yet complex. My boss was even cutting peppers with her which we didn't know he could use a knife! We all want to see her on the cooking channels. Cindy is humble yet her personality lights up a room. Thank you for being our chef and now our friends! We are glad you are in Florida... We will be calling her again and again!

Conscious Bite Catering
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Hulda M.
Verified review

Best choice for my wedding! From the moment a met Chefs Valeria and Alex I knew I had made the right choice. They understood the challenges of my venue and the mix of guests, and helped me tailor the menu for the evening. They even crafted a cocktail menu with unique names just for us! The day of the wedding it was all perfect, I heard nothing but great things from all my guests about the food, presentation and professionalism of the staff. It was an overall amazing experience working with this group, they really go out of their way to accommodate and work with you, plus the food its absolutely delicious!! Thank you again! Hulda and Mike!

  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie F.
Verified review

Chef Levita did a wonderful job catering my mother's 90th anniversary celebration for 15 people. The food was wonderful and the presentation lovely. He helped me make some very wise choices for my group which I also appreciated. These included summer rolls, sushi, sliced tenderloin, Casear salad, haricots vertes with garlic roasted potatoes and a wonderful, freshly-baked chocolate cake. He and his assistant Carlos made my gathering a great success.

Rice Catering, Inc.
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Sheri L.
Verified review

Rice Catering has consistently exceeded expectations. From events small to large, Rice Catering and Chef Wally delivers outstanding food and services. I would highly recommend Rice Catering for all your events -- large and small. Always delivering the highest quality.

Mobile food truck/catering
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Isabela D.
Verified review

I really enjoy everything served from this food truck. I have yet to be disappaointed. Finally some real carribean food served in your local area. The chef is extremely friendly and you can taste the love in his food. I highly recommend his ceviche, fish dip or my all time favorite the oxtail!

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Kerry's Delight
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria G.
Verified review

Kerry is an amazing pastry chef and beautiful person on the inside and out! I sent her the party invite and asked if she can match the design on the cake, add watercolor effect and nautical elements for my sister's baby shower. She matched the cake design perfectly and added her personal touch as well. It was tastefully done and came out elegant and way beyond my expectations! The cake was not only beautiful but also so tasty! Everyone were impressed and now two weeks later we still talk about it. Kerry was also professional and punctual. She kept communicating on the progress, asking questions, keeping me informed and delivered on time. Perfection!

  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly F.
Verified review

I ♡♡♡ Robyn, from the 1st time you meet her, she makes you feel like you've known her forever. The fact that she makes the best grilled cheese I've ever had just makes me ♡♡♡♡ her that much more.

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Mauricio Crespo
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Justinne I.
Verified review

An exceptional class taught by an exceptional Chef! I am working on my culinary certification and had asked Chef Maury's help to polish my skills up. It took a couple of months until I could finally schedule my class (my schedule won't permit) but Chef Maury replied promptly whenever I send him a message. The class itself lasted for about 4 hours, concentrating on knife skills, stock making and basic cooking techniques. He was very keen in making sure I make the right cuts and correcting me right away. His kitchen is a standard home kitchen so you don't have to worry about being intimidated by big equipment. Whether you have a culinary background like I do or just a home cook who wants to learn more, Chef Maury is the right guy to show you the ropes. I am already looking forward to my next class!

Naty's Pasteles Y Mas
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Elissa K.
Verified review

Chef Mer catered our bachelorette brunch and the food was fantastic! We had French toast, guava & cheese pastry, two kinds of quiche, breakfast potatoes (huge hit!), fruit skewers and bacon. Our guests were raving about the food and ate 2nds and 3rds. He set everything up perfectly and showed up right on time. If you're looking for an organized, well priced and delicious caterer...this is your guy! Thank you so much Chef Mer!

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly H.
Verified review

We had our annual employee Christmas party at our house for the first time and chose Chef Markeicha. We were extremely pleased with what she made and how she handled it. We had 14 guess and she did a amazing job. Everyone was very happy with the food that was serviced and prepared. She never stop preparing, cooking, and cleaning from the time she arrived until she left. I was exhausted just watching her for the 14 hrs she was here with us. She did a great job decorating the tables also with fresh flowers and cranberries. Loved everything she did. I would go in the kitchen from time to time to help clean dishes and she said no she had it under control and she did. We are looking forward to seeing or soon for any up coming occasions we may have and also my kids would love to have her teach us to cook. :) Thank you so much Chef Markeicha you did an amazing job!

Zest Kitchenz
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Margie M.
Verified review

Mike Schwartz at Zest Kitchenz is a very professional, knowledgeable, and creative chef. The food was amazing! The service impeccable! We didn't have to lift a finger. He took care of everything for us, and then some. I was honestly surprised at the quality of service and how reasonablly priced it was. I highly recommend using him for any cooking needs you have.

  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

I honestly can’t say enough to compliment this chef! Chef Alain was amazing. His asst Sarah was on point, polite, and so professional. (I recommend requesting her and tipping appropriately. She’s worth the high quality of personal chef staff.) Chef Alain made my father’s, small family, 70th birthday dinner party a lifetime memory. It’s been a few days and nothing tastes the same after you have food of this quality. We may use him for holiday dinners/small dinner parties bc chef Alain is worth it. Thank you so much Chef Alain and Sarah, We will def be using you again! -Susan and Family

Chef Denise Cake Designer
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Vita D.
Verified review

Denise has made numerous pastries and event cakes for my family and I. She is an amazing pastry chef and very talented. All of the deserts are delicious and she is always punctual!! I recommend using Denise for any and all of you're event needs!!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

How much should catering cost per person?

Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

  • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
  • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
  • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
  • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
  • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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