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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 103 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brandon H.
Verified review

We recently had Chef Dan come prepare a brunch for us at an event. Not only was his professionalism exceptional, his cuisine was amazing. Chef Dan went over the whole menu with it and tweaked it to exactly what I asked for. He took advantage of seasonal items as well as local produce and seafood. He arrived precisely when he said he would and prepared an incredible spread for us that was enjoyed by all. Afterwards, he stayed and left the kitchen completely spotless. Being in the industry, I can confidently say this guy has true talent and having him cater your party is a true experience. I cannot wait to plan my next event just so I can have his food again. You will not find a better private chef. Thanks again Chef!

Rosemary and Thyme Catering
4.9
from 82 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 91 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
4.8
from 59 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 56 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 145 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
  • 72 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 48 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 77 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!!

Cake it to the Limit
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher A.
Verified review

Let us start by saying WOW and AMAZING! We are so late writing this review and apologize for that... My husband and I were married back in January of 2016. As many of us that plan a wedding, this was our first time so we did not know what to expect. We planned everything ourselves, found the venue, found a caterer, photographer, Dj etc. We had a budget and it was quickly approaching the maximum. We heard weddings were expensive blah blah blah, but until you pay for one you may never know... We interviewed several Thumbtack bakers and taste tested their product. We met a lot of great candidates, but non of them "took the cake" like Claudia at "Cake it to the limit" Claudia is an artist and a visionary. Jose and I had an idea to incorporate our centerpiece (a silver metal round globe that was a candle holder and had an unusual design to illuminate light) We sent Claudia a picture of the centerpiece and asked her if she could incorporate it into her design. We did not see her idea until the day of, we were amazed! It was elegant, stunning and delicious! Our caterer, Laura, from Laura Ashley catering (also recommended) told us that they have never had a fondant cake that was so easily able to cut and serve. Needless to say we highly recommend this company and have already had the opportunity to recommend her to others. Claudia is professional and a delight to work with. Thankyou for making our day extra special!

Conscious Bite Catering
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 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!

Chef2You
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Giovanni R.
Verified review

Food was delicious. I've hired a few private chefs in the past, and he is someone I would use again.

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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FIRST BITE*
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura T.
Verified review

José was the epitome of a personal chef. I have set up events with chefs before and he blew us away with his professionalism, delicious cooking, and personality as a whole! Jose made the process very easy and he quoted a great price that we were comfortable with. He did not try to rip us off like other chefs try to do. We are all from out of town for a bachelorette party and wanted to do a fun night in to relax and have great food for our last night. He prepared homemade Chinese food with spring rolls, dumplings, fried rice, sticky chili chicken, broccoli, and a delicious chocolate cake cup dessert with vanilla ice cream! His sticky chili chicken had a Peruvian twist and was party favorite! A few of us have a serious peanut and shellfish allergy and he suggested foods to have on the menu and was very responsive to any needs we needed. I would recommend him to anyone and will definitely use if we are back in town! Thank you José!!!

Private Chef For Hire
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Dana C.
Verified review

This was our 2nd time booking Chef Dominic, he is simply amazing! Food is exquisite, the display is flawless ... he is my go to chef for all of my catering needs.

Stacey Stolman
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne P.
Verified review

I have used Stacey for private cooking lessons. She is very knowledgeable with various cuisines. Her style is one that makes cooking easy and enjoyable.

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Mauricio Crespo
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 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!

  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie G.
Verified review

Chef Alaine and Sarah were unbelievable! Food outstanding, professional and even gave us some great cooking tips throughout the night. Clean up amazing! They were amazing!

Chef Denise Cake Designer
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 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!!

Zest Kitchenz
5.0
from 5 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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Alaine B.
Verified review

Chef Burney is amazing! His food has great flavor and the presentation is flawless.Everything was very professional and he was also very easy to talk to. He listened to what exactly I wanted.I will definitely book again when I have another event!

Chef Karia
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Demie B.
Verified review

I can not express enough how happy we were. The food was amazing and great quality. She was great around our dogs. I am sure this will not be the last I see of her.

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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