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

Top Pro
The Island Chef
from 71 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debra R.
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Tamara is an excellent and creative Chef and always provides a memorable "wow" factor for all that she prepares and presents. Tamara is professional and helpful and always a pleasure to work with.She is unique and always open to new ideas and listens to the customer She is professional in all that she does and provides her coworkers a great experience to work alongside her as she is an incredibly talented and creative individual with a gift of unique and out of the norm food preperation and presentation. Tamara can make a picnic memorable as well as a wedding a true :fairy tale", Tamara is really all about the :first impression", you will not be disappointed with her work! Try her fabulous whimsical and fun decorative Shortbread cookies- the best ever!!!!

On The Go Gourmet
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Salvatore L.
Verified review

I just returned from my yearly golf trip. This year we rented a mansion and a second house in Orlando at Reunion Resort. Staying in a home allowed our group of 16 to relax and enjoy the house and to hire a chef to prepare our meals rather then running to a restaurant every night. What topped off the experience was having Vivian and her sister waiting for us when we returned from a day at the golf course. We set a menu and Vivian delivered excellent food at a very good price. We set dinner at 8 PM every night. At 8:05 you were sitting down to a delicious meal that was expertly prepared complete with multiple choices, desert and coffee. If you went out to a restaurant the bread would not even be on the table by that point! Thank you Vivian!

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Chef Cheryl
from 42 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sherman H.
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Cheryl sets the bar wayyy to high for private chefs. Once you have had a private chef experience with her, you will never invite a different chef into your home or private event. From the moment I hired Cheryl for a surprise couple's dinner over Labor Day Weekend, she made it very clear that she aimed to provide a "blow you away" experience. First she designed the three course menu. I told her what I had in mind (lighter dinner - fish and seafood) and she instantly started providing her ideas with pictures of different dishes, different types of fish, sauces, presentation styles, etc. We agreed on a shrimp polenta cake w romesco sauce topped w sauteed carrots appetizer, an atlantic cod on a bed of smashed potatoes with olive and mushrooms, and a creme brulee. Our friends that we surprised with the meal both said it was one of the best meals they had ever had. We agreed. Leading up to the day of the event, Cheryl covered all the details. Since we were staying at a resort, she asked about everything from the type of dishes available to whether she should bring a tablecloth. She made wine recommendations, and even brought us a bottle for the dinner. The final presentation was perfect. Cheryl connected immediately with our group and was ready to impress - she got right to work when she arrived, but not after exchanging pleasantries and making sure that she knew her audience. All in all, Cheryl provides white glove customer service, has the most genuinely friendly and professional personality and is awesome to work with. She impresses from the moment you say YES, and even before that. Her cooking is delicious. It was a gourmet meal that we would have paid much, much, much more for at a reataurant, but she brought it to the comfort of our home (hotel). The presentation of the food was impressive, and everything was served with so much love. Cheryl takes great pride in what she does. We look forward to making Cheryl's cooking a part of our yearly tradition. I would never consider using anyone else. You will not be disappointed with Cheryl. Dont look any further - you have found your private chef for life. (I NORMALLY AM VERY LAZY ABOUT WRITING REVIEWS, BUT CHERYL PROVIDED SUCH AN IMPRESSIVE EXPERIENCE THAT I WOULD NOT FEEL GOOD NOT WRITING ONE)

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Epic Events by Booth, Inc.
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Culver C.
Verified review

Dawn is so very professional and knowledgeable. I am giving my 2 kids the gift of cooking lessons with her for Christmas. She is prepared, conscientious, and thorough in explanation and goals. I know my kids are going to learn how to cook basics and work their way up to being chefs one day! I would recommend Dawn to anyone, either for a private chef, one time lesson or multiple lessons.

Good Enuf 2 Eat Catering
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Farren N.
Verified review

Kimberly by far is the best chef I have ever had. Her passion for cooking is displayed throughout her meal preparation and her delivery of the final product. I am so pleased with Kimberly's work and I would recommend her to any of my colleagues .

Lisi Crane Catering
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Leigh R.
Verified review

Lisi is great! We hired her for a bachelorette party and she prepared 2 appetizers, a salad, entree and dessert for a group of 6. The whole group agreed that her demeanor and cooking were fantastic and certainly the highlight of our weekend! Her personality and customer service were wonderful and the meal she prepared was fresh, healthy and delicious. We would happily hire Lisi again and highly recommend her to future clients!

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Pasta Chef Catering
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda R.
Verified review

Pasta Chef was great they did my daughters wedding. Steve was great to work with. The food was great and we had several guest tell us how good they thought the food was. I loved that whether you were the first person or the last person served your food was fresh and hot.

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
Verified review

The chef was immediate and very congenial, unfortunately the class did not work out on my end

Chef Jean-Christophe, LLC
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen W.
Verified review

The private cooking class was a Father's Day gift for my husband who let me say "can't cook". Chef Christophe was very responsive and listen to what type of experience I was looking to give my husband and Chef Christophe DELIVERED!!!!! He made my husband feel very comfortable and a very positive experience. My husband is now looking forward to possibly learning and cooking more. And the added plus is Chef Christophe help him to prepare and cook us a delicious meal. Thank you Chef Christophe! We look forward to our next cooking encounter with you.

Chef Colleen
from 2 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lauri H.
Verified review

Colleen had dinner ready exactly on time. She brought the food needed to prepare a delicious dinner. She prepared chicken with a white wine sauce, spinach, yellow squash, and a eye & tummy pleasing salad. Diner was full of vibrant colors, inticing smells and scrumptious food. Colleen cleaned the kitchen and washed every dish by hand (since I don't own a dishwasher). She definitely went the extra mile and to top it off she brought a bonus dessert, her newly tested key lime pie recipe.

The Barbecue Chef
from 1 review
    Clivonya V.
    Verified review

    The food was absolutely amazing. Clive woodside really cares about how he prepares food. Everything was perfectly seasoned and I will definitely come back. His food is one of a kind

    from 1 review
      Maria B.
      Verified review

      The food was amazing. The chef (Rosana) was super professional, the menu was far beyond what I expected. I highly recommend her services

      A.N.M. Catering
      from 1 review
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Margaret M.
      Verified review

      I have had one of the best experiences with Luis from Lou's Catering. His presentation and food are top rate. Every guest was wowed by the amount of food and taste of all then food. Luis is patient and eager to please. I was extremely happy and very pleased with Luis. The experience exceeded by expectations. This was the first time I used Thumbtack and the first time I hired a caterer to cater all the food and also do all the BBQing at the party, it was an awesome experience. I would hire Luis everytime I need a caterer. He's professional, punctual, and an awesome chef. Thank you Luis.


      I have an extreme passion for food and love pleasing the customers who become friends with culinary arts. I have 25 years of professional chef experience.


      It's not what you like, but what you love; and creating exceptional services from within the kitchen, is what I love. I believe everyone should have service that soars above the rest at their doorsteps, and that's why my clients deserve a Private Chef Experience.


      We offer catering for private parties. We have a private chef for weddings and other events.We have a full houekeeping service on a daily weekly or per event to offer. We offer meal service. Chef Laurie studied at the Culinary Institute of America in NY.We aim to build a strong and enduring household service by delivering to our customers a professional service that is always fair, efficient, helpful, and responsive. We also offer a excellent cleaning staff for your service . We provide party planning and we come to you for all your event planning. We are committed to earning the loyalty of our customers and ensuring that the satisfaction of their needs is central to everything we do. Proudly serving all of Central and Southern Pinellas County and Gulf Beaches. Contact us for a FREE ESTIMATE. Palm Harbor Florida We are a locally owned business for many years. •Location: Tampa/ St. Petersburg

      • 14 years in business

      I'm a chef who attended and graduated from the Pennsylvania Culinary Arts with an associate degree in the culinary field. My career started when I joined the US Navy back in 1998.


      I do culinary, pastry, hall decoration for event and more. I'm an event planner. I offer international catering and table centerpieces for all occasions and am a Wilton instructor.


      My service stands out through my passion and efforts to treat each customer as a friend. It is my goal to exceed expectations of my clients and provide memorable dining events for their friends and family.


      I am a French chef. I can cook lunch and a simple or upscale dinner. I have 35 years of experience. I can do French and American cooking. I can make food and individually package it for you.

      • 4 years in business

      I will come to your home and prepare anything you desire. Specializing in many different styles of cuisine, I will prepare meals at anytime, breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also do dinner parties and luncheons for any number of guests you will entertain. I will come and prepare your meals in your kitchen, utilizing your equipment, ovens, range-top, pots, pans, etc. I will cook, serve, and clean everything where you won't even know I was there. Save a full belly and a memory of a fine dining experience. Please e-mail me with your needs, and I will call you back to discuss what your needs are. Sincerely, William Groen Chef William C.E.C.

      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.

      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.

      How much should catering cost for a wedding?

      The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

      • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
      • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
      • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
      • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

      How do you serve food at a wedding?

      Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

      • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
      • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
      • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
      • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
      • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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