Personal Chef Catering

Cocoa Beach, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

All of of our ingredients are hand picked by the chef and cooked fresh to ensure quality. We believe that the quality of food is the most important part and we bring that to you in a unique and inventive way. We find that the majority of customers that go with us are the "foodie type".

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love creating new menus and doing new things. Every event we do is something fresh and exciting. We strive to impress our guest everytime.

Location

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Years in business

3

Number of employees

30

Times hired on Thumbtack

42

Reviews

38 Reviews
  • Eldona M. Feb 10, 2017
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    The Popham/Evans wedding at The Brevard Renaissance Fair.
    Tony and his crew were so very professional and took to our very unusual venue with grace and smiles (The Brevard Renaissance Fair). I hope that they will consider catering other events for us.
  • Jennifer C. Dec 23, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Amazing experience
    I would highly recommend Chef Tony. He was awesome. He was great with communication, worked within my budget, came over to our house for a food tasting of the menu we had chosen. The food was absolutely amazing. Great quality. Great presentation. Everyone at our wedding raved about the food and how great it was. This is definitely the caterer to go with if you are looking. Look no further honestly.
  • Kendyl B. Aug 15, 2016
    Corporate Lunch Catering
    Verified Review
    Tony and his team provided above and beyond service for our corporate picnic and the macaroons were to die for!
  • Dee N. Aug 8, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Words do not express how great, wonderful Chef Tony was. I would hire his service again and again
  • Jean B. May 16, 2016
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    He catered our whole wedding. His food was wonderful and he was able to provide everything we requested. His staff was excellent and worked hard. All our guests commented on the best wedding they had been to. Besides our entertainment, we have Tony to thank.
  • Bonnie R. May 15, 2016
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
  • Allison K. Apr 11, 2016
    Chef Tony did an AMAZING job for my sisters wedding in Melbourne on Friday 4/8/16. The wedding party ran way late and ended up pushing back the dinner by almost an hour. You never would have known it by the taste and quality of Tony's food. It was hot and delicious and we received tons of compliments from guests. Thanks for rolling with the punches and still delivering an amazing dinner for 130 people! You rock! Highly recommend him.
  • Beth F. Apr 9, 2016
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Chef Tony was amazing! Rolling with our location changes (due to weather) like it was no sweat. Food was delicious, especially the chicken cordon blue.
  • Robert B. Feb 16, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Tony catered a Sunday brunch (on Valentine's day) for sixty guests at my home. He was very responsive with a great menu and accommodated changes with no hassle. He arrived several hours before the event kicked off to do most of the cooking in my kitchen. He and his assistant gave a very professional appearance and the food was excellent.
  • Noreen F. Jan 28, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Loved working with Tony. Our communications were mostly on the internet since I was planning the party from CA. Tony was easy to work with, had helpful suggestions, and very responsive to my questions. He arrived and had everything ready to go on time. The food was what I requested and delicious. Every one commented how good the food tasted. I would recommend Tony for anyone looking for a caterer and would use him again if the opportunity comes up again.
  • Helan C. Jan 19, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Chef Tony, Dee and Natalie came on time and began setting up and preparing for the birthday dinner party. They took extra care to ensure the party was a success and stress free for me, even helped me replace batteries in some flickering tea lights. The food was marvelous and the service was exemplary. I highly recommend Chef Tony!
  • Scott M. Jan 4, 2016
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    On short notice and for New Year's Eve, Chef Tony made our event one to remember. Thanks again.
  • Judiann M. Dec 30, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    We hired Chef Tony for our Christmas dinner this year. Tony was professional, courteous, and punctual. The appetizers, dinner, and desserts were awesome!! I would highly recommend Tony!! I will be using Tony again in the future!!
  • Rose R. Dec 27, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Tony prepared a fantastic standing rib roast Christmas Eve dinner for our family while vacationing in Vero Beach. From menu selection to clean-up Chef Tony was awesome! The Ryan family thanks you Tony!
  • Todd S. Dec 22, 2015
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Tony, came to our home and prepared an extraordinaire meal with steak, lobster and chicken,veggies, etc and a wonderful dessert presentation, all on an outside venue (outdoor barbecue in outdoor kitchen) at our home for our Company Christmas Party .The food was scrumptious and all guests were very impressed also. .Tony and his staff were just absolutely wonderful and went way beyond our expectations in their service throughout our entire event. I will definitely use Tony again in the future !!! :-))
  • Denny P. Nov 6, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Chef Tony did a very good job catering my group of 123 persons on back - to - back days recently. He fulfilled our order to the letter and for working together for the first - time, things went extremely well. He and his crew were punctual and we're ready to serve my clients at the time (s) agreed upon. The only minor items that could have been better were extra condiments for the lunch bags. Otherwise, it was everything that we expected it to be. I have another client affiliated with the current group just served who will be utilizing Chef Tony for a future event in early March 2016. Chef Tony serves a wide array of clients on the Space Coast and in the Central Florida region. If you need a caterer that cares about his clients and craft,, then contact him for your next event.
  • Sheila R. Oct 27, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Tony made a delicious meal for us, all the choices we had made for the wedding. He was fully prepared and answered all our questions. Can't wait to see what he turns out for the wedding!
  • Ken B. Oct 27, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Contracted Chef Tony to cater our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Asked him to come to our home approximately a month before the scheduled date to let us know what he had available and how he would prepare for the party. He was on time (if not early) and had all his information available. We explained what we would like, he provided assistance and recommendations and outlined all the expected expenses. He later provided me with an itemized list of what we had settled on and the costs. He did not try to up-sell us on more expensive items or provide trade-offs, etc. The day of the party he, and his staff, arrived approximately two hours early to set up and prepare last minute items. He, and his staff, were very efficient and helpful. The food was wonderful and the party went off without a hitch. During the party they circulated through the guests providing hors d'oeuvres and drinks. About 15 minutes before the stated "end of the party" he found me to let me know he would be starting the cleanup process. He and his staff were again very efficient, cleaned up the entire area, put all excess food away, packed and left. I would not hesitate to contract Chef Tony again for any future event. I had many compliments throughout the evening about the food and staff and have, and will be referring Chef Tony to others looking to do something similar or involving catered functions.
  • Karla R. Oct 11, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Everything was perfect! Tony was great to work with. He was patient and informative as we put together the menu. I had a party with appetizers. The food was amazing. All my guests were Taste and presentation. Tony's staff were very professional and courteous. I will definitely recommend him to everyone and have him cater my next event.
  • Jillian C. Sep 28, 2015
    Chef Tony catered my small wedding of 50 people. This was a destination wedding, we live in Massachusetts and were married in Micco, FL. Chef Tony was amazing with all the planning and help finding other vendors in addition to catering. He helped me plan my perfect menu and suggested a baker for my cake that he worked closely with. All of his staff were amazing and very professional. They even took time to serve the wedding party and photographers appetizers which was fantastic because we were all ravenous. Everything he made was fabulous and I continued to receive rave reviews about the food the entire night and days after the wedding. The menu was cohesive which was an even bigger plus. I think the guest favorites and ours too were the risotto croquets, mini beef wellington, coconut jasmine rice, and the amazing mole braised chicken. But seriously everything was amazing! I hope we will be able to use him again when we visit Florida. The kitchen was also spotless when he left!
  • Dr. G. Sep 26, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We hired Chef Tony for my Parents 56th Wedding Anniversary, giving them a pampering night of wining and dining at home. They have raved about the food, the professionalism of Chef Tony and the wonderful night they had. Chef Tony was great to work with, very accommodating to our special requests and produced a wonderful meal and service. My parents said "The food was great, the service outstanding and he even cleaned up everything". I recommend Chef Tony completely.
  • Melody I. Sep 26, 2015
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    We had a corporate event with a law firm and our CPA firm and Chef Tony's food was the talk of the town! Everyone wanted his business card. Unusual and delicious options!
  • Harold P. Sep 10, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Best most memorable meal ever! Great anniversary present to my wife and myself.
  • Donna W. Sep 5, 2015
    Food is excellent and priced well per entree. I don't like to cook so Chef Tony's prepared meals work well for my husband and myself. The portions are more than enough for one so my husband and I share an entree. I highly recommend Chef Tony!
  • Amy L. Aug 19, 2015
    I have had food from Chef Tony for my family as well as for office meetings. Food is always delicious, good portions, and plates beautifully. Tony is always courteous and willing to work on any menu changes as needed. Highly recommend!
  • Kimberly S. Jul 27, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Professional straight on point, we really appreciated Chef Tony's expertise for our wedding. Kim and Wayne
  • Susan H. Jul 26, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Tony created not only a great culinary experience, but a great dining experience overall with his personal service, from start to finish.
  • Judy D. Jul 17, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    I met with Tony this am. Found him personable and easy to work with. He was on time, and seemed interested in and open to what I had to offer for our event. His salary was within our budget, and I hired him! I think it was a good meeting and a good choice.I think it will work great for our needs.
  • Noel R. Jun 16, 2015
    Had such a great dinner with Chef Tony. He came right on time was very professional and a overall nice guy. The dinner itself was excellent. My favorite was the short ribs braised ravioli--really tasty!! At the end of the night he left the kitchen clean and we got to relax and enjoy the rest of our evening. I definitely would recommend him!
  • Eric P. Jun 5, 2015
    Event Catering (Full Service)
    Verified Review
    Chef Tony was prompt, professional and courteous. He arrived for initial consultation a bit earlier than expected. He had an awesome array of gourmet menu items listed on his ipad. Within 24 hours, he emailed a list of my selections along with a bill and payment schedule. We communicated via email and phone. Within 3 days, we paid him an estimate for groceries and 6 days after our initial meeting, he was in our home serving delectable food items in his own chafers and serviceware to our guests of 20 people. He and an assistant cleaned the kitchen and dining area and returned 3 more times over the holiday weekend for further dining. Excellent experience. Will use him again. Am excited to use his services as a personal chef for my husband and I. Highly recommend Personal Chef Tony!
  • Erin O. Apr 20, 2015
    I am very happy with Chef Tony and the meals that he has made for us so far! I am on the SCD diet (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and he went out of his way to research the types of foods that I can and cannot have. He made a delicious Honey Jalapeño BBQ chicken with asparagus. The asparagus was topped with a white wine and garlic sauce. It definitely helps to have him make a few dinners for us during the work week to save time. He first met with us at our home and then collected the information that he needed about the type of meals that we wanted. Then we set up a date to have the dinner delivered to our house. We will be using Tony again as a personal Chef for sure!
  • Cheryl S. Apr 15, 2015
    My family and I have enjoyed the meals we ordered from Chef Tony. His direction are easy to follow and the flavors are a treat. My only regret is I can't order something for every night.
  • Dona P. Apr 2, 2015
    I have tried several meal services and found the food not up to my standard for taste or freshness. Tony is different. He can cook. Not only that his dishes are imaginative and beautifully presented. His service is excellent and he keeps in close contact so that you receive what you ordered and when you ordered it. I am ordering from the weekly menu and so far I find that I can find dishes to suit me, even tho I am a bit picky about what I eat.
  • Celia P. Apr 1, 2015
    My husband and I cannot say enough good things about Tony. We met him the night he cooked and served us a beautiful romantic dinner for two on our 15th anniversary. We LOVED the meal; the ingredients were superb; and, of course , he cleaned up. Since that night we have not missed a week in ordering off of the weekly menu. We have enjoyed a restaurant quality meal delivered to our own home at restaurant prices. He also supplies the written heating instructions. For those of you who frequently eat out, this deal CANNOT be beat. Tony is a real gentleman as well and deserves your business. He dispels the belief that you cannot trust a skinny cook; oh, YES, you can.
  • Jeanette S. Mar 21, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
    Tony's meals are prepared to the utmost perfection! His professionalism is evident throughout the ordering, delivery and culinary experience! I am so thankful to be able to utilize his wonderful services!
  • Maryann Z. Mar 19, 2015
    Tony creates restaurant quality homemade gourmet good most of which is beyond my skill level. His service is so convenient when you are mostly alone and font feel like cooking for one. I have been with Tony since he started his creative one of a kind business, and every last thing I have ordered has been delisicous! What I also love about Tony is if he puts one ingredient like peppers or pine nuts which I don't care for, he graciously accommodates me! Which for me makes his food even better!
  • Ken B. Mar 15, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Tony prepared a custom dinner for 5 at home in Satellite Beach with 4 different entrees, 2 appetizers, and a dessert for my mother's 80th birthday. The perfect gift! My first contact through Thumbtack was in early/mid-January for a March 7 event. Tony got back in touch with me immediately after I requested a quote, and we went back and forth by e-mail and phone to work out details as appropriate. His menu selections were varied with something for every taste(it was very hard to choose), and we put him to the test with a request for 4 different entrees (2 different fish and 2 different meats, (so not that simple).I'm sure he needed to plan a lot for appropriate prep and cook times for what we ordered. Tony showed up when he said he would, and after the initial buzz over the experience (it was a surprise), he got right to work. Everything was as relaxing as could be as we waited for the first course. Best crab cakes we've had! The dinner plating was elegant, and everyone enjoyed every morsel. Portion sizes were nice, and Tony delivered more than we asked for. Tony removed plates after every course, and while we were talking and laughing, he loaded the dishwasher and got the kitchen counter as clean as its been in a long time (seriously)! My mother is re-arranging the way she stores stuff after seeing how the clear counter looked! Highly recommended. I'd do it again in a minute.
  • Shivaun K. Mar 3, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    We have only had one week but so far. He has been very accommodatinng to our requests. The food is flavorful, fresh and healthy. Yum!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First I like to know what the customers idea of the perfect menu would be, as well as their budget for the event. I always try to give the customer the menu and price they are looking for. If the menu they request is a little out of their budget then I will give a few suggestions on how we can get the price within their budget. If the customer does not have an idea for the menu and just wants to choose a few things off of our menu, they can put together a menu based on their preference.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 18 years experience working in various commercial kitchens. I also graduated with honors with an associates of science in culinary arts. I have extensive training in large banquets and fine dining restaurants.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
This is a tough question. I have 10 different ways to cook everything so I am able to offer the same menu for different prices. Let me try to explain.... If a customer wants a order of chicken marsala I can do it a few different ways. I can use quality imported ingredients as if you were ordering an upscale restaurant ( how I would preferred to make this) or I could go the route that your traditional caterer would go and just buy the cheaper ingredients and I could do it at a much more affordable price. Remember that you always get what you pay for when it comes to catering. For the most part we trying to keep our prices competitive while still offering the higher quality ingredients, just which is what sets us aside from the other caterers in town. It's more important to me for the customer to be happy with everything than for me to stuff my pockets. My quotes usually include food and staff only the client and I will then decide on what type of utensils and plates and other add-ons you will need. Some customers prefer to use plastic over China so there is no specific way to price every event.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have been in this business for many years working for many different caterers and have just been tired of the lack of quality that is offered. I decided that I would have a catering business where I would offer competitively priced food made from scratch with quality ingredients rather than premade can sauces.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Some of my regular clients include professional athletes, local business owners, corporate offices and many households. We do a lot of in home events. We have also done a few things at the Kennedy Space Center Vistors Complex.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
If the food is important then I believe that it is important to deal directly with the chef. Let's be honest, some people don't care about the quality of food and just need to have it there. Any caterer can handle that. If you consider yourself a foodie or will be having a foodie type guest list then you need a chef. A chef will put quality above all but your average caterer will simply hire a young cook to throw your food together. I have worked with many caterers and this is the main reason why I started my own catering business.