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Miami Beach Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Miami Beach.

Dade County Food Group
5.0
from 111 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah M.
Verified review

The guests and the hosts were beyond satisfied!! The food was delicious, the servers and bartenders were professional, and the chefs were awesome! Will gladly do business with them again! Although we used them for a corporate event on a yacht, we would recommend them for any occasion.

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LucaBella
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 158 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rashad B.
Verified review

Dan in my opinion is one of the best Personal Chefs in Miami. He has cooked all sorts of meals for me ranging from Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. He's has also cooked meals for me pertaining to my particular diet at the time. Whether I needed to lose weight, gain weight or just lean up. Dan has the total package when it comes to being a Personal Chef and to top it off all his meals are DELICIOUS.

Rosemary and Thyme Catering
4.9
from 82 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany M.
Verified review

Jeffrey was wonderful to work with. He understood exactly what we were looking for. He was comfortable working around our allergies without compromising on flavor. He went above and beyond with extra things we didn't even ask for! Jeffrey is a pleasure to work with and our guests loved him. His server Gia was also delightful. The food was spectacular and the price was fair. I would highly recommend Chef Jeffrey and will happily use him again in the future. Definitely 5 stars all around! Thank you so much for a memorable event!

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The Dancing Palate, Inc.
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth A.
Verified review

Chef Paul and team are fantastic! The food was delicious and abundant. He made sure that we had a wonderful time. I recommend highly and would use again!

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Tasty Creations Catering
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Don O.
Verified review

Chef David's food was so tasteful.....everyone at the party was impressed with the creativity of the menu and flavors. He was very professional, on time and came very well prepared. Once my guests arrived the timing sequence of serving the food was flawless. He left my kitchen sparkling clean and everything in order. This is by far one the best get togethers I had at my house. Overall, he and his team provided a memorable atmosphere to my party, family and guests. Highly recommend Chef David.

Good Eating Sobe
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica L.
Verified review

Chef Traci is phenomenal! Our menu was perfectly designed to our tastes and requests, and every bite was fresh and delicious. He used only the highest quality ingredients. We had requested a cooking lesson as well (as part of a Bachelorette Party weekend), and his tutorial was a perfect blend of informative and simple. Chef Traci also did a wonderful job of working with the limitations of our space (our Airbnb didn't have a full kitchen, as we had expected). He brought some of his own equipment, and since the kitchen was too small to fit 8 of us, he brought food out into the living room as he was preparing it for tasting and to teach us what he was doing. Chef Traci is a pleasure to be around, and all of us were thrilled to have him join our party. I highly recommend Chef Traci... and I can't wait to have his food again when I'm back in Miami!

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.

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

Tesia has catered the last two Christmas parties for our condo and I hope she will continue to do so for many years to come! Her food is piquant and flavorful, and uniquely hers. From the best rum cake in the County to homemade mac 'n cheese to jerk chicken and much, much more, this lady ill surely please the guests at your next gathering.

Paella VIP
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Candido C.
Verified review

Gracias por un excelente servicio. La comida estuvo fabulosa y su chef fue una maravilla! Bajo mal tiempo, vientos y lluvia, mantuvo el control y nos entregó una cena estupenda!. Se merece mérito. Cándido Camps

Cake it to the Limit
4.8
from 24 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!

Bella Personal Chef Catering
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine D.
Verified review

The best personal chefs in Miami! Everything was perfect! Thank you so much, Karen, Raphael & Jessica!

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
Warren L.
Verified review

Chef O is the best! and I'm not one to hand out praise very freely. The food was on point and very well executed (we should have ordered even more :) even though we were very well fed), service and attention to detail was top notch, and we felt like we were dealing with an old friend and not just a chef for hire. You won't regret using these guys. Thanks again chef! We will be using you again real soon.

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

Chef Dominic is very profesional from beginnig to the end. Food was delicious and the service by his 2 assistants was perfect. Definitely the pricy service was worthy. My friends were pleased

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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!!!

Rice Catering, Inc.
5.0
from 16 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.

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Kerry's Delight
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 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!

GrēnHous Restaurants
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
William B.
Verified review

Chef Mark designed a menu for our service at our home which was appreciated by all. His crew arrived early and the food flowed from the truck to the table seamlessly as needed. I highly recommend the GrenHous food truck experience Wm

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Mauricio Crespo
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zora F.
Verified review

Excellent chef with equally amazing staff and food! He was personable w/out being intrusive. His food was received well by even our pickiest guest. He accommodated all of our quirky requests including cooking a fish my 10 year old had just caught! I have already booked him for the future.

Jose Awsome Chef Services
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christian P.
Verified review

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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.

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 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.

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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