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Miami Lakes Chefs

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

Dade County Food Group
5.0
from 112 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 188 hires on Thumbtack
Scott D.
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I run a private concierge company whose clientele enjoys entertaining family and guests at their personal homes. From planning the menu, procuring the food ( including the beef that was flown in from Texas that day), to preparation and service, Chefs Brian and Jose were outstanding. Their presentation and interaction with the guests were delivered with a casual elegant style and received great praise from all who attended.

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LucaBella
4.9
from 107 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 161 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diva C.
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Chef Dan and his staff were nothing short of amazing! I enlisted his services to surprise my fiancé, and her guests, with a catered dinner at her Bachelorette Getaway Weekend. From the planing stages to execution Dan was helpful, professional, and immensely accommodating. He tailored an exquisite menu to my finance's eclectic palate, and followed through with exceptional execution, creating dishes that tasted even better than they sounded. Moreover Chef Dan accompanied his masterful cuisine with lovely keepsakes. He provided each guest with a beautiful take-home menu and custom wine tumblers. I received a barrage of texts raving about how wonderful the catered meal and chefs were, throughout the duration of the event, from all eight guests. When all was said and done, my fiancé expressed that the surprise dinner was her favorite part of the entire weekend. I can't recommend Chef Dan enough. Any event you book him for will be well worth the expense, which was extremely reasonable considering the amazing five star experience Chef Dan provided.

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The Dancing Palate, Inc.
4.9
from 78 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 151 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Eddy M.
Verified review

I decided to try something new this year for my annual Super Bowl Party and I hired Chef Paul and The Dancing Palate to cater my event. Not only was it stress free for me, but the food and the service was outstanding. From appetizers to desserts everything was excellent and all my guest enjoyed every lit bit of it. Not just am I going to hire them again for next year's Super Bowl, but I already started referring them to all my friends. Great Job!!!

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Tasty Creations Catering
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jason M.
Verified review

Chef David and all of the tasty creations staff made our night perfect! We couldn't have asked for a better experience! I wouldn't hesitate at all to hire them again. Food was amazing, service was amazing and David worked really closely with me and my wife to give us everything we could dream up!

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

Traci and his assistant are very friendly and so easy to work with and made the entire process from start to finish so easy. a summary for the event: 1) Best food you've ever had. 2) Gorgeous presentation. 3) Amazingly helpful and friendly staff. 4) Guarantee that people will be talking about the food for your special occasion for me was my graduation.

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.

Catering by Alicja
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Concepcion G.
Verified review

What a wonderful experience. Extremely professional and accommodating. We ordered brunch. Great taste and presentation. I must say it is one of the most professional private chef experience I ever had. Thank you for your wonderful service.

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!

  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Jared W.
Verified review

Chef Lavita did a great job for our dinner party. I highly recommend him. We will definitely re-hire him for the next party we have.

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.

Gourmade For You
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Kaye S.
Verified review

Louie was crew chef for three plus months. He feed us (sometimes up to 12) great food and lots of variety. He was always happy to receive feedback and was always open to suggestions( example I think he cooked everyone's favorite meal at least twice. Great guy who just loves cooking for people.

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FIRST BITE*
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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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
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

George K-tering
4.6
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Frank B.
Verified review

Chef George catered our daughter's 15th. birthday party. The menu was well planned and executed to perfection. The food was delicious and a hit with the guests. The staff arrived well in advance to set everything up, they took care of the service throughout the night and then picked up everything at the end. I will definitely have Chef George cater my next event.

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Kerry's Delight
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Victoria G.
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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!

  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea P.
Verified review

Chef Davin created a delicious Mexican menu for my son's Rehearsal Dinner. He was professional, easy to work with, very personable and the food was excellent! I highly recommend him! Thanks Chef Davin!!

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Mauricio Crespo
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

V Cuisine
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 12 years in business
James F.
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I have had several opportunities to use V Cuisine. Each time has been positive. Good selection of menu items reflecting food from around the world. Virginia is a great chef and easy to work with. Highly recommend

FOODxLOVE
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Uri L.
Verified review

Brett is an amazing chef and a likable person! Besides great tasting food, he also presents the food in a beautiful manner. I totally recommend him. 5 stars.

AJ Fazendin
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Charlotte M.
Verified review

Thanks to chef AJ I was able to organize a great dinner party for my colleagues and I. The food was delicious, everyone loved it. It was really easy to communicate with him about what we wanted. Would definitely use his services again for another large party.

Chef Breezy
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bri C.
Verified review

Chef Breezy provided customized deserts as well as some entrees for a birthday party. Everything was great, delicious, and treats were individually wrapped which made great favors for the kids.

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.

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 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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