The Island Chef
The Island Chef

The Island Chef

$45/person
starting cost


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Drinks and dessert

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Introduction: I have over 30 years of experience as a chef. I can do savory dishes and sweet. I am an Executive Chef, Executive Pastry Chef, Personal Chef, Culinary Instructor and Banquet Chef. I am featured in Florida Magazines as one of the Top Chefs of Polk County..I am professional trained, college degreed and apprenticed at Walt Disney World. Recently competed in a fundraising contest (Top Chef of Tampa Bay and Top Chef of Polk County) where I received best table and table decor award for both contests and Top Philanthropic Chef for Top Chef of Tampa Bay. Most recently I was featured on the front page of the Sarasota Herald teaching a culinary class. I run a small catering and private event company that is capable of doing big things. We are accomplished in small to large events/dinners. I have no desire to have a large catering operation, I prefer to be selective with my clients and make sure that it is a perfect partnership. I specialize in smaller events which allow my creative ideas to flow and reflect in unique and delicious dishes. I understand the importance of your event matter if it is an intimate dinner for two or two hundred and want to help make it a one in a lifetime experience. Quality over quantity holds true in my business practices. I give all to my clients and their guests. All of my dishes are fresh and made from scratch. I do not even have a freezer in my commercial kitchen. All of my fruits, vegetables and herbs are fresh and hand picked (mostly organic) from local farmers markets/ farm to table. My meats are hand picked as well. I search for the highest quality of cheeses and make all of our breads from scratch. I have experience with dietary restrictions such as Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegetarian and Lactose Free and can create custom dishes that meets everyones needs. Going the extra mile is what seperates a chef/cook from an excpetional professional. My staff is trained with the idea that anything less than exceptional service is not accepted. We excel in special events and have a flair for the details and desire to leave the guests in awe of their dining experience that my talents and experience brings to any size table. We are full insured. You can also find us on Facebook. I have a passion for cooking and believe that a dinner table is where happiness is found and is the foundation to build relationships. Food can be magical!
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6 employees

34 years in business

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Patti C.
Apr 11, 2022
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The team from Island Chef was simply amazing. The food was perfect for our event: elegant and delicious. The presentation was so artful and thoughtful - gorgeous!! . The staff was wonderful to all our guests, making sure each had plenty to eat and drink. And then our custom cake: beautiful and sooo yummy. Thanks Tamara and Island Chef!! You guys made our wedding day perfect.

Details: Wedding • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • Dinner • Coffee or tea • Non-alcoholic drinks • Dessert • Alcoholic drinks • American - casual • Small bites • Yes, full service • Outdoor venue • Yes, full kitchen • 20 - 29 guests • Plates, utensils and glasses • Disposable plates, utensils, and cups • Paper napkins • Serving and warming equipment • Table décor • Cloth napkins • Premium (high end ingredients)

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Lorraine c.
Jan 19, 2022
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We hired The Island Chef for a special event at my home on Siesta Key. The food was excellent. We didn't have to worry about a thing, all we had to do was have a great time and mingle with our guests.

Details: Dinner party • Dinner • Dessert • American - casual • Buffet • Yes, full service • Office • Yes, full kitchen • Fewer than 20 guests • Standard (basic ingredients)

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George H.
Sep 11, 2022
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Excellent Food!!!! We needed small plates to be passed around and easy to grab. She themed our Mexican street corn in little cauldrons to boot! The entire party (40+ people) were complementing the food all everning. Thank you!!!

Details: Birthday or anniversary party • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • Dessert • Mediterranean or Middle Eastern • Asian • Small bites • Yes, full service • Home • Yes, full kitchen • 40 - 49 guests • Disposable plates, utensils, and cups • Paper napkins • Standard (basic ingredients)

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Evelyn A.
Sep 14, 2021
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We used The Island Chef for our backyard/beach wedding. The staff was amazing, the menu and the food were of the highest quality ( think of your favorite special occasion upscale restaurant), the presentation of the buffet was gorgeous. So many of our guests commented on the excellence of the food and asked for the caterer’s contact information. BTW, this was the first time we used The Island Chef; in the future, we won’t use anyone else. Oh, as an aside, one of my guests was on a gluten free diet for health reasons. I was surprised to find out that the menu was entirely gluten free except the bread pudding.

Details: Wedding • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • Dinner • Alcoholic drinks • Coffee or tea • Non-alcoholic drinks • Dessert • American - formal • American - Southern • Buffet • Yes, full service • Home • Yes, full kitchen • 30 - 39 guests • Plates, utensils and glasses • Cloth napkins • Premium (high end ingredients)

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Alexis M.
Jul 1, 2021
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Tamara and her staff were a dream to work with! Planning a wedding a year out & during COVID-19 was stressful, but Tamara made me feel valued and the process easy! Another plus was the food was DELICIOUS! All of my guests (and myself+groom) LOVED everything we ordered. Most people even went up for seconds! For reference we ordered (and would HIGHLY recommend) the prime rib roast, chicken Marsala, the truffle mashed potato’s (THE BEST), roasted veggies & Greek salad. Overall experience 12/10, a million gold stars, BOOK THIS COMPANY!

Details: Wedding • Dinner • Cocktail hour or hors d'oeuvres • Italian • Mediterranean or Middle Eastern • American - casual • American - formal • American - Southern • Buffet • Yes, full service • Banquet hall or ballroom • Yes, full kitchen • 125 - 149 guests • Plates, utensils and glasses • Serving and warming equipment • Standard (basic ingredients)

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Tamara Arrington

FAQs

  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    NO ..all jobs are priced differently depending on needs and budget of customer. I am excellent in budgeting my time and meal costs so each client receives more than expected.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    First phone conversation then asking questions and understanding the needs of customer.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Degreed, professionally trained, apprenticeship at Walt Disney World and 28 years of experience

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