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Saint Petersburg Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Saint Petersburg.

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gustavo V.
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Chef Tamara arrived on time with every single option we have talked about plus a little extra in case our executives wanted to have some more. Food quality and taste were fantastic and the presentation was very appealing to the sight.

On The Go Gourmet
4.7
from 67 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen R.
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We hired Vivian for our 50th anniversary party at the beach. The event lasted from Thursday night until Monday morning and involved 11 children and 16 adults. Vivian cooked three meals every day for us. Each night was a special treat from Spanish night, fish dinner night, and for the anniversary celebration, she fixed filet mignon and salmon. Everything was delicious! She was very thoughtful in catering to special needs, likes and dislikes of the guests and was well liked by the group. Because we were not at a home, she brought all the dishes, tablecloths, glasses and silverware. I would highly recommend Vivian. she is a true Personal Chef and not just a caterer.

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Chef Cheryl
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 33 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)

Intimate Catering
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Arial W.
Verified review

Aug. 16.2016 Linda catered lunch for me every selection was amazing....she is very patient and professional....no selection taste the same! I can hardly wait until my next personal chef experience ....client for life⭐

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Epic Events by Booth, Inc.
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Culver C.
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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
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Lori B.
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Chef Kon

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Myron A.
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Jenner has been a blessing to our family. As a working mom of a child with food allergies I was feeling overwhelmed, tired and frustrated trying to provide meals for my family. We would end up eating out more often than not and no one was feeling good. Now it is amazing to come home to a clean kitchen and healthy, freshly prepared meals for the whole week! Jenner does a great job meeting our gluten free lifestyle. There are a variety of meal choices and meals are always full of flavor. Meals have great portion sizes so you never feel hungry. The money saved on not eating out more than makes up for having this service and lunches are never boring with yummy left-overs. In addition,, Jenner has been great for special occasions - she has catered a birthday party and even a last minute Thanksgiving dinner. Jenner is hard-working, professional and flexible. You won't be sorry!

Your Personal Chef Service
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Fabio N.
Verified review

Chef Bob prepared several apps for my GF surprise bday party. He was very professional and engaging. Everyone loved the food and the experience. He took the time to talk is through the process of making the dishes so we also learned a lot. After cooking, he made sure to clean up and left the kitchen better than when he got there. It was an amazing experience and I would recommend him yo anyone. Great service, reasonable price, amazing food!!! Couldn't ask for anything else.

Lisi Crane Catering
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne H.
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We have used Lisi's home chef service for several weeks and are delighted with it. The meals have been exciting and delicious and we (3 in my family) have enjoyed them immensely. We have been introduced to some new foods and new ways of preparing some dishes. The delivery has always been on time and I like that she delivers the meals in microwavable containers. I recommend Chef Lisi highly!

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

Chef Gordon is an amazing chef! He prepared an outstanding meal for our group of 6 adults. It was such a pleasures have him cook for us! Made our trip extra special!

Chef Rosana
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Trang B.
Verified review

We have had Chef Rosana do our kids’ birthday celebrations as well as Teacher Appreciation at my boys’ schools through the years. She always comes up with the most delicious food which guests rave about for days! I can always count on her to impress my guests and teachers!

Renowned Hospitality
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deb H.
Verified review

Everything about this company was fantastic. The food was master chef quality and the prices were too good to be true! They were very professional, responsive and on time. They are willing to fit your budget with a stress free GOURMET meal. All you have to do is invite your guests. I would highly recommend them for any of your catered events. They were awesome...Thank you Antoine, Victoria and rest of team for making our party a success.

Pretty Baked Patisserie
5.0
from 1 review
    Chrisy G.
    Verified review

    I have been ordering my cakes from Chef Ana for the past 4 years and I have been so happy! Every cake she has made for us has been absolutely beautiful and delicious! Her prices are very good too! I will never order another cake from anyone else! Thank you Chef Ana for always making my kids so happy with your amazing work!

    Jessica Black
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Eliseo S.
      Verified review

      Chef Jessica Black prepared to finger food for my election return party. The finger food was "finger licking" good. Everyone was impressed by the presentation, freshness and great taste

      About

      I am a personal chef, and I specialize in healthy cooking for daily, weekly, or special event. I can be found on Facebook.

      About

      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.

      About

      A personal chef will come to you for some home cooking. I do catering big or small and can cook any cuisine . I have cooked for the President of almost every country, from Van Halen to the 3 Tenors .

      About

      I have a culinary education. I have 20 years of experience in food service as a chef, f&b director, and civilian contractor for the USAF at MacDill AFB for six years. I have great recent references. I refuse to do ugly food.

      About

      I am a professional corporate and personal chef who can do any size catering event, indoor or out! Let's talk menu, wants and needs and keeping costs real! I am an NY trained and experienced with all cuisines. I will cater to you!

      About

      I'm an Italian chef. I was born in Italy and cooked for many years there. I was also a chef in London. I have a lot of experience from my years of cooking.

      • 40 years in business
      About

      Thomas Wild is a chef instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. His special training and education includes the following: * Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York; student chef * Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chicago, Illinois; rounds man (internship) His certifications are as follows: * Certified executive chef * Certified dietary supervisor * Certified sanitarian by the New Jersey Department of Health His special accomplishments and awards are as follows: * First annual Chaine Des Rotisseurs dinner, Playboy Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey * Annual UNICEF dinner, Fairmont Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania * Banquet in honor of first lady Roslyn Carter, Fairmont Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania * National Restaurant Association culinary arts salon member, grand prize team, and 14 first prizes; Chicago, Illinois * Elected as president of Tri-county Chapter of American Culinary Federation * Elected as vice president of the Birmingham Chapter of American Culinary Federation He has taught the following classes: fundamental food production skills, intermediate food production skills, bake shop and patisserie, garde manger and charcuterie, advanced food production skills, and dining room service. He is a manager and adviser of the student hot food team, which won one gold medal and four silver medals.

      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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