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Tarpon Springs Chefs

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The Island Chef
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Holly B.
Verified review

It was a hit! We hosted a small event (around 35 guests) for Tampa City Officials and the Mayor. The menu was well thought out, and varied to satisfy a variety of preferences. The meatballs were a favorite, and the fruit tea and small desserts were delicious! Delivery and setup were completed early, and Chef Tamara was very pleasant to work with. We will likely be a repeat customer!

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 42 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 36 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)

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Epic Events by Booth, Inc.
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 58 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
Farren N.
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Kimberly by far is the best chef I have ever had. Her passion for cooking is displayed throughout her meal preparation and her delivery of the final product. I am so pleased with Kimberly's work and I would recommend her to any of my colleagues .

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Pasta Chef Catering
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah H.
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Pasta Chef catered my Son and Daughter in Laws wedding on the 25th of March. From planning in the beginning to the actual day they went above and beyond in all aspects. The food was delicious and the options and choices for extras if you chose to were endless. We had the pasta stations, coffee bar and bar tending services. Their decor was exceptional! Our guests honestly couldn't say enough wonderful things about them! They made the wedding a truly lovely day! Thanks Mike and Irene!

  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle T.
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Wonderful to work with. Amazing meal and the best Valentine's dinner we could've asked for. We'd definitely hire Chef Ann again!

Suncoast Cuisine
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Sharon H.
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We hired Chef Melissa to come to our vacation rental house and make breakfast and lunch each day while our family was on vacation. Every meal was scrumptious. Her chicken and waffles are amazing! I can’t say enough nice things about her. She was very accommodating. I highly recommend giving Suncoast Cuisine a try. You won’t be disappointed.

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Chris N.
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We were pleasantly surprised to find a NYC Chef semi resident in FLA. Gordon was gracious and funny. His dishes were plated in a very Eat with your Eyes fashion as well as being delicious. We highly recommend him for any event or dinner you may want. Thanks Again Chef Gordon

Chef Rosana
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Hilda I.
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Chef Rosana's food quality is outstanding and one reading is the freshness one feel when eating it. Her presentation is also of highest quality and beauty. Good food makes us feel better and best.! Memories have been made with her food

Chef Jean-Christophe, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen W.
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The private cooking class was a Father's Day gift for my husband who let me say "can't cook". Chef Christophe was very responsive and listen to what type of experience I was looking to give my husband and Chef Christophe DELIVERED!!!!! He made my husband feel very comfortable and a very positive experience. My husband is now looking forward to possibly learning and cooking more. And the added plus is Chef Christophe help him to prepare and cook us a delicious meal. Thank you Chef Christophe! We look forward to our next cooking encounter with you.

Chef du Jour
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 23 years in business
Katie Lawless
Verified review

Julie Noel is one of the finest chefs I have ever encountered. Whether it's dinner or a sweet, she is one of the most amazing people with food I've ever met. She's a sweetie pie to boot.

About

I have an extreme passion for food and love pleasing the customers who become friends with culinary arts. I have 25 years of professional chef experience.

About

For personal chef service, we set the menu. I shop, cook, clean, date and label meals, and store them in the refrigerator, ready for the week. I also offer private chef services, where I shop, come in and cook the meal for that day. I do catering for everything -- birthdays, office parties, holiday parties, picnics, and corporate events.

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My service stands out because for me it's all about the customer first and ensure their day is as perfect as possible and also the food must be outstanding or it doesn't go out to the table. I also do all the clean up and set up.

  • 8 years in business
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I am very skilled and my presentation along with flavor profile will amaze you.

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The Fresh Chef is a fresh food meal delivery, catering and personal chef service dedicated to providing the highest-quality fresh and nutritious gourmet food to busy professionals, stay-at-home moms, active seniors and anyone looking to obtain or maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our meals are cooked fresh with quality local and seasonal ingredients and delivered to your home or business daily. Due to the hectic busy work schedule, the fast-food culture is growing rapidly in the US. According to studies, over 75% of the Americans do not cook meals at home anymore as they don't have time; instead they prefer to dine out, take out or eat pre-packaged frozen/processed foods, which do not provide one with the proper nutrition needed to balance a hectic and healthy lifestyle. With us, you will never find yourself in this situation because we make healthy living simple, easy and taste good. At The Fresh Chef, we provide affordable, wholesome meals that have the convenience of takeout, quality of clean eating, with the love and flavor of homemade cooking! You don't have to shop for the food, put away the groceries, cook dinner or clean up the mess! Think of how much time you will save! Our team of experienced in-house culinary experts and chefs ensure that every meal is perfectly portioned, nutritionally balanced and delicious using local (when available) ingredients and never compromising on taste.

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It's not what you like, but what you love; and creating exceptional services from within the kitchen, is what I love. I believe everyone should have service that soars above the rest at their doorsteps, and that's why my clients deserve a Private Chef Experience.

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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 .

  • 3 years in business
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I am not satisfied until my customer is satisfied! My cuisine is a combination of Caribbean flavors and Florida soul. Because of this culinary merger the cooking style is coined Caribborida. My schooling, experience and southern upbringing allows me to deliver professionalism and sincere hospitality. Whatever you like; within reason. Please give us a try and see for yourself.

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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!

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.

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.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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