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Honolulu Beginner Cooking Instructors

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Kuoha Culinary
5.0
from 50 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jodi J.
Verified review

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE MEAL! If you read no more, note that I would hire Ed a million times more to cook for me. My experience: I scheduled a trip to Oahu, my first time to Hawaii, ever! I rented a house in Waialua so that I could be away from the crowds. I wanted to experience the local cuisine but did not want to do the tourist route lua with all the people. I stumbled across Ed's website and was immediately captured by his philanthropic nature...he does a lot for his community and the kids. I contacted Ed and told him I wanted someone to come to the house and cook for my family (just 3 of us) and he was very accommodating. The menu included Traditional Pork Laulau, Ahi Poki, Pulehu Chicken, Kauai Shrimp Scampi, En Papillote (Fresh Fish, baked), Traditional Haupia Squares. Ed cooked another 4-5 dishes that were off the menu and we were absolutely thrilled with the meal and the experience. I requested an interactive meal and Ed was very accommodating to allow us to participate in the preparation of the Laulau (pork rolled in Luau leaves). After that, Ed continued to prepare and cook and conversed with us the whole time as we picked his brain about the his culinary background, the local culture and tips on cooking. Ed was laid back and a very likable guy. I imagine he would have been just as happy preparing the meal while we entertained ourselves elsewhere so I was happy he allowed us to interact with him while he was cooking. He was completely self-sufficient with all his cooking utensils, pans, bakeware and even brought the plates, silverware, serving dishes, cloth napkins and table cloth. He cleaned up everything too. It was a perfect meal.

Fuel Forward LLC
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
David W.
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Genevieve is a very warm and welcoming person while a the same time remaining the consummate professional. It is not easy for people to admit that food is part of their health problems and even if we do admit it, it is just as hard to take the steps necessary to correct them. I sought out Gen's help because of a fairly serious car accident I had in China. I needed to recover and under the doctor's strict advice, I needed to lose weight in a healthy way and keep it off if I was going to still be walking when I am 60. My knee and lower back were injured in the accident which made exercising difficult. Even with physical therapy, I wasn't losing weight. I needed to face that fact that my diet was crap. That is when I found Gen. As I said, she is warm and welcoming which made it so much easier ask her for help. But she wasn't just here to make me feel better. She took all the information the doctors gave me, fully analyzed my situation, my PT schedule, my current diet, and my goals. She did a lot of research into my injuries and what kind of nutrition I would need to recover from them while also balancing my need to lose weight so I can enjoy an active life when I'm retired. After several weeks of consultations with her (all remotely as I am still in China), I now have a very long list of recipes that I enjoy cooking and eating, a way to calculate changes to my diet as I increase my exercise regimen, and most of all a very knowledgeable and exceptionally caring friend at hand to answer my smallest questions any time I need it. I still have a long way to go, but with Gen's help I am now 22 lbs lighter than when I started, I can run 10Km races without a problem, and my range of motion has gone from barely being able to tie my shoes to now doing 45 minutes of yoga 3 days a week. And all of this in just a year and a half after my accident. I feel better, think more positively, and the hankering for a huge cheeseburger for lunch has all but disappeared. It sucks it took a car accident for me to face the fact that I wasn't living a healthy life, but I am so glad that it led me to work with Gen.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany Staton (RA) Locations Hawaii S.
Verified review

Having lived in NYC and traveling extensively all over the world, I know excellent food. This is incredible food. The balance of flavors on your pallet, tender textures of meat, crispy beautiful vegetables and flaky rice is some of the rare treats you will get from Ho'A'o Catering. Whatever your culinary preference be ethnically, you'll sure to be getting the best experience. Less or no meat? No problem. This and that free- no problem. To top it off, for the event planning side, imagine a planner that is on time, anticipates challenges and plans accordingly for them. All a win-win!

The Private Chef, Inc.
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Christopher W.
Verified review

We were lucky enough to book Jason for a whole week while vacationing in Hawaii. It was worth every penny spent. Besides the amazing meals he also provided us with tips for traveling the islands and knowledge of cooking. He really made the wedding vacation worth it and we fully enjoyed spending our time with him. The food was delicious and carefully selected to meet all of our preferences. Cooking for 16 people all day is not an easy task but it is something he handled with ease. He was even able to take us on a kayak tour between meals. Not many chefs would be able to pull that off. We look forward to using him again in the future and we are even considering brining him to the mainland for future events. Thanks Jason.

Organic Surfer Chef
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Laura W.
Verified review

Chef Pedro planned, shopped, and cooked an excellent meal for our family while we were vacationing in Oahu. The food was fantastic and the family was involved in the meal prep. The kids loved him and he was fun and personable. We definitely recommend him and had a great time with wonderful food. thank you!

Personal Chef Services
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Richard M.
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While visiting Oahu this Spring, we had a small family reunion plus belated birthdays for our two young granddaughters. Chef Jesse Dowling created a wonderful dinner for the occasion and helped make it a memorable evening for all of us. The presentation was lovely and the dinner was delicious. Not only is he a talented chef, he is personable and patiently answered all of our granddaughters' questions about food preparation, cooking, etc. We were delighted with his service and we certainly recommend him to anyone considering a personal chef. RDM 5-25-2016

Los Angeles Cooking Club
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Susie T.
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Los Angeles Cooking Club catered an event at my office and I couldn't have been happier. Everything was great and the food was delicious! Will definitely use them again!

Mark C.
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David is probably one of the most talented chef's I have ever had the experience of working with. In my opinion, no one can cook like he does. I had the privilege of working with him at several restaurants in Chicago. He has this innate ability to mix classic with modern, savory with sweet, and even casual with elegance in every plate of food he prepares. There are a lot of talented chefs in the world, but there is something very special about the way David puts flavors together. I use to call him the super taster. He could taste any and every ingredient in a dish and then put his own spin on it. He would create flavor combinations that I would never have guessed would work, especially with wine pairings. As far as being a restauranteur goes, he was always friendly, organized, had a definite unique point-of-view and always ran a tight ship. I highly recommend him for anything: catering, consulting, managing, creating, cooking.

Mariano F.
Verified review

As a recently single professional, I needed a great cook who delivered. One easy meeting and she understood what I was looking for - mostly savory and everything delivered in glass tupperware. She's definitely a great cook - the only way I can say it is you can tell she loves what she's doing and you can kind of taste that in the food. It tastes home cooked, prices are right in line and reasonable and the food is delivered. Just what I ordered. Recommend highly. 5 stars. MF - Kailua

Flavour Hawaii
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shyla M.
Verified review

Rod is very detail-oriented-from how vegetables are cut and safety guidelines too. He is so patient with me-answering all my questions and helping me with the steps in the cooking procedure that were challenging for me. He really empowers his students to take control of their learning and is so encouraging too! He has so much experience as a chef and is very passionate about culinary art too. It is so much fun working with Rod and I look forward to our next cooking class!!

About

I am a personal cook and caterer. As a personal cook, I mainly do home-style cooking for my clients with their personal needs in mind. As a caterer, I will sit down or talk over the phone with you to plan the menu for your event and customize it to your preferences. I have catered for office parties, bridal showers and many different holiday gatherings. I have a small clientele that I cook for on a weekly basis and an office group that I cater for monthly. My pricing is reasonable and usually on the lower end. As I work with you, we will plan a menu to stay within your budget.

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I do good food made with lots of love. My specialty is exhibition cooking. I can put out food for one to one hundred. It may be a sit-down service, buffet or even table side.

  • 3 years in business
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Normally you get "Chefs" that need certain ingredients. I try and teach to cook with what you have available. Beats running to the store every five minutes just to get something you forgot. I like to teach basic skills that teenagers or single people or parents can learn. I also like to teach in depth too.

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We offer event catering, private dining, private lessons, and buffet drop-offs that are customized to any budget and can provide menu options.

About

As a renowned chef/personal servant man, I offer quality service to all who like to be pampered and taken care of. I feed the senses, mind, body and soul. Clients list that I have references and find my work exceptional.

About

Well, I never had a job. I just need a job! I love cooking, washing dishes and helping people! Thank you for your interest. I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon.

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How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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