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Batavia Personal Chefs

Browse these personal chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Batavia.

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 320 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gayla C.
Verified review

I couldn't have been happier with our experience with Chef Most Wanted. It was my first time hiring a personal chef. Right from the start, Chef Rich was great to work with. I appreciated his prompt and clear communication on how things would work, and his help picking the menu. I had him do a gourmet breakfast for family and guests as part of a special birthday weekend for my husband. The breakfast was a huge hit! The food was fresh, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! At the end of the weekend many people said the breakfast was their favorite part of the celebration. We will definitely use Chef Rich again, and hopefully soon!

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin B.
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We have had many private chefs and caterers. We have found our “go to” chef service. Food was amazing. Mike and Matt were fun. They entertained the kids at the bar as they cooked, served.. and cleaned up. If you have never had a personal chef, try them. If you have before, uplevel to them. And by the way.. the cost was a bargain. Dinner for 8 with wine and beer pairing Less than $100 per person Insanely goid!

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Eric A.
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very professional, was able to accommodate on very short notice, the food was fantastic and my wife enjoyed her personal chef for the day!!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lynn O.
Verified review

This was my first time hiring a caterer, and I was not disappointed. This was also my first time using Thumbtack. Had never even heard of it before googling “caterers near me”. Carol of Food with Flair did a wonderful job catering a family outdoor BBQ at my home for my dad’s 90th birthday. We had 25 people in attendance, and many commented on how good the food was. She was very responsive from the moment she and I were matched through Thumbtack, all the way through my event. She helped plan the meal, making suggestions on food items that were popular at other BBQs she had catered; arrived promptly the day of the event with much of the food prep completed and the remainder completed once she arrived; provided the warming trays, serving dishes, and serving utensils; grilled the meat (hamburgers and chicken) on my Weber grill; set up the serving table; had the meal ready in a timely fashion; put away leftovers for me; and left my kitchen clean. She also was able to work with dietary restrictions. She offered to provide paper goods and make arrangements for other supplies (e.g. canopy), which I declined. She brought two pineapple upside down cakes (my Dad’s favorite), and because we had neglected to discuss which of us would provide the candles, she decided to play it safe and brought a “9” & a “0” candle for one of the cakes. For the other cake she had a friend create a diecut that read “Happy 90th Birthday” in colors that coordinated with the cake. It was a nice, thoughtful surprise. While I had thought about asking whether she offered tastings, I didn’t due to the small size of my party; the short time frame between booking the party and the event itself; and her experience as an executive chef. I trusted that the food would be good, and it was. But I can’t share whether she offers tastings or not. My husband and I were very pleased with the service Carol provided and would definitely use her again.

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kamal H.
Verified review

We hired Tracy to be part of a two chef team for a baby shower for 70+ guests at our home and were extremely pleased. She was punctual, very helpful and was not hesitant to do whatever needed to be done. We will certainly hire her again.

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Monty A.
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Chef DiMaria made a golf group of 10 a WONDERFUL dinner. The menu consisted of antipasto, salad, lasagne, chicken vesuvio, and cannoli. Wine and Sambuca was included in the price. The food was FABULOUS!! Frank did all of the clean up. It was a great way for a group to have a casual evening of fine food and socializing. It was one of the many highlights of our trip. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris K.
Verified review

Wow! I couldn't have asked for a better chef. Chez Mikey and his sous chef Diana were on time, dressed professionally, prepared delicious food, cleaned up, and gave us a marvelous experience. He worked with our budget and was very friendly. The dishes were plated very nicely. Not only was the food excellent but very appealing to the eye. I will definitely hire him again and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to hire a personal chef.

Mark Avila
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Alex B.
Verified review

THE best personal chef experience that I’ve had. Mark is an extremely gifted chef yet friendly and unpretentious. He’s very attentive to your needs and goes above and beyond to deliver while setting the ambiance that’s complimentary to your style. He used to be my best kept secret but he definitely should be sharing his gifts with the world :)

Carla's Fresh Eats
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy O.
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As a busy working mom, Carla's Fresh Eats has been a lifesaver. I order fully prepared meals for my family to have each week. It's such a stress reliver knowing dinner is ready and waiting for your family in the fridge. All the meals are wonderful and Carla is also very open to preparing recipes that you suggest. Carla also will take into considerations as low carb, etc. Her prices are very reasonable. Carla herself is a very thoughtful person and you can tell she loves her work! Highly recommend!

Deluxe Event Planning
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Annette D.
Verified review

So happy we chose Chef Val and her staff for our corporate event! The presentation was wonderful, they arrived on time, and the cost was better than any other proposal we received. Everyone loved their food, but the biggest hits were the Deviled Eggs, the Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bites, and the Triple Chocolate and Red Corvette Velvet Cupcakes! I would definitely and use them again for our next event. Thanks so much Chef Val, you were a delight to work with!

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Eugene P.
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We hired Girl and the Kitchen for a small party. The food was amazing, service was great and they cleaned up the kitchen after. Also for those that enjoy cooking or want to learn, the chefs are more than happy to share their knowledge.

Renee B.
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Divine Inspirations Gourmet Services is HIGHLY recommended! I encountered Chef Ken at a few other private events I attended and the service, quality and presentation were always five-star. When it was time for me to cater an event for our Grand Opening, I knew exactly who to call! Chef Ken worked with our budget and provided us with excellent food, service and experience. You can't go wrong with Divine Inspirations!

KITCHEN TEN
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Carl M.
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Very easy to work with - food is excellent - the personal touch is unparalleled - truly takes pride in their work.

By the Graham
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Moe J.
    Verified review

    Hired "By The Graham" as a private chef for my brother's bachelor party. Wanted to try something different than just ordering pizza or going to a restaurant. Not only was the food amazing, but I was really impressed with Dillion's professionalism and knowledge when it comes to cooking. Will definitely be using "By The Graham" the next time I need a Chef!

    Dynamic Cuisine (Chicago)
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Priscilla S.
    Verified review

    Great person very professional and the food is Delicious!!!

    Chef Erika
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Chandra S.
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    Smoked trout quesadillas, roasted acorn squash soup with rock shrimp, and my first foray into vegan gravy. Oh, and the cupcakes...don't even get me started on her decadent flavor combinations before many of the popular mainstays even existed. I've had the pleasure of working with Chef Erika for over 10 years as both a private chef when I was working close to 60 hours per week, and for events for up to 250 people . Each time she delivered stellar professionalism and unforgettable culinary creations, whether I was pescatarian or vegan at the time. I wouldn't enjoy smoked fish and veggies nor the joy of vegan gravy today, among many other dishes, if it weren't for her expanding my previously limited palate. From the quality of the ingredients, to bringing her clients' vision to life, and the magazine-worthy presentation, it is apparent that she is deeply passionate about the entire culinary experience. No matter your need, what I know for sure is that if you have an opportunity to work with her, you and your guests will be in for an impressive and lasting culinary treat.

    Fyusion Dining
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 14 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Elaine L.
    Verified review

    I really never write reviews, but Alvin Yu and his team were amazing! Our guests really raved about all the food. (I need to get his recipe for the Asiago Crusted Chicken Breast - so tender!). And his servers and sous chefs really made the event. Their attention to detail and lovely personalities really made the atmosphere. They were so helpful beyond what I could have even asked for. We had 2 passed appetizers, then salad, 4 entrees and 3 sides served family style for 44 guests and everything was delicious and well timed. Alvin totally understood what I wanted and was able to seamlessly accommodate special dietary needs. He was very responsive to all my questions throughout the planning process and seriously made the event really so easy on me! And they really made our guests of honor feel very special, too. They really go above and beyond. A huge thank you to Fyusion Dining for making our event such a success!

    Chef Lynn Garrett
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Pierre H.
    Verified review

    Chef Lynn Garrett prepared an exceptional menu and honored my guest with excellent care and service. A heartfelt thank you!

    Dreamyvents Catering
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Arlieta H.
    Verified review

    Chef Chanell’s food will snatch your soul and leave you desiring more! I had some of her shrimp and grits, buffalo chicken rolls,vegan pasta, and homemade strawberry lemonade! Everything she creates is fresh, flavorful, and full of love! Chef Chanell is passionate, gifted, and a true food connoisseur! I have booked her not once or twice but I am a consistent client so trust you are in good hands!!

    Cooking by Chef Mike
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Mary D.
      Verified review

      Look no further for the utmost professionalism and the best quality food/catering! I cannot rave enough about Michael! I hosted my baby shower at my townhouse in Lincoln Park. Most of my family is on the east coast, so the guest list was only about 20 people. I knew I didn't want myself or another guest to have to worry about cooking and a few of my guests have specific dietary restrictions so I wasn't comfortable ordering from a restaurant. One of my friends works at the law firm where Michael is the chef and passed along his information, letting me know he also caters these types of private events. Plus, she kept RAVING about how awesome his food is. Michael was so refreshing to work with from start to finish. He was responsive, detail oriented, and extremely professional (not to mention so friendly!) We had an initial phone meeting to discuss menu ideas, dietary restrictions, and theming. He got back to me with a preliminary menu (including a full ingredient list) and questions regarding what my kitchen was capable of (how big my oven is, how many burners I have, etc.) As I said, very detail oriented. He also came up with thoughtful, creative ideas for my friend's dietary restrictions so they could enjoy the "fun" treats, too! One of my favorite gluten free treats were his dark chocolate coconut tarts- totally delicious. The day of the shower he arrived right on time with everything we discussed for the final menu. He was professional and completely unobtrusive. He ensured all of the food was the correct temperature when served. He even came prepared with ingredient cards to put out with the food. Everything was DELICIOUS. But I think the best part of hiring Michael was that he left my kitchen SPOTLESS! I swear it was cleaner than when he started. Seriously, look no further for in-home catering. I already know who will do Baby Rose's first birthday party. I swear, Michael is Chicago's best kept secret.

      • 5 years in business
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