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Bloomington Chefs

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Anderson Catering
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Casey V.
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Jesse is an amazing chef!

Kendall's Kreative Events
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Penny S.
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Chef V was awesome. Did a great job with the presentation and answering the questions and giving the women some great tips!

Private Chef
from 2 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mariana K.
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We had an amazing 7 course meal for my 40th birthday. Great food and Raquel was very professional and kind with all of our guests. She was patient with the curious children and did an amazing job overall. Highly recommend!

Chef Jonny
from 1 review
    Emily L.
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    For the last 4 years, Jonny has prepared wonderful organic meals for our family of 4--each of us with special needs, which were shifting from season to season and day to day--some vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, no onions, no garlic, no green peppers...etc. very challenging. But Jonny was ALWAYS remarkably good natured and flexible, committed to pleasing each one of us. And he did, with flying colors--every day we had excellent, delicious, beautiful prepared and presented meals. We're so grateful to him.

    Sound Eats
    from 1 review
      Alexandria N.
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      Scott is a very talented chef who's unique flavor combinations and service are impeccable


      We provide catering for small- to medium-sized events specializing in amazing flavors and gourmet style. We never compromise on taste or integrity.


      It wasn't about mechanics; it was about a feeling, wanting to give someone something, which in turn was really gratifying. That really resonated for me.


      I am a personal chef. I provide home-cooked, classic and unique meals and desserts to customers. I will travel to wherever the customer resides or desires to dine.

      • 4 years in business

      Iam personal chef i went too cooking school. love too cook and bake for others i get enjoyment of making them smile . I cook all type of food from Italian to american chinese and greek food and more. Also bake too i enjoy helping people out and see them relax and enjoying themselves.


      We provide impeccable customer service and prepare food for service in the safest manner at the highest quality and best taste. We will increase our clients' love for culinary arts and aim to introduce new culinary experiences to our clients. We will be fairly priced and ethical in our business conduct. We will be a socially responsible company and be actively engaged in our community.


      I love to cook. I believe in pushing the limits and thinking outside the box. Any recipe or finished product can be better; it just takes imagination.

      • 4 years in business

      I prepare healthy and flavorful meals for one to 1000 clients; no event is too big or too small. I provide all supplies and keep inventory of supplies ordering when necessary. I have both an Illinois sanitation certificate and ServSafe sanitation certification from the American Restaurant Association. I have over 20 years of cooking experience in commercial kitchens as well as raising eight children of my own. I have experience in multiple styles of cooking and can adapt menu and recipes to accommodate health and taste preferences. I have studied under Chef Paul Stroup who is a member of the Central Illinois Chef Association. I have completed a culinary arts program and continue my education to increase my skill level. I have multiple references upon request.


      I became a chef at the age of 21. I entered competitions, culinary olympics and private clubs. I have done banquets up to 500 people in upscale restaurants. I was in the chef's association since 1989 to 1998. I have prepared cold trays, hot trays, sushi, main meals and desserts.


      I introduce guests to the world of food. I continually try to reinvent the boundaries of which the culinary world lives by. Catering, consulting, personal chef and even cooking lessons are all available as well.


      My services include home meal replacement, catering, entertainment cooking, and cooking lessons. Every menu is customized to each client.


      I am a hard worker. I am determined to provide a service that will benefit the client. I love to cook. I am a people person with and electric personality. Give me the chance and you will not be sorry. I can and will provide the best services.

      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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