Chef Katie Simmons

Chicago, IL

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About this pro

I offer personal chef, catering, and in-home cooking classes, all with the goal of filling your plate with healthy, delicious flavors. My recipes take an adventurous trip around the world, with plant-powered dishes that satisfy and inspire.

I'm happy to accommodate any dietary preferences, from cooking for kids to gluten free and vegan.

Location

Chicago, IL 60614

Years in business

5

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

6

Reviews

13 Reviews
  • Andrea W. May 29, 2017
    She is so thoughtful, passionate, and can really work with any food restriction under the sun. I highly recommend using Katie's chef services for delicious food delivered to your door.
  • Meredith G. May 19, 2017
    From start to finish, working with Katie is a true delight. We are friends with a couple that's going through a difficult time, and Katie helped us by preparing a series of meals and extras for them. The last thing they have the energy for right now is cooking, and I know that not only was the thought much appreciated, but they really loved all the yummy food! I found Katie through my parents who live in Chicago and use her regularly—they rave about her and I totally see why. She's prompt to respond, incredibly thoughtful, and her skills in the kitchen are top notch. Five stars all the way!
  • Julie N. Mar 18, 2017
    Healthy, Nutritious Meals
    I have worked with Chef Katie's personal chef services, as well as her catering services. As a busy working woman with little time to prepare healthy meals, I have enjoyed Katie's fresh and nutritious meals for months. She is wonderful to work with and makes it easy by delivering food to the home with easy instructions. This year, Katie prepared all of the appetizers for our annual Super Bowl party. Everything she made was a hit!
  • Caitlin B. Feb 5, 2017
    Thai-themed Birthday Dinner In :)
    Chef Katie delighted us with a Thai-style dinner for my birthday! With a new baby, I wanted to celebrate with friends and good food but didn't want to leave the comfort of my home or my 11-week-old daughter. Enter Katie for a perfect solution! Thanks for everything- we were so delighted with the hands-on demos, delicious food and lack of cleanup! She was amendable to all ideas I had and brought some additional novel ones to the table.
  • Sylvana M. Jan 7, 2017
    Chef Katie Rocks!
    I had a last minute idea for a small dinner party with my girlfriends --Chef Katie came through for me. She pulled off a fabulous and healthy dinner on very short notice. She was accommodating and so professional. I asked her to introduce herself to the group and chat with us about her background and nutrition/cooking philosophy. It was such a treat for everyone to enjoy a delicious meal and chat with a great professional. My favorites on the menu included the squash soup (so cozy on a cold night) and of course, the flourless chocolate cake...to die for!! You Rock Chef Katie!!
  • Ida Pearle J. Sep 11, 2016
    She's A Winner!
    Chef Katie cooked a full dinner for the 11 members of my family ranging in age from 10-83. What a treat! She gave us a dinner which was wholesome, candy for the eye and palate, and completely fresh and innovative. She is a delight to work with, skilled in the use of healthy herbs and spices as well as cooking methods, and eager to provide unusual flavors and combinations which each client will enjoy. I would use her again in a minute! IPJ - Barrington, IL. 9/3/16
  • Matt J. Aug 12, 2016
    Katie is a great chef and easy to coordinate with. She offers a varied menu with healthy and fresh ingredients and is happy to meet any dietary restrictions. She solicits feedback to improve dishes and makes suggestions based on what you have enjoyed in the past. We enjoyed everything from main dishes to desserts, and salads to snacks!
  • Diana L. Jul 26, 2016
    I am so happy that we found Chef Katie – our experience with her has been outstanding! Each week, she delivers us ready-to-eat meals that are both Paleo-friendly and delicious. Each item is neatly packaged and labelled, and comes with heating directions and an ingredient list. She always asks for our feedback and input, which we are very grateful for. We appreciate her organization and creativity each week and her dedication to providing a healthy variety of tasty dishes. We highly recommend Chef Katie!
  • Jo J. Apr 30, 2016
    Seriously! One of the best experiences having Chef Katie come and cook for me and my friends. She is....Prepared. Funny. Good Educator. Organised. Interactive and above all good tasted delicious. 3 course healthy menu... Can't wait for the next one.
  • Keven W. Mar 16, 2016
    Katie is just terrific!! She was a delight to work with during a time when my husband had a special limited diet he had to follow. She happily created delicious meals that he could eat and was always interested in our feedback. She is a wonderful chef and very knowledgeable about nutrition too.
  • Lisa S. Jan 4, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Katie has been cooking for my family for two years. She is by far the best personal chef that I have ever had. She is a delight to work with in creating delicious menus around a gluten sensitivity that I have. Every week, Katie comes up with a nutirtious and varied meal plan for us. She has certainly increased our interest in eating a variety of vegetables and serves them with meat and fish pairings that are delicious. We love the variety of her different dishes and the fact that all the food is fresh and organic. She is very conscious of this in her careful grocery shopping and will advise us if a fish that I wanted to have was looking fresh or not. Then she will take a pass. When my adult children and their husbands come for a visit, they immediately throw open the fridge and ask has Katie been in. In addtion to our regular scheduled weekly deliveries, Katie caterd the most perfect summer bridal lucheon for my daughter and her bridesmaids in our LP back yard. I enthusiastically recommend Katie and my family and I have never been disappointed by her cooking skill, the wide variety in her menus and her sunny and caring disposition. A very pleased and enthusiastic customer!
  • Julie M. Apr 25, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Katie helped my nephew and his wife for over 5 months with 3 meals per week. She was creative, helpful, and even comped some costs to help us out! A super chef to work with. Thanks for everything, Katie. Just wish you worked in Texas so you could cook for me! :) Sincerely, Julie E.
  • Genevieve W. Jan 26, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Katie is amazing! Our son has multiple severe food allergies and is a picky eater on top of that. I trust Katie and her extensive food knowledge to come up with healthy and safe meals for our family that are also delicious for the adults. She's always coming up with new creative ways to try to get my little one to eat vegetables, which I know any mom would appreciate. And her pricing is extremely fair, especially when I think about the money that is sometimes wasted on groceries that don't get eaten or that is spent ordering in food when I've run out of ideas. I can't say enough good things about her! We love having Katie cook for our family each week.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Listening to the their nutritional goals, lifestyle needs, and budgetary requirements, we set up a delivery schedule and initial menu to get started. From there, we'll check in regularly to adjust as needs change.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Associate's Degree in Culinary Arts from Kendall College 2 years Recipe Development, Cooking Class Instructor as the Wellness Chef of Whole Foods Market Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell Unveristy Bachelor's Degree from Loyola University 13+ years as a Fitness Professional
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing starts at $175 for a basic one-entree package for 3-5 servings. From there, it's $50 for each additional entree + sides and lunches.
What types of customers have you worked with?
In-home personal chef services, weekly meal preparation, healthy meal service, in-home cooking classes
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Check their qualifications and credentials. You want to hire someone who is trained, especially when it comes to food safety. You don't want to risk getting sick. Also, check their reviews and references. This shows a willingness to adjust to your individual concerns and provide stellar service.