Thumbtack Logo

Chicago, IL 231 Chefs near you

Where do you need the chef?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

Chicago Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Chicago, IL.

TOP PRO
  • 4 years in business
  • 294 hires on Thumbtack
  • Elmhurst, IL 60126

Julie L.

Verified review

The whole experience was great to deal with. We set up our dinner through email and the communication was very precise. The chefs arrived at the time they said they would, and got to work right away. They helped themselves to the our kitchen (we told them to) and gave a great presentation. Definitely looking forward to our next chef dinner, we could not be happier.

  • 32 years in business
  • 246 hires on Thumbtack
  • Batavia, IL 60510

About

I am a few weeks late posting this review but I simply had to make time to say what a WONDERFUL company North Island catering is!! We not only had the very BEST service from the moment I sent request looking for a catering company for our event, but the food, service, bartenders, chefs, waiters and waitresses all did a phenomenal job start to finish! The owners were always a phone call or email away and answered my calls almost on the first ring every single time! We had meetings before our event to be sure we were all on the same page with every detail and they certainly did not miss a thing! We were hosting our Daughter's going away party into the Coast Guard. We held the party outdoors on our dock at our harbor downtown Chicago. We had to have hundreds of guests throughout the evening and every single guest mentioned to us how delicious the food was and the great service they received from the chef, waiter, waitresses and bartender! We will certainly hire this company each and every time we host a party! They made this event go so smoothly that it was so nice to have a stress free party and enjoy time with all of our guests without having any of the stress or headaches that can come along with parties that size. I must send a HUGE THANK YOU to Alan, Christina, and their FANTASTIC staff at "North Island catering"!! Paulette C

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60625

About

Chef David was very easy to work with, prompt, made my guests and myself some fantastic food and cleaned up afterwards. This was my first experience with a private chef in my home and I loved every minute of it. I am about to enjoy the leftovers from the dinner right now and I can't wait. Thank you again!

  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Des Plaines, IL 60018

About

Chef Damien was a pleasure to work with! I would highly recommend his services. We hosted a group of 18 for a formal four course birthday dinner at our home, and Chef Damien delivered in every aspect. Actually, he didn't just deliver- he surpassed our expectations. I should mention that I work in the hospitality industry, and that half of our dinner guests also work in the industry. Needless to say people had high expectations. Everyone was thoroughly impressed with Damien's friendly nature, cool demeanor and his warm hospitality. Not to mention the food was amazing! He really went above and beyond for us. We all felt like he was an old friend by the end of the night. Chef was totally flexible with changes and ran with everything we threw at him. It felt like he was having as much fun planning and delivering the meal as I was. Sometimes chefs can be a little touchy, or protective of their vision- in the way an artist might be. While I definitely qualify Damien as an artist in the kitchen, he was never touchy or negative. He was always super humble, kind and willing to go the extra mile. His passion for food and people is evident in his service. I would hire him again in a heartbeat!

  • 18 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Crown Point, IN 46307

R Kim H.

Verified review

Chef Karen is not only a creative and expert Chef she is delightful. Her menu was inventive from my eyes but it all went together in a very healthy and delicious way! She answered all my questions expertly AND even got me to eat beets... a first, they were good made the way she made them! Thank YOU, Chef Karen!

  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Evanston, IL 60201

About

I had the absolute blind luck to find the lovely Heather and D'Andre of Feast & Imbibe while looking for alternatives to typical "chicken or beef" caterers for my June 2014 wedding. I had already decided that I wanted to do an upscale cocktail reception in lieu of a seated dinner, and had quotes for over $10,000 for 80 people (and this was from a place that wanted to serve quesadillas and fried food as apps--that's fine, but not for ten grand and not at all what I was looking for). I couldn't see spending money like that on food that was impersonal and trite, and I began to look for a private chef or other alternatives to a standard wedding caterer. I honestly and truly feel lucky to have found Feast & Imbibe, as they allowed me to have everything exactly the way I wanted for an extremely reasonable price. You could really taste the thought, love and care in D'Andre's food--for real. I had some ideas in mind in terms of the feel of the menu, but I have to say that Heather and D'Andre totally blew me away and knocked it out of the park. From our first interaction, Heather was warm and professional and extremely honest about everything. I told her what I wanted and what I could spend, and she and D'Andre were willing to work with me to provide the experience I was looking for (and they ended up putting together a reception that was more than I could have asked for) for the price I wanted (I ended up spending a bit more than I envisioned, but it was purely due to MY changes--never experienced any pressure or felt like I was being pushed into anything). Heather was SO SO helpful; seeing as how I was doing most things myself, she offered herself and her services at any point she could to make things easier on me-- advice for other vendors, her own decorations, etc. AND THE FOOD...OMG D'Andre...keep on doin' what you're doin', becuase it's a month later and my guests are still talking about how amazing the food was. The food was so on point, the service was so thoughtful, and the selection was incredible. I was able to impress and please both my foodie friends and my meat and potatoes family--which is a serious feat itself. Everything about the actual day of my wedding was kind of a mess (weather, venue issues, mix-ups out of anyone's control), but the supreme service, hospitality and care that Heather and D'Andre put into catering my event absolutely made up for everything that went wrong. They were able to circumnavigate last minute issues with no problem or loss of cool, and everything down to the waitstaff and decor/signs for the food were top notch. My husband and I truly felt that they had our best interests at heart and put love into what they did for us, and we are eternally grateful. I could not have asked for more, and I will be recommending their services to anyone who will listen until I am blue in the face. Seriously, people, if you want the utmost in professionalism, care, delicious food, value for the $$--please go with Feast & Imbibe. They are amazing to say the least!! I would never even consider working with another caterer.

  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60657

About

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!

  • 17 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60615

About

Proud to be ranked one of the top 2015 Personal Chefs in the Chicago area for Thumbtack! #TTBestOf2015 __________________________________________________________________________ As the owner and personal chef of Let's Eat Home!, my approach is to treat my patrons like family. When cooking for loved ones, I can't help but go beyond culinary technique and prepare meals from the heart. I can only hope the fare that I leave for my clients will not only appeal to the palate but also to our collective memory of what good food awakens in us: memories of home, hearth, loving parents and grandparents, and the joy of being taken cared of. As a Let's Eat Home! patron, you will experience dishes that are inspired and influenced by the generosity and hospitality of Mediterranean cooking and culture and the gourmet approach of European cuisine. I also enjoy the farm-fresh emphasis of California cooking: food that reflects the freshest ingredients, cooked simply and beautifully; lighter sauces that enhance rather than conceal; and, most importantly, a free-wheeling spirit of adventure in the kitchen. Finally, a reservoir of menus is incomplete without the food from the past that we love the most: comfort food. All of these are combined into a culinary imagination which produces meals that are always interesting, delicious and pleasing to both the eye and the palate. Growing up in New York, I was constantly exposed to the culinary melting pot that makes up that great city. Each borough is a microcosm of countries left behind in search of a better life: Greece, Italy, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Latin America, and the list goes on. I subscribe to the "Like Water for Chocolate" school of thought: Food is a story worth telling. My dishes reflect memories of the nurturing love, passion and devotion to food that I grew up with; these have been passed down from my grandmother to my mother, to me, and now to you. If you would like to begin service or have any questions, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. Stephanie I service Chicago, IL, and the surrounding suburbs Deerfield, Elmhurst, Evanston, Glen Ellyn, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Hyde Park, Kenilworth, Lombard, La Grange, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Oak Park, Oak Brook, Park Ridge, River Forest, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wilmette, Winnetka and others.

  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Calumet City, IL 60409

About

Corlis Ford is a professional her culinary skills are beyond compare. Her desire to present an apealing mouthwatering feast is evident with every dish that you taste.

Kitchfix

4.5

(13)

  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60622

About

Josh was the head chef for our wedding of about 215 people and he absolutely killed it! He took care of everything, a real full service experience, so we could focus on more important things, like getting married! The food he made was absolutely incredible. Marinated chicken breast, avocado salad, chipotle roasted potatoes, you name it! Many wedding guests personally told us that it was the best wedding meal they had ever had. Some even said it was one of their favorite meals ever, and wanted the recipe. I give a complete recommendation for Josh. His professionalism, his talent, and his personality really make him one of a kind.

  • 14 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60617

About

Monica is the absolute BEST caterer I have ever worked with!! She handled all of our needs and went above and beyond to make sure everything was perfect - basically made the shower a worry free event for us. The food was excellent and the presentation was very nice. I truly can't believe I found her - what a professional!! And... Just an extremely caring individual who happens to be a great chef with other connections as far as "rental" needs to make any event worry free. What a find!!! EXCELLENT

  • Chicago, IL 60611

About

Sybyl taught a 5 week course at Unity that was simply outstanding. She is a warm, engaging presenter and extraordinary chef who inspires others with her energy, enthusiasm, creativity, and considerable knowledge and experience with natural/raw/vegan cuisine. I would come to the evening class tired from a long day, but by the time I left, I was excited, inspired, and full of energy! Sybyl is a treasure and a dynamo! The food she prepares is out-of-this-world-delicious. I think the secret ingredient she adds to everything is love ~ love for health & vitality, love for people, love for life! Obviously, I can't say enough about Sybyl and her culinary arts. She's makes healthy food preparation easy, fun, and scrumptious!

  • 7 years in business
  • Skokie, IL 60076

About

Chef Ovy has catered a number of events for us, from an elegant sit-down dinner party in our home to a dessert buffet for a private party. What sets him apart is his immense creativity combined with a solid cooking technique, while able to go with the flow for any dietary restrictions/preferences. His dishes never cease to astonish us - they look absolutely beautiful and taste even better. He's also very confident and unflappable - he just gets it done!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Dekalb, IL 60115

About

Terri did an outstanding job for the reception following our union ceremony - winter squash lasagna and roast pork loin - our guests still, seven years later, talk about how good the food was! She worked with my partner and I to create a reception within our budget, and then made it all lovely and delicious. Delighted to recommend Sunn Flower Gourmet!

  • 14 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Heidi L.

Verified review

Contacted Thomas Leavitt about delivering food for me. He was very quick in his response. Explained how his service worked. All the food he made for me tasted delicious. Am very pleased. Heidi Langele

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60622

About

Very professional and amiable. Lisa is a great coordinator who is willing to give the customer what they want and what they need while at a reasonable price. The tastings are incredible. The poultry is not dry but juicy. The sausages have the bite they require. Her selections of wine compliment the dishes offered. Marcelino the chef seems very passionate about what he does and does not disappoint when it comes to his cooking. One of the dishes I chose was Lemon Goat Cheese Empanadas - an Argentinian dish with an organic and fresh taste. I very much enjoyed the service. The bartender kept the event lively and knew his drinks back and forth. Overall, Lisa's catering service is amazing. It's difficult to find companies that execute properly but the company manages to do so.

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Bothell, WA 98012

Denise N.

Verified review

I employed Chef Kyla as a chef instructor at my cooking school in Forest Park (just outside of Chicago) for almost a year. To the dismay of many of our customers & myself, she left our area to move to Seattle (we were very sad!). We hired her as a specialty chef to teach ayurvedic, vegan, vegetarian & certain healthy cooking classes. She taught ~5-6 classes for us a month. I steadfastly recommend her services as a chef & an instructor, without hesitation! Chef Kyla is talented, kind, incredibly knowledgeable & caring. She has a passion for her craft, but is not the type to judge if you are not practicing veganism, etc. I have very high standards for my teaching chefs & she rose the occasion on every front - concerned with learning, presenting dishes in an approachable way & also open to constructive feedback. She's an excellent chef, creative with dishes (& allergies & dietary issues) & practices what she believes in. We will greatly miss her here in Chicago but are extremely happy that she will be sharing her talents in Seattle. I would welcome her back to teach at my school (in business for 12 years) anytime! Denise Norton

  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60641

About

Chef Colin is awesome and can cook any type of food. This is due from having worked in various parts of the world and experienced many foods. He can accommodate to any food requests and dietary preferences.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60622

Elsa B.

Verified review

I have been to several events catered by Kira Novak and the food is always fantastic! Kira has an incredible understanding of flavors and spices and I've enjoyed food creations inspired by everything from Thai to Italian. She creates menus based on what is requested but adds her own imaginative flair to all her dishes. I have her booked for an event coming up and I can't wait for her salmon with mango salsa! I highly recommend Kira for your next party, you'll be full and happy!

Martin

4.3

(3)

  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60613

Kate E.

Verified review

Martin was wonderful! He made an amazing seven course dinner for our party. From the home made mushroom soup appetizer to the steak and potatoes to the tiramisu dessert, everything tasted delicious! I would highly recommend him and will definitely be use him again!

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94104

Constance F.

Verified review

Chef Mike was awesome. He prepared dinner for 10 for a formal new years eve party hosted at my home. He was responsive, professional and made an amazing dinner! Right from the beginning, from the time he submitted a quote up to the event, he was a great communicator and I was comfortable that he would come through for us. The menu was well thought out, and very creative, including items a true foodie can appreciate. Mike's demeanor and style in serving at the party was professional and additive to the event. The presentation was wonderful - Mike went above and beyond with menus and his own serving dishes to compliment parts of the meal. The food was amazing and Mike accommodated various dietary needs we had from our guests without sacrificing any of the above. Mike cleaned after making the whole meal worry free and hassle free for me as the host. Overall the event was a smashing success. Our guests would provide the same accolades for Mike and I would sincerely recommend him for any event.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Chicago, IL 60610

Anthony O.

Verified review

Valerie was my chef while I participated in the Whole30 challenge- 30 days of completely clean eating. NO gluten, dairy, wheat, grains, nada. Valerie prepared for me breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily. What I thought would be 30 days of munching on lettuce leaves and carrot sticks turned out to be 30 days of culinary bliss. Rarely was a meal repeated and never was it not tasty. Not only was everything good, but Valerie was very knowledgeable about the science behind the food. After my 30 days, Valerie took me shopping for a day teaching me about what I should and shouldn't be eating, setting me on a path for success in my overall health. I recommend her to anyone who is looking to not only eat well, but learn a thing or 2.

Cost calculator

Find out the average cost for projects similar to yours

{[{ pricing.estimation }]}

{[{ pricing.estimationDescription }]}

Something went wrong. Give it another try.

Try again
Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything