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Chicago Chefs

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

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 317 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura W.
Verified review

WOW!!!! What a memorable experience. So personable, easy to work with, wonderful staff, fantastic ideas for planning the menu. Phenomenal chef from presentation of each dish to the ingredients of each course. Being in the restaurant business myself and dealing with many chefs he is by far my favorite!! If you are looking for a special evening please do not pass up having Chef Richard come to do your private event.

North Island Catering
4.8
from 145 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 259 hires on Thumbtack
Paulette C.
Verified review

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

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 126 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine J.
Verified review

Chic Chefs are now on our speed dial list! Chef Ravi and his team continue to deliver top-notch service and expertise that make all the difference at our dinner parties. They are timely, professional, and are in tune to their customer's needs from start to finish. We highly recommend Chic Chefs for all your catering needs - from recipe planning, food prep and serving - they have it all covered! Looking forward to our next event.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 101 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Martha Z.
Verified review

I want to thank Joe and his staff and chef's that took the time to prepare such great food everyone complemented on how great the setup was and how delicious the food was me and my husband are truly thankful for everything and would recommend him 100%

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandra M.
Verified review

To say that Mike and Derrick were amazing would be an understatement. They are friendly, personable and very talented chefs. The food was fresh, cooked perfectly and delicious beyond delicious. The presentation was gorgeous and they even cleaned up after. Highly recommend these guys and will definitely use them again and again.

Chef Aram Reed
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Victor F.
Verified review

Chef Aram prepared an amazing meal for a small dinner party to celebrate a special birthday milestone. The food and presentation was amazing. Even better was Aram's ability to craft a menu based on the specific themes I was going for. He was fun and personable to talk to throughout the dinner, left our kitchen as clean as it was before he got there, and left us with some delicious leftovers for the next day. I highly recommend Chef Aram.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Charmaine L.
Verified review

I surprised my husband with a personal chef to prepare breakfast for us for his birthday. The experience was amazing! Karen was very nice and professional. She came up with the menu and brought everything with her. She even cleaned up after. We will definitely be using her again!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 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
  • 23 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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Gracious
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Molly P.
Verified review

Clarissa was very easy to work with and the food was good!

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Kristen Haynes
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patrick A.
Verified review

Where do I begin with how amazing Kristen was? I requested the assistance of a server to simply help refill the buffet at our event. Kristen went absolutely above and beyond from start to finish. She arrived early and brought all sorts of little tricks of the trade to make my party amazing ie. drink and food garnishes, miniature forks, and even a few mixers for drinks. She put together an amazing cheese platter that everyone was talking about. She made everyone feel welcome and there was never a moment where I worried about a thing - she was always on top of things. From watching if anyone need anything - to cooking more when we were running low - she even cleaned up the kitchen and stayed much longer then I told her I would need her. I have given her name to many people and I can't imagine having an event without her help. After learning that she is an amazing chef, I look forward to having her cater all of our future events. I am definitely one of the pickiest people you'll ever meet and don't typically write these reviews - so if I've gone through this much, you can only imagine how amazing Kristen truly is.

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rakshinda A.
Verified review

Chef Frank was very professional and quick to respond to all queries. He was flexible in scheduling and location and considerate given that we were in the middle of moving houses. The lesson was a birthday present for my 9 year old daughter and he made it an event to remember. I would highly recommend Chef Frank for cooking/baking lessons.

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 13 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.

Baileys Catering
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Germika C.
Verified review

Bailey's Catering is on point with being on time, food set up and decor. Chef Bailey cares about the quality of food and most importantly the client.

BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Angelina L.
Verified review

My husband and I worked with Mya through Chic Chef Catering and loved her immediately! She was really amazing to work with and helped a lot with our budget. She was very responsive with communication and very professional through everything. We would definitely recommend working with Mya with any event. She makes you feel like her family and is always willing to cater to anything you need. Great personality and great communication!

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Christian H.
Verified review

They catered a party at my home. They were prompt, the food was chef quality and they were very professional.

WoodisCookin Catering Co.
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Courtney W.
Verified review

Chef Wood prepared a generous spread of heavy appetizers for my birthday party. Food was absolutely delicious and creative. Beautiful presentation, ample portions. Professional service and friendly deameanor with all guests. Everyone raved about the catering and he left with several referrals.

Rissa’s Kitchen
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
David A.
Verified review

Rissa’s passion for what she does is contagious. She’s a really enthusiastic pro who brings professionalism, raw talent and out of this world food to the table. Highly recommend!

Elevate Food
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chip G.
Verified review

Tony is a great chef with a passion for his profession and wide range of techniques we hired Tony to cook for us on a weekly basis and he has been fabulous. my wife is special-needs for meals due to kdney issues of needing low potassium and Low sodium. He follows the diet and yet everything he creates is very delicious. He takes direction well the first week he use the space that were not very keen on and all I did was tell him that and he doesn't mind you don't listen to direction we're very happy with the work he does and his prices are extremely reasonable

Mariela's Global Cuisine
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie D.
Verified review

My lovely Girlfriend brought Mariela in to cook for my 30th birthday and it could not have been better. She came over to our place, groceries and tools in hand, and put together one of the best meals we've had in a long long time. She also gladly cooked up pretty much everything she bought, so we've been eating leftovers all week. Don't hesitate to bring her in, you won't be disappointed.

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!

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