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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
Patti L.
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From the first phone conversation with Mike Watson I knew our evening was going to be great. He was very professional but so easy to work with. When the night came both Mike & Derek showed up with tools in hand and ready to entertain. Our friends were very impressed as were my husband and I. Mike & Derek were fun and invited us to test taste what they were preparing. We all discussed restaurants and downtown Chicago. Theyre background experience is just so off the charts. Who wouldn't want these two in their home cooking for them. Price was very reasonable and the food was outstanding. Good time was had by all and I'd definitely hire them again. Thanks Mike & Derek for making my lifetime wish such an enjoyable one. Patti Limbach

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kamal H.
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Sorry about being a little late to review, but Carol is outstanding. We used Carol to prep and cook for my son and his wife's baby shower at our home. Carol came to the house the day before and did the prep work and cooked for 70+ people on the day of the shower. She was punctual, professional and efficient. We would recommend her and cannot wait for our next event to use 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
Rakshinda A.
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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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Norma W.
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This couple is a one two combo! Franks work ethic and efficiency coupled with Nikki's attention to detail and great cooking ability made for an incredible catering experience! I threw a client appreciation event for one of my companies, and we had roughly 180 event attendees. The food was well prepared, served at the proper temperature, and arrived in a timely fashion. The price was more than reasonable, and people were polishing their plates and heading up for seconds! Just a great experience, and I'll be sure to use them again! -D

Chef Katie Simmons
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patrice J.
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I have hired Katie to provide both in-home cooking classes and personal chef services. When instructing the cooking classes, she provides an amazing, relaxed, and fun atmosphere that puts everyone at ease. She also has a unique ability to quickly provide alternatives to suit your diet, or even what you have on hand in your kitchen. In terms of her personal chef services, she is flexible and easy to work with. She is a genius at making healthy whole food meals without compromising taste and satiety. I continue to recommend her to everyone I know.

Puffs of Doom
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Amrith A.
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We love Rebecca! She's been cooking for us for a few months now, and it's been great. We are very happy with the food, delivery service, and options she provides us.

Purple Ribbon Chef
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Renee A.
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LOVED IT!!! she does a beautiful job with her work. The presentation was great and the food is delicious.

Chef CMG
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Zay S.
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Was a great experience with chef Christina. She is very professional with her work and has great skills. She can also cook a variety of items with great taste to compliment the foods. Also, she make some good pastries!

WoodisCookin Catering Co.
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Brandon C.
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Food was delicious! I paid for meal prep services and the amount of food I got for the price was amazing!

Carla's Fresh Eats
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jill P.
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My family has loved getting meals from Carla’s Fresh! She has always been super accommodating with special requests too. The meals have been delicious and getting her meals weekly has made a huge impact on our family (much less stress/ time I needed to spend cooking). Portions are typically very generous. The food is prepared well and not too heavily salted- which is great! Communicating with Carla has been easy and I recommend using her services!! Favorite meals for my family included her stuffed peppers, various lasagnas, chicken cutlets, and beef with string bean/broccoli stir fry. Yum!!

The Shared Plate
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nora L.
Verified review

Whitney is an exceptionally gifted chef and has a great love both for the art of cooking as well as preparing meals that are nutritious and healthy. She made us a sweet potato noodle pad Thai with peanuts that was out of this world.

F.M. @Culinary Curators
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elliott B.
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I'm a new bachelor my cooking skills are growing but sometimes I just want to have someone to prepare dishes for me. A dear friend of mine gave the name of a private chef. A group of us decided to have a tasting one afternoon. Feather Magee agreed to come & cook for us OMG. It was the best decision I & my other 3# buddies could have made. A few times a week she prepares & delivery the best wraps & salads to our jobs. Again the best decision I've made for my schedule & my belly! Sign Happy client E. Brazil

Guerrilla Market Chef
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Aneta Z.
    Verified review

    We had Chef Frank come to cook for us and our friends for our Fall Dinner at our house. We all had truly exceptional meal. He was so pleasant to deal with, emailed us with menu recommendation, shopping list of all product needed and was always available to clarify or answear questions. He arrived exactly at scheduled time and dinner was served as planed. His creative and well presented dishes were absolutely superb! Everyone loved his introduction of menu before dinner statted and agreed his passion for food and warm personality was well received by everyone. Chef Frank, make his time and didn't rush. His priority was to be sure everyone was satisfied and happy with the experience. Chef Frank was wonderful and I would highly recommend him for anyone. We looking forward to many more dinners hosted by Chef Frank at our house... Truly Exceptional Experience!

    Cheffette TD
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Rob F.
    Verified review

    The food was wonderful. The concern and care for our group enjoying the meal and evening was heart warming. Tobi would be our first choice when we come back to Orlando. We asked Tobi to prepare a rather large and lengthy meal for 10 people, in a Disney villa. These places have kitchens, but they are not exactly conducive to the kind of meal prep and cooking Tobi managed. She did it all will calm and a sense of humor - and in a vacation villa, the cooking is really demonstration cooking. She pulled that off too! Great food. Great Care. And a super person. Tobi will hep make your event better.

    • 5 years in business
    Amanda W.
    Verified review

    Sophia's cooking is like no other!! I have never tasted food like her's before. The way her foods blend so well together is truly Amazing!! I would hire to cook at a major event or even dinner for one!! 5 stars!!

    • 2 years in business
    Bern A.
    Verified review

    Sandra has cooked for me twice and I can tell you, this woman knows her craft well! I am impressed by each opportunity I have had to taste her food. My first meal was a delicious collection of delectable ham, smoked turkey collard greens, corn bread, mac and cheese. I was in heaven. The ham was perfectly balanced (not overly salty), the collard greens had the right touch of smokey goodness with delightful chunks of turnkey meat and the mac and cheese...wow! Nice crispy baked goodness with smooth rich and creamy cheese goodness. The corn bread was the topper. I had to share with a friend so they could taste but then immediately thought, "I'll have to get more!" The second meal was a delicious spaghetti dish with garlic bread and a delicious salad. Wow again! The meat was in generous form here - a mix of quality ground beef and Italian sausage. I was in heaven! The sauce was delightfully balanced- flavorful and zesty but again, not salty! The garlic bread! I had to ask her how she made it because it was infused with flavor. Simply but delectable! The salad was not your lettuce and a few veggies affair. It was kale-based with chunks of apple, tomato, onion and many other favorites of mine. Truly, a dish that could be so bland and boring turned out to be another delight. Sandra asked me what I liked prior to cooking and did she deliver. Her use of spices is amazing. I keep going back to balanced and it is true. The flavor profile was amazingly great! I highly recommend Sandra. Not only does she deliver on the promise of making tasty food from the heart, she is a great teacher (she explained to me how to make the garlic bread her way) and she's a quality person. A delight on all fronts!

    • 7 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Raynay V.
    Verified review

    It was a party at home for a friend with a group of friends. Cafe Creole Catering laid out an upscale but inviting presentation. There was attention to detail and each dish was delicious. You could taste the love of cooking. I recommend Chef Kevin and would have him do another event.

    Chef Gretch
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Judy G.
    Verified review

    Chef Gretch cooked for my family on many occasions, and her work was amazing! It was such a treat to have someone else do the cooking and planning, even when our little vegan was visiting! And she was able to vary and change the menu to use less cheese, less dairy, etc. for the other picky people in our family. She was always on time, and her prices were so much less than trying to do it myself! I'll definitely have her cook for us again!

    Chef Richie Farina
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Michael H.
      Verified review

      We had a simply outstanding experience with Richie in every way. He was incredibly open and engaging when it came to planning the menu. He managed the entire evening solo; cooked an amazing meal; cleaned up after himself with great thoroughness; and was throughly charming and engaging throughout the process. We invited him to come and sit with us at the conclusion of the meal and share some stories from his experiences as a chef. The meal was superb - beautifully prepared and presented; executed with precision, invention, sophistication, care, integrity and enormous skill; and every plate went back to the kitchen empty. I cannot recommend him highly enough!

      Garland Cooking
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
        Nicholas B.
        Verified review

        Chef Garland is a true professional. Prompt, organized and on time- he has a lot of talent and knowledge he easily conveys to his guests. We enjoyed a wonderful meal and took away a better understanding of food and cooking.

        • 1 year in business
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        Britney M.
        Verified review

        I did a one-on-one cooking lesson with Aakruti and it was really fantastic. Highly recommend.

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        How much do private cooking lessons cost?

        You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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