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Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 317 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gayla C.
Verified review

I couldn't have been happier with our experience with Chef Most Wanted. It was my first time hiring a personal chef. Right from the start, Chef Rich was great to work with. I appreciated his prompt and clear communication on how things would work, and his help picking the menu. I had him do a gourmet breakfast for family and guests as part of a special birthday weekend for my husband. The breakfast was a huge hit! The food was fresh, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious! At the end of the weekend many people said the breakfast was their favorite part of the celebration. We will definitely use Chef Rich again, and hopefully soon!

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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
Kevin B.
Verified review

We have had many private chefs and caterers. We have found our “go to” chef service. Food was amazing. Mike and Matt were fun. They entertained the kids at the bar as they cooked, served.. and cleaned up. If you have never had a personal chef, try them. If you have before, uplevel to them. And by the way.. the cost was a bargain. Dinner for 8 with wine and beer pairing Less than $100 per person Insanely goid!

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

Aram and Sarah were fantastic and they served up an awesome Mother's Day brunch. Aram's creativity, skill and professionalism was unparalleled. I have hired many many chefs for various occasions but I would say we enjoyed the food and camaraderie of this particular meal more than any of them. i would highly, highly, highly recommend Aram if you have a private event and you need the best! - Rich

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

Karen was attentive, flexible,and delivered a delicious meal. I would highly recommend Karen as a personal chef.

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

Chef DiMaria made a golf group of 10 a WONDERFUL dinner. The menu consisted of antipasto, salad, lasagne, chicken vesuvio, and cannoli. Wine and Sambuca was included in the price. The food was FABULOUS!! Frank did all of the clean up. It was a great way for a group to have a casual evening of fine food and socializing. It was one of the many highlights of our trip. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

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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.

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.

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Frato's Culinary Kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jane G.
Verified review

We live near Frato's and when our son was graduating, he wanted Frato's to cater it. We knew they have great pizza, but we never knew they have an even better catering team. I have a million questions and Michael answered every single one of them promptly and with detail! He helped me decide on a deluxe pita package, delicious Mac n Cheese and out of this world brownies when I was going to go the boring route of more traditional mostaccioli and beef. I'm glad he encouraged me to try something different. That wasn't the best part though. We learned that Frato's teaches culinary students how to run a restaurant (I'm not on facebook but I guess everyone knew about this but me). All the delivery drivers are actually culinary students. So they came in their professional chef coat and set everything up for us. I'm not used to such pleasant and professional delivery drivers. Amazing work and I wish every business was as detailed as Michael/Frato's. He told me he'd make it stress free and I'm a worrier, but it was as stress free as possible for me!

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

Only chatted on the phone and had to postpone the experience. I would like to talk to some other chefs as well who might live closer

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

I'm a physician who works with nutrition, and I recommend chef Tony to anyone who wants help learning how to cook clean nutritious meals. He is an excellent chef, very professional and knowledgable about food. He is the best!

Deluxe Event Planning
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Annette D.
Verified review

So happy we chose Chef Val and her staff for our corporate event! The presentation was wonderful, they arrived on time, and the cost was better than any other proposal we received. Everyone loved their food, but the biggest hits were the Deviled Eggs, the Garlic Parmesan Chicken Bites, and the Triple Chocolate and Red Corvette Velvet Cupcakes! I would definitely and use them again for our next event. Thanks so much Chef Val, you were a delight to work with!

KITCHEN TEN
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carl M.
Verified review

Very easy to work with - food is excellent - the personal touch is unparalleled - truly takes pride in their work.

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Meghan H.
Verified review

Chef Julie was hired to help our 4th grade Girl Scout troop earn their Simple Cooks badge. She taught the girls to make homemade ricotta gnocci with a creamy mushroom pesto, a baby kale & arugula salad with homemade viniagrette and cake pops for dessert. The girls were equally as interested in the climbing dome in the backyard as they were in learning to cook. Chef Julie was very patient with the girls and the food was fantastic. There was not a drop of gnocchi left, all of the at least tried the salad (I thought it was great) and of course the cake pops were a hit too! It was a learning experience for both of us. I would recommend Chef Julie!

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.

Dynamic Cuisine (Chicago)
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Priscilla S.
Verified review

Great person very professional and the food is Delicious!!!

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!

Grand Personal Chef
3.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Fantastic food, professional presentation, overall an amazing experience. Chef David prepared a week of healthy meals for me, individually packed and ready to enjoy!

Bleu Harvest
5.0
from 1 review
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Marsha S.
Verified review

Kari was amazing. She was easy to work with and flexible. All my friends want to hire her. Love her work ethic and food was out of this world delicious. Hiring her in April

Chef Lynn Garrett
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda H.
Verified review

Can't say much- just eaten one meal and it was very nice

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Wilmette, IL

  • Interested in the following cuisine
    Other (Non-fat... yes NO fat, but tasty for someone on a medically supervised diet who is used to eating very good, rich gormet food.)
  • Details
    Looking for a Father's Day present. Hoping to provide several special meals with the hope that it will inspire some new food ideas and take some of the burden off having to make every thing solo. Don't care where the cooking is done. He has a very nice, large kitchen. But will want/need to discuss food, ing and maybe share a good recipe.
  • $300
    Average price
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