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Easy to coordinate with. Great creativity and wonderful meal.(show more)
Damien was hired as a personal chef for date night. Everything was outstanding.(show more)
Jeanine made my life so easy as she helped me with this event. Fast to respond, excellent at communications and the food and the presentation of her "art" totally topped off my trip and more importantly, my guests experience. Top Shelf & First Class. Highly, highly recommend these good folks.(show more)
Very easy to work with, very accommodating. Delivery was timely and the food was good. Only small concern was that we ordered food for 13 people, ended up only having 10 people eat and had hardly any food left over. Had we had the full13 people we originally planned for I do not know if we would have had enough. Fortunately things all worked out so it was not a real issue. Again, easy to work with, timely, good service.(show more)
Event is in the future.(show more)
We just did a tasting to start with but he was great. Very professional and willing to work with us with what ever we need. Out of everything he brought to taste (10) appetizers, we are going to go with 8 of them plus other items that we did not taste.(show more)
Greg came and cooked my family dinner on Christmas Eve. Every aspect of the meal was fantastic. He helped us pick out the perfect menu, was on time and prompt, took great care of our kitchen, served and cleaned, and most importantly - Cooked a DELICIOUS meal. We will most definitely be using again and look forward to future meals!(show more)
Natasha was very professional, prepared a great meal and provided a wonderful experience for our dinner party. We would definitely hire Natasha again.(show more)
Cedar prepared and cooked a delicious meal for a friend of mine who just had her second baby. I live far away from this friend and felt awful I couldn't make her a healthy meal for she and her family. When I posted an ad on Thumbtack, Cedar quickly replied. She remained easy to communicate with, was timely, and within budget. My friend and her husband thought the meal was delicious!(show more)
Brian's food was very yummy! He made us chicken, the best gravy ever, a potato salad, and some yummy carrots. It was perfectly portioned for 1 piece per person and we devoured it! I wish he'd called me when he was on the way to drop it off, though!(show more)
Kitchenistas is a personal chef company that is providing food preparations for a single event or a weekly drop-off. The owner shares with us what she loves about her job.
What do you love about your job?
I love cooking for others because people come alive when they enjoy good food with their friends and families, and they can relax. I take the pressure off of the host/hostess. Leave it to me to be well-prepared to cook, serve and clean up.
What or who inspired you to start your own business?
I talk to many people who are intimidated by the prospect of creating food to serve to guests in their own homes. I saw their need to entertain without the pressure of cooking themselves. Once they hire a personal chef, they understand that it is a special way to treat themselves and their families and friends.
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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!(show more)
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.(show more)
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.(show more)
We are a modern personal chef service catering to busy singles, couples on the go, and busy families. Why try to figure out what's for dinner each day or each week, when it is ready and delivered to you! Flour and Sugar also provides high-quality, restaurant-level private dining in the comfort of your own home. Ask about this specialized service today!(show more)
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.(show more)
I provide informative, interesting, fun and very casual cooking programs for all skill levels and ages. I offer a wide range of programs and fulfill requested topics. I provide personal classes and boot camps stressing methods and the foundation for all food preparation. These sessions are an excellent gift for the home cook who wishes to sharpen his/her skills. I accept one private party catering accommodation per month within my schedule. This allows me to focus wholly on my client to present a memorable meal for friends and family. My best asset is to offer the most complete package available to businesses that wish to market, entertain, inform or introduce their product or services to the general public, clients or their employees, including demonstrations and substantial tastings. This is enhanced greatly by my logistics and broad topic flexibility and knowledge. On occasion, I am able to deliver the goods for drop-off parties. My background as a professional chef spans 5 decades where 1/4 of my career was dedicated to fine dining, 1/4 to opening restaurants of all varieties, 1/4 specialized in crisis management and the home stretch is now dedicated to instruction, presentation, and promotion. I can build programs to suit your budget. My programs are very popular and an excellent edge or change of pace when used for marketing or entertainment. My programs are insured, fire code and health code compliant. I am a certified food service sanitation manager in the state of Illinois. When I left the restaurant world, I was rated by my peers to be in the top 4% of active professional chefs in North America. My career influence was at the tip of the spear for several distinct cooking trends in the Chicago area. My methods were influenced early on by young, forward-thinking, open-minded and motivated chefs that shattered the illusions of what had been considered the "standard" for fine dining beginning in 1976. My cooking methods have been health oriented, including gluten free for almost 40 years! My background is also well-founded in pastries and baking, multiple cuisines, and styles of cooking. I am a nonsmoking dog owner and lover with no allergies. Substantial portions are served at all tastings. I supply my own state-of-the-art cooking equipment, and no kitchen is needed. I have served over 165 million smiles live on network TV, in print and over the radio and counting. Conventions, home shows, educational institutions, senior centers, festivals, private residences and business events are all within my ability to deliver quality cooking demonstrations. Google "The Food Mercenary" for more information than necessary! Visit me on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or check out my first DVD, "Serious Chili," and my second DVD, "Gingerbread House Building Without Permits." I have released "Healthy & Hearty Polish Cooking" and will soon have the option of an e-book. Details will be posted soon on my Facebook and my home website.(show more)
Josh is an incredibly talented chef and a great parson to have around. My family and I have enjoyed everything he's cooked for us and we continue to be amazed at his creativity and versatility. Josh's food is so flavorful and delicious, it's easy to forget how healthy everything is. Having Josh cook for us has been a great learning experience too. He's taught us a lot about about healthy living and inspired us to make better choices, even when we eat out.(show more)
Tara has been cooking for us for a while now. She is an amazing cook. She plans our menus for us with our input and accommodates special requests. She is professional and friendly. She even manages to cook items that my kids will eat which is fantastic! She truly has come to understand our family and in turn, makes a great set of meals for us. I would highly recommend Tara to anyone who is looking for a personal chef.(show more)
Chef Beau is passionate about great tasting, non-addictive, healthy food. He grew up eating wonderful food from around the world and gained professional chef experience while working for several well-known restaurants and clubs in the Chicago area. After graduating from DePaul and working many years in the advertising and media world, Chef Beau took his hobby to the next level and enrolled at the prestigious and award winning culinary school - Kendall College in Chicago. There, he fine-tuned is skills with a degree in personal & private chef and catering services. Chef Beau is also an endurance athlete, and current master-level fitness instructor (15yrs), husband and father of 3 kids. Chef Beau's Klean Kitchen is a personal & private chef and catering service who offers clean eating, mainly organic, non-GMO weekly drop-off meal service for indivduals and families who want to eat healthy. These families may have allergies or sensitivities or people who just need or want to make a change in their eating habits. On the weekends, Chef Beau specializes service in plated or tapas-style dining, fine or casual. We bring our restaurant (The Beau K Bistro) right to the comforts of your home. We have served over 392 dinner parties since 2011. After making the front cover of Crain's Chicago Business magazine a couple of years ago, our business has exploded with popularity. As one of Chicago's premier culinary nutritionist, Chef Beau continuously fuse my knowledge of nutrition when it comes to eating clean. You will never taste anything quite like what Chef Beau's Klean Kitchen will prepare, simply because it is real food, never processed! On the consulting or food coaching side, Chef Beau is also a culinary nutritionist. He will teach you all about food and the nutrients you need to be healthy and suggest why you should entertain the idea of eating "clean!" When doctors aren't helping & registered dietitians & certified nutritionists are not helping either, let me, Chef Beau teach you why. Most of them are taught what our U.S. federal government teaches them. However, if you are reading this, you know it's our American diet that is making us sick. I can help make you well again.(show more)
If you want a stress-free dinner party or event, then reach out to Cheffy D. I have experience with fine dining, catering, personal chef, and instruction. My fine dining experience came from White Eagle CC and Edgewood Valley CC. In 2005, I joined the American Personal Chefs Association. This organization is the premier training program for personal chefs across America. I customize every menu to meet your budget needs and make your guests say wow! We have a staff that can take care of your every need, so please contact us today for your next event and relax. We will make your party the talk of the neighborhood.(show more)
Imagine coming home to wonderful home-cooked meals designed to your tastes and eating goals and prepared by a professional personal chef. We have several service options, so you can pick one that best suits your needs. Each menu selection is accompanied by an appropriate side dish except for most casseroles, which are complete meals. All pricing is based on a regularly scheduled weekly or 2-week cycle or on a single cook session and includes the cost of groceries. Our personal chef service pricing includes all services, such as menu and meal planning, groceries and shopping, meal preparation and packaging, labeling, and serving/heating instructions.(show more)
We started working with Chef Colin earlier this year. Not only is his food spectular, Chef Colin is very personable and easy to work with. Cooking for my young children can be a challenge but Chef Colin is able to make meals they enjoying while offering my wife and I delicious options as well. This is especially hard since my wife is a vegitarian and one of my children has a severe food allegery. We've also hired Chef Colin for plated dinners and parties. I highly recommend Chef Colin for your next event or as your families personal chef.(show more)
About Chef Margarita Ivanova The Best of Mediterranean Do you want to feel good, look good and leave longer? Please continue reading. My experience as a chef started in Bulgaria where I owned a very successful restaurant for 10 years. I came to Chicago in 1994 with one dream: to become great chef in USA. I graduated at Chicago Hospitality and Cooking Institute in 1998. Since then, I have been working as a private chef in Chicago and North Suburbs. My specialties are from Mediterranean region. My first recipes I learned from my mother who was professional chef, too. From her, I learn a lot of vegan and vegetarian dishes. My favorite dishes are vegetarian, with bell pepper, zucchini, eggplant. I have a great recipe for making delicious fish dishes as well as stuffing and roasting lamb and pork. At the end but not the least, for those who prefer American favorites, I am exclusively good at preparing any roast beef specialties, stews and cakes. In 2006, I graduated at DePaul University with a BA in nutrition and healthy eating where I made a research on cancer prevention, obesity, cardiovascular diseases. I am familiar with all diet and food restrictions. My knowledge was amplified when I worked as a dietitian in a Chicago hospital for the last seven years. In my work as a chef, I use secret techniques and products to create menus that are healthy -- one that contains aging-fighting food and cancer prevention. I include food that helps to heal inflammation process, and I eliminate these that interfere with the healing or triggering inflammation. I am a creative chef who makes excellent presentation and cooks healthy, fresh-from-scratch meals without using additives, preservatives or processed foods. Call me to give you my best vegan, raw, gluten-free recipe for "chocolate hazelnut truffles" for your next Christmas party.(show more)
I became a health conscious chef to make a difference in my community and abroad. My brand slogan is "healthy is the new wealthy", and so I go into food deserts and change the dynamic on how people view food. I deliver healthy lunches and catering for various organizations around the city of Chicago. Private chef services are also available.(show more)
Greetings everyone! Cooking is not just a career for me; it's my passion, and I put my all and love in every meal I prepare! I get a thrill from making people smile through my food. If you have a family or it's just you alone, and you don't have time to cook or maybe you can't cook, I'm here to save you! I've been cooking for over 20 years, and everyone who experienced Chef Nicky Noir's creations always come back wanting more. So, if you are looking to hire a personal chef contact me Chef Nicky Noir!(show more)
Hello, my name is Paula Morgan, and I would like to ask you just this: Are you the type of person who has little or no time at all to get even the smallest things done in your everyday life? Do you have a stressful job that eats away at your precious and personal time? Do you ever feel like screaming because you don't have a life outside of your job? I have been working as my own boss in others' homes as house extraordinaire for 15+ years. I have a solid background and can supply you with references upon request. Give me your to-do list, and let me show you what magic I can do in your home while you are at work. By the time you return home, your to-do list has been accomplished, you win back your life, and then can start living again. My rate is $15.00 per hour. Take a look at what I have to offer: - Cleaning inside and outside the refrigerator, floors, baseboards, microwaves, windows, laundry, ironing, etc. - Cooking breakfast, lunch, dinner, desert, snacks, salads, beverages, etc. - Organizing clutter in the office, study, closet, linen closet, pantry, attic, basement, etc. - Shopping groceries, office supplies, toiletries, dry cleaning, etc. My prices are very reasonable and competitive. I know you will be more than satisfied with my work. Please feel free to contact me to ask if there are other things that you are not seeing on my list which you may like to inquire about. I thank you for looking into my services and look forward to speaking with you soon. Again, my name is Paula Morgan. The best way to contact me is to give me a jingle, text me, or send me an email.(show more)
Internationally trained and experienced chef in the greater Chicago area. We offer catering & personal chef services, custom menus, showcasing the freshest and best quality products available at competitive rates. I have 20 years professional culinary experience and a lifetime of passion for the culinary arts. My forte is contemporary cuisine with a New Orleans flavor and an international twist. But I am knowledgeable in all most types of cuisine.(show more)
Chef Janine offers personal chef services Are you tired of cooking? Can't figure out "what's for dinner"? Special Dietary needs? Special Gift? Let Just A Little Somethin' Personal Chef Service answer all your questions! Clients love how Chef Janine has been able to free up their time, save them money, and help them with special dietary needs.(show more)
Need a chef, server, host or bartender for your next gathering? Then look no further! Need to have certain health, allergy or lifestyle food considerations? No problem! Hire a professional chef (15 years experience) with extensive nutrition training (RD) and you can't go wrong. Services available range from just serving/clearing, bartending, cooking, cheffing, and full-scale party planning. We also focus on minimizing impact on the environment and your wallet. Call or send email with details including date/time of event, number of guests and services needed. Thanks, Chef Jessi Also, nutrition-focused cooking parties, individual nutrition coaching and many other services are available. Check our website for more details.(show more)
Fit Chef Chicago is Chicago's premier culinary services company. From private dining and personal chef services, to cooking classes and consultation, Fit Chef Chicago offers many services to meet your needs. Visit our website today for more information!(show more)
Artfully Delicious is a vegan or vegetarian catering service that also delivers you home meals every week. We are customizable and affordable. Weekly meal packages start at $120 for 10 meals. Having a small party and want someone to teach you and your friends how to cook? We can come to your house and show you how to make your favorite meal for as little as $25 per person.(show more)
Creative ConEcepts provides mobile catering services. We specialize in outdoor events and festivals as well as birthday parties and weddings. We have a custom food cart we use to provide various food themed meals. We are looking to expand our current business model, within the next year, to include a food truck. We also provide personal chef options for upscale or up close and personal events.(show more)
Looking for some help with your event? Whether you need a bartender or a full wait staff, Sean Martini's Bartending Service will provide you with excellent staff. All of our bartenders have been certified, and servers have at least one year of experience. So relax and enjoy your event, and let our team take care of the bartending, serving, and cleaning. We provide services for all of Indiana: Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Michigan City, Valparaiso, Merrillville, Crown Point, and Munster. We offer: - Bartending Service - Server and Wait Staff Service - Cocktail Waitresses(show more)
Avoiding the harmful food chemicals, preservatives, and additives that are supplied to us daily by the food manufacturers, restaurants and grocery stores is a MUST, but not an easy task. Don't you wish you could enjoy a delicious and healthy, made-from-scratch meal with your family at the dinner table? All without spending the long, tedious hours shopping for the groceries and cooking in your kitchen? As your personal chef, it is my job to take away the stress and simplify your life. I create custom meal plans based on your needs and requirements, do the grocery shopping, cook in your kitchen, store your yummy, healthy, easy-to-warm-up meals, and leave a spotless kitchen behind me. With me by your side, you can: - Keep your family (and yourself) away from the health risks associated with unhealthy eating habits and obesity. - Relax, recharge, laugh, tell stories and catch up on the day's ups and downs with your family around the dinner table. - Enjoy more free time and keep doing what really boosts your mood. - Add a dose of tranquility to your life and never again worry about the "I don't have any idea what's for dinner" issue. - Wake up your taste buds every day with mouthwatering, "you have to taste it" meals. Sounds interesting? Are you looking for a personal chef service in the Chicago area? Contact me today and allow me to show you the right way to healthier, tastier and more enjoyable dinners.(show more)
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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!(show more)
We hired Tracy to help out with our dad's Disco themed 70th bday party & we were very pleased with her service as bartender, food management and clean-up. She was punctual, timely with our communications, flexible and demonstrated great work ethic. The Best was I asked if she could come dressed in 70s attire and she came in dressed as Cher, with disco ball earrings. All of our guests loved her, she totally was the coolest bartender and even went about and beyond bringling life to the party when she brought out delicious shots to pass around and cheers! We would definitely re-hire her again for our future large celebrations! Thanks for the Awesome memories Tracy!(show more)
The food was absolutely amazing, as well as the presentation. She was extremely professional and prompt. Definitely recommend!(show more)
She was very fast in responding.(show more)
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