Chef Matthew Ryan
Chef Matthew Ryan

Chef Matthew Ryan

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Introduction: Matthew is an experienced, clean and punctual professional chef who enjoys the opportunity to entertain in the kitchen. You may have enjoyed a meal at one of the restaurants on his resume including Chicago favorites like Longman and Eagle, Dusek’s Board and Beer or Schwa. He can create a unique experience in your home with a custom menu for date night, dinner for the family or a cocktail party. Customers are especially drawn to Matthew's engaging, friendly demeanor while his effortless talent keeps them on their toes, course by course. Matthew has a degree in culinary arts from Kendall College and holds certificates from the American Culinary Federation as well as a ServSafe ® Food Protection Manager Certificate.
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Hired 38 times

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2 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Herb K.
Oct 20, 2021
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This is the first time for me hiring a private chef for a special birthday dinner. We really didn’t know what to expect other than hope for good food. We hired Chef Matt so that could be all together with family in the same place enjoying a great dinner. We have two immunocompromised family members and an infant child the keeps us from nice restaurants that are crowded. Chef Matt was very understanding about our asks to be vaccinated and wear a mask, I hated to have to ask that but he made me feel very comfortable about that and eased my mind. Chef Matt was awesome at designing a menu. I talked with him about our family for about 30 mins on foodie likes and dislikes. He designed a custom menu around that conversation and I only asked for two minor changes. He was very kind about the changes and didn’t make me feel like I was defiling a masterpiece. Our family has a broad range of different food favorites and culture ranges with so many variables. I trusted Chef Matt’s ability to do this, while I was not sure some family would even like some dishes served I went with it. All of us were blown away by every dish he served looking forward to the next course. There was not one dish that any of us turned our nose from or didn't enjoy. He even made some special plates for the two year old and when Chef Matt put a plate in front of him he gave a big “WOW!” and dug in. He was happy for 3 1/2 hours eating with us because it was that good. Chef Matt inspired us that this dinner is about gathering and time for family to enjoy and have fun while eating. He nailed it! What I really respected was that he was personable but not trying to make a staged show of himself and not be the center of attention. He allowed the family to be the center of attention and engaged in a personal and fun way that inspired us to enjoy and have fun. It was a perfect evening with perfect food thanks to an excellent Chef. We will be hiring him again!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • Cold beverages (non-alcoholic) • Cold beverages (alcoholic) • American - formal • Nut allergies • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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David Y.
May 4, 2021
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Chef Matthew was incredibly responsive, flexible, and professional. Chef Matthews presence and service is exactly what one should expect from a high quality personal chef. I highly recommend and look forward to working with Chef Matthew again.

Details: Shower (baby, bridal, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Lunch • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Standard (basic ingredients) • French • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Steve G.
Mar 13, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

I've never hired a personal chef before so I thought I would try it for my wife's birthday. Matt was really easy to talk to and fun. The meal was on time and prepared exquisitely. As far as the quality of the food, let me describe the scene. The party of 12 people who are all best friends are speaking loudly and laughing as drinks are poured. The room fell silent as we indulged in the second course. No more conversation. No more laughing. Just the occasional "mmmm" could be heard. Then the steaks came out and every single person did their own version of the "happy food dance". Needless to say, Matt's culinary skills can't be classified as good or even excellent. The meal left us all simply speechless. Thank you again for such a wonderful night.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • Cold beverages (alcoholic) • American - formal • Gluten free or celiac • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Teresa F.
Dec 13, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Chef Matt was phenomenal! He prepared our family holiday dinner party, and every dish of the 6-course tasting menu was incredible. I felt like a guest at my own party! I'm so grateful our paths crossed!

Details: Holiday meal (Mother's day, Valentine's day, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Dinner • Dessert • Standard (basic ingredients) • Dessert • Cold beverages (alcoholic) • Italian • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • French • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Anne J.
Oct 17, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Chef Matthew cooked for 16 adults and 3 kids for our parents 50th wedding Anniversary. It was an incredible experience! First off, he was absolutely wonderful with communication. He was on time getting to my parents house, extremely personable, and very professional. He had a DELICIOUS menu prepared and we couldn’t have been happier!!! Drinks, yummy appetizers, mouth watering main course, and scrumptious desserts. He does it all! A few family members are ready to book him again. He does it all and leaves the kitchen just as clean as when he came. I would definitely recommend Chef Matthew!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Italian • French • Gluten free or celiac • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    A personal chef experience may be more affordable then folks realize. It's important to me to have the guest feel like their experience was a good value.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Customers send their requests however is most convenient. I'll draft a proposal appropriate to the budget and submit it to the customer for review. Then, the customer and I work together to get every detail just right and settle on a price for the event.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a culinary degree and 10 years of fine dining restaurant experience.

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