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 55 times

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3 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Apple Pay, Cash, Check, PayPal, Square cash app, Venmo, and Zelle.

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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  • Matt was a breeze to work with and absolutely blew

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

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Kristine H.
Nov 8, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Amazing night with the chef. Highly recommend! Creative and easy to work with. Delicious food from start to finish as well as drinks. Very professional and personable.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 3 - 5 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - casual • American - formal • Vegetarian or vegan • Dairy intolerant • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Patti F.
Oct 24, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Chef Matt did an amazing job for us! I couldn’t have been happier with everything. He reached out to me within 20 minutes of my inquiry and we were on the phone within 40 minutes discussing my party. The menu was seasonal and interesting, presentation was impeccable and the food was outstanding. I will absolutely use him again.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 11 - 20 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Elizabeth F.
Sep 22, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

I was beyond impressed with Chef Matthew Ryan. He made the entire process--from our first phone call to the meal itself--SO easy and fun. He was incredibly professional and responsive during the preliminary discussions around the menu, from our group's dietary issues to our taste preferences. He and his team were also seamless once they arrived--they even went above and beyond in cleaning up along the way and serving us water/cocktails throughout and explaining the menu to our group, things we didn't even expect them to do. I would recommend him anytime and would hire him for other events. The overall value was also incredible.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 6 - 10 guests • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - formal • Mediterranean / Middle Eastern • Gluten free or celiac • Dairy intolerant • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Herb K.
Oct 20, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

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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Ashley R.
Jun 27, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Matt & Ryan bartended a 25th anniversary party for my family & I - they were the highlight of the entire event by far! They were so professional, courteous and knowledgeable about all the cocktails they created. They helped me to develop a menu of delicious drinks, poured & distributed champagne for a toast & Chef Matt even helped cut the cake! Can’t believe we lucked out having them for our event - they’re the best in the business and we’d hire them again!

Details: 76 - 100 guests • Special occasion • Low key / casual • Private residence • Liquor / mixed drinks • Wine • Bartender will need to bring the bar • Tip jars allowed

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