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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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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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We had a private cooking lesson with Frank. It was a lot of fun and we learned 2 new recipes to try at home. Would definitely take a lesson with Frank again!

Chef Katie Simmons
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey S.
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I had Chef Katie come and teach a private cooking class for about 12 of my friends and I can't say enough good things about her and the experience. Katie is so passionate about cooking plant strong meals that actually taste good and make you enjoy what you're eating. She exudes excitement and energy that is motivating, she is so forthcoming with ideas and recipes, nothing is complicated and she does a good job of explaining various techniques and methods so you understand the reasoning behind it, she's funny and quick witted and best of all she loves sharing it. I've made the recipes that she showed us several times and a lot of my friends have mentioned they have as well. What a great experience! Can't wait to have her come back.

Puffs of Doom
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Dan A.
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Rebecca is a master chef. Simple as that. I booked Puffs of Doom for an anniversary dinner (with two small kids, it's hard to get out on a week night). We collaborated on a menu that met my price point and that was just the start. She came in, cooked in our kitchen and set down a meal that was as good if not better than what you would get at an upscale restaurant. It was flavorful and unique while still fitting our requests. She and her partner were immaculate in cleaning and keeping the kitchen orderly throughout the preparation and serving process. They even went so far as to box up our leftovers in our tupperware. For a private dining or catering experience, I would highly recommend Puffs of Doom. Simply an amazing experience.

Kara D.
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Andy was the cook at one of the parties I went to, he did such an amazing job!!

Nticing Ngredients
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela S.
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The best caterer in the Chicagoland area. I never have to cook again for the major holidays and events. Good prices, and excellent professionalism.

  • 10 years in business
Summer L.
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Tony is a fabulous chef! I hired him for a baby shower and everything was delicious, everyone raved about the food and there was definitly more than enough for everyone! I have aslo been to other events that he cooked for as well and never ever disapointed, lots of flavor and variety! I attended a cooking class as well and it was fun and learned more than just cooking recipes! Love love love him

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SJ Private Cooking
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa K.
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Stephanie was absolutely phenomenal! I had wanted an in home cooking lesson for a friends birthday and we made the French menu! Food was amazing! Stephanie had personality and was really fun to work with. From doing these events in the past I was expecting a mess and a long process but she made everything go very smooth and cleaned throughout! I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend her if you want amazing food, guidance and company! Best one on the app!

  • 2 years in business
Bern A.
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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.
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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.

Cooking with Krys
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Melody S.
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Great diverse food, professional and fun! Can't go wrong with a cooking class with Krystal - she always takes into consideration my food limitations and we make something delicious

What's Cookin, Chicago
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Kathy G.
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Joelen is a prime example of talent, class, and professionalism! I had the opportunity to host several cooking classes with Joelen as the chef. Joelen goes through every detail of the recipe and gives you alternative options. The food is amazing and fresh and there is always plenty to take home! I can't wait to plan my next event!!!

  • 9 years in business
Patricia P.
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On multiple occasions, we had Chef Ben into our home to cook for private dinner parties. He was very prompt and was sure to stay until cleanup was done. Ben interacted with our guests, and was sure to make everyone feel comfortable. From planning the menu to the presentation of the meal - everything was well done. The taste of the food was spectacular. We can't wait to have Chef Ben back to cook for us!

Dom Ruane
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Dana G.
    Verified review

    I truly cannot say enough good things about Chef Dom!! I hired Chef Dom to do a dinner party for an anniversary. He was extremely easy to work with while planning the details, he was patient as we decided a menu, and he made great suggestions along the way! Chef Dom helped accommodate a lot of dietary preferences and made custom dishes to satisfy all guests! When the night of the dinner arrived, he was on time, extremely prepared and brought such positive energy to our dinner. We decided to help him cook and he provided some good tips, tricks and insights along the way. Of course, most importantly, HIS FOOD IS INCREDIBLE! Each dish is extremely well put together, flavorful and absolutely delicious. Dom's portion sizes are generous without being wasteful. It is a pleasure to have Dom in your home and makes the experience of hiring a private chef that much better! If you need a chef, you need Chef Dom!!!!!

    Mary's Wholesome Living
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Glenna C.
      Verified review

      Mary's cooking classes are both fun and educational. Mary has an easy going style, yet she keeps you on track with easy to follow recipes and a helping hand when you need it. I am such a fan that I've taken 7 different classes with Mary! I've learned how to make bread and the jam and butter to put on it, pasta, apple pie and cheese! It's most fun when you bring a friend or two and make it a group outing.

      About

      I teach individual and small group cooking classes. I have been teaching for almost 20 years and have a great track record of teaching people to cook, starting with the basics.

      • 12 years in business
      About

      Instruction is provided by a trained professional chef with 15+ years cooking.

      About

      Our chef was trained at Le Cordon Bleu, and finished in Sorrento, Italy. With over 25 years of experience, Chef is able to handle most any request, and larger parties requiring more thought and planning for equipment and staff. Our clients seem to enjoy his quirky sense of humor, and the flavor combo he produces.

      About

      I have 30 years experience in the Italian food business. I do cooking classes on Sundays only because I work on weekends.

      About

      We specialize in personal chef services, catering, food demonstrations, and individual and group classes. From small intimate dinners to large party gatherings, we offer a full-service package to accommodate your needs. It includes everything from your refreshments and appetizers to full multi-course meals or buffets and, of course, the vegan desserts!

      About

      I can do in-home personal chef services. I also offer cooking lessons. I can do catering for small to medium parties for 5-30 people.

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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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