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Downers Grove Beginner Cooking Instructors

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  • 11 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Viv T.
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Food was very tasty. My guests and I enjoyed the shrimp ceviche the most!! Just wish scallops were grilled longer. Also, the rice in the paella could have been cooked longer. Tamara kept the kitchen clean during prep/cooking. She was very nice and professional.

  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff H.
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Incredible chef & instructor/teacher! This was a surprise gift... I requested a higher end private chef dinner for my wife for a special occasion .... My wife is a scratch cook... When chef found out that my wife was a scratch cook and woukd be interested observing; he turned the personal chef experience into a cooking class that blew us both away! You have no idea how a true high end chef thinks & leverages their tools of the trade.... It is/was a learning experience my wife and I will ever forget... Chef is also very sharing regarding recipes and the like... And food is extraordinarily delicious for both of us; even though chef had to customize my dish due to a food allergy... I know that chef can cater; and will probably blow your guests away on any budget... And that using him for a private party of 2 with a "lobster" theme was expensive; BUT THE INTANGIBLES OF LEARNING TO COOK AND DINE AUTHENTIC GOURMET FOOD; MAKE THE EXPERIENCE PRICELESS! Chef is the best gift you can give your loved one(s) Hiring this Chef rivals any upscale restaurants' "chefs table" experience! Don't worry about your kitchen; he brings all the pots pans and the like.... If you have the means, you should put chef on your "bucket list" I will hire him again, wife's birthday coming up...

Fit Fete & Chef
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Jackie L.
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Tania it's a great fitness instructor, I like the Zumba choreography she does, I burn a lot of calories and feel a totally body works out with her moves.

  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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

  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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!

CityEpicurean Events
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew Y.
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All around great service and very responsive. Bartending was great. Naomi provided a full summary/report once the event was over. Highly recommend!

Shobas Indian Cooking
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Steve J.
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Best cooking class I have ever been to! Delicious food and a lot of fun. Shoba takes a challenging cuisine and makes it simple. You can even get a custom-made spice box to take home.

Chef Katie Simmons
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patrice J.
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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.

Cooking with Krys
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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
  • New on Thumbtack
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!!!

Mary's Wholesome Living
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Glenna C.
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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.

Nticing Ngredients
2.5
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
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We had a class of 30 kids. Although it was a large class Felicia was wonderful and went with the flow. She managed to go up to groups of kids and assist in their needs and questions. I would definitely have Felicia back for another event!

Up Close Personal Chefs
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Robin N.
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The experience is one I shall never forget. Chef Digby and his assistant were AWESOME! I had a few friends over for a interactive cooking class and it was more fun than I expected. We cooked, laughed, and enjoyed vino together. If you're looking for a hands on, exciting experience for you and a few friends in the comforts of your home, this is it, you will not be disappointed.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Ginger and Soul is a full service catering company that can provide everything from your events food and apps, to delightful dessert tables and wedding cakes. We love to customize according to your individual style and your budget!

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

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

  • 12 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Instruction is provided by a trained professional chef with 15+ years cooking.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I can teach you and your friends how to prepare restaurant-quality dishes. You can learn how to butcher meat and fish. You can even personalize your class to learn whatever specific set of skills you would like! I can also cater your small gatherings, office meetings, dinner parties and the like.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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!

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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.

  • New on Thumbtack
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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.

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