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Elmhurst Female Chefs

Browse these female chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Elmhurst.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 319 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexis C.
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Chefs were on time, very relaxed, kind, and professional. They did not rush us and make everyone feel comfortable. The food was amazing and they made more than enough. It was a fantastic experience!

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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
Kevin B.
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We have had many private chefs and caterers. We have found our “go to” chef service. Food was amazing. Mike and Matt were fun. They entertained the kids at the bar as they cooked, served.. and cleaned up. If you have never had a personal chef, try them. If you have before, uplevel to them. And by the way.. the cost was a bargain. Dinner for 8 with wine and beer pairing Less than $100 per person Insanely goid!

  • 29 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Deirdre D.
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I requested a drop off catering job for a small gathering I was holding in my home for friends. Chef David and I conversed on the menu options. Chef was very flexible and accommodating with a suggested menu change. He arrived on time, prepared the items as agreed in my kitchen and assisted with the layout of the serving area. He was fast and efficient. Many of the items were pre-prepared to expedite the drop off. The charcuterie and crudite were lovely, and the dips were well received by my guests. My only suggestion would be perhaps that Chef would consider purchasing a few disposable trays for the job and add it to the price of the assignment. I had to run to Party City on my own and try to guesstimate what he was going to need. It all worked out, but it would be easier if had just charged me for the platters and brought them himself.

TLC Personal Cheffing
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Rev. Mark B.
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Karen is pleasant to be around, dependable, hard-working, thoughtful, and very, very talented in the kitchen. An outstanding chef, our highest recommendation

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lynn O.
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This was my first time hiring a caterer, and I was not disappointed. This was also my first time using Thumbtack. Had never even heard of it before googling “caterers near me”. Carol of Food with Flair did a wonderful job catering a family outdoor BBQ at my home for my dad’s 90th birthday. We had 25 people in attendance, and many commented on how good the food was. She was very responsive from the moment she and I were matched through Thumbtack, all the way through my event. She helped plan the meal, making suggestions on food items that were popular at other BBQs she had catered; arrived promptly the day of the event with much of the food prep completed and the remainder completed once she arrived; provided the warming trays, serving dishes, and serving utensils; grilled the meat (hamburgers and chicken) on my Weber grill; set up the serving table; had the meal ready in a timely fashion; put away leftovers for me; and left my kitchen clean. She also was able to work with dietary restrictions. She offered to provide paper goods and make arrangements for other supplies (e.g. canopy), which I declined. She brought two pineapple upside down cakes (my Dad’s favorite), and because we had neglected to discuss which of us would provide the candles, she decided to play it safe and brought a “9” & a “0” candle for one of the cakes. For the other cake she had a friend create a diecut that read “Happy 90th Birthday” in colors that coordinated with the cake. It was a nice, thoughtful surprise. While I had thought about asking whether she offered tastings, I didn’t due to the small size of my party; the short time frame between booking the party and the event itself; and her experience as an executive chef. I trusted that the food would be good, and it was. But I can’t share whether she offers tastings or not. My husband and I were very pleased with the service Carol provided and would definitely use her again.

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kamal H.
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We hired Tracy to be part of a two chef team for a baby shower for 70+ guests at our home and were extremely pleased. She was punctual, very helpful and was not hesitant to do whatever needed to be done. We will certainly hire her again.

Mad love Cooking
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Alexis M.
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My friend remodeled her kitchen and she wanted to have a special event to "break it in". I suggested finding a chef to cook a meal for us. We found chef Joe on Thumbtack. We hired Chef Joe to cook a five course meal for four couples. It was AMAZING and everyone loved it. Each course was full of flavor and fresh ingredients that were infused with his southern charm and french cooking training. He explained each dish and his sues chef was adorable and very professional. We would hire him again in a heartbeat.

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DiMaria Culinary
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Monty A.
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Chef DiMaria made a golf group of 10 a WONDERFUL dinner. The menu consisted of antipasto, salad, lasagne, chicken vesuvio, and cannoli. Wine and Sambuca was included in the price. The food was FABULOUS!! Frank did all of the clean up. It was a great way for a group to have a casual evening of fine food and socializing. It was one of the many highlights of our trip. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

Rissa’s Kitchen
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Judy. K.
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Only chatted on the phone and had to postpone the experience. I would like to talk to some other chefs as well who might live closer

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Frato's Culinary Kitchen
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 40 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jane G.
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We live near Frato's and when our son was graduating, he wanted Frato's to cater it. We knew they have great pizza, but we never knew they have an even better catering team. I have a million questions and Michael answered every single one of them promptly and with detail! He helped me decide on a deluxe pita package, delicious Mac n Cheese and out of this world brownies when I was going to go the boring route of more traditional mostaccioli and beef. I'm glad he encouraged me to try something different. That wasn't the best part though. We learned that Frato's teaches culinary students how to run a restaurant (I'm not on facebook but I guess everyone knew about this but me). All the delivery drivers are actually culinary students. So they came in their professional chef coat and set everything up for us. I'm not used to such pleasant and professional delivery drivers. Amazing work and I wish every business was as detailed as Michael/Frato's. He told me he'd make it stress free and I'm a worrier, but it was as stress free as possible for me!

Deluxe Event Planning
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Glennetta C.
Verified review

Chef Val was truly a gem. She was very concerned about my event and that matters to me. She and her assistant were so pleasant and my guest and I enjoyed the food so much. We had a vegetarian menu, and Im not a vegan. However, my guest and I asked for seconds and thirds of Chef Val's delectable food. From the vegetarian gumbo to the sweet potato veggie burger and to top it all off for dessert vegetarian lemon pound cake and apple crisp, Delicious. Once again great service, great food, and lots of fun.

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Eugene P.
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We hired Girl and the Kitchen for a small party. The food was amazing, service was great and they cleaned up the kitchen after. Also for those that enjoy cooking or want to learn, the chefs are more than happy to share their knowledge.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Roy S.
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I had a great dinner party, Chef Noel cooked up a terrific dinner that was five star. Totally awesome experience.

Brian Min
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel S.
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Wonderful and amazing! Brian is a talented chef and an excellent instructor. A pleasure to know and work with. Two very big thumbs up.

Vintage Port
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Maurice W.
    Verified review

    Everything was great from the Salted Caramel Latte to the Hummus to the fresh made Pesto Sauce. Chef has skills and flavor.

    Fyusion Dining
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 14 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Elaine L.
    Verified review

    I really never write reviews, but Alvin Yu and his team were amazing! Our guests really raved about all the food. (I need to get his recipe for the Asiago Crusted Chicken Breast - so tender!). And his servers and sous chefs really made the event. Their attention to detail and lovely personalities really made the atmosphere. They were so helpful beyond what I could have even asked for. We had 2 passed appetizers, then salad, 4 entrees and 3 sides served family style for 44 guests and everything was delicious and well timed. Alvin totally understood what I wanted and was able to seamlessly accommodate special dietary needs. He was very responsive to all my questions throughout the planning process and seriously made the event really so easy on me! And they really made our guests of honor feel very special, too. They really go above and beyond. A huge thank you to Fyusion Dining for making our event such a success!

    Grand Personal Chef
    3.7
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Thumbtack Customer
    Verified review

    Fantastic food, professional presentation, overall an amazing experience. Chef David prepared a week of healthy meals for me, individually packed and ready to enjoy!

    • 4 years in business
    Bob B.
    Verified review

    We had Jeanne stay at our house several times for a week at a time. The house was cleaner than when we left, she had baked cookies for us and the laundry was done. Our two miniature schnauzers, who normally don't like any outsiders, took to her right away. On successive visits they ran right to her. She was an absolute delight.

    • 2 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    Chef Candace will assist you in planning and organizing your event and will prepare and serve a gourmet menu tailored to your specifications. She will take you on a culinary journey to indulge in delicious flavors and a unique experience that fits your lifestyle and budget.

    Chef Lynn Garrett
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Linda H.
    Verified review

    Can't say much- just eaten one meal and it was very nice

    Cooking by Chef Mike
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Mary D.
      Verified review

      Look no further for the utmost professionalism and the best quality food/catering! I cannot rave enough about Michael! I hosted my baby shower at my townhouse in Lincoln Park. Most of my family is on the east coast, so the guest list was only about 20 people. I knew I didn't want myself or another guest to have to worry about cooking and a few of my guests have specific dietary restrictions so I wasn't comfortable ordering from a restaurant. One of my friends works at the law firm where Michael is the chef and passed along his information, letting me know he also caters these types of private events. Plus, she kept RAVING about how awesome his food is. Michael was so refreshing to work with from start to finish. He was responsive, detail oriented, and extremely professional (not to mention so friendly!) We had an initial phone meeting to discuss menu ideas, dietary restrictions, and theming. He got back to me with a preliminary menu (including a full ingredient list) and questions regarding what my kitchen was capable of (how big my oven is, how many burners I have, etc.) As I said, very detail oriented. He also came up with thoughtful, creative ideas for my friend's dietary restrictions so they could enjoy the "fun" treats, too! One of my favorite gluten free treats were his dark chocolate coconut tarts- totally delicious. The day of the shower he arrived right on time with everything we discussed for the final menu. He was professional and completely unobtrusive. He ensured all of the food was the correct temperature when served. He even came prepared with ingredient cards to put out with the food. Everything was DELICIOUS. But I think the best part of hiring Michael was that he left my kitchen SPOTLESS! I swear it was cleaner than when he started. Seriously, look no further for in-home catering. I already know who will do Baby Rose's first birthday party. I swear, Michael is Chicago's best kept secret.

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