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Mount Prospect Private Chefs

Browse these private chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Mount Prospect.

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 321 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kay B.
Verified review

The food was amazing and the service was great! My friends and I had a great time with Chef Eric! I would definitely recommend this private chef service to others! Thanks!

North Island Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 268 hires on Thumbtack
Paulette C.
Verified review

I am a few weeks late posting this review but I simply had to make time to say what a WONDERFUL company North Island catering is!! We not only had the very BEST service from the moment I sent request looking for a catering company for our event, but the food, service, bartenders, chefs, waiters and waitresses all did a phenomenal job start to finish! The owners were always a phone call or email away and answered my calls almost on the first ring every single time! We had meetings before our event to be sure we were all on the same page with every detail and they certainly did not miss a thing! We were hosting our Daughter's going away party into the Coast Guard. We held the party outdoors on our dock at our harbor downtown Chicago. We had to have hundreds of guests throughout the evening and every single guest mentioned to us how delicious the food was and the great service they received from the chef, waiter, waitresses and bartender! We will certainly hire this company each and every time we host a party! They made this event go so smoothly that it was so nice to have a stress free party and enjoy time with all of our guests without having any of the stress or headaches that can come along with parties that size. I must send a HUGE THANK YOU to Alan, Christina, and their FANTASTIC staff at "North Island catering"!! Paulette C

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Mark L.
Verified review

The team led by Maya was awesome- great service and talented chefs. We had over 100 people at our home for a pre-holiday party and everything was handled perfectly. We got raves on the food, from the crab cakes and lamb chops to the stuffed chicken breast and braised short ribs. It was a perfect event and we will definitely use chic chef again.

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Martha Z.
Verified review

I want to thank Joe and his staff and chef's that took the time to prepare such great food everyone complemented on how great the setup was and how delicious the food was me and my husband are truly thankful for everything and would recommend him 100%

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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.
Verified review

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
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Lori C.
Verified review

Chef David was very easy to work with, prompt, made my guests and myself some fantastic food and cleaned up afterwards. This was my first experience with a private chef in my home and I loved every minute of it. I am about to enjoy the leftovers from the dinner right now and I can't wait. Thank you again!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lynn O.
Verified review

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.

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Gracious
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
Verified review

DELICIOUS food, wonderful chef, works with person ordering. We ordered last minute and it was GREAT.

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kamal H.
Verified review

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.
Verified review

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
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

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!

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris K.
Verified review

Wow! I couldn't have asked for a better chef. Chez Mikey and his sous chef Diana were on time, dressed professionally, prepared delicious food, cleaned up, and gave us a marvelous experience. He worked with our budget and was very friendly. The dishes were plated very nicely. Not only was the food excellent but very appealing to the eye. I will definitely hire him again and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to hire a personal chef.

Kitchfix
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Sabrina L.
Verified review

Josh is an incredibly talented chef and a great parson to have around. My family and I have enjoyed everything he's cooked for us and we continue to be amazed at his creativity and versatility. Josh's food is so flavorful and delicious, it's easy to forget how healthy everything is. Having Josh cook for us has been a great learning experience too. He's taught us a lot about about healthy living and inspired us to make better choices, even when we eat out.

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angelina L.
Verified review

My husband and I worked with Mya through Chic Chef Catering and loved her immediately! She was really amazing to work with and helped a lot with our budget. She was very responsive with communication and very professional through everything. We would definitely recommend working with Mya with any event. She makes you feel like her family and is always willing to cater to anything you need. Great personality and great communication!

WoodisCookin Catering Co.
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Ari P.
Verified review

Chef Wood prepared my seafood birthday brunch. And it was amazing. I found him by searching a hashtag on IG, and must I say it was a very successful meal with meeting him through IG, LOL!! A brunch must have, is French toast and he made the best French toast that I EVER had. He arrived at my home at the expected time, he brought his own pots and serving pans, and he cleaned up prior to leaving. Everyone enjoyed it, he was even booked by one of my guests.

Girl and the Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Eugene P.
Verified review

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.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Roy S.
Verified review

I had a great dinner party, Chef Noel cooked up a terrific dinner that was five star. Totally awesome experience.

By the Graham
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Moe J.
    Verified review

    Hired "By The Graham" as a private chef for my brother's bachelor party. Wanted to try something different than just ordering pizza or going to a restaurant. Not only was the food amazing, but I was really impressed with Dillion's professionalism and knowledge when it comes to cooking. Will definitely be using "By The Graham" the next time I need a Chef!

    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!

    Chef Paul Catering
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 34 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Bettie L.
    Verified review

    The food was fabulous!! I received many compliments! Thank You Chef Paul. Bettie Sams Club, Gurnee, IL.

    Chef Erika
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Chandra S.
    Verified review

    Smoked trout quesadillas, roasted acorn squash soup with rock shrimp, and my first foray into vegan gravy. Oh, and the cupcakes...don't even get me started on her decadent flavor combinations before many of the popular mainstays even existed. I've had the pleasure of working with Chef Erika for over 10 years as both a private chef when I was working close to 60 hours per week, and for events for up to 250 people . Each time she delivered stellar professionalism and unforgettable culinary creations, whether I was pescatarian or vegan at the time. I wouldn't enjoy smoked fish and veggies nor the joy of vegan gravy today, among many other dishes, if it weren't for her expanding my previously limited palate. From the quality of the ingredients, to bringing her clients' vision to life, and the magazine-worthy presentation, it is apparent that she is deeply passionate about the entire culinary experience. No matter your need, what I know for sure is that if you have an opportunity to work with her, you and your guests will be in for an impressive and lasting culinary treat.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

    Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

    Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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