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Top Rated Gourmet Cooking Classes Around Ashburn, VA

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  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 38 min

Steve F.

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A GREAT dining experience from beginning to end. Chris is the ultimate professional, displaying extraordinary gourmet cooking skills blended with an engaging personality. Well before our special evening, I was given an opportunity to convey personal preferences and address any food limitations that might need to be considered. A beautiful seasonal menu was then provided, accommodating my general preferences, from which, we selected an amazing multi-course meal! Chris was right on time and established the perfect tone for a great evening to follow, inviting us to sit back and relax to becoming more involved in following his every move, if we'd like. We took advantage of the opportunity to watch a master at work and ask any questions that might help us to become any bit more skilled in the kitchen, as well. Chris' enthusiasm for the culinary world and vast knowledge about food is contagious and his dietary and nutritional tips incredibly informative. This was a welcome education on multiple levels. The beautiful presentation of each course was artwork, and our appreciation was only outdone by the delectable depth of its incredible taste. As delicious as the meal was and as informative and fun it was to watch it's preparation, Chris is simply an extremely nice, generous and caring person to invite into your home. For a unique dining experience where a gourmet restaurant, if feels, comes to the comfort of your home, rather than having to make the effort to go out to it, I KNOW you'll enjoy, as much as we did, the talents and charm of Chris Spears and a very special night you'll always remember.

TOP PRO
  • 2 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Denise T.

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JUST HIRE DANIEL! Where do I begin to describe the services provided by Daniel? He was PROFESSIONAL, COURTEOUS, HELPFUL and JUST GREAT He should give lessons in "BarTending with Excellent Customer Service." #VERY TASTY COCKTAILS #DELECTABLE MOCKTAILS Daniel visited the site a few days before hand to decide how he would set up his station. He took all the stress out of deciding what signature drinks we should serve, based on theme, budget, number of guests expected... He provided a list of what we would need to purchase based on scale of party. He hand makes fresh juices as mixers and sets up a thoughtful, first rate display. HIS SERVICE IS SECOND TO NONE He promised that he would arrive 2 hours before the event to set up and was here an extra hour EARLY. His input and assistance is invaluable. His interactions with our guest was what one would expect at a 7 Star Hotel or Restaurant; he was engaging and appropriate. Seriously, no one else should be a contender for your event. If you want to enjoy your event and have guests call you the following day to compliment the services provided by your bartender, who they have "Officially Adopted" USE THE SERVICES OF F&Btainment by Daniel

  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Raymond C.

Verified review

I Was looking for something different for my wife and her sister during a visit. I saw A Private Affair on Living Social, offering a cooking class for 5. Since my wife loves to cook and her sister spent some time in culinary school I thought 'lets just give it a go." We ended up with 3 1/2 people making what turned out to be a fantastic meal - each of them taking responsibility for preparing a course under Chef Jackie's guidance and watchful eye. My grand niece made the salad (and Chef Jackie was great in keeping her on task and engaged); My wife did the potatoes au gratin; another friend did the pork chops and my sister-in-law made the chocolate moose. It was a lot of fun watching them but not as much as they seemed to be having. The menu options were great, the food was different and unique and everybody learned something new. Most importantly my stock went up for being the guy who gave his girl a cool and different gift. Pay attention gents! This one was worth it!

  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 hours
  • Falls Church, VA

Terri H.

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The cooking lesson was for my teen daughter. Mary was very accommodating. She was well prepared and very professional. She taught my daughter with patience and she made it fun for her. She taught her terminology and safety, as well as helped her to create a wonderful meal. My daughter will continue taking culinary classes with Mary and I would not hesitate to recommend her to family and friends.

  • 8 years in business
  • Response time: 2 hours
  • Arlington, VA

Neal D.

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I'll give you as fair and honest of a review as I can, but you should know I am Meetal's husband! Although I am biased, I cannot praise enough the cooking and teaching that Meetal is capable of. We have 2 young daughters, and the four or us are fed primarily by Meetal's fresh, healthy, tasty, and unique cooking. What amazes me most is how quickly she is able to do what she does. Like most families, we have a busy household with little time for grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Meetal has turned cooking for our family into an efficient art, something we share together and make time for because everyone loves it. If you have a family and want to eat healthy and delicious food at home that you create with your family, Meetal is the person to teach you. Meetal has a lot of experience with more complex cuisines and dishes as well. Her Indian food is highly sought after and she's taught many friends and adults how to approach cooking this cuisine. Daal, Indian spiced turkey meatballs, and other unique Indian dishes could be on your table soon. Meetal has been teaching kids and adults for a while. Expect a fun, lighthearted, and sometimes fast paced approach to cooking. Best of luck in your cooking adventures. I hope Meetal can help you along the way.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours
  • Woodbine, MD

Tom M.

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I took Dorina’s Functional Home Cooking Course through the local adult school last fall. I have continued to take weekly classes since then. Dorina’s emphasis is on cooking quick, nutritious meals using wholesome ingredients. Her forte is Italian cooking but she has a broad knowledge of foods and other styles of cooking. Her classes are well organized. Topics touched on during class include the choice of ingredients, possible variations and substitutions, nutrition, tricks of the trade, and tips on where to shop. Dorina is friendly and engaging and her classes are informative and enjoyable. Her class is the perfect starting point for someone with little experience in cooking who wants to learn the basics. Her class would also be valuable for a person with some experience in the kitchen who wants to broaden their perspective.

  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Fairfax, VA

Maxine G.

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Kristin has been providing meals for my family for the past 3 years. Typically, I will order twice a week and it has made my life so much easier to come home from work and have a hot meal already prepared. Her menu changes weekly and the variety is impressive. If I need her to use brown rice instead of white, or if I would like extra spinach, it is never an issue. Her meals are always on time and delicious. I have recommended her to many friends. I have also been to a few cooking classes that Kristin has held at her home and was able to come away with easy recipes that require little time in the kitchen. Her attention to detail is extremely important to her and you can tell from the meals she provides to the cooking classes she hosts. The only thing that would improve the service is if she delivered. : )

Tiny Chefs

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  • 13 years in business
  • Chevy Chase, MD

About

At every Tiny Chefs' party, class, camp, or special event, children learn how to measure, pour, mix, and stir, and use their creativity to create delicious eats. Our cooking classes are a great way to introduce children to the joy of cooking and baking. Kids show a sense of pride when they can make something with their own hands. The objective of each event is to enhance confidence, skills, and pride in each child as they prepare fun and tasty meals. Your tiny chefs will learn by doing as they are encouraged to explore their imagination and creativity while learning basic cooking skills and safety in the kitchen.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Manassas, VA

Suzy D.

Verified review

Victoria was awesome!! Super friendly, professional and fun to cook with! We were able to get alot of cooking done and she was able to teach me diff techniques all while cooking some delicious meals for the week. Will def take more classes with her! Looking forward to learning more techniques , more delicious recipies and most importantly ways to make the most out of my groceries and not throwing them out because i ruined it. Highly recommend Victoria.

  • 4 years in business
  • Reston, VA

Dan O.

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We were lucky enough to catch Ed, specifically, on an "away trip" in North Carolina where we had him come in to cook for a small gathering in honor of my wife's birthday. We weren't looking for a formal meal, and we had a series of small dishes fit for socializing and gaming while we ate. There were also some innovative sweets for dessert. We got what we were looking for, and everybody had a great time with the food and also with Ed.

  • 14 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Burke, VA

Mihaela P.

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Chef Matt is absolutely amazing! I have been using his personal chef services and I can honestly say that he has been a blessing in our life. I first learned about Chef Matt on an online community of moms in Old Town, Alexandria. Because I had a small baby and no time to cook, I decided to order our Thanksgiving meal from him. I was so happy I did – the food was absolutely fantastic and everyone at the dinner table raved about it. In fact, it was the best Thanksgiving meal that I have ever had. Since then I have been ordering from him on a regular basis. Chef Matt’s food is fresh, healthy and out-of-this-world delicious. His recipes are very diverse and incorporate a lot of international influences, which I love. Everyone in my home is so excited when we get the food from Chef Matt. I wish I knew about him long time ago, especially after we had our baby and struggled with finding the time to cook. I know that he teaches cooking classes and I hope that one day I will have the opportunity to learn how to cook amazing food directly from Chef Matt. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for personal chef services!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Chevy Chase, MD

Hanani W.

Verified review

First and Foremost!! Our Taste Buds said "WOW" with each course. Recently, I became a new Dad and being that this was my first Mother's Day gift to my Wife, I decided to take a unique approach. An approach to surprise my wife by bringing a Personal Chef into our home. I googled the internet and came across Thumbtack.com which graciously led me to several Personal Chefs. As I waded through the listings of Chefs and solicited several price quotes, Gourmet Chef Amer's responded in a timely manner. After a brief discussion and viewing Gourmet Chef Amer's website, I was sold. Eureka...I found my Personal Chef of choice. The price point for services are respectful and having a website that depicts an array of menus dishes with thoughtful and detailed descriptions is informative to potential patrons. Chef Amer was very well prepared and efficiently blended his cooking style to the logistics of my kitchen and dining room layout. Overall, the Customer Service was Great; the aroma and food was deliciously rewarding to our palates; did I say the Customer Service was GREAT; and most importantly, the Mother's Day surprise was a SUCCESS!

  • 25 years in business
  • Washington, DC

Eve M.

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FOODWAYS AND FOLKTALES by Vera Oye’ Yaa Anna In January 2008, Vera Oye’ Yaa Anna, presented a program for the African Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress entitled “Foodways and Folklore.” As a culinary Griot, Ms. Yaa Anna prepared a buffet meal of Garlic Collard Greens, Couscous, Jerk Turkey, Spinach and Cilantro and fried plantains, with Auntie Oye’ Pettit Rice Bread Muffins for dessert and a beverage of Alkaline tea, made with ph balanced water. The program was open to the public, and as it was held on a Saturday, many families came. Understandably, there were no left overs. The carefully and tastefully presented food was served alongside folktales and history about how these foods came to be, and the interconnection between Liberia, the native land of Yaa Anna, and the United States. She told the history of how freed slaves came back to Liberia with some influence of the times they spent in the United States. Later in the program, Yaa Anna told humorous, moral tales in the fashion of the Palaver Hut, a Liberian tradition where people hold discussions and tell stories. The three-hour program, which included time to eat the delicious food, time to hear the history of the food and time to hear amusing stories with some sage information embedded in them. Yaa Anna’s engaging story-telling, healthy and lovingly prepared gourmet dishes made for a fun and educational Saturday for the two dozen visitors, who then asked “when are you going to do this again?” We here at the Library of Congress would gladly extend the invitation again for this excellent program.

Kimeri

4.7

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  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Spencerville, MD

Lisa H.

Verified review

Kimeri Catering was great! My daughter hired Kimeri for my birthday Sip & Burn Social. The food was unique and delicious. Every dish was seved with a diffrent kind of wine, which was choosen by Chef Kim. She prepared all the food fresh with a live demo Chef Kim prepared grilled Quail in ginger-port marinade that had my guests raving about the event for weeks! The food was served with a personal touch of class. Expose your taste buds to something new Book KIMERI for your next event.

  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Washington, DC

Megumi R.

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I've experienced Chef Giovanni's food on more than one occasion. Most recently, he prepared an excellent brunch for my mom and me. Chef Giovanni's food never disappoints. For brunch he prepared honey flax seed muffins, shiitake and beef filo croissants, purple potato puree with poached eggs, asparagus and fennel salad, quinoa waffles with fricasse shrimp, crispy salmon and tumeric hollandaise sauce, and finally, banana flambe pie. He accompanied the delicious food with a calming atmosphere. I'm a self-proclaimed Foodie and I truly appreciate Chef Giovanni's culinary talents. I highly recommend him for events-- small or large, casual or gourmet. He can do it all!

  • 14 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Bowie, MD

Christine D.

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I had Chef Danielle come into my home for a cooking lesson/dinner party for my husband's 40th birthday party. She arrived on time 1/2 hour before the class would start to set up and was there for about 4 hours. It was really easy working the menu and I was happy with the menu options she presented me and the ability to make more then one entre to satisfy the tastes of all the members of the group (8 adults). We all had a blast from those that cook on the regular, to those of us (me) that don't ever cook. I was expecting my kitchen to look like a total disaster after having had 8 adults cooking in my kitchen, but she cleaned up everything! The food was fantastic and I had left overs that we enjoyed days later. Thanks for a great time Chef Danielle!

  • Chevy Chase, MD

About

I teach cooking and baking classes to adults and kids, specializing in French pastry, Jewish and Kosher cooking and baking.

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Germantown, MD

Anthony A.

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Wow. I can't say enough about this guy! This will be a horrible review - don't read it. I am hesitant to even write a review as I don't want him to have any other student but me! :) First, Tony was awesome to talk to initially- so easy going. Then we booked a time on the phone, he confirmed. He was on time (early even as I told him I was home all day). He started our class by saying: "Today we are going to cook like our grandmothers and great-grandmothers cooked," he's Greek and I'm Italian. "Cooking should be fun. Relax." He had a complete menu planned for me to learn - we were adventurous and covered many items: We made fresh cheese, we made tzatziki - the best I ever had, even in Athens and Mykonos - and "I" made it. We made hummus, we made rustic bread, we made Papoutsakia ( I think that's the name ) - eggplant stuffed with ground beef covered in Mornay Sauce. Yes, we made one of the Mother Sauces from scratch in my first class. Boy, my arm hurts from stirring. We didn't use recipes and mostly we didn't measure most ingredients. As we used ingredients he asked me: Do you know how this cheese is made? Do you know where this is from? Do you know WHY we do this? As we made each dish, he taught me techniques like properly slicing, dicing and mincing the onion. He is also a true food historian and an amazing person. The food was incredible and he was awesome. Another thing that made me skeptical about him (don't hire him) is I THOUGHT he had an aversion to garlic. Who doesn't love garlic! He didn't put enough into the dishes, or so I thought. He said: " Wait. This will become stronger as it sits." I didn't listen. He was absolutely right, however, I no longer have problems with Vampires. :) I have had the privilege to have many home cooking classes and private chefs cook for me and I have a nice kitchen setup - but this experience blew my mind. You can not go wrong with this man. (But don't hire him.) One other thing that caught my attention: Even though I had a few life distractions and had to take a call here and there or answer the door for the Fedex® guy - he NEVER looked at his watch or was distracted. I consider Tony a true friend already and will be seeing him for another class in less than 24 hours. I can't wait and won't sleep in anticipation. I hope this review makes you stay far away from this man! (Do not hire him, he's all mine! :) I'm giddy just thinking about our menu for tomorrow which includes a Greek version of bruschetta with imported bread that he got for me from the Greek grocery, tomatoes, and the homemade cheese that we made that is hanging in my Subzero now. Plus, grilled spatchcock Peri-Peri Chicken, Caesar Salad (my request, I want to perfect it) and a Greek Baked Potato which sounds amazing and I can't pronounce (yet). We'll end with Ginger Blood Orange Granita. I'm sure I am leaving something out - Tony really pushes you to shine. In conclusion, this is the WORST instructor on the planet, and you should NOT hire him (unless you want to learn A LOT, have loads of FUN, and make a wonderful FRIEND). Kudos to The Greek Chef. UNAVAILBLE FOR HIRE :)

Go Cook Vegan

New To Thumbtack

  • Columbia, MD

About

We are culinary experts who happened to cook healthy food that taste great. You tell us what you want and we'll make it. Too tired to cook? Let us prepare all of your meals for 1 week at a time. We provide cooking classes, personal chefs and catering.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Woodbridge, VA

About

Cooking classes are taught in a home-kitchen environment for up to eight students. Adults and teens are welcome. Basic and intermediate levels are offered.

  • 7 years in business
  • Ashburn, VA

Doug B.

Verified review

I often eat at Mali Thai. The food is great and the staff are friendly and professional. I had the opportunity last year to have a party of 20 at Mali Thai. Pong Aerjaipra, the owner provided us with plate after plate of delicious Thai cuisine. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. On a separate occasion Pong invited my wife and me to a class on how to make sushi. It was a great experience and we had a great time. I highly recommend this restaurant for a casual lunch, a dinner out with friends and family, or a small dining event up to about 20 people. You won't be disappointed.