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  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Marcus C.

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This was the first time I've used a service on Thumbtack. Heck, this was the first time I've had a personal chef prepare and cook a meal in my own home. Both were great experiences. Diane contacted me prior to our set date which was Valentines day. Her selection of meats and sides were amazing. I'm glad I took her recommendations. It's kind of like telling a painter how to paint... Some times you have to sit back and enjoy the beauty in what a professional plans for you. Diane, delivered a phenomenal meal and it was hands down the best Valentines day dinner my wife and I have ever had. Thank you so much Diane. I will be in touch next time I need your services.

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  • 28 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Binta P.

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BEFORE EVENT I had a FANTASTIC experience working with Chef Kev, and I'll try my best to do justice to his services through this review (I don't think it's possible!). I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to anyone searching for an easy-going caterer who is attentive, accommodating, customer-service oriented and who takes control of the event to completely relieve them of any stress related to food/catering/kitchen. I accidentally came across Thumbtack while looking for certain supplies for my event. Once I realized that I could search for caterers, I thought I'd give it a try. Chef Kev was the first caterer to respond with a detailed menu based on my description of the event (3 or so others responded to ask me for more info without making ANY attempt to use what I had already provided in my initial description!!) . His proposal was well-thought out and it was clear that he had paid attention to my description and came up with a customized menu on such basis. It took me a day to respond to him because I was certain that it wasn't possible for the first proposal to be EXACTLY what I had in mind and even better than what I imagined. After having analysed the menu several times :-), and there was still nothing to change, I wrote Chef Kev. We had a call to discuss the proposal. Chef Kev was very accommodating as we worked through the proposal (I increased my initial count and added a couple of dishes) and discussed day-of logistics (e.g., I wanted the mac-n-cheese passed around in martini cups, wanted the food served in chafing dishes, etc.). MENU The food was fantastic!!! Everyone enjoyed it and they had seconds and thirds... A number of guests took to-go plates and I had some of the leftovers for breakfast :) Here's what was served: 1. BBQ salmon bites w/ malibu-rum ginger smashed sweet potatoes 2. Mesquite mini burger sliders 3. Oven roasted vegetables w/herb ranch aioli 4. BBQ sweet-n-spicy beef bites 5. Teriyaki turkey meatballs 6. Vegetable pasta w/ sautéed vegetables in a sundried tomato dressing 7. Scampi black tiger broiled shrimp & parmesan cheese grits 8. Caribbean jerk chicken party wings 9. Jumbo lump red pepper mac-n-cheese EVENT DAY I had initially wanted a caterer to drop-off the food, but decided to have one of Chef Kev's servers stay for the event, and that was the best decision EVER!! I had completely underestimated how much I would have had to do given that my event had many moving pieces. Chef Kev and his assistant Kim were FANTASTIC the day of the event and I couldn't have asked for a better team. When Chef Kev noticed that I had a lot of moving pieces and balls in the air (translation: slight event-day chaos), so he took control and decided to stay longer than we had discussed in order to make sure that things started off well and were running smoothly before leaving his assistant to run the rest of the event. I literally worried about nothing -- Chef Kev handled things efficiently and with a high degree of professionalism. In fact, at some point, Chef Kev sent his assistant with a plate for me...without that, I may not have ever gotten around to eating!! This is just one example of the types of light touches Chef Kev made throughout the planning and execution of the event which made my experience with him deserving of the five stars. His level of customer service was outstanding and my guests loved him, and several people asked me for his contact information.

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  • 24 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 44 min

Jorge V.

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I HIGHLY recommend Chef Serge. He was our personal chef for my wife’s 40th birthday dinner and he made the celebration memorable. He was approachable and easy to work with since the moment we started coordinating and discussing dinner options, and he made the whole experience very enjoyable. He cooked a five-course menu for 11 people, and everyone was impressed with his well-prepared, top quality dishes (we are still talking about his delicious duck confit!). We paired the food with 1975 wines and the pairing was perfectly balanced. I am very glad that he cooked for us, and would definitely hire him again as personal chef in the future.

TOP PRO
  • 8 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 39 min

Jesse G.

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Chef Chris Spear is in one word, amazing. If I didn't limit myself to one word, I'd also add in: incredible, talented, entertaining, knowledgeable, friendly, intelligent, thoughtful, creative, and brilliant. My wife and I just had our third son a month prior, and it was her birthday and we were not able to go out and celebrate due to the wonderful chaos of having a new little one tethered to mom. Chris was able to bring more than just the restaurant experience to us with this incredible service he provides. We learned new cooking techniques, flavor combinations, recipes that are easy for weekly meal making with little-to-no time, and more. As advertised, Chris brought everything: the ingredients, the dishes, the serving ware, the napkins and place settings; EVERYTHING. And then he took it all home with him. Chris spent almost a solid 5 hours with us and never made us feel rushed or hurried throughout the whole experience. He explained all his dishes, discussed the ingredients with us, gave us his perspective and thoughts on the dish, all while giving us stories about his own personal life and family and how he got to where he is today. He clearly loves what he does and it shows through on the food. My wife and I cannot wait to remake the dishes, and have already started looking at new cookware that Chris recommended. Chris even gave us links and recommendations for recipes that were not part of the meal experience we had signed up for. Chris clearly cares about the food and experience first, which is beyond refreshing and hopefully what helps set him above other chefs. We have told both of our entire families and friends about this experience and could not recommend Chris more. I hope people believe us and take the opportunity to have a similarly amazing experience with Chris. Ours was truly a great experience, and for that, the least we can do is say THANK YOU to Chef Chris!

  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

John F.

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How do you plan a reception for 500-600 people where approximately 200 of them are famished teenagers or preteens? The answer: you contact Esther Marandure, Executive Chef, of the Epicurean Nutrition Catering Company. Ester, thank you, thank you, thank you all for the wonderful work you did to make the reception after the Northern Virginia Youth Winds December Concert a smashing success. I cannot tell you how many people have said this was one of the best receptions they had been to. The food was excellent and beautifully presented as I knew it would be after attending the tasting. Many people remarked how wonderful it was. The staff was also so delightful to work with, all very friendly and attentive. Please make certain that they all know how much they were appreciated. Your young man and the young lady are truly gracious hosts, professionally attired, helpful, and courteous; their manner speaks well of their home and family. NVYW will use your services again and without reservation, recommends your services. We have already done so. The very best of luck with your endeavors. John Flahive Founder NVYW EPICUREAN NUTRITION CATERING COMPANY 14571 Collingham Place GAINESVILLE, Virginia 20155 Contact Information 703-395-9338 www.epicureanutritioncatering.com

Chef Rakita

4.1

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  • 7 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Garey T.

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Rakita was instrumental in helping my husband pull of the best First Mother's Day a girl could ask for. He surprised me by hiring her to come to our home to cook for us, eliminating the stress of going out to eat somewhere nice with a 6-month-old. Rakita's menu choices were varied and suited to different tastes. My husband had a blue cheese crusted steak that he said easily ranks among the best of his life (and this man loves his steak). I had a lobster and shrimp dish over truffled risotto that was equally flavorful and praise-worthy. We shared a better-than-the-Melting-Pot cheese fondue, well-seasoned spring salads, and tasty strawberry shortcake. Wine and a bouquet of fresh tulips were included in the service, as well as the washing of all dishes used in the preparation of our meal. Rakita was friendly, yet very professional. She eliminated the awkwardness that could be associated with hiring a personal chef, and worked quickly in our kitchen while we relaxed. I especially appreciated this, as we had just come off travel and I was recovering from a less-than-pleasant illness. I'd highly recommend Rakita Lillard as a personal chef. She's a fantastic chef, and from what my husband says, comes in at an incredibly fair price point.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Jaana M.

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It was a stroke of brilliance on my part to engage a professional chef to cook my 60th birthday dinner instead of doing it myself or having my foodie friends provide a pot-luck. Why? Because Chef Matt took care of everything so that I could relax and enjoy my time with friends. Matt was easy and pleasant to work with both in the planning and execution of the dinner. My guests and I were especially impressed with the high quality ingredients, including Alaskan salmon and grass-feed beef, and the sauces that were flavorful but not overwhelming. All the vegetables were fresh and nicely seasoned. The theme was Mediterranean and Matt started us off with abundant charcuterie/cheese/vegetable boards that were also beautiful to the eye. He took into consideration the dietary restrictions of some of my guests so that everyone had plenty to enjoy. I will definitely have Chef Matt in my kitchen again. My friends agreed that we are ready for a new twist on pot-luck where everyone just throws in some money for a personal chef service and sits back to reap the fruits of someone else's labors, all in the comfort and coziness of our own home. Chef Matt will be the first one I will call!

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

Mariah B. B.

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Very tasty and authentic foods. As far as catering, the service was great and professional. I also had the opportunity to use Nasrin as a personal chef for my dinner party and it was a breeze to accommodate to the needs of my family. I would definitely recommend to all.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min

Anna P.

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If I could give 10 stars for Daniel instead of 5 I would! From thorough consultation and helpful advices in the beginning to making our Xmas party with 60+ people unforgettably fantastic Daniel was a true professional. Everyone was amazed and loved his caring presence and impeccable work. His mixed drinks are out of this world! He effortlessly managed to keep everyone happy with drinks, have fun attitude and work over DJ's music with dances. His beautiful setup was impressive as well, and he left the bar area spotless. He was on time and well organized. We will definitely hire him again and all guests were suggesting the same. Thank you, Daniel for making our holiday celebration wonderful and amazing!**********

  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 32 min

Dennis L.

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We were delighted! Chef Veronique MacRae, Exec Chef took care of everything. We were celebrating my Father-in-law's life. LTC John Burrer was laid to rest with his wife at Arlington National Cemetery on the 72nd anniversary of D-Day and LTC Burrer was a WWII and Korean War Veteran. We wanted a celebration of his life and food is a huge part of living. Chef Veronique was quick to understand what we wanted and she delivered. We had some idea about the number of guest we would have, but I was concerned that we would not know exactly how many could attend. Chef Veronique told me how she plans for events like this and she did not disappoint. We had plenty of food. Our service at Arlington started earlier then the scheduled time because we had all arrived early. So, that meant we returned to the Marriott Courtyard Rosslyn about an hour ahead of schedule. Chef Veronique had just started to set up when we showed up. She did not panic and continued to do her job in an expedited manner and had us ready to go in no time. There was a great variety of food for our guest to choose from. It was all very tasty and certainly exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend The Tasty Alternative. The food was great, the service was perfect, and the price was exceptional. Respectfully, Dennis L. Winston Salem, NC

  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Nicholas B.

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Chef Aneva was absolutely fantastic! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a personal chef experience or a learning/cooking class experience. My family and I had her over at our house to do an instructional cooking session. The birthday boy wanted to learn to do homemade pasta and Aneva came up with several menu options for us to choose from. We went with a ricotta and herb stuffed tortellini in a red sauce with sausage as well as a spinach stuffed chicken breast over fettucini alfredo. Everything was made from scratch and was absolutely delicious. We also started with a Kale, pear, goat cheese, and prosciutto salad with a delicious homemade vinaigrette dressing. For dessert, Aneva prepared a Panna Cotta ahead of time since it needs some time to prep, but we helped with making a homemade whipped cream topping. She even said to save the extra whipped cream, mix some chocolate or other flavors in to it, and freeze it for a delicious ice cream-esque desert another time. Aneva is down to earth, outgoing, and very passionate about cooking. During every dish she told us of different ways you can mix it up and add different flavors or variations to any dish. She is truly an artist who lives, breaths, and thinks about cooking and recipes 24/7. We found the price she quoted us to be very reasonable and she didn’t charge us extra for us going over the allotted/planned amount of time (and we went over by a couple hours but only because we were all having so much fun!). She felt part of the family by the end and we can’t wait for an excuse to bring her back.

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 min

George A.

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Smokers Delight was the perfect vendor for our family reunion. Brian arrived at the event 4 hours ahead of time to prepare the bbq and trimmings. He served the guest in a buffet style line while politely conversing with our guests. The food was AMAZING - well seasoned and well cooked. At the end of the event he cleaned up his food prep and serving areas and wrapped up the uneaten food for us to keep. His food and service was so good it became part of tree entertainment for the night.

  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 17 min

Selene L.

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Working with Anna was a pleasure! She adjusted to my dietary requests with true professionalism and checked in with me regularly before my event. The food was delicious! Perfectly seasoned and fulfilled all of my requests for the event. Her presentation was beautiful. She was punctual and true to her word at every stage. I would hire her again in a second!

  • 5 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 hours

Ryan D.

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Simply put, Chef Jackie Johnson is incredible. My wife and I along with another couple had Chef Jackie come to our home for a cooking lesson. Throughout the lesson, she was attentive toward all of us, gave us each individualized attention, and created an atmosphere that was engaging, fun, casual, and educational all at the same time. Her personality is very upbeat and you can tell in a matter of minutes that she is passionate about engaging and teaching others. As someone that is an above average cook, it was great to have Jackie teach me additional techniques and have a dialogue on cooking topics that I was most interested in. At the same time, the other couple were more novice in the kitchen, and she was easily able to shift how she spoke to make sure everyone could understand their task and reasons for the specific approach to cooking. Chef Jackie is authentic in her approach, provides excellent communication during the lesson, and gives you an experience that you will surely remember. Oh, and the came out fantastic. I highly recommend Chef Jackie to anyone in the Northern Virginia area who either wants to take a private lesson in their home, or wants to host a small dinner party and would like to have a chef prepare the meal in full. Thank you Chef for a wonderful experience, a great lesson, and empowering us to create great food!

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

Saniya A.

Verified review

I am so happy to write this review for the excellent service provided by Mary. Mary is not only a great professional chef; but she is also enthusiastic about her cooking and takes the time to understand her clients needs. I must add that she is a wonderful person to interact with. Food plays an integral part of my family's day; and I have no hesitations knowing Mary has prepared our meal! I know when I open the package containing the food prepared by her, I'll be in for a delicious treat!! I wish Mary all the best and will continue to work with her for nutritious and delicious meals.

  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 13 hours

Sara M.

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The owner is professional, has excellent and prompt communication, and willing to customize to you (and your family's personal needs). She is truly passionate for what she does and it reflects in her positive energy and wonderful weekly menu creations. She is cost effective and makes it fun, especially for my little ones to explore new food options. I am truly grateful to have found her!

  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 16 hours

Rebecca H.

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Our catering experience was outstanding with The Wandering Chef. They catered our girls' birthday party. The flavors are what you would expect from a fine restaurant, and the service was even better. Gorgeous and delicious cakes, even a gluten free one. And they use real ingredients! Their to-go meals are excellent as well. It's fine dining in your own home without the clean up of cooking a meal. Everything we have tried tastes so good. It's so easy to heat up. You need The Wandering Chef in your life!

  • 18 years in business
  • Response time: 3 hours
  • Springfield, VA

Keya L.

Verified review

I worked with Maggie and her staff and I was amazed on how well they catered our event for my moms 60th birthday. She was punctual, reasonably priced and the food was to die for!!! We will definitely use their services again for our upcoming wedding!!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 18 hours

Jonathan T.

Verified review

Anna is absolutely amazing! She was our personal chef for a number of years until we moved out of the area. In that time, she made unbelievable meals for us that accommodated both dietary restrictions and food preferences. We also hired her to host a huge multi-course birthday dinner for my mother-in-law that was easily one of the best dinners we've ever had, all in the comfort and intimacy of our home. If you're looking for an amazing chef for any size meal or event, Anna is the go-to Chef!

  • 2 years in business
  • Response time: 8 hours
  • Fort Washington, MD

Tracey A.

Verified review

Chef Nikki is the BOMB.COM!! She and her husband Paul are excellent in the kitchen and on the grill... She can cook for me and my husband every day if she wants too, we will never turn her down...😂😂😘😘Every meal is excellent and tasteful down to the deserts. Nikki is very clean and sanitary, you don't have to worry. She takes her business and license very serious... I definitely recommend her for your next meal, your next desert or your next catering event... Also, make sure you check her out for your hair care needs on IG @Nikko.stylez.

  • 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.