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New Orleans Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in New Orleans.

  • 6 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
Jenni Jane H.
Verified review

DelishNOLA and Holli Taylor did such a great job for our small bachelorette welcoming party! We rented a house in Nola and Holli set up a delicious feast in our tiny kitchenette. Would definitely recommend!

CS Events of New Orleans
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Sara Alice W.
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We worked with CS Events for our Summer Cure Chefs Wine Dinner and were more than pleased with the results! The pictures came out crystal clear and we received them shortly after the party. We loved playing in the photo booth, and the props were a great additional activity for our guests! Absolutely would recommend CS Events to a friend.

Chef Jewel Robinson
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Erica M.
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This chef is definitely a New Orleans Jewel. Im not anyone important or wealthy-just a single mother recovering from a car accident. I needed help providing meals for my family and she has been a god send. Chef Jewel is a nice combination of personable and professional. You can feel the love in her food. I have to say that her food has incredible flavor. It surpasses that of any restaurant. I was also delighted when she made an exotic dish for me and the taste transported me back to the moment when I first feel in love with it. She also does the shopping and every time she has been within the budget and purchased quality items. I love working with her. She even surprised me with something extra and it made me feel so special.

ChefConi and Son
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie M.
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ChefConi has been preparing our meals every week for the past month. It has been a great experience and we look forward to the meals each week. Coni takes the time to ask your likes, dislikes, and requests. We love the variety and freshness of each meal. Coni is a great chef and it is a pleasure getting to enjoy the meals she prepares.

  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca K.
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I hired Chef Cody to cook dinner and dessert for a private bachelorette party in New Orleans. Chef Cody and I spoke several times before we arrived to make sure the menu was perfect! He offered great advice on what dishes to choose. We went with jalapeno cornbread, a seafood jambalaya, chicken and sausage gumbo, crawfish etouffee, and a chocolate bread pudding with homemade ice cream for dessert. He was very prompt and professional and took his time preparing the food. Most importantly, the dishes were delicious! Everyone was very happy with the meal, and it was one of our favorite parts of the trip. I would definitely hire him again!

  • 19 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Eden L.
Verified review

It was only in March that we decided to marry in June 2018, and we decided on a small wedding of 60-75 people. And the very first detail that I wanted to take care of was food. I googled "caterer for small wedding in New Orleans" and miraculously, on Thumbtack, Gerard Maras's name came up - there were other names, but in reading about Chef Maras's life in the cooking world, I instinctively knew he was the one. I responded to his message inviting me to contact him. He quickly responded and once I spoke to him, I knew he was the best choice for me. He was interested in finding out about my vision for our wedding, and in listening to my thoughts and ideas about what I thought I might want, over the next few weeks he presented me with pictures of food possibilities and ideas. He was so helpful in discussing each dish with me, and soon came up with a finished menu for a wonderful wedding feast with delicious, unusual and beautiful food. A wedding with all the details to figure out can be very stressful, especially on short notice, but Gerard Maras exudes a sense of calm, confidence and professionalism that made everything for our wedding smooth and easy. The food was wonderful, especially his freshly made pasta with a crawfish sauce, and his food was the hot topic at our wedding. All of our family and friends are still talking about having had the best food they ever had at a wedding. He has a unique talent in not only being a wonderful chef, but knowing what foods are complimentary to each other, and presenting food beautifully, and using only the best seasonal, highest quality and fresh food. He is a real artist in that he makes everything seem effortless, but what he does requires the greatest talent and skill. Thank you Gerard, for making our wedding a truly memorable event - not just for Joe and I, but for all of our family and dear friends.

  • 12 years in business
Manuel M.
Verified review

I ordered a Mother's Day cake for a family BBQ. My family uses a 'cake lady' but I told them this was fro Chef D's Pastries. Apparently I paid a little more than my family would have paid. After we all ate this cake, my family said they would have paid more!!!! Thanks for making a beautiful and delicious cake!!!

The PDR
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gabby S.
Verified review

Chef Rita has made some of the most memorable and delicious meals I have ever had. I continuously look forward to dining at the PDR, and am excited to see what the future holds for this talented chef!!

The Fisherman's Daughter
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Grace G.
Verified review

Reliable and efficient. Served as a personal chef and meals were tailored to our needs! Food was delicious! Most personable! Catered several large social gatherings with expertise!! Would love to have her back in my kitchen again!!

Big Sam n Da Kitchen
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracy B.
Verified review

The Food, Big Sam cook WILD is NO COMPARISON. Tasty,well Season,Cook perfectly and Well Qualify to work as Top Chef anywhere. I mean this man can Boil, Bake,Grill,Stew, you name it he will get it DONE for you.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Prentiss D.
Verified review

Jeanne did a wonderful job for our lundi gras afternoon tea party. The food was delicious and a wonderful combination of savory and sweet flavors. She was very easy to communicate with, the food was delicious and affordable, and I would reccommend Gauthreaux's Gourmet Cuisine to anyone.

Geaux Fresh Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Debbie C.
Verified review

Chef Derrick is a lifesaver; with only a few hours notice he produced over 100 boxed lunches for our biannual safety meeting. We are considering having him cater our meetings exclusively. He even has a Food Truck which we may opt for next time around..

  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Esmie L.
Verified review

Delicious food! Great set up! So friendly!

Chefeds
5.0
from 1 review
    Frances S.
    Verified review

    Chef Ed demonstrates a care and attention to detail that transcends the "dining experience" and includes a long-term journey with the dining consumer. He's a hands-on quarterback leading his team to incorporate taste, presentation and health into each meal while inspiring ways to eat well and live well far into the future.

    About

    We will cater any event! We do pick-up, drop-off, and on-site cooking. We serve seafood boils, fish fries, and BBQ. We cook anything, from crab cakes and swordfish to BBQ chicken and baked beans.

    About

    Well seasoned home style i love using the best ingredients for my recipes i am.to please. I love to see the smiles on people faces after they have eaten and enjoyed my cuisine.

    • 11 years in business
    About

    The thing that makes us stand out is personalized service, amazing food, precise execution of dishes. Knowledge, and attention to detail. My greatest reward seeing people enjoy the food I create and giving their event that personal touch for the enjoyment of all. And I love food!

    About

    I will work with you, your family, your schedule, and any dietary restrictions to create the perfectly satisfying meals. My hope is to minimize stress in my clients' lives through my passion for cooking.

    About

    Chef, based on NOLA, 15 years experienced on grills, avant-garde cuisine. Especialist on basque grill. We dedicate our knowledge and time to select the best natural and organic products to share with our customers.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    I am very passionate in what I do I consider all of my clients ideas and make the best out of it. I also do more than cook I make sure EVERYTHING is cleaned up as I depart from the days duty. The creativity and art of culinary

    About

    I am trained in many cuisines as well, have developed my own style of cuisine. French, New Orleans, Italian, Indian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and many type of dishes from all over the world. Cooking for people and getting to know them.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How do you find a good caterer?

    Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

    If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

    How much does wedding catering cost per person?

    Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

    What should you look for in a caterer?

    A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

    • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
    • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
    • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
    • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
    • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
    • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

    How much should catering cost for a wedding?

    The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

    • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
    • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
    • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
    • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

    How do you serve food at a wedding?

    Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

    • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
    • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
    • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
    • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
    • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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