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New Orleans Chefs

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

Weddings by CS Events
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
Verified review

While in New Orleans on vacation with friends, I wanted to have a surprise birthday dinner for my husband outside by the swim-spa at the place we were staying. Christopher of CS Events was very easy to work with regarding the menu and the price. He brought everything needed for this meal...table and chairs for six, cutlery, linens and even chair covers! Christopher not only was our chef, he was also our server too! Unfortunately crayfish was out of season when we were there but I still wanted something with New Orleans flair incorporated into the meal. Christopher topped our meal off with a wonderful flambe`. Banana's Foster was the perfect end to a wonderful, delicious meal.

Chef Jewel Robinson
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Denise S.
Verified review

My family and I had a "Personal Chef" experience with Chef Jewel that was a outstanding! If you want a personal chef that can blend into your event and make everyone feel comfortable and at home and serve delicious outstanding food, I highly recommend Chef Jewel!!!

ChefConi
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
John P.
Verified review

A great pasta making experience with my children! We had fun.. Chef Coni was great.

Jack's Cafe & Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany S.
Verified review

Chef Folse has been so wonderful to work with!

  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nat L.
Verified review

Chef Cody did a wonderful job catering our "dinner in" night for our girl's weekend Bachelorette party. Dinner was not only DELICIOUS but he handled our wild group in the kitchen as he finalized the meal! That deserves a big pat on the back alone! Thanks Chef Cody for helping us end our weekend on a TASTY note!

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

The PDR dinners I have attended were for sure the best and most unique experiences. I have attended two dinners in two different settings and the atmosphere both times were relaxing and laid back. Rita is such an amazing chef and William was a fantastic host. They both make you feel comfortable and at home. They definitely have a great thing going! During our regular weekend trips from Mobile, AL to New Orleans, we always require a pit stop at the PDR restaurant in the St. Roche market to get our fix. I highly recommend The PDR out to everyone.

  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Reeva A.
Verified review

Chef Gerard was outstanding. I really cannot say this enough! He was so helpful and creative. He responded promptly to every request we had. Cooking for 14 girls is no easy feat, but Chef Gerard pulled it off!

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

We couldn't have asked for anything more from Chef Cyn! First of all, from the beginning, Cyn was a pleasure to work with. I told her the experience I was looking for and together we created the menu for our evening. I was in New Orleans for my sister's bachelorette party and I wanted to have a unique experience for her. Cyn delivered! There were 8 of us total and I asked Cyn for a semi-hands on cooking class for the group. It was perfect! Cyn showed up on time with her sous chef and prepped for dinner, explaining what she was doing and all about Creole vs. Cajun food as she did it. She offered to let us do some chopping, but I think the girls were pretty focused on their wine and her directions ;) On the menu was a simple, fresh salad, crawfish etouffee, and a delicious and light (what we asked for!) fresh strawberry dessert. Everyone loved it, Cyn was a doll, and it was such a fantastic meal and experience. I highly recommend using Chef Cyn! You will not be disappointed.

  • 16 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia O.
Verified review

I was in NOLA for Jazz Fest just last week with a large group of friends. We hired Chef Gason to cook a traditional cajun dinner, modernized (i.e., easy on the salt and butter), with the added complications of two vegetarians in our group. All I can say is WOW! Even with Jazz Fest included in the mix, that was the best night of our vacation. Chef was so accommodating and open to ideas, and then delivered on every promise of taking good care of us. The food was amazing (traditional and yet, light ... how does he do that?), beautifully presented, and he and his assistant were completely charming! And great integrity .. even though he had a celebrity booking that night (and yes, BIG celeb - you would know his name), since we booked first, Chef Gason took care of us personally and sent his staff to the other gig. Thank you Chef ... you were the highlight of our vacation!

Emily Vanlandingham
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Lorelei A.
Verified review

Amazingly delicious food prepared onsite - and our guests were horribly delayed - so the time we sat down to eat was as well (by over an hour), so I expect the challenges in the kitchen were many - but you would never have know it from the charming demeanor of the chef and the freshness of the food!

The Rogue Café
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Devin F.
Verified review

Chef Amy creates beautiful and flavorful dishes that are picture perfect. She is very organized and awesome to work with!

Seasons Of Louisiana Llc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Julie M.
Verified review

Chef Natasha is unsurpassed by no other chef I have dined with. She listened to my wants and created a most memorable, romantic dinner for two. A night to never be forgotten! Chef Natasha and the entire staff at Seasons of Louisiana are true professionals providing the very best in a one of a kind dining experience. My family and I look forward to working with them again soon.

Seasonally Savvy Kitchen
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Meliza V.
Verified review

Blair is an amazing chef! She came into my air bnb and taught my group how to prepare all of our favorite foods! She was professional and fun. The menu was very diverse and handled the flow extremely well. I plan on working with Blair in the future. If you are looking for a chef to prepare a meal or teach a class she is your girl.

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.

    • 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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    About

    I am Kristian. I was born and raised in NOLA, so I already had an eclectic interest in cuisines from an early age. I have traveled and lived all over the United States working as everything from sous chef to head chef of many different styles of restaurants. Although I like to work in a more personal setting where I can cater to the customer in a more genuine way, I feel through this I can be real with my cooking.

    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    Every chef has one thing in common, they can cook. Which is true,but every chef doesn't cook the same. With that being said I do propose that my essence of cooking is truly above normal. I'm a scratch Gourmet Chef!!!!

    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.

    Do you tip a wedding caterer?

    Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

    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.

    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.

    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.
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