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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.
I HIGHLY recommend Chef Serge. He was our personal chef for my wifes 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.
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!
Chef Jacky is really a joy to cook with. She held a cooking lesson for my family and I, and we had an absolute blast and learned a lot! She was friendly, hilarious, and effective. I intend to definitely schedule more cooking lessons in the future.
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.
I hired Dinner on Demand personal chef service for a surprise Birthday dinner for two? Chef Belinda was very professional, accommodating and not to mention a extremely great cook. She was prompt , friendly and she detailed and explained each course of the dinner. She was helpful in creating a meal plan that would both of our pallets. I would love to have this experience again.....soon!!
Scott is fantastic and continually goes above and beyond. We planned our 25 person wedding weekend entirely from out of town, and couldn't have done it without Scott. From our first emails and Skype conversations, Scott made us feel heard and cared for -- something we definitely did not feel from the other four chefs we met with. He provided clear menu options and helped tailor the perfect selections, including accommodating our halal and vegetarian guests. Months later, our guests are still raving about the meal Scott prepared and entire experience he delivered. Beyond catering the evening, Scott and his team helped us evaluate the venue, find and acquire the linens & place settings, pick out & deliver flowers, and purchase food for the rest of the weekend. We highly recommend Scott as both a chef and as a trusted advisor with a big heart.
My company had their annual health fair and we hired Chef Iyea to do the cooking demonstrations. She was so helpful through out the menu planning process and very delightful to work with. Our staff loved her energy and recipes. I would highly recommend her!
Lynn is a pleasure to work with. As a nutrition coach I needed meals that met specific nutritional criteria, contained a wide variety of foods and cooking methods. Lynn met and exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend!
Veronique was an amazing chef and were couldn't have been more pleased with our experience. She cooked an abundant and highly flavorful meal for our family of 16. Her food was beyond my expectations. She even made a separate meal (from start to finish) for my daughter who doesn't eat meat. Her ingredients were well chosen and fresh. Her personality was pleasant and fun. She even allowed our kids to help her prepare the meal as a fun way to participate in the evening. She stayed much longer than I thought she might to make sure our meal was thorough and complete. And to top it off, she dealt with a challenging kitchen that might have left less skilled chefs floundering a bit. I couldn't have been more pleased with our experience and I would highly recommend Chef Veronique to anyone looking for a yummy, fun meal.
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.
Karen catered a magnificent and memorable event for our son's wedding at our home in Severna Park. The ENTIRE event went so beautifully, from the vision to the timing the menu and the presentation. Our guests were completely inspired and had the most wonderful things to say about their interactions with Karen and, of course, her tasteful and beautiful cooking.
We were in town for a girl's outing and we used Thumbtack to find a personal chef. Denise responded quickly to our request and was very flexible , professional and willing to prepare the meal for us or to teach us throughout the preparation. We learned new skills including how to flavor our Pad Thai noodles. She also offered several meal options and brought all the ingredients and wine. I would highly recommend her services.
It has yet to be completed. Every time I choose someone for a job I am assailed with questions about what is yet to happen.
So far we have only started but dinners were delicious even for a foodie like my daughter. She tailored them for young children's taste so that they were not too spicy.
Dara has been AMAZING!!!! I hired her as our personal chef a little over a month ago, and couldn't be happier. Working a full time job, juggling all the responsibilities, extra curricular activities, and appointments that come with raising 2 kids as a single dad meant that my kids weren't eating the healthiest, most nutritional meals. Honestly I was sick of cajoling, prodding, and bribing my kids to eat the the same gross frozen food that seems like hasn't changed since I was kid. Definitely not my proudest parenting moment.... But hiring Dara means my kids are eating healthy, tasty, fresh home cooked meals that I just don't have the time to make unfortunately. Dara you have been a life saver, and my kids and I are forever grateful! #HealthyFoodHasNeverTastedThisGood.
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.
It is my pleasure to offer this recommendation to Chef Ronald Cager Jr. I had the fortune to employ him for a romantic “Just Because” dinner for my husband and I. He and his business associate worked with me to understand my preferences. My expectations were achieved in taste and presentation. Chef Cager’s client centered approach was greatly appreciated. It is my sincerest hope to palate his future creations and cuisines. Until that time presents itself, I wish him much success.
What a fantastic birthday treat! When my father asked what I wanted for my birthday, I requested healthy meals--imperative to a newly minted mom of two with very little time to cook for herself and family. What I got was so much more: a large quantity of delicious meals that were not only healthy, but completely different from anything I would ever cook on my own. Although to follow a plant-based diet that satisfies the tastebuds is challenging, Chef Eva made it possible for me to do so for that week. What a luxury! If you are looking for a personal chef to make meals for you that are nutritious, delicious, and low in the carbon footprint category, Chef Eva is where it's at!
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!
To any and all prospective clients: It is my great pleasure to present Ms. Rahwa as a candidate for personal in home meal service. Rahwa has worked here as a breakfast chef and planner for six months. A true professional in planning, preparation and presentation of meals, Rahwa is a lovely, gentle soul who brings warmth and care to my kitchen each morning. I believe she has created a unique in-home service that can be customized to any individual's nutritional requirements. Her vast knowledge about nutrition and her intuitive understanding of flavor/texture inteeractions combine to create a truly delightful, multi- varied menu. In short, she is a gifted chef with limitless potential and true caring for her clinets and our specific needs. It has been an honor to have Ms. Rahwa in my home, my kitchen, and my heart. A culinary dynamo with much integrity and determination, Rahwa has already earned all five stars as a five star chef. I can recommend her as an in-home meal service practitioner without hesitation. Thank you for your time and attention. Isabelle Chester, January 21, 2018.
Great Falls, VA