Divas Cooking Parties and Personal Chef, LLC

Laurel, MD

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Divas Cooking Parties is the "Ultimate Dinner Party" experience. We provide personal chef, catering, romantic evenings at home, cooking parties, corporate team building, kids baking parties and cooking classes. We provide our services both mobile and onsite. We have locations in College Park and Reistertown.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy creating recipes from scratch and creating a memorable experience for my clients. Anyone can follow a recipe but it takes a special gift to create an experience that is unique for each guests. We pair cocktails with our meals both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

Location

Laurel, MD 20707

Years in business

3

Number of employees

5

Times hired on Thumbtack

20

Reviews

12 Reviews
  • Sara M. Feb 20, 2017
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Amazing & Talented Personal Chef
    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!
  • Christina F. Dec 22, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Outstanding!
    Phenomenal.
  • Christina C. Dec 15, 2016
    IYEA IS A DREAM COME TRUE
    Iyea was a dream come true. We had such a wonderful time at our office holiday party cooking together. Iyea made sure everything was set up and cleaned up too! She walked us through the activity in such fun way, made sure all food items were present and prepped, and brought every single little thing we would need from appetizers all the way to the electronic skillets (no kitchen in our office) all the way to treats!!! She is amazing! thank you so much.
  • Kwanza J. Dec 15, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Food okay, professionalism could be better
    The food was decent. But the follow through and professionalism could be better.
    Iyea B. Dec 15, 2016

    Thanks for your review. When I cook in people homes they are clean and ready for me to do my magic. Your kitchen was full of dirty dishes and garbage can full. How could I provide professional services in such an environment. I did follow through with you, called you and emailed you several times. I went above and beyond for your family, considering I was only hired to cook for two but cooked for three.

  • Sarah G. Nov 15, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Iyea is the best!
    Not enough good things to say about Iyea! We hired her for our cooking needs over a period of 5 days. Eight of us flew into Baltimore for a convention and rented a house. She was very flexible and responsive throughout the process. She came early in the morning to prepare breakfast. While we ate breakfast she prepared our lunches to-go, then returned again to prepare dinner. One of the nights we had a spontaneous party of 40, and she went to Costco and handled it like a champ! She did all our shopping and majority of the clean-up as well. Her prices are incredible reasonable and her food was delicious, she has the home cooked family feel in her cooking. Thank you Iyea for feeding our souls :)
  • Stephanie H. Oct 19, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    An Amazing Chef
    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!
  • Iyanna H. Oct 5, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Great Sunday Brunch!
    I held a birthday brunch for a friend in my home for 15 guests. Iyea prepared chicken and red velvet waffles, shrimp and grits, and egg fritatta. The food was delicious and there was more than enough quantity wise. Iyea stayed in touch leading up to my event and followed up afterward for feedback. I would use her again. She does not handle the presentation of the food so you will need to be prepared with your own serving dishes.
  • Edward W. Sep 29, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Very Satisfied
    I am a single man with diabetes who was looking for healthy diabetic friendly meals to be delivered to my home. I found Iyea Brandy on Thumbtack and have been extremely satisfied with her services. The food she brings is delicious, and most importantly doesn't increase my blood sugar levels. Her prices are very reasonable and she makes an effort to tailor her services to the individual client. I was very impressed with her knowledge of food and nutrition.
  • Justine E. Sep 19, 2016
    She made cooking fun and easy!
    Iyea is wonderful! She has so many cooking ideas that easy fun and quick so you're not in the kitchen all day. She knows great cooking tips that you wouldn't normally see on recipes. I love that she has a bubbly and positive spirit. She made cooking fun for me when I thought it was just stressful and discouraging. I love cooking now. It is like my new hobby!
  • Lakeitha S. May 30, 2015
    Iyea provided exceptional service in catering a small event for a workshop I hosted. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. She is the perfect blend of professional and personable. I highly recommend her services.
  • Chelsea M. May 28, 2015
    Amazing food, great personality, win win situation!
  • Lee F. May 27, 2015
    Excellent meals everything was prepared to perfection and well seasoned. Ms. Brandy was both personable and professional. I would recommend her to anyone who favors island and Cajun dishes. Seafood is her specialty

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I love speaking to my customers about their favorite foods, health goals and needs and expectations. I speak to each customer initially before hire for 10-30 mins consultation. Once I am hired, I personally meet with my customer either through video or in person. We create customized weekly menus each week. I either cook in my home and deliver or in my customers home.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I love to create delicious meals using fresh herbs, spices and seafood. I am a mom and time is of the essence to me. I have developed a great system to cook 30 minutes meals from prep to table. I love experimenting with foods textures, taste and presentation. Each dish is a special everytime I prepare it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I love working with customers that love food for the taste of it. I love the look on a client face when they taste one of my creations or when we prepare something together. Its pure joy to work with clients that love food.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I worked with a young lady who wanted to learn how to cook caribbean food for my upcoming marriage. We started off simple and she has been able to prepare mouth watering dishes her fiancee loves. It has made their relationship even more special and I am happy to contribute to it.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Clients should understand their budgets and what menu they want.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Clients should ask themselves what experience do you want to have for your guests and how can the chef bring your vision to life.