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Auburn Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Auburn.

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Leslie's Catering
4.8
from 53 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kaitlin R.
Verified review

I booked Leslie for an event in August. She was incredibly responsive and was able to answer all my questions. I have booked her as our chef for a bachelorette weekend... can’t wait!

TMT Private Chef Services
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Angela M.
Verified review

We hired Tanya to cook for a 30 birthday party for 12 people. She was so responsive and flexible in planning. We had a family style meal with multiple options for main courses and sides, and a delicious homemade cheesecake for dessert. It was so reasonably priced and so delicious. Friends were talking the next day about how they wanted to hire her to cook for them all the time. Tanya was so professional and left the kitchen even more spotless than it was when she arrived. We really appreciated her service and I would work with her again in a heartbeat!

The Frog and Turtle
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mark D.
Verified review

James catered both of my daughters's weddings. The feedback from my guests, after each event, was that they had never experienced such exceptional food or creative menu at any wedding or corporate function...when people call me just to comment on the meal... that says it all! Kudos to Chef Tranchemontagne and his crew!!

Theresa Hyatt
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Alan S.
Verified review

Theresa catered our daughter's wedding. She was the ultimate professional! The food was excellent and presented artistically. Theresa, along with her staff/bartender (Glenn) were very personable, on-time and very courteous. They maintained their professionalism throughout the event and ensured that everything was clean when finished. We would highly recommend Theresa and her staff. Did I mentioned she's an excellent Chef? Well, she is! Thanks Theresa, we'll definitely use your service for future events.

MK - Personal/Private Chef
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Michael E.
    Verified review

    We knew immediately after meeting Marc that this was going to be an awesome event. And sure enough, the food was spectacular! Our guests talked about him for months! He stayed within budget, was attentive to some food restrictions and his creativity was surprising. Marc is a true professional chef. I would not hesitate to pass along his name and look forward to calling him for my next affair. Oh, and his personality is infectious. The guests loved that he came out of the kitchen to mix and mingle with everyone while showing is concern that all were pleased.

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jacki A.
    Verified review

    I found Marco Gomez on Thumbtack while I was looking for and considering having a "personal chef" to prepare a few meals for my family during the week. I didn't want to have a chef in the house, but wanted food that was easy for me to heat up when the kids and I got home from work. I also wanted someone who could assist in portion-size control and prepare food in a healthful but tasty way. Also, I wanted to experience veggies cooked in a more interesting method than I seem to know. I told my sister my plan, and she joined me and my son when Marco came to our home to do a "taste test" and we had the opportunity to taste several main meal dishes, plus some snacks/desserts. Even my son, who is NOT a vegetable eater enjoyed the food. So now Marco comes to our home once a week, with already prepared entrees for three meals a week for my family and my sister. It is great that the kids or I can come home and heat something up quick and enjoy a delicious meal, but without having to spend the entire evening cooking and cleaning up the kitchen. More time for other activities or interests. Also, the portions are large enough that I'm usually able to take half for lunch the next day, saving me the cost of buying lunch during the week. I highly recommend Marco Gomez for your family's personal needs, or catering for a larger event. Marco is very courteous, enthusiastic and loves making his clients happy!"

    Chef Steph Tamaki
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Chef Lindsey P.
      Verified review

      I hired Steph to cook a private dinner for a few friends and family. The food was outstanding and the service matched! She definitely went above and beyond my expectations. I will absolutely be hiring her again!

      • 17 years in business
      Rosalie S.
      Verified review

      We used Chef Joseph to cater a very special birthday party as well as other events which people are still raving about. His professionalism, creative menu geared to our needs and pocketbook are to be commended. We loved his food and would not hesitate to hire him again.

      About

      Chef Dirk will come to your home and teach you how to make delicious meals all from your own pantry and fridge. From home cooking with a twist and bbq to fine dining, Chef Dirk will empathy his decades of world class culinary experience to you. Elegance through simplicity. Chef Dirk will show you how to let the ingredients be the star with confidence and ease. Once you learn the basics, there is no limit to your future culinary creations. Discuss your goals in the kitchen and Chef Dirk will work with you to meet and exceed them.

      About

      I provide private catering for 2 to 100 people at your venue/house. I also can provide cooking classes or even help for an existing restaurant or party already booked. I have cooked in some of the top restaurants and chefs in the state. I have access to wonderful ingredients and work with my client to provide a low-stress, comfortable service.

      About

      Towanda's Kitchen is located in the Greater Portland (Maine) area. I hold a degree in culinary arts and have been working within the industry in various capacities for several years. I specialize in custom menus to suit the events/needs of my clients. I am available as a personal chef for catering and for culinary education. I look forward to creating a special menu for you!

      About

      I do private party, special event catering, as well as weekly personal chef services in the convenience and safety of your own home or facility.

      About

      Catering weddings, Corporate Events, Family Reunions at one of Maine's premier summer camps for up to 300 people. Full weekend packages with accommodations available. Bon Appetite!!!

      About

      As a professionally gourmet private chef/household assistant, I will work full-time and spoil one family with delicious home-cooked meals every day. I also accomplish your daily household chores and yard work. I will take care of all your culinary needs and customize a meal plan that meets and ultimately exceeds your expectations. With over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and a degree from The Culinary Institute of America, you definitely won't ever have to worry about what's for dinner. My food is absolutely delicious, and my presentations are like artworks. In between meals, I will accomplish most tasks that you may otherwise pay someone else to do, such as housecleaning, pet care, yard work, gardening, and many other things that require basic routine maintenance. I enjoy cleaning, and I have an eye for details. I will keep your home spic-and-span, organized, and aesthetically pleasing at all times. I like to decorate, and I have experience caring for antiques. I will make sure your walkways are shoveled during the winter and leaves are blown during the fall. I enjoy tending a garden and staying busy at all times. Not only will you have a great chef but you are also going to have someone who will just make your life a whole lot easier on a daily basis.

      About

      I have an extremely eclectic and dynamic culinary background. I am detail oriented, focused and professional but ultimately my goal is to enjoy what I do, enjoy working with my clients and to produce the best possible experience.

      About

      I have been making cakes and cupcakes for 20 years. I have gone to Wilton Cake Classes and have done a lot of other classes. My work abilities are backed up with experiences and knowledge. I have performed my assignments with a high degree of skill and professionalism.

      About

      I am an experienced pastry and personal chef. I make the best product with the best ingredients to the best of my abilities.

      • 4 years in business
      About

      I have over 10 years of experience in restaurant style cooking as well as multiple types of catered events with amountd ranging from 20 to 200 guests.

      About

      I can cook all of your personal or catering food needs including American, vegan, vegetarian and so much more.

      About

      From cocktail parties and wedding cakes to cooking lessons and private chef services, I can help. If you can dream it, I can cook it.

      About

      I am versed in all cuisines to make your event perfect. I am willing to travel for meet and greet and sit down to discuss options.

      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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