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Lansing Home Chefs

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The Freelance Chef LLC.
from 94 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Michele G.
Verified review

Delicious,Wonderful, Professional !!!!!!!!! Where do I begin? I found Chef Michael through a google search and after talking to multiple Chefs, Chef Michael by far was the most personable. He was extremely professional, and helpful in helping me plan a surprise birthday dinner for my husband. The party was for eight people and some very picky eaters. He helped pick foods that were advance but not to advance for my picky eaters. We started with 3 appetizers, all were amazing but definitely have him make his fresh tomato soup.....(It's heavenly), then it was a salad with candied walnuts , watermelon, fresh mixed greens and homemade dressing, for dinner we had Angus Prime Rib, real deal homemade horseradish sauce which my husband said just the right amount of kick, and cooked to perfection! with a wine reduction, spinach, roasted garlic potatoes, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and fresh homemade rolls and for dessert (my 2nd favorite of the of the night) was a flourless chocolate cake with a fresh fruit glaze and fresh berries (everyone stopped talking and all you heard was mmm, yumm, omg until the plates were emptied), Chef Michael paired the perfect wine selection for each course. He was fun, friendly, and professional, all my guest loved him. Chef Michael showed me the labels so I was assured everything was organic and as he promised. He was up front on everything. He even let me taste test while he was cooking. His assistant / waiter for the night was Justin who was equally professional, friendly, and fast on his feet to serve us dinner and kept the drinks flowing. The presentation was equally beautiful, and very carefully done. After dinner was over Chef Michael, and Justin packed all the food up in left over containers, did all dishes, cleaned the stove and all counter tops. He will be my go to Chef from now on. I cannot recommend him enough. If you want delicious food, and a friendly, fun Chef who knows what he is doing hire Chef Michael. Thank you so much Chef Michael for a stress free night. Michele G.

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  • 16 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Noreen G.
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We first used Chef Cathy when my husband had surgery and was out of commission. With caring for the family and working full time I needed help. Chef Cathy came to my rescue. She worked with my family to come up with a menu of healthy meals that we received each week. I was so pleased with the fresh selection of healthy choices delivered and how easy it was to get dinner on the table. The best part was my family absolutely loved every dinner she prepared. Quite a feat with finicky kids! Since that time we have called on Chef Cathy for family meals and my daughters graduation party. I still receive compliments from friends and family on the tasty selection of foods served. I can't wait to see what she prepares for our next graduation party. If you are looking for an experienced chef who is passionate about serving fresh, healthy, delicious food tailored to your tastes we highly recommend you give her a call.

  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda K.
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Tammy is an amazing chef. All of her food is excellent and always fresh.

Donna B.
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I have personally worked with Chef Bussolino for many years at The Art Institute. Chef Bussolino is one of the finest chefs I've worked with in my 36 years of being in the hospitality industry. Chef Bussolino's creativity, passion and thorough knowledge of the culinary industry is second to none. He is extremely well respected and loved by all. When Chef Bussolino has a special event to cater, I guarantee it's going to be done to perfection.

The Uncommon Chef
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Verified review

He prepared stuffed peppers for a gathering of friends. He came with a variety of different flavor options including vegan. While he was preparing the food he was very personable and tried to be involved in the conversation. He seem to have a lot of variety in his cooking styles and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a unique menu for their meals for their next party

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sienna B.
Verified review

Kalie did a great job with the special dinner we catered to the providers in our office! Serving them a nice lunch allowed them to step away from patient care for 1hour and enjoy the wonderful meal prepared for them! The meal was not only delicious but absolutely beautiful presentation! I will absolutely be using her for future events! Thank you so much!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack

Personal Chef Service We offer personal chef services for intimate dinner parties, gatherings small and large; cooking classes for individuals, couples or girl's nights out or wine & dinner pairings. This venture has afforded me the opportunity to create personal cuisines in many homes throughout Michigan, providing unique dining experiences. My personal favorite personal chef experience is the Romantic Dinner. I thrive when designing a special menu of favorites with clients to celebrate a special event, such as engagement proposal or an anniversary celebration. The menu options are endless... My Cadillac chef option involves an elite personal service which help couples reclaim the magic which brought them together or that their busy everyday lives have hidden. I always say, It's the ability to enjoy the simple pleasures in life that's important." The culinary couple's vacation weekend brings a unique combination of great food, world class wines, new friends and unforgettable dream locations all over the United States to together in one place

CCC Davan's Catering
from 1 review
    James T.
    Verified review

    We want to thank Davan's Catering for making my mother's 90th birthday party a great success. All of the guest raved about the food and how fresh and tasty it was. It was so great you providing all the serving spoons and dishes it left us time to enjoy the day and not worry about things like that. everyone that we dealt with at your company was friendly and always so helpful. We don't come from the Jackson area so we took a chance on your company you did not disappoint we were pleased with everything you did and would recommend you to other's. Thank you once again for helping to make this day one where we could enjoy family and leave the good home cooking to Davan's... Sincerely the Trubak family


    I am a personal, private and tour chef able to provide intimate or family-style meals. I am healthy, wholesome, professional and caring.

    • 4 years in business

    My work stands out from others because I flavor profile extremely well. 100% of my food is made from scratch. I don't believe in serving pre-made food out of a box or can. All of my food is created with aromatics in mind, visuals to stimulate your senses and a taste that will have you wiggling your toes with every bite.


    Looking for that special cake to compliment your special occasion? Wedding, shower, anniversary, birthday, theme party or a fancy dessert? Give me your ideas and I will create a one-of-a-kind cake that will be the focal point of your event. All flavors, and all styles at a price you can afford. ' Have expanded our business to inlude catering for all types of events-weddings showers birthday parties family reunion------------indoors or out, big or small, fancy or simple Give me your ideas and I will create a menu that will complimet your event and fit within your budget Contact me through Thumbtack today. John


    I am a fully qualified professional chef available for hire for private dining experiences and/or restaurants requiring temporary cover and assistance in the kitchen. I have experience providing consultation for underperforming restaurants in addition to extensive experience organizing and leading large catering functions. My specialty areas of cuisine are European: French, Italian, Spanish, traditional Irish and British foods.

    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    i provide tasty, locally sourced food, as available, and can accommodate all dietary restrictions and lifestyles.


    We do everything from simple cookouts to exotic dinner parties. J.R. Williams can handle all of your medium-sized events. We privately consult to Metro Detroit restaurants for menu items as well as staff training techniques. We will also give cooking classes either privately or in groups for a phenomenal rate.


    Provides tips and insight for all culinary services.

    • 3 years in business

    I'm personal, every customer is special,not one customer is the same.

    • 7 years in business

    I do charcter cakes not just square or round can do buttercream n whipped icing


    We are providing in-home personal chef services to individuals and families based on dietary and nutritional needs.


    All dishes are made with soul ,love and quality service and ingredients


    I provide gourmet meal planning and preparation at non-gourmet cost. I can plan and cook for 1-500 people. No event is too big. No event is too small.

    • 5 years in business

    We are a small team with personal service

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    How much do private cooking lessons cost?

    You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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