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Hickory Chefs

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

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Personal Chef to the Stars
5.0
from 109 reviews
  • 45 years in business
  • 154 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura P.
Verified review

Chef Tyler and his team catered my mother's 70th birthday luncheon at my home for 40 guests. It was a wonderful event and the food was the highlight by far. The guests raved over the variety of the menu and how wonderful everything tasted. This was the first time I used Thumbtack and I was pleased that it all went so smoothly. Chef Tyler spoke with me about my initial thoughts on the event and about my mother and then created a menu that was spot on to what I was hoping to create. His team arrived promptly on the appointed day and got to work in my kitchen to prepare all the food fresh (and then his sous chefs helped serve as well). Not only was the food fantastic, but my kitchen was spotless when they left. There was a bit of a mix-up over my leftovers and when I reached out to Tyler he ameliorated the situation within the hour. I really enjoyed this experience of working with Tyler and I am hoping to hire him again for another milestone celebration later this year.

  • 13 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlyn O.
Verified review

Chef Sylvia was a highlight of a weekend celebrating a bride-to-be in the mountains! She was easy to communicate with via email or phone, had helpful suggestions of menu, arrived early and was so nice to work with. Her food was delicious, worked with dietary requirements of the group, and left the kitchen sparkling clean! Also, her whole process was flawless from beginning to end and very affordable. We will certainly use Chef Sylvia again when we are back in the Asheville area! Thank you!

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Edible Palette
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike F.
Verified review

Chef Devonte did a tremendous job. It was such a fun and memorable night. The food was amazing, and he was such a pleasure to be around (he gave us cooking tips, answered all of our questions -- and there plenty-- and was just a true pro). I recommend him highly ... in fact, we already hired him for another birthday dinner.

Epps Bistro
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick C.
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The food is absolutely amazing!! Chef Epps always goes above and beyond to provide an excellent overall experience!! He came highly recommended and truly exceeds expectations eveytime!!

Divine Cultural Cuisine
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Nicky T.
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First of all, the chef was amazing and the food oh my was Phenomenal!!!

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Cooking With Joya LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Taylor M.
Verified review

I am SO glad I chose to hire Joya to be the private chef at my event. She cooked 5 meals for us + snacks all vegan. Not everyone at the event was vegan but everyone found ALL the meals delicious which was amazing. She was one time and on schedule for everything, so sweet, put a lot of love into her food/work and I truly hope to work with her again in the future. If you are thinking about hiring Joya definitely do it! You will not regret it.

CharlottesPrivateChef
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie R.
Verified review

Chef Jamarr is awesome! We worked together long distance and everything came together perfectly...even in a venue that neither one of us had seen until the day of the event! Very professional, reasonable and personable. Great clean up, too. The food was delicious! All of the guests commented on how nice it was. A fabulous turnkey vendor!

  • 5 years in business
Millions M.
Verified review

Chef Brian with Notarized Catering is one of the most upscale professional chefs. His menu is diversified by offering items that can captures the gluten free community. It was defiantly a pleasure meeting Chef Brian. Good luck on future endeavors.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Beth S.
Verified review

My daughter has many allergies and intolerances, and Monique was extremely dedicated to creating exactly what we wanted to be able to have a beautiful and delicious cake for her! She was professional, responsive, and completely dependable!

Chef Margo Page
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kip M.
Verified review

Every year we ask Chef Margo to bake my sons birthday cake. He has severe food allergies and Margo is above and beyond attentive to ensuring his cake is safe for him to eat and delicious!!! I would recommend Chef Margo anytime!

A Taste For... LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Anton R.
Verified review

The Chef is young but presents herself with professionalism and the display of food is very picture perfect, makes you not even want to eat it or ruin the look. I was amazed by the personally and punctuality but overall the taste and quality of the food.. Would book again. Would highly recommend !!!

Sara F.
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I've attended several beer dinners that Meredith was the head chef for and I can't speak highly enough of her! The flavors of each course were clearly thought out and went perfectly with each beer. The events were organized, the presentation was excellent and Meredith always took the time to speak to her menu and why she chose it as well as answer any questions. She is very knowledgeable and has a passion for what she does and that is evident when attending one of her events.

Chef Escoffery
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Monique T.
Verified review

Chef Escoffery provided my group with an awesome menu for my event. Everything was beautifully displayed and tasted absolutely delicious. Your number is officially locked in my phone as well as a few of my guests. Thank you for your professionalism and great food.

  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jamir W.
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Jamir is a greaaaat Chef!!! He cooked for me and my husband for our anniversary and the food was on point!!!! Definitely recommend!!!

Gardner's Eden, Chef Stan
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Heather S.
Verified review

As an owner of vacation and corporate rentals I have recommended Stan Gardner for catering to guests during their stay. He works with the guests to create a personal meal or meals during their stay. I have received rave reviews on everything. His meals are tasteful, unique, and affordable. The guests appreciate the health conscience ways he prepares the meals and his presentation is always impeccable. He personalizes the meals for each guest during their vacations from picnic type lunches during the summer to Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts during the holidays. I would highly recommend Mr. Gardner as a personal chef for a small family gathering or a large party. Heather Stout; owner/manager ALTA & Windy Pointe Rentals www.vrbo.com/296202 www.vrbo.com/351093

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I specialize in all types of cooking for catering. I offer specialized menus. I have a high-end culinary background. I can teach you the basics of knife skills through cooking gourmet high-end dinners.

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Unique flavor profiles, kitchen flare, and elegant plating will make a meal experience you will remember always. I am a freelance personal chef. If you have an event or small party you would like planned or a cooking lesson, I would love to talk over what you would like. A great majority of the work would take place at your home or venue, so you can watch the meal unfold, or be free to entertain.

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I'm a personal chef in the Charlotte area. I offer an elegant, yet simple twist on classic and my own dishes. Simple foods are elevated. I'm the one for you!

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I am a professional chef and pastry chef. I have worked and studied in Ireland, specializing in Mediterranean and European cuisine. I love making fresh, delicious dishes that have sensational flavor. Cooking is my passion, and it shows through every dish I create.

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I am a personal chef with experience in Four Diamond restaurants and James Beard award-winning restaurants. I am a local.

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I have twenty years experience in fine dining restaurants I have worked from NY to NC please see recent reviews from the Glendale Springs Inn and restaurant , on trip adviser I have had the pleasure to cook for two presidents, and as pastry chef for the much celebrated nick and tonis Teaching people how easy it is to cook, or I can come to your residence and take care of your next dinner party

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.

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.

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.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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