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Wilmington Chefs

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

JE Sweets
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Cydney G.
Verified review

First, I interviewed other chefs and perhaps they would have been as good as Jacque behind the scenes, although I doubt it, there is no way they could have been as enjoyable as she was for us. Now onto the food. To start a delicious tomato gallette that literally melted in our mouths. Mixed green salad, homemade bread. Fresh fried flounder. A light dusting of breading that enhanced the fish, not overwhelmed it. It was served with a stunning saffron risotto and asparagus. Make sure you ask for one of her signature desserts. We ended the meal with a phenomenal chocolate bomb with fresh raspberries, raspberry coulis and whipped cream. Oh and in the blink of an eye our kitchen was spotless. We only wish she was in NC so we didn't have to wait until next year! Merci Jacque!

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Private Executive Chef
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda A.
Verified review

Matt did a great job and showed us a great experience. If you are looking for a great chef with a great personality Matt is your best option. Some of the best crab cakes I have had!

Anna Masteller Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Michele T.
Verified review

Anna Masteller is a gifted chef who can create delicious healthful and plentiful menus. She is also a professional; a stellar communicator, responsble and she will get the job done. She is a complete joy to work with and just wait until you taste her AMAZING food! She is my top choice for events!

Sandy Marie
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Tamara F.
    Verified review

    I have ordered several specialty baked good items from Danielle and all of them were to die for! My favorite was the red velvet multi-layer cream cheese cake that she made for my nephew's birthday and it was like no other and was a complete hit. Her cakes, cookies, cupcakes and pancakes are all wonderful and everything is made with love. Baker, Chef, Wife, Mother and U.S. Marine Veteran! If you have an opportunity to order anything from Danielle you will not be disappointed!

    Omelets with Ben
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    Pam H.
    Verified review

    Ben is an excellent chef. I look forward to everything he creates!

    About

    From our wide range of offerings, we would love to tailor make your menu for your event or help you choose from our "tried and true." We have both a food truck and are able to cater on site and can provide a range of services including servers, bartenders, buffet and plated service, etc. Our food is fresh and flavorful, simple and elegant.

    About

    I do on- and off-site catering. I am experienced in all cuisines. I cater to events ranging in size, from 1-1000. I am a CIA graduate, serve safe certified.

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    I am willing to cook for as many as 50 to 100 people, many types of cooking styles and with a great knowledge of allergy awareness. I have 25 years of background and have been a chef for numerous large companies. I am currently working at UNCW so background is clean.

    • 2 years in business
    About

    Gully2gully catering service stands out due to the fact we provide wide variety of foods from across the region to your front door.

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    I cook great foods, mainly meats seasoned to perfection, and great-seasoned veggies. Turkeys will also be fried elegantly.

    About

    I provide in-home chef service for up to 50 Guest. My specialties include: * Personal Grocery Shopping (Weekly) * Intimate Dinner Parties * Cocktail Parties * Bridal/Baby Showers * Garden Parties * Small Receptions * Brunch I am serving Wilmington, Figure 8 Island, Landfall, Wrightsville Beach and the surrounding areas. I am a trained, seasoned professional, and my promise to you is to deliver fresh ideas, delicious and creatively displayed culinary creations to your table. My cookery consist of only the finest and freshest ingredients available, therefore I utilize my local fish markets, seasonal-produce stands, organic markets, farmers markets and the likes. All sauces are made from scratch, and if I can't find it fresh, I don't cook it! I look forward to meeting you and in presenting you and your guests with a wonderfully intimate culinary experience! Please visit my website for more information and to contact me directly. Once you are at my website you can view sample menus and find all of my contact information. Feast down east! Chef Christa

    About

    I teach healthy cooking and use fresh seasonal foods. My expertise is in fresh and healthy cooking. From simple dressing, steam methods, saute, and oven cooking. I was trained in San Francisco, California and have experienced many types of cuisine cooking.

    About

    From the homes and events of our friends in Eastern Carolina, we bring a personal touch to the fine dining experience. We specialize in making chef-prepared meals accessible to our diners from the comfort of their homes. From preparing meals for a busy work week, to catering special events, our team works with each client to create a personalized menu that works for their unique needs.

    • 18 years in business
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    Chef Christopher catering has the culinary experience that provides an exceptional meal at a affordable cost .

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    At the Chef In, you can get the best in culinary cuisine at an affordable price. The food you see on the food networks can be recreate at your home. From baby shower to family reunion. We can help you with your needs.

    About

    I cook and cater to any type of party, wedding or function. I have 24 years of experience in this business and I enjoy it. Send me an email for more information.

    • 29 years in business
    About

    Culinary Instituteof America grad, 1967. Formal and informal catering of all types

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    Let me do the cooking for you. Impeccable attitude and work ethic. Retired US NAVY.

    • 12 years in business
    About

    Chef Now provides personal chefs, catering, bartending, event planning and party setup for private and corporate events. We also do weekly meal planning and cooking for families or individuals in need of our expert service. We have an excellent reputation, and I love to keep pleasing existing and new clients with our personal touch.

    About

    Emily is a personal chef based out of Wilmington, NC. She provides various personal chef services to meet your family's needs. Personal chef services allow you to save valuable time and provide yourself and your family with fresh, healthy meals.

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    I am able to teach culinary skills to adults or children. I can also make cakes, preferably wedding cakes, or be a personal chef.

    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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