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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy P.
Verified review

Chris catered a dinner party at my apartment and everything was top notch. He arrived promptly, had enough time to get organized before the guests arrived, and looked very professional. The presentation of the food was as delicious as it tasted. My friend helped organize the menu and every course was more delicious than the next. I look forward to having him caterer more frequently, as well as teach cooking classes. Chris' professionalism and attentiveness was incredible. Thank you again for a wonderful evening!

  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren K.
Verified review

My private cooking lesson with Erika was amazing! We spoke in advance about what type of meals I normally cook and what I wanted to work on. Erika really was such a pleasure to work with. She focused more on making me comfortable in my own kitchen and using different ingredients rather than harping on knife skills. I was blown away by how great everything turned out - restaurant quality food that I can actually cook again on my own in my kitchen!

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.9
from 50 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Dana W.
Verified review

As someone who is obsessed with food, I know good from mediocre, and mediocre from just plain bad. I am also someone has ZERO capacity to cook for more than, like, 1-2 people at a time…tops 4….but I happen to have a big extended family and group of friends that LOVES to entertain and BE entertained. So, on one hand it’s great because it gives me LOTS of excuses to eat wonderful food to my heart’s content (yay cheat days!); on the other hand, I have panic attacks just THINKING about preparing for one of these parties in terms of planning menus, figuring out what and how much stuff to make, shopping, prepping, cooking, cleaning, etc My heart is actually starting to race right now just WRITING about it!!! However, about 7 years ago, I found my secret weapon. I was at an event my old job was hosting, and the food was AMAZING and so creative and delicious. The theme was gourmet comfort food, and I’ll never forget it because I LOVE comfort food, and the dishes they served at the event were such cool, delicious, creative versions of some of my favorites. I was in the restroom at some point fixing my make-up, and a Chef Alana happened to be at the sink as well. We just started chatting and I liked her instantly. She has such a great energy that you will notice right away when you meet her (and you SHOULD meet her!) As it happened, I was in the beginning stages of planning a holiday party with my sister, and we were tying to decide what to do about food. When I mentioned this to Chef Alana, she immediately threw like 3 great potential ideas at me!!! We exchanged info and I contacted her the next day. We talked about the details of the party, the types of guests they would be there, particular tastes, requirements, special dietary needs of some of the guests, etc. and she said she'd whip up a proposal and get back to me. Two days later she sent me an EPIC menu, layout of how she and her staff would work, breakdown of her price and some great tips as well! I hired her the second I was finished reading....and the rest is history. Chef Alana and her staff have done every single event I have ever needed catered,since then, as well as many for people I have referred her to. On a totally opposite note from being an obsessed foodie and big entertainer/entertainee, I happen to also be a former figure competitor (a category in the bodybuilding world). Now, while I don’t seek out the healthiest dishes when planning a party or family gathering, Chef Alana’s food almost always can be considered “healthy” in that she only uses the freshest ingredients and every single element of every dish is homemade. She skimps on NOTHING in terms of quality, freshness and authenticity. But I digress. The real point I was about to make is that for the two years I was competing, I hired Chef Alana to do all of my meal prepping and delivery. We thoroughly discussed my needs and preferences — which were VERY picky and obnoxious — and she NAILED it every single week. The amount of time and frustration she saved me during that already-stressful time was PRICELESS. I refer all of my friends and family to Chef Alana and her Most Wanted Chef staff any chance I get. She is that good. I actually hate making recommendations to people on services and products, etc. in case things don’t go well and then I’d feel responsible. In all honesty, though, I NEVER hesitate to recommend Chef Alana/Most Wanted Chef, and I will continue to tout her services and UTILIZE her services every chance I get. Do yourself a favor if you have ANY need for a caterer or a private chef - reach out to Chef Alana, be prepared to be blown away, and see why she really is the Most Wanted Chef.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allyson M.
Verified review

via Melissa, or "Chef Melissa" as we call her, exceeded our expectations! We took her from her usual route of healthy food and asked her to run a cooking class so that children with Celiac Disease could make and enjoy cupcakes on the morning of Super Bowl Sunday. She was really flexible and provided what felt and looked like "regular" cupcakes but modified for strict gluten-free compliance and somehow they were a little healthy too! All natural. even organic and dairy-free where possible. The ages of children who attended ranged from 4-12 and she worked really well with everyone! She set up before we (event organizers) arrived and had a friendly helper with her. They were professional but the kids related to them very well. The parents were all pleased and her rate was really reasonable! Our support group doesn't make any money from events like this, parents paid her directly and she was accepting last-minute additions without any worries. I can't think of a single negative - in fact we'd like to work with her again this year! Oh, and she even took the work of finding a location away from us (we're 2 volunteers who run this group for our children and others). Next class, we'll go a little healthier and really take advantage of ALL that via Melissa has to offer our kids! :) Oh, and she's even sending us kid-friendly, healthy and gluten-free recipes for us to share with the families in our group! She really goes above and beyond!

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea T.
Verified review

Chef Greg and his staff did a great job cooking for our event! The food was great and our guests really enjoyed it!

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Mendham Kitchen to Table
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia J.
Verified review

I had arranged Francis to cook for a family dinner as a nice gift and everyone was very happy with the whole dinner! They only had positive feedback and they were thrilled to have him. He was on time and professional, not to mention the great 4-course meal. I would highly recommend to anyone as a treat for themselves or as a nice gesture/gift to someone else! My parents wanted to book him again right away for Saturday and unfortunately he was already booked. Thank you for doing such a great job for my family! Highly recommend.

Serve M.E. Now
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle L.
Verified review

Chef Flo was invited to my apartment for a surprise birthday dinner. To be honest, I wasn't really expecting much - but boy, oh boy, were we in for a treat!! Florvil Chef Flo Valdez fed us the best poached shrimp salad (I've ever had), the best chicken florentine (I've ever had) and a chocolate mousse creme brulee (I've ever had)!!! From the crushing of the pistachios to the torching of the mousse, you can see first hand that Chef Flo pours his love into his cooking. It's an awesome experience all around - to witness the magic happen, to be served by him and to experience it first hand! It was truly an once in a lifetime opportunity. I would LOVE to host dinner parties, maybe even cooking classes with Chef Flo in the future. He left a lasting impression and even inspired us to become chefs ourselves. In fact, I tried replicating his chicken florentine the following day but I'll save that story for another time. If you are thinking about booking Chef Flo, there's nothing to think about, just do it. Not for a second will you regret it! Thank you Chef Flo for such an amazing experience. BON APPETITE!

Dee-Lish..... registered LLC
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Michele K.
Verified review

Dena is my new go to chef. I had her at my home for 2 private dinners. She is very professional and made my guest presentation over the top. She also makes meals for the week if needed. She is on my speed dial.

The Burly Hen
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy H.
Verified review

Jennifer was prompt in her response to my inquiry about a holiday meal/cooking class, creative in coming up with solutions to meet our family member's dietary constraints, and very easy to work with in planning the menu. Her prices are very reasonable! The food was very good and we had fun watching and helping a bit with the preparation. We would recommend her.

Clarendon Cuisines LLC
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
William P.
Verified review

did a cooking class with the chef. He seemed very knowledgeable about technique and quality. He explained everything clearly. Me and my girlfriend had a great time learning how to make new dishes that we still use till this day. Chef Christopher is awesome!

The Urban Larder
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Laura P.
Verified review

I was fortunate to experience a Thanksgiving Dinner that Alex prepared for a small group of friends. The pumpkin pie and homemade whipped cream were out of this world. The pie was the most delicious pumpkin pie that I have ever tasted. Not to mention, the stuffing, the jalapeño creamed corn and the mac n cheese (just to name of few of the dishes that she served). After my Thanksgiving experience, I hired Alex to cook a dinner for 4 people on a Saturday night. She prepared a steak dinner with a miso butter sauce, roasted sweet potato wedges and sautéed bok choy. The steak was cooked perfectly medium rare and the miso butter sauce melted in your mouth. My steak standards are pretty high and I might even go so far as to say I enjoyed it more than going to the Palm. Alex's cooking is a delightful experience and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for home dinner party chef or preparing pre-cooked meals for the week. Even Alex's homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese are delectable. The range of her capabilities is infinite.

  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Mitch M.
Verified review

Private Cooking class. Lauren was unbelievable re response time, energy and professionalism. We've yet to take the class but know if it's half the initial experience it will be well worth the money.

Chef Leo Aragão
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Veronika S.
Verified review

I hired Leo for my birthday dinner and he was fantastic. He is an excellent chef, came up with an great menu and my dinner party guests raved about him all evening long. He even did the dishes! I would highly recommend him.

Brendan Spieth
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Andy C.
Verified review

One of the best private chef experiences we’ve ever had. Not only was Brendan a great chef, but he was so knowledgeable about the ingredients he was using and passionate about what he was cooking. We Highly reccomend Brendan!!!

HudsonChef
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melanie R.
Verified review

My husband hired Gustavo to come and cook for us and another couple coming in from far away we haven't seen in many years. We didn't want to worry about cooking and really wanted to catch up with our friends. Gus had great communication with us before the event ensuring we would be getting everything we wanted. Even though we wanted a very simple meal, Gus made sure to make it extra special for us. It even turned into an impromptu mini cooking class as we all crowded around him asking questions about the food. It was a great experience and will definitely keep him in mind for future events.

Conscious Chef
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Emily R.
Verified review

I have struggled with food my entire life. For me, believe it or not, I never really loved to eat, and didn’t know what to look for in a good meal. And as a woman, we take care of our skin, our hair, our bodies... but the digestive system carries all the "weight" of daily activities. After working with Chef Kiele, everything changed. She helped kickstart a deep nutritional change for me, the way I thought about food, and the way my body processed food. And the big bonus - I learned how to cook amazing meals, all on my own, without any prior cooking knowledge or experience! Her private cooking lessons felt like an awakening to the necessity of eating right, on more of a soul level. I connect with food, my body, and my health in a whole new way, that is definitely a life-long change and investment.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michelle H.
Verified review

We had a private party at our home in Mt. Bethal Pennsylvannia. We hired Richard Sutton cause we heard of his remarkable reputation as being a "cut above the rest". The cost was worth every penny. We have had similar high end parties before and only experienced disappointment with other personal chef's and catering companies. I truly believe I struck gold when we found someone that could meet all our needs, listen to exactly what we wanted and could deliver the results. Not only was the food delicious, unique and cooked to perfection he took the time to teach us a couple tricks of the trade along the way. He was professional and left our home clean.

FlavorMaster Inc.
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Jared S.
    Verified review

    Great chef!!! Was hired on several occasions for private cooking lessons for advanced culinary skill instruction. Plan on using him again in the future for private dinner parties as well as more advanced culinary lessons.

    Tiny Turnips Kitchen
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Nora W.
    Verified review

    Andrea was really nice and had prepared everything perfectly. We had a great cooking class and enjoyed all the food and wine a lot

    Japanese Cooking Studio

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      We offer sushi, miso marinated cod, beef tataki with yuzu sauce, sake marinated grilled shrimp, and much more! Are you hungry yet? Japanese Cooking Studio caters memorable Japanese cocktail foods to full course meal for your special occasions. We can mix east and west dishes to make sure all your guests are happy and enjoy our food. We also private cooking class for your next party! Chef will come to your place and teach you how to make sushi to ramen noodle. Tell us what you like to eat and cook, then we will teach you. The chef was trained at Le Bernardine, Nobu, Starr Boggs, Annemarie's Dining (former private chef to Jackie Kennedy) and other high-end restaurants and catering companies.

      Cynthia's Cooking Class

      New To Thumbtack

      • 31 years in business
      About

      I've been cooking for almost 30 years. I can teach you anything you want to know. I watch Food Network 24/7. At home, I'm in the kitchen all the time. My pricing is reasonable, and I can make you a whole meal.

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      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.

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