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Clifton Chefs

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

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 134 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 221 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine Y.
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"This was the best food!" EVERYONE Ellen catered to for our dinner last evening could not get over how delicious their meals were. There are not enough words of gratitude I can share with her or any of you who are considering to hire her for your event. Ellen is concise when reaching out with her menus, her menus are organized by cuisine (making it easy to discuss), her response time is excellent, there are no hidden last minute charges, she shows up at the agreed time, is able to work in a challenging kitchen (we are in an office with a no flame policy and she made do with sternos), her food presentation is attractive and appetizing, and she is an absolute gem to work with. I have been in the food and beverage industry for 20 years, worked with many many chefs and Ellen is the real deal. Our group was falling behind and dinner service was delayed by close to 45 minutes. She made sure the main courses were still hot and of the best integrity, which is difficult to do when serving poultry and fish. Everything was seasoned beautifully with a variety of flavors with each course. Truly, the whole experience was magical and I can't wait to work with her again. Thank you so much Ellen!

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

Perfect! I requested catering services very last minute since my previous caterer canceled and Chef chris came to my rescue! He was so helpful and accommodating and I felt relieved the second I spoke with him. The event was flawless and It was a blessing in disguise that the previous caterer canceled because I got to experience NY Catering Service. Can’t wait to do this again. Thanks!!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 76 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Mara K.
Verified review

Lauren and her team did an excellent job for my Manhattan cocktail party last evening. The wait staff, bar tending and chef team were friendly, professional flexible and provided outstanding service. Lauren's food was quite delicious with many guests commenting on the quality and her cheese, charcuterie, crudite display was out of this world. Lauren was very easy to deal with, accomodating and I would thoroughly recommend her for any crow for the most discerning of crowds.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina L.
Verified review

From the very start, Chef Tamara and partner Josh provided outstanding customer service! Presentation for the tasting was mouth watering and every bit a delectable treat. Chef Tamara is a true talent and a joy to collaborate with. The serving staff were very friendly and accommodating. I highly recommend Amoraco!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gianfranco F.
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A perfect experience. I would recommend these chefs to anyone. I used it for a 1 year wedding anniversary and absolutely loved it. Don't think twice at hiring these guy!

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  • 68 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
Verified review

This was a special dinner for two. Everything from start to finish was perfection. Steve (our chef) was friendly, talented, and thoughtful. I can't recommend this experience highly enough.

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Manjar Boutique Catering
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha K.
Verified review

Adolfo helped us with an intimate anniversary party. He was incredibly helpful and supportive as we planned the gathering and I was in another state. He and his employee arrived early to set up, were courteous, friendly, and flexible and left the place cleaner than when they arrived. Our guests raved about the food and we all had a wonderful celebration.

Melissa D'Elia
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Chris R.
Verified review

Chef Melissa hosted my mother’s 70th dinner. The meal was obviously excellent but she was an absolute pleasure to deal with. She was very helpful creating a special menu that satisfies all the vegans and meat eaters in my family. She was so good with the kids my daughter regularly asks when we will see her again.

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer O.
Verified review

Best experience ever. We needed a bartender for a private birthday party I was organizing for my boss and took a chance on hiring HighLife. Not only did we get a bartender but we got Tyler himself - the owner of HighLife. He was amazing. Our chef we hired from a different company was a disaster and Tyler took it upon himself to help serve the meals, set the tables with wine glasses, pour water/wine throughout dinner, not to mention making the best margaritas on the planet. Extremely reasonable prices with top notch service that is so hard to find these days. Next party I organize I will simply call Tyler. Whether I need a bartender, chef, catering, etc - HighLife will be my only phone call. Thanks for everything!

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Chef Aless
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Allison R.
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Amazing meal and easy to work with. I have hired many chefs but Aless was one of the best. All my guests were impressed.

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Kalpana B.
Verified review

Alana put together a wonderful dinner for my father in law's 70th birthday. Each course was beautifully laid out and delicious. She also made a wonderfully unique cocktail to start off the festivities. She works very hard, has a lovely and calm demeanor during all of her prep and even found time to chat with our kids. Only area for improvement is a suggestion of proactive communication leading up to event, but otherwise, everything went really well.

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tracy D.
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Phenomena experience! My husband and i hired chef Greg to cook for our anniversary dinner. Super service. Food was delicious!

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
George H.
Verified review

Peter is not only a very talented chef, but also a lovely man and a pleasure to be around. Peter has prepared meals for myself and my family regularly over the last year and has been a huge success with us all. I unreservedly recommend anyone to try Peter's excellent work. You will be extremely happy. :)

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  • 9 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Scott K.
Verified review

Melissa was great. We had an in-depth conversation up front about our dietary restrictions including a shellfish allergy, a gluten sensitivity, and a dairy sensitivity within our party. Overall, we were aiming for a vegan meal. She worked with us and gave us multiple suggestions on dinner options based on our likes and dislikes. She even came by the house to provide samples of her dishes before the event. The night of the event, she did a great job executing appetizers, dinner, and dessert. The food was delicious and she left our kitchen in better shape than she found. I highly recommend Melissa as your next personal chef!

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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
Sushma B.
Verified review

Awesome Chef. I love it when people show up on time. Chef Francis gave us a perfect evening at the luxury of our own home. Great food, very very tasty. I would like to use him for more events soon. thank you for everything Chef.

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Now That Was A Great Party
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shamin H.
Verified review

Doris and her staff did an OUTSTANDING job making sure that my 40th birthday party was perfect!! From the time we met and discussed my vision I felt comfortable in knowing that she would be able to see things through. Anytime I contacted Doris with questions, concern, or suggestions she was available to assist me. On the evening of my party Doris and her staff worked effortlessly to decorate and set up my venue. Everything came together just as I imagined. The food was so SUPERB that many of my guest still rave about how tasty It was. Every one left saying "NOW THAT WAS A GREAT PARTY"!! Thank you again to Doris and her staff for making my 40th Birthday Party one that myself and guest will never forget.

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Make my Pastry, LLC
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chef Pearl is so talented! The cake was breath-taking. We didn't even want to cut into it. We requested west indian black cake. I didn't know what design/look to go with. Chef Pearl paid attention to my description of the dress and the feel I was going for and sent several beautiful inspiration photos of her previous designs. She came up with something that was unique, romantic, and perfect for us! The cake was absolutely delicious. It was moist, the icing was perfect, and everyone loved it. Chef Pearl accommodated us when we changed the dates and needed it much sooner. She delivered directly to the venue and packaged it so it would not be damaged. The owner of the restaurant had a slice and was really impressed. If you don't have time for a tasting and don't want to worry about getting the decorations right, you just wish you could order it and know it will be perfect when it arrives- stop stressing yourself out looking around for a baker and hire Chef Pearl asap. You get the whole package (design *and* flavor) and her prices are more reasonable than anyone else. She communicated with me by text, phone, and email, and worked around our schedules.

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Musi Q.
Verified review

JP catered a party for us of about 40 adults and 20 kids and we had a great experience working with him - highly recommend his services! He was responsive and flexible during the planning phase, able to modify his gameplan day-of when our rooftop venue got rained out :( and prepped and served the food efficiently, beautifully and notably, without needing anything from us as hosts, letting us truly enjoy the party. On top of all that, all the guests loved the food itself and several have inquired about contacting JP for their own events. I’m happy to make those connections because JP is truly a great chef and a consummate professional!

Sarah's Breakfast & Brunches
4.6
from 17 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra J.
Verified review

Chef Robert, besides being a famtastic business man, is a great chef! The food arrived on time, was plentiful and quite tasty. He was extreme easy to work with and accommodating. He exceeded the expectations. Price was excellent and quality outstanding. Thank you

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Chef Nirva Llorca LLC
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jose C.
Verified review

Chef Nirva catered a small engagement for my staff of 15 for a brunch party. Nirva curated a special menu designed on everything I enjoyed in a brunch event. One of my favorites was the homemade French toast with a nice brioche bread and topped them off with fresh passion fruit and strawberry reduction. She also provided a fresh egg station, where she had a fresh egg station from fried and scrambled eggs, but I really enjoyed her omelette with spinach. Overall my experience was excellent from her attention to detail, presentation, and friendliness.

JG Chef Services, Inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melissa S.
Verified review

John is a terrific chef. He helped marvelous food and helped to create a magical evening.

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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