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My company hired Ellen to prepare a breakfast spread for a client meeting we were having last week, 20 people total. Ellen was fantastic, she went above and beyond our expectations and the food she served was delicious. Everyone was very happy with how it turned out, we would absolutely recommend Ellen for any personal chef needs!
Bad boy celebrity chef Chris Nirschell is a rising star! My co-hostess and I hired Chris to be the personal chef for a small very select social group in NYC. The food was delectable, mouth watering and fabulous! His butternut squash? Puree based, no cream? It was wonderful. We also had a wonderful fall harvest salad and wild caught salmon as the entree. All (again) simply mouth watering! The last course was a mango fosters. Almond gelato and homemade whipped cream. Sweet and light. We had a wine pairing with all four courses. Chris plated the meal with artistry; he announced and described each course and was knowledgeable about the wine with which we paired each course. We will use him again. I hope our group is grandfathered into his reasonable rates for the future!! Thank you Chef Chris!
I found Bacco Caterers on Thumbtack. I was impressed with the five stars and the reviews, so I contacted Chef Lauren to begin to see if she was the caterer for usand was she ever! Joyce and I wanted to include our friends and family in our marriage anniversary celebration in our Brooklyn home. We are novice Open House hosts and Lauren advised us re details we would never have thought of, including in our menu selections. Her staff, chef Amanda and sous chef Laura, created freshly made hors dhoeuvres in our kitchen as the party occurred, superb finger food that was varied, interesting, and delicious! People, including us, loved it. The servers Karen, Tony, and Kevin, and bartender Elroy were unobtrusively attentive and friendly to our guests. Our party took place on two floors and the yard, and the staff kept the food appearing and the empty glasses disappearing with seeming effortlessness. Many guests commented on how comfortable they made everyone feel, contributing to the general sense of joyousness. In spite of our request for no gifts, or perhaps because of it, many of our 50 guests brought flowers. As soon as I was handed the bouquets, Tony would appear and would arrange them in vases I had directed him to when flowers first arrived. I was free during the whole party to visit with my friends and family. I, who am not a party-person, enjoyed myself fully during this celebration, and I am grateful to Chef Lauren and her staff for the many ways (including a fantastic clean-up) they helped make that possible. Inez
What a great experience. This is the first time I had the personal chef experience for two. Charlie is a gentleman and an amazing cook. He let me sample some of the food before hand, also he was a great conversationalist. My boyfriend absolutely loved it. Best birthday gift ever. Will definitely use his services again.
Tamara is simply AMAZING! She is not only an extremely capable and very talented chef, but is also a consummate professional. She knew exactly the type of food that would lend itself to our organization and the event. We had nothing to worry about. Tamara catered a 300 person event for us and people are still raving about her delicious and creative food items. She is a joy to work with and helped make our Benefit an incredible success. Thank you Tamara!
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!
Do you want to know the definition of Excellence? Hire Luisa c/o De Cicco's Event Planning! I have never worked with a more professional, friendly company. Luisa has a way of catering to her client's and making them feel like they're at the top of her priority list. If you need her, drop her an E-mail and she IMMEDIATELY gets back to you. Need a personal Chef to teach you how to cook? Luisa can connect you with top of the line quality professional's that KNOW what they're doing in the kitchen. I'm currently taking lesson's from her Chef and I went from being a novice who's food was either bland, burnt and completely un-edible, to a person who can now chop, dice and make a meal so good, my family calls me asking me to cook for them again. Luisa and her staff are so friendly, so welcoming and very attentive to the needs of the client. Luisa has done a fine job in picking her staff and Im extremely happy I hired her company because it was worth every penny.
I hired Erika for a custom home cooking lesson as a Christmas gift for my girlfriend and she certainly lived up to the billing as a 5 star rated chef/instructor. From scheduling to preparing the menu and lesson to being exceedingly personable and helpful in our little kitchen, Erika was extremely professional and easy to work with from beginning to end. I would highly recommend Erika to anyone looking for either a personal chef or in-house cooking lesson. She is knowledgable about a wide range of food and cooking techniques, flexible with menu choices, a friendly and outgoing presence in the kitchen, and most importantly, she is a tremendous chef! We learned a ton, had a great time, and had plenty of leftovers that we enjoyed for a week afterwards.
Amazing meal and easy to work with. I have hired many chefs but Aless was one of the best. All my guests were impressed.
Working with Chef Martin was wonderful! Finding him was our first foray into Thumbtack - and it turned out marvelously! Having read the MANY 5-star reviews for Chef Martin/Mirabell Catering we were dubious... could he be THAT good? The answer is a resounding yes! We needed a caterer for an entirely gluten-free 4-hour open house for roughly 70 people - kids and adults. Chef Martin was swift in his response to our request for a caterer. He articulated a clear understanding of the menu needs, and how to avoid cross contamination - a BIG deal when you have celiac disease and have to live gluten free. He developed a menu offering a wide array of finger foods at a very reasonable price. By phone, we found him to be a gentleman - a rarity these days. He was professional and organized, calm and cool, affable and charming. (I had a feeling that our friends would want to hang out in the kitchen with Chef Martin and I was right!) Chef Martin arrived promptly and brought everything he needed. As he settled in - even putting us at ease as we hurried to finish readying for our guests - his waitstaff person arrived. From there, Chef Martin turned out hours of incredibly tasty, plentiful, finger food for a large and hungry crowd. Truly, everyone raved about the food throughout the party and after. And Chef Martin WAS as charming in person as he had been by phone. The kitchen was packed! Now here is the totally unexpected thing that happened with Chef Martin: whenever I walked through the kitchen in need of something, before I could say much of anything at all, it would be taken care of or I'd find what I had come in search of in my hand. Chef Martin knows events! His presence just made everything easier. I hope we will have the pleasure of working with him again. My husband and I are proud to say that we have held some great parties, but we enjoyed this party in our home more than any other. It was delightful to spend time with our guests - and to eat! It was a joy to not worry about the cooking or having to hustle about cleaning up throughout or face a terrible mess after. Chef Martin and his gracious and professional staff made our holiday open house easy for us, and a marvelously memorable event for our guests. If you need a personal chef/ caterer, Chef Martin is the man you want.
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. :)
Just paid a deposit to book Melissa for my event next weekend. Yay!!!!!! This is the 1st time I have hired a professional chef to cater for our monthly dinner party and had a lot of questions and concerns before going into it. Melissa has been extremely prompt, professional and patient in addressing all of my issues and I am really looking forward to working with her. I am confident my event will be a great success and I will be sure to post some more reviews/photos thereafter.
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!
Alana is an outstanding Chef, she is professional, committed and passionate. She created an amazing buffet-cocktail menu for our event. We recommend her as she is one of the best chef in town.
I hired the chef to go to my daughter Apt. for a special birthday and wedding Anniversary and she said the experience was great and the chef was so nice and professional she would definitely refer him to anyone who wants to have a private chef. My dealing with him to get organize with surprising my daughter was also great. Thank You chef Stinnett.
We have had Oscar cook for us on several occasions. As an overall general statement, I do not hesitate to say that his food is delicious (and my husband is a "foodie"). His ingredients are always fresh and the pride he takes in the kitchen is enviable. He was extremely accomodating to whatever need or desire we had and is flexible in everything from the choice of food, to the amount of money we wanted to spend, to his presence in our home. I would not hesitate to highly recommend Oscar to anyone interested in having a private or personal chef or catering for an occasion. He is skillfull in cooking many different types of dishes and will often surprise you in how delicious and unique he can make ordinary dishes taste out-of-this-world. We will definitely have him back soon.
Tara is fantastic! She catered an event for me at the Anthropologie Store in Short Hills. From start to finish she was extremely professional. She suggested menu items based on my theme for the event and then customized them for our esthetic. Not only did everything look good it tasted amazing. Our customers in Short HIlls, NJ have a very sophisticated palette and they raved about the food. I would certainly use Tara again for any event we would have in the store big or small. She is a talented chef, professional and easy to work with. Jennifer Burnley, Personal Stylist and Event Planner, Anthropologie
We had Chef Dave here for my fiancee's 60th birthday. I admit I was nervous because I had never hired a personal chef and I didn't know Dave at all, other than the reviews I read. Dave put my fears to rest by his prompt replies, his friendly, yet professional demeanor and boy was I happy that he was early. Now for the food....we loved what he prepared. The crabcakes and Mozzarella Sushi delish and the chick and salmon entrees were fab!!! I'm not even a cheesecake lover and I couldn't get enough of that graham cracker cheesecake. And Chef Dave is personable, clean and has a wonderful attitude. I highly recommend him for any type of event or party and you will not be disappointed. Thanks Dave for making our night even more special!!
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!
Chef Nirva was nothing short of amazing. The food was delicious, well prepared and the aroma of the food was amazing. She was professional the entire time and friendly. She arrived on time and the food was ready on time.. I would recommend her and use her again.
Delicious professionally prepared and cooked food delivered to our door! Our family receives breakfast, lunch and dinner and we can't believe we didn't do this a long time ago. Since I'm not able to make our meals anymore we struggled for a while until we spoke to Maison Prive Chefs. They understand our dietary needs and clearly strive to help people. I asked to change one thing and it was done immediately. They make sure we are happy with the food and service all the time. Maison Prive is truly a blessing for us and I would recommend it to everyone!