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Browse these gourmet chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Hackensack.

Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 125 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 207 hires on Thumbtack
Christine Y.
Verified review

"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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Provencharly
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Dimitri R.
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Chef Charly is an amazing and talented chef. From the food presentation, menu selection to the taste buds all was perfect at my dinner. Having traveled around the world and eaten in many Michelin-starred restaurants and the best restaurants in NY, Chef Charly is at that level of talent and professionalism. I strongly recommend him for small or large group dinners. Looking forward to many more dinners with Chef Charly.

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 74 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
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Sheri O.
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My husband and I hired Chef Chris to treat my (at the time future) in-laws to a relaxing dinner in their home as our wedding gift to them. Chris worked with them to create their ultimate menu and the results were nothing less than superb! They raved about the food, Chef Chris's skill in the kitchen, and how wonderful he was to work with. We would hire him again in a New York minute!

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 73 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Linda E.
Verified review

We have used Bacco for three events now and I look forward to having them at our next party! Our guests rave about the delicious food and Chef Lauren and her staff could not be better to work with. I know that I do not have to worry about a thing when I hire Bacco. I would highly recommend this catering company.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
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Daymond S.
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Chef Wayne hands down provided my " now " Fiance and I with one of the most fantastic meals we have ever had. The seared steak was cooked to perfection and the onion jam on top of it, wow, feLt like I could eat it with anything. So delicious! Chef was also generous enough to record me proposing to my girlfriend. We ended the night with our families surprises my girlfriend and the chef had dessert for 10 and champagne already prepared just waiting for the cue.5 stars around the board. Can't wait to have another meal!

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Amoraco
5.0
from 65 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Priscilla F.
Verified review

AMORACO CATERING DID AN EXCEPTIONAL JOB FOR MY PARTY! I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING THIS COMPANY CATER TO THE GUESTS OF ABOUT 40-45 @MY HUSBAND'S BIRTHDAY PARTY. AMORACO,WHOSE EXECUTIVE CHEF IS TAMARA SHENKLE PRESENTED THE OCCASION WITH PROFESSIONALISM, COURTESY, AND, ABOVE ALL-- MOUTH-CATERING CUISINE! AMORACO TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING: TASTEFUL DECO' (MATCH FOR THE OCCASION), TABLE LININGS, CHINA, CUTLERY ETC.BIRTHDAY CAKE WAS WELL PREPARED AND DECORATED! THE FOOD WAS VERY FRESH, DELECTABLE AND DELICATE. THE MINI LOBSTER ROLLS, CRAB CAKES, MUSHROOM WONTONS WITH BLACK TRUFFLES ARE STILL A HUGE BUZZ AMONG SOME OF MY GUESTS. FRESH HOMEMADE GOURMET DOES REALLY MAKE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN A WELL PREPARED CUISINE. WITH AN EXECUTIVE CHEF LIKE TAMARA, I WILL STRONGLY RECOMMEND AMORACO CATERING. MY HUSBAND WAS VERY HAPPY AND CONTENT.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
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Barbara J.
Verified review

Chef Dan was wonderful. We discussed dishes, presentation, and delivery method prior to the event. Preparing dinner for a large group can be challenging but Chef Dan & Brianna executed everything perfectly and in a timely manner. My guests and I loved the food. Chef Dan was very professional. I highly recommend him!

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  • 68 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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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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  • 10 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth T.
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Chef Erika prepared not only a delicious but a healthy dinner for myself and ten guests in my home, including appetizers and desserts. She worked patiently on the menu with me beforehand offering many options for my vegans guests. In fact, even the non vegan guests found the vegan options delectable!! Chef Erika and her crew shopped for the food, prepared and served the meal and cleaned up the kitchen when they were done. The two women she brought to assist her were amazing. It was such a lovely evening I have already hired Chef Erika for another dinner party in August!

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Mirabell Catering
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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Philip W.
Verified review

Our intimate private dinner at my residence with Chef Marti was a great experience. The food was outstanding and chef was very accommodating. The steak in particular was cook to perfection. My guests only had great things to say about him. Highly recommended. We are looking forward having him back to other events! Philip

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Creative Table NY
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan C.
Verified review

5 + Stars. Peter is an exceptional talented and skilled chef. His food and presentation are impeccable and he is lovely to work with. He prepared a unique Texas themed menu and the Texans said it was the best brisket they've ever had--that is a true compliment. Thank you Peter--Susan C.

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  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa F.
Verified review

Hands down, the service and food Chef Oscar brought to our intimate dinner party was second to none! Not only did his menu include the best dishes EVER made in my kitchen, his Interpersonal skills were on point! To put it simply, my guests and I were beside ourselves with how delicious the food was. So good, you could tast the passion and everything was served at just the right moment. I appreciated that he made everything flow so smoothly. 100% satisfied - thanks again for the incredible experience!

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.8
from 41 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 57 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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Jess Y.
Verified review

This is the first time that I've personally worked with a caterer for a small event (15 people) and it couldn't have gone better. Chef Stenneth was very detailed when presenting me with catering options. He worked within my budget and was open to any suggestions and alterations I had. He was communicative and responsive to all my inquiries and delivered everything punctually. A true professional! The food itself was AMAZING! The guests at my event all specifically pointed out how much they enjoyed the food! Chef Stenneth's culinary skills easily rival top restaurants in the city and I feel like I've found a hidden gem with him. I would easily recommend him to anyone looking for a caterer for any party size!

Melissa D'Elia
4.7
from 40 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

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.

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Chef Via Melissa
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Jaclyn M.
Verified review

We had a wonderful experience with Chef Via Melissa!! Everything was delicious and it was a night to remember! We would highly recommend Melissa to all our friends!

Paglia Hospitality LLC
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn M.
Verified review

Amazing chef! Easy to deal with. Responsive and flexible. Highly recommend.

Harvest & Revel
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Kierstin G.
Verified review

I hired BSK for a surprise birthday that I was throwing in the city, and I have to say that not only were they accommodating and really helpful during the planning, but they were absolutely spectacular at the event: Not only were they very accommodating to my guests, but they were prompt, organized, and really timely. Every part of the evening, from appetizer to dessert was so well timed, yet totally relaxed. Ora and Sara Elise were friendly, approachable, and even accommodating (as so many people loved the food, there were many questions on the recipes!) I had requested that the meal itself be vegan-accessible, with the addition of a simple protein like poultry. The food was so delicious and tasty that many of my guests (at finding out some of the options, like the cashew-ginger soup, were vegan) actually said "if I could eat like THIS every day? I would totally be vegan". The chicken was flavourful and juicy, the peach cake was light and deliciously peachy, the cheese board was a HIT... I mean, I could go on, truly, but you get the point. Overall I would not hesitate for a second to hire them again. If you are looking for some talented, responsive, friendly and personable chefs, you have found your match.

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Kimberly C.
Verified review

The chefs are most accomodating to my dietary needs all the while making me feel like I'm not missing out on the foods I love. I was served a delicious and completely Vegan Mexican inspired dip that was seasoned perfectly and was creamy and "meaty". Their food was amazing!

Chef Nirva Llorca LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Ashish S.
Verified review

Excellent experience. Chef Nirva cooked a three course meal, Mediterranean inspired, for my birthday for myself and 9 guests. She made the hummus from scratch and the lamb meatballs were my favorite. The main course was a light yet flavorful rosemary chicken, followed by a chocolate dessert. Chef not only presented the dishes just like at a restaurant, but she explained to everyone how she made the dishes. Thanks so much for making my birthday a great experience!

JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Mackenzie S.
Verified review

JPs Delicacies is run by chef and owner, John Paul. He was experienced and was able to work around all of my special requests. Best food I have had in a long time, highly recommend!

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