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Trenton Home Chefs

Browse these home chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Trenton.

Top Pro
  • 17 years in business
  • 256 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrew R.
Verified review

For our 10 year anniversary, my husband called on Chef Tony to make it a night we would cherish forever. He asked Chef Tony to recreate the 5-course meal we had the night of our wedding. The entire evening was absolutely incredible as we reminisced in the comfort of our own home as Chef Tony diligently and expertly prepared each course. The broccoli and cheese soup was the best we had ever eaten, followed by a delicious Asian salad. He even included the mango sorbet before bringing out the main course - a beautiful plate with three small portions of the meals offered the night of our wedding: Chicken Francaise, Shrimp Stuffed with Crab Meat, and Prime Rib with au jus - each perfectly cooked. We were so full, but just kept eating because it was so delicious! Just when we thought we were finished, he brought out a plate of assorted desserts for us to share. Chef Tony even made enough to have leftovers, which were just as amazing the second time around! Chef Tony cooked us one of the best meals we have ever eaten, and we could not be more grateful for his expertise and attention to detail in preparing such a special meal. We will definitely be calling him again!

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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 144 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stefanie M.
Verified review

This was by far the best catering experience we’ve ever had. Super easy to work with and everything was perfect the day of the party. Everyone at the party asked for the name of the caterer because they said the food was great! Will definitely use again.

Top Pro
  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

Last weekend I hosted a 50th Anniversary Dinner Party for my parents. Chef Dan worked with me to put together a menu that would satisfy both the adults and the teenagers in our large family. The food was amazing, each course topping the one prior and the servers he brought were fabulous as well. It was an important evening for my parents and Chef Dan made it a night to remember. I would highly recommend him and hope to hire him again in the future.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin A.
Verified review

I'm completing this survey based on our delings so far. Up to this point dealing with Shannon has proven to be a true professional. She is punctual and very easy to deal with. I gather certain dishes are better done by her husband, whom I take it is a very qualified chef. I love it when a family works together. I have faith that they will deliver the party I expect.

Feast Caterer
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Tim K.
Verified review

Chef Anton was great to work with for our retirement luncheon. He was responsive, professional, flexible, on-time and exceeded all of our expectations. We had Chef Anton caterer a 35 person office luncheon. The spread included mixed greens salad, cheese steak egg rolls, dumplings, pork loin, chicken parm, spinach and potatoes. We also received cannoliis. Chef Anton showed up early, setup everything and the food was great. Everyone in the office thanked me for setting up such a nice event, but I need to thank Chef Anton! All of the food was very good, but the cheese steak eggs rolls were amazing, chicken parm delicious and the salad even received a lot of praise. Thanks Chef Anton and we will look to you for future retirement luncheons and other events!

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dashana M.
Verified review

I had a wonderful experience getting my henna done! Not only did she work fast, she also did a great job and made me feel right at home! I would definitely recommend her!!

A Taste of Paradise Catering
4.9
from 51 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Delores J.
Verified review

All I have to say is her food is like my grandmother's cooking. Delicious! Traditionally home cooked food. Courteous and Reliable too!!

Top Pro
Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Delsheka P.
Verified review

Great experience & amazing food. Chef Greg had a passion for cooking and it showed ! Can’t wait to do it again

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Mendham Kitchen to Table
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vanessa M.
Verified review

My parents had a lovely 3-course meal and were truly surprised and delighted by having a private chef come tho their home! I highly recommend Francis for a special event or to give someone a nice, unexpected surprise.

  • 10 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
LK C.
Verified review

We hired Sodiah Thomas and her crew to cater our wedding this past summer, and they truly surpassed our expectations with respect to food quality, duties performed, and overall value. From the start, Sodiah was easy to work with. She responded to my Thumbtack request promptly with a generous offering that was within our budget. Over the following weeks, Sodiah was always in contact as we finalized our tasting menu and as soon we tasted the appetizers, we were sold. We wanted our wedding dinner to reflect not only our personalities but also the joining of our cultures (Asian-American and American), and Sodiah and the talented Chef Tristan made this happen with their eagerness and food creativity. On our wedding day, the dishes tasted just as good or even better than during our tasting, which is always a concern with scale-up. Our guests thought the food was delicious! And the best part… when the evening was over, I turned around, and Sodiah and her crew had already cleaned everything (without me having to ask), packed everything, and left us with little to do but to enjoy the rest of the evening! I’m a big fan of people who are passionate about what they do, who work hard and exceed expectations. S&B Catering did just that, and hiring them was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Thank you, Sodiah, Tristan, and the rest of the S&B family!

  • 9 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Zlotkin T.
Verified review

This was a fantastic experience for my family. Chef Jay brought us warm meals, great variety and delicious food, during a stressful time. He continually asked for feedback and requests. Some of our favorites were Chicken Parm, Shrimp skewers with fettuccine, Salmon with taponade and Mediterranean Pasta. Everything he makes is very fresh using the best ingredients and were prepared in a healthy way. Thank you Jay!

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F.I.G. Catering
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

What a crew! The chefs, waiters, bartenders were all knowledgeable and attentive to my guest's needs. Starting with the spring fling cocktail to the grilled watermelon dessert, all of the food and drink was superb.

Top Pro
  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Riina C.
Verified review

Tanya was wonderful. She was a consummate professional, her food was excellent, and the dinner party went so smoothly. We all had a lovely time. Tanya took care of everything. She was also very polite but on the quiet side, which was something I was looking for since the group I had over hadn't seen each other in a long time and we wanted to focus on each other (some chefs are the type that want to talk to you throughout dinner, which is fine for some, but I wanted to avoid). Highly recommend Tanya!

Dee-Lish..... registered LLC
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 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.

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Dream Events by Dani
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeanine M.
Verified review

we had an Excellent experience having Dream Event by Dani for our at home cocktail party - the food was very good and the set up was beautiful - I would definitely use Dream Events by Dani Again!

Ma'idah Catering Co.
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Carleen R.
Verified review

Loved the Chef! On time, food was awesome!

Lazy Susan Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Ricky D.
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Donna has been preparing weekly meals for our family as a private chef for the last year and a half. A tireless and consummate professional, she has proved to be extremely imaginative in her menu design, and flexible in accommodating individual preferences. Her meals possess a certain elegant class and are delicious. We recommend her whole-heartedly!

Baldi's Barbecue & Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Linda W.
Verified review

Toni and her family and staff made our event wonderful. We were serving about 60 friends at our home and the food was fabulous and plentiful. Toni worked with me to plan exactly the type of event I had hoped for. Her staff were professional and personable and really made the evening special.

Chef Keith Ahern
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa S.
Verified review

We recently had Chef Keith cook for a private dinner we hosted for our friends and family. I cannot say enough about how amazing the food and experience was! The ingredients were fresh and we loved each and every dish - especially the crab and corn ravioli. Chef Keith was so professional and friendly! Delicious food and a lot of laughs! We really had a wonderful evening. Thank you Chef!

Be My Guest
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Nate C.
    Verified review

    Having the team at Be My Guest prepare and deliver our meals for us each week has been nothing but a pleasure. We used to have to go to the grocery store on the weekends (at the busiest times, it seemed), spend our time and money where we didn't want to, and somehow still have wasted food at the end of the week. Chef Manzo knows the perfect blend of taste and keeping with a clean-eating diet, and using Be My Guest has allowed our busy weeks to become less hectic. I would recommend Be My Guest to anyone who is looking for an alternative option to going grocery shopping every week, or is tired of having to prepare lunches/dinners every day!

    Doug Brown Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Lori O.
    Verified review

    Chef Doug has cooked for me on several occasions. He has a wealth of food knowledge and experience. He is timely, tidy, and professional. Pictured below is a salad with pickled strawberries, grilled chicken, dandelion greens, Gorgonzola, strawberry vinegarette. The other is monkfish on rice with a side of sea beans and accented with lemon zest.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.

    Actual Requests

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    Need a Catering Service (full service)

    Chesterfield, NJ

    • Event type
      Other (Memorial Day )
    • Which meal
      Lunch
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      Other (BBQ)
    • Serving style
      Buffet
    • Staff needed
      Set up: Yes, Server(s): No, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: Yes, I don't need any staff: No
    • Head count
      50-75
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
      No dietary restrictions
    • Details
      Upscale BBQ menu
    • $1816.67
      Average price

    Need a Food Specialist

    Trenton, NJ

    • Meal preparation frequency
      2-3 times a day
    • Meals needed
      Lunch, Dinner
    • Head count
      2
    • Serving style
      Individually packaged
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
      Diabetic
    • Day preference
      Sunday
    • Time preference
      Early afternoon (noon-3pm)
    • Details
      I'm inquiring about this service for my mother and grandmother. They are elderly and live in Ewing, NJ. I live in Philadelphia and am not able to prepare meals for them on a daily basis. As a result they buy a lot of frozen Swanson dinners, which isn't good for them on a daily basis.
    • $10.48
      Average price

    Need Full Service Event Caterer

    Trenton, NJ

    • Event type
      Other (Football banquet)
    • Which meal
      Lunch, Dinner
    • Dishes and beverages
      Appetizer(s), Main course(s), Dessert(s), Beverages (non-alcoholic)
    • Interested in the following cuisine
      American - formal (eg: steak and potatoes)
    • Serving style
      Plated meal
    • Staff needed
      Set up: No, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): Yes, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
    • Head count
      More than 200 (please estimate) (300-350)
    • Catering (Full Service) Budget
      $20-$30 per person
    • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
      Vegetarian
    • Details
      I would like chicken, beef, and fish options for meat.
    • $7000
      Average price
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