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Kingston Chefs

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

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  • 9 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ora K.
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Working with Marylyn Schwartz of Juste Hors D'Oeuvres was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL from beginning to end!!! I was searching for a caterer for my children's graduation party and had something very specific in mind because my three children were graduating from middle school, high school and college all at the same time. Therefore, the party needed to be appropriate for people of all ages, including older family and friends. As I am a perfectionist, and knew that I was going to have some VERY discerning guests at this party, I initially thought myself crazy to be looking for a caterer on the internet, but after one conversation with Marylyn I knew that she understood exactly what I wanted. Throughout the planning, Marylyn was the consummate professional, immediately picking up on what was important to me and handling everything with the utmost efficiency, even as I kept adding to the number of guests up until a week before the party! Juste Hors D'Oeuvres offers a VERY EXTENSIVE AND CREATIVE MENU, and with Marylyn's guidance I was able to choose a wide variety of pass-arounds, main dishes and desserts. On the day of the party, everything turned out PERFECT. The staff, from bartenders to wait staff, were professional, hardworking and friendly. And the food??? Marylyn brought FABULOUS Chef Neal with her and everything that the two of them cooked up was DELICIOUS AND BEAUTIFULLY PREPARED. Our guests raved about everything and even commented that the hot food came out HOT, as it should!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Marylyn, Chef Neal, and the staff of Juste Hors D'Oeuvres for making this a very memorable celebration for our family!!!!

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Chef Stef
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diana S.
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Since i have been attending cooking classes by Chef Stef, i have learned quite a bit. He is both professional and personable while listening to our questions before he gives us a reply. His patience and understanding nature is so appreciated. The presentations that he does for us is thorough and clear as we make the various recipes.

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The First Bite Catering, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
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Anne did an outstanding job of putting together "An Evening in Italia" for my husband's 50th birthday party! Everyone raved about the food and wine pairings. Anne was so pleasant and professional from our first communication to the drop off on the day of the event. She is a pleasure to work with an a very talented chef! I will gladly recommend her to friends and family looking for catering services in the future.

Chef Gerard
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Cherie S.
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Chef Gerry and his team are AMAZING! Everyone was raving about how wonderful the food was. Nobody left hungry and several people asked me for his information because they were so impressed. Kendall is also great to work with and she took care of me all night making sure that I truly enjoyed my holiday party. I can't wait to hire them again!

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne F.
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Chef Erika prepared in my home a delicious five-course dinner for six people. The attractively presented meal had great flavor and texture, while also being very healthy, with modest calories despite being a multi-course meal. In addition to allowing me to enjoy my guests without having to be in the kitchen, it was a pleasure having such a lovely person in my home. Erika is organized, prepared, nice, serene. All my guests and I were thrilled with the evening. I strongly recommend employing Erika to be your chef!

Rent The Chef
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Alan A.
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Chef Dan was very accommodating when our dinner party was delayed for our convenience. From appetizer to desert, everything prepared was delicious and timely but the Osso Buco was out of this world! I would highly recommend Dan to anyone interested in having a 5 star meal prepared for a special gathering!

The Relaxing Meal
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Susanna H.
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Rosemarie's meals are absolutely delicious, and she creates a wonderful dinner atmosphere. We've loved each and every one of her creative recipes.

  • 19 years in business
Christine S.
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Maureen is a talented, creative chef. I have had the pleasure of eating her dishes many times. What amazes me most about her, is her ability to throw together a superb meal when it's an impromptu visit and she hasn't had a chance to buy ingredients or prep. Everything always tastes and looks incredible!!!

Out of this World Cooking
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca D.
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Chef Mark was fantastic. We had him come for my Dad's 70th birthday - we wanted him to teach us how to do something different and difficult. He was very organized and made the cooking really fun and interesting. We will definitely have him come back again.

Epicure Gourmet Inc.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Alphonso B.
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Best Chef Hands Down Excellent Food Greg Did My Son 4 Birthday Party He Is 7 Now People Are Still Talking About Please Call Greg U will Bot Regret It Thats for Sure My Family Love Chef Greg Food

Mona Coade-Wingate
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dorothy S.
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We had a terrific week spent with her as our chef. There were 6 adults and 4 children. She was totally superb. Her food was great and it was a pleasure working with her planning meals. I would hire her again in a heartbeat.

Farm Market Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Lindsey D.
    Verified review

    Chef Gerry has been coming to our home once a week for over a year. He is incredibly talented (any sauce he makes is divine!) and very professional. He always makes sure everything is clean before he leaves. He's even very nice with my children and explains to them what he is doing so they are learning also. Highly recommended.

    Megan L.
    Verified review

    I ordered two dozen gluten-free cupcakes for my son's 9th birthday party. Dawn was professional, friendly, and helpful during the ordering process. She decorated the cupcakes in the theme of the party, and delivered them to my home precisely when she said she would arrive. The cupcakes were not only beautiful, but absolutely delicious! I felt great to be able to offer treats for all of the children in attendance. It felt even better knowing they were baked with natural ingredients and love. I am so glad that I found her; I was able to enjoy the party without my usual worries and stress around preparing the cake! I completely recommend Dawn and her baking expertise!

    About

    We provide healthy food catering and private chef services. Special diets and health-conscious foods are meticulously prepared by a CIA graduate and certified health coach.

    About

    I offer in-home catering and personal chef services. I travel to you. There's no stress on your part! You can count on me.

    • 3 years in business
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    We are a small bakery that is available to cater events and supply high-quality baked goods such as, cakes, wedding cakes, fondant cakes, pies, cookies, dessert bars, tarts, etc.

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    A small staff of pros who bring years of experience to the table. I am capable of bringing an army to please you.

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    I am a professionally trained chef with a range of skills, from health-oriented to vegan and gluten-free food. I also love to make the classics: filet mignon, truffled chicken, lobster thermidor, etc.

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    I am a pastry chef, specializing in special-occasion cakes (buttercream and fondant), pastries, cookies and desserts.

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    I am a personal chef with a specialty in Thai foods and healthy foods as well as organic foods, if desired. I can travel to the client's home.

    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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