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Long Beach Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Long Beach.

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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 136 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 225 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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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Every Detail Catering
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 144 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kate K.
Verified review

My husband gave me a great 50th birthday party gift of a personal chef to have a summer evening handled by Chuck with 9 of my friends. The food was fantastic, presented well and my friends raved! What I loved most was how easy Chuck was to work with and how accommodating he was. On time, prepared and best part was my kitchen and home were left in tip top shape. We were so happy- Chuck and his wife Maria were attentive yet unobtrusive at the same time. I absolutely loved my evening and would have Chuck come back for more parties!

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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gerard B.
Verified review

Affable, available and able with a charming and authentic personality. Chef Chris makes delicious food and was a joy to have in our house. My wife and child were very happy with his services, and we are looking forward to hiring him again. The price is also excellent for the quality received.

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victor R.
Verified review

Chef Lauren is amazing! She guided me through the process beautifully and prepared delicious and beautiful food for a group of 20 people. Her staff was courteous, discreet and knwoledgeable. She also answered and anticipated all my questions knowledgeably. Definitely someone I will rehire without question!

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Provencharly
5.0
from 77 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ruth H.
Verified review

Charly is AMAZING!! His food is delicious - our guests raved all night. He is an artist in the kitchen, extremely organized, accommodating, and personable. He left my kitchen cleaner than it was when he came! I highly recommend him and will plan my next event around his availability. He's just that good.

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Amoraco
5.0
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jason H.
Verified review

I hired Tamara and her team to take care of my Husband's 30th birthday cocktail party in our apartment. I am so impressed by the level of quality and professionalism I received. From the initial consultation to the spectacular event and with a fast and detailed cleanup, I couldn't have wanted more. Chef Tamara is a gifted Chef with creative menu options and my guests were all so impressed with the cuisine. I have several events a year and look forward to Chef Tamara and he amazing staff take care of them for me. My only regret is that I took so long to write a review as this website kept failing several times when I have tried. Thank you Chef Tamara for doing what you obviously love to do!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gianfranco F.
Verified review

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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  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Caitlin C.
Verified review

From planning the menu to executing the dinner and service, Chef Daniel was very accommodating and professional. His chef services were exactly what I was looking for to add a special touch to my sister's bachelorette weekend. My guests and I continue to rave about the food!

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  • 68 years in business
  • 94 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.

Melissa D'Elia
4.8
from 58 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Joann P.
Verified review

Melissa is professionalism personified! She is punctual and has such an eye for detail. She cooked a beautiful 5-course dinner for me and 10 of my friends for my husband's birthday. She organized all the orders, staff, food and all event intricacies. She is such a gem. I cannot wait to have Chef Melissa back to our home for our next event. Thank you, Melissa.

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Festive Food Caterers
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary A.
Verified review

Whether you are having a small get together for a few or a large gathering, be rest assured that your event will be amazing! Chef Michel is extremely professional, respectful, and friendly! He catered 2 events for our family and we were very pleased with both. The first was a party of nearly 100 people celebrating our son’s college graduation and daughter’s high school graduation. Our second event was a last minute post Thanksgiving weekend family get together for 12-15 people. Everything from the planning, to taste testing, and delivery was on point. Aside from the food being beyond mouth watering delicious, he coordinated with outside vendors to provide everything we needed to make the graduation event beautiful. He also provided on site chefs and wait staff, all of which were professional and attentive to details. They were flexible in their assigned roles and remained past the scheduled time to attend to our guests and clean up. Our home was left as clean as it was when they arrived! Chef Michel prides himself on delivering the best quality and freshest foods possible. Other than a few items that required pre-prep (like marinating / slow cooking...definitely try the roast pork and roast chicken) everything was prepared (cut, fried, cooked, assembled etc) on site. This truly makes a difference when you’re serving items like empanadas or tostones with avocado and shrimp (both highly recommended). Chef Michel is very creative. Whether you choose something from his printed menus, have other items in mind, or even have a special recipe that you want him to prepare...HE CAN DO IT! An important point to make about his catering style is that he is so proud of his creations that he wants everyone to be able to taste everything that he prepares. If you choose an appetizer and you have 100 people, you are not going to get 1 or 2 pieces per person or be charged by the piece, like most caterers. He will make sure you have more than enough for everyone. The same applies to your main course. We had leftovers for ourselves, even after our guests took food home. With all of this said, I truly feel that his prices are fair and reasonable! I could write more and would be more than happy to speak to anyone who has any questions, but I’ll end with...make sure you try his homemade ice creams (our favorites were coconut and pineapple), flan, and especially the sangria!

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 59 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.
Verified review

Amazing meal and easy to work with. I have hired many chefs but Aless was one of the best. All my guests were impressed.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica P.
Verified review

Chef Melissa taught a cooking class for myself and 4 friends. She was very fun and informed us on proper cutting technique. We had a lot of allergies/food restrictions and Melissa was very easy to work with regarding these. Her recipes were healthy and delicious! Our menu included Sweet Potato Fritattas, Cod w/ Mango Salsa, Baked breaded artichoke hearts and Almond Butter Cups. We had a great time and would highly recommend her!

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

I have used Greg Evans to cater parties at my office. Mr. Evans is always professional and arrives on time. There is plenty of food available, so that guests can come back for "seconds" of their favorite dishes! Compliments to the chef!

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

When Chef Peter says he will "wow" you with his food and presentation, he doesn't disappoint. He suggested a creative, yet appropriate menu; presented a delectable dinner for 6; and left the kitchen in pristine order. If that weren't enough, it's a pleasure to work with this talented young man.

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CORNBREAD26
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 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!

  • 7 years in business
  • 30 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

Vivo Osteria Restaurant
4.5
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Necole M.
Verified review

Chef was on time and catered to the specific needs of my guests and I. The food was amazing and the experience was wonderful. He also cleaned as he went along. My guest is also a chef and he was pleased. It is an experience I would do again.

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Chef Nirva Llorca LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

A real driven Chef who’s passion shows in each bite. It’s nice to have a restaurant trained Chef who could handle any situation. Also willing to work with you on your needs. Would hire again in the future!!

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.

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.

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 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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