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Renegade Outpost
4.7
from 133 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 220 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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NY Catering Service
5.0
from 88 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy S.
Verified review

My 11 year old son loves his private cooking lessons in our home with Chef Chris. Chef Chris is energetic and talented and blows my son away as they create various meals without a recipe. He’s learning knife skills, various cooking techniques, flavoring and seasoning, and plating. My son is learning so much while having so much fun. And our family gets a delicious dinner when the lesson is done!

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

Really nice guy and great chef - dishes were simple, fresh and healthy

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Bacco Catered Events
5.0
from 75 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kandace H.
Verified review

Bacco Catering provided exceptional service at our recent corporate event. The staff was friendly and accommodating, and the food was fabulous! Chef Lauren is quick to respond to any questions/concerns. We will definitely be using them for our future NYC area events. Highly recommended!

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Amoraco
5.0
from 70 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan T.
Verified review

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!

Top Pro
  • 7 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Al P.
Verified review

This was last minute, and I haven't had better from chefs who had days to prepare. The menu was well suited to the occasion, the presentation was elegant and the taste good the the last bite. Thanks Wayne

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann B.
Verified review

Over the years, Rich has catered many events for me. From a chefs birthday party for 13 year old girls to a fully catered holiday dinner party. Every detail was perfection and the food was amazing!

Top Pro
  • 6 years in business
  • 88 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
  • 68 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Frances R.
Verified review

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 I’m extremely happy I hired her company because it was worth every penny.

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HighLife Productions LLC
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel T.
Verified review

We had a wonderful time at our group cooking class at La Pulperia. Chef Carlos and his team were so gracious (accommodating of food allergies) and the food was delicious - empanadas, salmon tartar, guacamole and ricotta gnocchi (which we learned how to make). We enjoyed making one of their signature cocktails and sipped wine (and tequila). Thanks to Chef Carlos and everyone at La Pulperia for such a fun and unique time. Also, thanks so much to Tyler for setting everything up!

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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.

Most Wanted Chef LLC
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 72 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.

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Kulinary Kings
4.7
from 47 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 50 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

  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Denise H.
Verified review

Chef stenett did a function for me food and service was excellent would recommend this chef at any time food was great

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

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Scott K.
Verified review

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!

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F.I.G. Catering
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 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.

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JP's Delicacies LLC.
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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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Chef Nirva Llorca LLC
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nishita G.
Verified review

Chef Nirva was a pleasure to work with. With the menu pairing to the prep everything was spot on and professional. the food was also great. Thanks for making our party a success. would definitely recommend her !

  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Antoinette T.
Verified review

Omg! The fried chicken was better than my southern-born grandmother’s. Beautiful presentation and the taste; out of this world! Not one complaint from my team. Plentiful, scrumptious and Chef Shawna was sweet and super accommodating. I cannot wait until our next staff retreat!!!! Bravo Brooklyn Kitchen Catering!

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Grace G.
Verified review

Matt was an amazing Chef Instructor for my daughter's 7th birthday! Matt was on time, professional, and a lot of fun! He has a real talent for working with kids and dealing with adults. Matt made himself right at home in my kitchen and was a pleasure to engage with. Most importantly he was able to keep a group of 6, 7 year olds completely engaged and happy. I heard him answering their questions like, "how old are you" and other age appropriate questions with a great sense of humor. Matt taught the girls to make pasta from scratch and then helped them to put it through the pasta maker and finally to enjoy the meal they created with two homemade sauces he put together at the same time! If you are looking for a great learning experience for kids, or adults, I highly recommend Matt!

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Need a Cooking Skills Instructor

New York, NY

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Team building
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (Unsure)
  • Number of students
    Over 10
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Other (Range of Experiences)
  • Frequency
    One-time event
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Friday
  • Time preference(s)
    Late afternoon (3-6pm)
  • Details
    This is for a corporate team building exercise. If it is successful, it might be a more regular occurrence.
  • $258.33
    Average price

Need cooking lessons

New York, NY

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment, Health reasons, Gift for someone else
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    Basic cooking skills, Baking - bread, Baking - desserts and pastries
  • Cuisine interest
    American, Healthy, Italian, Mexican/Latin
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (none)
  • Number of students
    1
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    Ongoing classes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Details
    Very little cooking experience
  • $162.5
    Average price

Need Cooking Skills Instructor

New York, NY

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Personal enrichment, Private party
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (No)
  • Number of students
    3-5
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    Other (Not sure)
  • Lesson length
    60 minutes
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
  • Time preference(s)
    Early afternoon (noon-3pm), Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    This is a thing that my girlfriends and I are doing together.. All of us have private chefs and never cook but want to learn!!
  • $131
    Average price
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