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10. Simone Private Chef Services
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Exceptional 5.0

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Personal Chef

Offers remote services
Discounts available
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves New York, NY
He allowed time for our photographer to take photos of us and the food and for us to enjoy each course. He popped our champagne bottles, gave us a toast and poured our champagne in our flutes all night. He described each course as he presented it. The tuna carpaccio was fresh, the lobster and avocado salad had a good amount of lobster, the grilled octopus was very tender and well seasoned, the duck breast was phenomenal (tender and flavorful), the seared Chilean sea-bass was delicious, the lobster mashed potatoes were divine and filled with lobster meat, and the banana flambé presentation was the perfect ending with a big, tall fire. As a bonus, chef Efraim made a second batch of bananas flambé at our request and allowed my wife to participate in the preparation as he directed and supervised her. This was the highlight of her evening!!!!! My wife is a foodie and many of the items were the best we both had ever tasted or were plated so lovely because presentation is everything. We had never discussed any of our expectations with Efraim prior to arrival, but as soon as he walked in the door it felt like we knew him for some time and he instinctually knew what we wanted. He understood the significance of the evening to us and went out of his way accommodating us throughout the evening. Pre -Covid - Our plan was to celebrate our 25th anniversary in Santorini, Greece with a private chef preparing our meal at our villa while we sat overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Efraim made our evening as close as possible to being “magical” in our own backyard. This was our first time ever hiring a chef to prepare a meal in our home and we will not hesitate on hiring Efraim directly and recommending him to our friends and loved ones for a home prepared culinary experience in the future.See more

$55/person

starting cost

$55/person

starting cost

He allowed time for our photographer to take photos of us and the food and for us to enjoy each course. He popped our champagne bottles, gave us a toast and poured our champagne in our flutes all night. He described each course as he presented it. The tuna carpaccio was fresh, the lobster and avocado salad had a good amount of lobster, the grilled octopus was very tender and well seasoned, the duck breast was phenomenal (tender and flavorful), the seared Chilean sea-bass was delicious, the lobster mashed potatoes were divine and filled with lobster meat, and the banana flambé presentation was the perfect ending with a big, tall fire. As a bonus, chef Efraim made a second batch of bananas flambé at our request and allowed my wife to participate in the preparation as he directed and supervised her. This was the highlight of her evening!!!!! My wife is a foodie and many of the items were the best we both had ever tasted or were plated so lovely because presentation is everything. We had never discussed any of our expectations with Efraim prior to arrival, but as soon as he walked in the door it felt like we knew him for some time and he instinctually knew what we wanted. He understood the significance of the evening to us and went out of his way accommodating us throughout the evening. Pre -Covid - Our plan was to celebrate our 25th anniversary in Santorini, Greece with a private chef preparing our meal at our villa while we sat overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Efraim made our evening as close as possible to being “magical” in our own backyard. This was our first time ever hiring a chef to prepare a meal in our home and we will not hesitate on hiring Efraim directly and recommending him to our friends and loved ones for a home prepared culinary experience in the future.

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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 a personal chef cost?

Hiring a personal chef usually costs anywhere from $40-$100 or more per person. Request free cost estimates from personal chefs in your area so you’ll know exactly how much it will cost to hire one for your needs. For an accurate quote, be sure to let the chefs know the number of people they’ll need to feed, what you’d like on the menu and other relevant details. 

To learn more about the factors that impact the cost to hire a personal or private home chef, read our cost guide.

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 do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

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.

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.

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.
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Chef Leo was great! He arrived on time, made delicious food and was very professional! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a private chef. We will be using him again!
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Personal Chef Jeffrey was the best Chef I've ever met! I hired him here in Thumbtack to cook a small private dinner for my husband's birthday. Everything was perfect! We had 4 passed hor douerves and a 5 course tasting menu! The food was delicious and beautiful! Can't wait to do another one!
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Alex recently cooked for a a small group of my friends. The meal was very enjoyable and was accommodating to all guests. Overall, I would hire Alex again for another private dinner, for his professionalize and high qualities as a chef.
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Chef Chris and his team gave me the BEST birthday ever! The food was insanely delicious and the presentation had me and my guests in awe!! They were all so awesome. Clean, quick, and efficient. Chef Chris was the life of the party and he really goes above and beyond to make sure his guests are happy. I cannot wait to hire him again in the future, and I highly recommend him for anyone looking for a private chef!!! THANKS!
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It was a wonderful food and service. I definitely like to ask him again and recommend others. This was our first time to have private chef at home and he is really professional and pleasant to work with. I wish to show some nice pictures of his food.
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Allyson A.
All I can say is....WOW. We were blown away by the experience that Chef Boffa gave us. I decided to hire a private chef for my husband’s birthday (last minute-on the morning of his birthday) and I’m so happy that I went with Chef Boffa. Everything was perfect- the communication, planning, and execution of the evening. He prepared an elegant menu with specialities that my husband loves. Chef Boffa makes the pasta from scratch right in front of us!! Each dish tasted better than the next. I’m so happy I did this for my husband as a special surprise. Beyond worth it.
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Diana N.
Amazing!!! I hired chef Chris to cater a private dinner for 15 people at my home, and he blew it out of the park. He was so accommodating from the start, and created a menu based on my requests. His staff were professional and friendly and everything ran so smoothly. Can't wait to bring the team in for my next dinner party!!!
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Ryan S.
Wow. Britta was absolutely fantastic. I contacted her after searching for a private chef for a very informal dinner party. She worked with me to create an amazing menu of healthy and unique dishes that fit within our budget. Although originally I was just looking for a chef, she is much, much more than a chef. She created a multi-course menu that used healthy ingredients, she prepared and cooked an amazing meal, and explained to our guests what each course was. Everyone loved her. She eventually became part of our group and was having meaningful conversations with nearly everyone. I will definitely be hiring Britta again and I would recommend if you ever need a chef, a unique dining experience, a cooking class, or anything of the sort that you contact and hire Britta. She will make your occasion THAT much better.
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I am a private chef, in Manhattan. Wayne helped me out with a party on the Upper East Side, for 35 people. His cooking skills were excellent, his demeanor was on par and the house staff really enjoyed having him work with us. Wayne Clarke is definitely my go-to guy when I need some more assistance in the kitchen!!!
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Leiann K.
I found S.G.S. Catering and Private Chef Service here on Thumbtack while sourcing a caterer for our Company holiday party. I work for a well-known media company located in the financial district in NYC. I put out the request and received several responses from caterers who would work with my budget. I checked out the reviews for Chef Stenneth of S.G.S. Catering which were excellent so I decided to call. Chef Stenneth was easy going and professional. I explained what I wanted on the menu for the event. I gave him my budget per guest and that I wanted passed H’ourderves during cocktail hour, salmon, steak, a vegetarian dish, salad and a few sides. Chef send me a draft menu and followed up with a call to discuss. We agreed on a menu and I booked him. One week before the event, Chef and his Director of Operations made an appointment to visit the venue. They arrived on time and we walked through the event space and kitchen. The day before the event, Chef sent his team to drop off equipment and supplies. The team was very courteous and completed the drop off quickly and efficiently. On the day of the event, Chef and the team arrived two hours prior to the event to set up. The waitstaff were professionally dressed, efficient and customer oriented. Ready to please. The food was ready when the party began, on time. The appetizers were served hot. The buffet items were excellent. The steak and salmon were fantastic and the truffle mash potatoes was the winner of the evening. Chef's tia maria bread pudding was delicious. The guests loved the food and talked about it for days after. I will use him again for my corporate events as well as personally for his private chef service. I highly recommend Chef Stenneth and S.G.S. catering for your next event. They are very easy to work with, professional from first contact, to post event clean up and the food was delicious. He will work with your catering needs and budget to come up with an excellent catering plan. I give him 5 stars and would be more than happy to provide a reference.
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Montana M.
Food was absolutely delicious! Was looking for a private chef to help me celebrate my 5 year anniversary and all my ideas through Eat Along With Lex came to fruition! From the appetizers (honey bbq/Buffalo wings), to the main course (chicken Rasta pasta (to die for btw), with mash potatoes & Mac n cheese as sides, to finally dessert (cheesecake with blueberries)! Everything was great from start to finish, and again why haven’t you booked her already?
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Pauline J.
We found Chef Jeffrey here in thumbtack. Researched his website Jpfinefoodsllc.com amazing! He explained clearly about his company concept which is inline with what we were looking for. Super high end 4 passed hor douerves for one hour, signature cocktails and then we sat down for a 5 course plated meal tasting menu. This was by far the best dining experience of my life! 40th birthday for myself, husband and 4 couples. Everyone was blown away! Highly recommend for private dinners!
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Carie k.
Michael and his assistant were top notch! There is no doubt in my mind if you need a professional private Chef, choose him! Table side manner matched his impeccable tasting food! I wanted something amazing for my boyfriends birthday and he brought it and more. I’m completely blown away by his and his assistants kindness! Most importantly the food is just over the top! I couldn’t be happier tonight, he truly made everything above and beyond what I could have ever asked for.
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Maliki C.
Chef Qonyac is Amazing !!!!!!! My girlfriends’ birthday was 7/12/2020. I wanted to take her to a nice restaurant to celebrate, as we usually do, but I realized last minute that most restaurants were closed and didn’t not offer inside seating or outside seating, due to (covid 19) So I decided to get a private chef last minute, literally two days before her birthday . I wrote him on here and he responded 20 minutes later . We spoke and agreed on a menu, I told him I wasn’t rich but I wanted to do something nice for my girl, so he worked with me on price . Not only did he deliver the meal under budget, he delivered more than expected . He went above and beyond , he did tricks so we could post on our Instagram and he was super professional. Last but not least my girls birthday was on a Sunday so not only was it last minute it was on a Sunday. It doesn’t get any better than that. I would definitely hire him for all of my events and refer him to all of my friends . My girl want him to Actually be our personal chef that’s how good he was.
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