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Rochester Chefs

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

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  • 12 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diane H.
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Our family has been very impressed with Spinelli Chef Services. We hired them for our daughter's Sweet 16th Birthday Party. Mark and his wife Stephanie catered to our specific desires with top quality food and service. They were both friendly and attentive to our needs and our guests needs. They have impeccable style with set-up, service and clean-up. I would highly recommend this business. Robert and Diane Hecht

Chef Margherita Smith
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nick W.
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Chef Margherita was outstanding! She provided plated dinner for small dinner party at our home. She is incredibly flexible and easy to work with. Every part of the meal was amazing. Lump crab salad with heirloom tomatoes was so flavorful and delicious. The best part of the night is that we didn't have to do a thing- she brings everything that she needs to make it an amazing evening. I think I will plan another dinner party, just so we can have Chef Margherita come again!

  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie F.
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Michael is a consummate Chef. His attention to detail, ability to listen, yet, offer his expertise to enhance the culinary choices based on his experience, and his understanding of the importance of presentation, food quality, and overall excellence, far exceeded my expectations. Rave reviews from all who attended my daughter's bridal shower luncheon. I recommend Souperb Catering, with Michael at its helm, without any hesitation. You will not be disappointed!

Chef's Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Roseann R.
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I had Chefs Catering for my husbands birthday party over the summer and it was amazing!! I loved that Mike was able to put together a menu that worked perfectly for our party. He was open to anything I requested. He really does a great job. I wouldn't think twice about having him for another event!

Epicurean Services -- Food
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Alicia M.
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The food and service exceeded our expectations. Chef Bradley brought someone to help and they were both very professional start to finish, made excellent food and cleaned up everything before they left. It was exactly what we wanted and we never felt strange although they were in our open concept house it went very smoothly and felt like an intimate dinner party still.

Caters to You
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Cris C.
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Jackie is friendly, knowledgeable and professional. I am looking forward to our next shipping trip. She is honest in her suggestions but in a very kind way so you don't feel self conscious

  • 21 years in business
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I make all my recipes with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. I put my heart into everything I cook.

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Joseph Buttons is a dynamic certified executive chef who utilizes teamwork with the customer to design and execute solutions that create value. This chef utilizes skills, including planning, scheduling, organizing, and tracking progress for any-size project ensuring success and accountability. He utilizes extensive contacts throughout the community for large events and provides personal one-on-one attention for personalization of your special gatherings.

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I cater for individual meals, dinner parties, family gatherings, weddings, etc. I come to your house and cook in your kitchen. Do you have special diets? That is not a problem. I can do everything from soup to nuts! Do you need a couple of weeks of meals in the freezer? I'm your gal.

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I provide catering on many levels, from large parties with full buffets to family-style dinners. I believe in cooking basics, not frilly fancy and dainty. I offer good food done right, sourced locally. Hands-on cooking classes in your home for small groups is my specialty. Together, a menu is designed, and as a team, I teach new techniques that make throwing your next dinner party a breeze.

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I'm a professional chef with diverse background and culinary experience. I have 30 years of experience. My services include dinner parties, graduation parties, showers, corporate events, etc.

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I am an American Culinary Federation certified executive and award-winning chef, Brian Mattice, CEC. I will do all your culinary work, including, but not limited to, shopping, prepping, cooking, serving, cleaning and organizing for all your meals, parties or events.

  • 3 years in business
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I bring that old school pride which seems to not exist a lot anymore these days. Most important is attention to details,,,

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I cook menu items as requested using the best local ingredients. I do some baking as well. Chef Williams holds a bachelor's degree in hospitality service management/food service from RIT. He is the "who's who" in hospitality service management among 2-year colleges and universities in 2011. We take great pride in the service we provide, and our finished products stand out from all others.

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I have done everything from barbeques to baby showers and weddings. I am a professional chef by trade and have been cooking for over 20 years. I was the head chef of a successful restaurant and am currently cooking gourmet for an elderly community. I have also done tasting parties that involved appetizers and am currently selling gourmet lunches and dinners. So, give soul 2 go a try. I am chef Thomas and I am a professional.

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We offer a wide range of Catering and Special Event services. We have a Banquet hall that will accommodate up to 200 people, grounds and pavilion for outdoor events, Meeting rooms, a Lounge for smaller events and Off Premise Catering services. I'm the owner and Chef. I work with our customers to tailor the menus to their specifications, including any special dietary requests that their guests may have.

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I have been in the restaurant business for 38 years. I can make any style of food. I am specializing in vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free items. I am very strong in soups and sauces. I have my own family with kids that live a healthy life style.

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I will come to your place! I'm looking to come and cook personal or business dinner at your home. I will personalize the menu to your liking or create a menu for you.

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Preparing the perfect meal using local and seasonal ingredients to save you time in the kitchen and for you to spend more time with your family or guest.

  • 4 years in business
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Get a private chef with a touch of love for cooking good food. I am just starting this venture. I have over 20 years' experience in the culinary field worldwide, including four years in Germany as an intern, along with eight years in the U.S. Army as a food service sergeant worldwide. I competed in culinary arts competitions and won medals. I'm focusing on small parties where I can come to the client and show what I know. Satisfaction is guaranteed of course.

  • 4 years in business
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I don't make but I create the healthiest and gorgeous, tasty entrees and fruit baskets you could ever imagine. What makes my business great is that I will always have respect and listen to you. I would never serve you anything I couldn't eat!

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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