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Schenectady Chefs

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  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Chef Erika did a great job on my sister's bachelorette weekend. We had numerous conversations ahead of the event and worked together to craft the perfect menu. She arrived early and everything turned out great. I would recommend her for your next event.

Synfull Sweets
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Wendy L.
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Best cupcakes ever!!! 😍 Especially if u love oreos!! Great chef, will definitely order cupcakes from him!

Earth Love Food
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Donna V.
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Jessica expertly worked from a comprehensive questionnaire and other tools to understand my dietary needs (as well as food pleasure needs) to design the ideal diet for me, as well as delicious meal plans. Her culinary skills are superb. My health has improved dramatically, and these organic meals, from locally sourced ingredients, have changed my life.

Traveling Chef 518
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Beth H.
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    Chris was a superb chef for a small dinner party/cooking class. He was very prepared and I didn't have to do anything other than provide the space. He was warm, fun and most importantly a great chef. All his dishes were great and he was a skilled chef. I would highly recommend him, you won't be disappointed.

    • 9 years in business
    Melissa P.
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    I've had the opportunity to work with Natalia in many occasions and I can say her professionalism, creativeness with food and healthy cooking makes her a unique and valuable chef. Her dedication and love for food and healthy life style are reflected in every one of her delicious meals!

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    • 2 years in business
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    I am classically trained through a federally accredited school. Food is my passion and I use my artistic gifts to make your dining experience a work of art.

    • 4 years in business
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    I am a Chef with a love for food and hospitality. The difference between a good meal and a great meal are the little things done well...no shortcuts. I am always meeting new people, finding myself in different situations and continuously having to adapt to new environments. It never gets stale.

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    I have education from Culinary school, where I was taught from very passionate professors/ teachers, experience working for a well known hospitality/ food business, as well as certifications from the American Culinary Federation. I really enjoy the process of creating something delicious from basic ingredients, I love it when someone enjoys a meal I have cooked for them. Each plate of food is like a gift to give you to enjoy. I am very happy when someone is full,happy and content.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    Ever wanna just come home so tired you could not cook....or had no idea what to cook?don't wanna spend the money on restaurant quality food but have the craving for some? Not really much of a chef and having visitors u wanna impress?! Wanna lose weight but don't make health conscious meals...well that's why I'm here...Hi I'm Chef Belle ....I'm offering personal chef services and catering services to the 518...who says u have to be rich to have a personal chef...I offer catering n more...I'm safe serve education...I bake..and specialize in dietary aid.. hire me today book me don't cheat yourself out of an experience of a lifetime...eat like a star today!!!! Creating and sharing food that makes people feel comfort and happiness ....Eating food is an event that brings people together.

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    This service will travel to make your dining experience easy and delicious. The cuisine that I am most familiar with is Italian, American,and Asian. This is what most of my experience is in but not limited to in the food world.

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    We are experienced personal chefs with focus on exceptional service and quality. We take pride in every dish we serve and use only the best local and domestic ingredients. Choose between one to four course meals. - Do you enjoy delicious and nutritious meals, but don't want to travel? - Are you too tired to cook after a long day at work or school? - Do you require a special diet and/or allergic to anything? - Do you need help prepping or setting up for an upcoming party or event? Don't worry, we have you covered. Weekly meals are prepared fresh in the beginning of the week, fresh or frozen, individual or family style. All you have to do is come home and heat them up.

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    The main focus is shopping, preparing and cooking for clients in their homes. I cook approximately 5 entrees x4 plus some side dishes all based on the clients' preferences. Special diets are not a problem. There is the chef "n" magic service for kids' parties, romantic dinners for two, hands-on cooking classes and small parties on premises.

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    I have a good experience in a five-star hotel (Hilton Hotel). I finished 12 years of oriental chef plus I have experience in a catering company. I am a chef for a United Arab Emirates football team outside UAE. I have gone with so many teams: China, Uzsbekistan, Australia, and Hong Kong.

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    I will come to your home for special events or on a regular basis and provide five-star dining to you and your family. I also specialize in cooking lessons at your home for you or for you and a group of friends for a fun-filled night.

    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    With years of food service experience, and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America I am the perfect candidate for any dining event. Always focusing on farm to table cooking and a commitment to quality!! I have experience in many areas including teaching and outdoor cooking! I love cooking in all facets, and I love to share my knowledge. Seeing the pleasure others take in my cooking is the most important!

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    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.

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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.

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I treat my work as a reflection of myself and I am very conscious of the impression I set forth. I am very detail oriented and I wholeheartedly understand the value of service and always want to deliver on my promises to all of my clients. My joy and my passion is putting tasty food on a plate that I can be proud of and now that I am incorporating that with my natural giving spirit for helping others I believe that it's no longer work but more like enjoying life.

    • 3 years in business
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    My job just like my life , work restaurant chef for 23 year

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    I am a personal cooking instructor who has knowledge in Spanish, Mexican, Italian, French, and Asian cooking. I am willing to teach anywhere from 1 to 10 in the comfort of your own home.

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    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.

    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 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.

    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.
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