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Introduction: I have been a Culinary School trained Chef for 25 years. I have been the head Chef for a number of venues including restaurants, large catered events, residential events, drop off gourmet meal service and cooking instruction. I typically charge an on-site Chefs Fee for cooking private dinner parties or luncheons, plus a reasonable per person charge depending on the menu they choose, however, each client is different and pricing varies depending on my clients needs. I mostly enjoy doing events in clients homes or Airb&b’s for gatherings or private dinner parties or drop off service for both, however, I am up for most any situation.

Hired 27 times

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7 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.

Exceptional 5.0

22 reviews


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Gary K.

Wedding and Event Catering

This was a first time hosting an in house dinner. Chef Shelly and her assistant were everything they promised! The were on time prepared a delicious meal and cleaned up before leaving. I would highly recommend Chef Shelly and her catering business to anyone looking for a wonderful and delicious dining experience.
Chive's reply
Thanks Gary, We enjoyed meeting you and your friends. Lovely people. Hope to hear from you next year for your annual Owasco Lake visit! Best, Chef Shelly
Aug 24, 2021
Yash N.

Personal Chef

Chef Shelly and her team were wonderful. She was super responsive throughout the entire process. Her team was there on time and cooked my friends and I an amazing meal. She was even kind enough to audible for us when we had dietary restriction. I would highly recommend Chef Shelly and will definitely be using her again if we are in the area.
Chive's reply
Thanks Yash! It was a pleasure to cook for you and your group!
Jul 6, 2021
Amber M.

Personal Chef

Amazing food! 5 star NYC restaurant quality. Such a wonderful experience. We will definitely hire Shelly again. Highly recommended.
May 16, 2021
Cali C.

Personal Chef

Chef Shelly went above and beyond! We hired Chive to cook a private 6-person dinner for a surprise for my mom's birthday. The entire event exceeded our expectations! The food was absolutely delicious. The rack of lamb was the best I have ever had. Everyone (including my 7-year-old nephew) thought the lamb was tender and very tasty. The burrata appetizer was both beautiful and delicious! The truffle macaroni and cheese and roasted brussels sprouts were fantastic sides to compliment the lamb. And the creme brulee was the perfect ending to our amazing meal. Shelly and her staff were kind, friendly, professional and prompt. They also cleaned up beautifully. Everything was great! I truly cannot recommend Chive and Chef Shelly enough!!!
May 12, 2021
Stephen M.

Personal Chef

I cannot say enough about our experience with Chef Shelly and her team. From the moment I first emailed with Shelly to the end of our dinner party- EVERYTHING was perfect. I was hosting a dinner party for 12 for my wife’s Birthday. Unsure of local in-house chef experiences, I turned to Thumbtack. I was matched with Chive (Chef Shelly). Shelly helped me plan the menu and talk through logistics and details. She stayed in touch with me leading up to our dinner. Shelly and her team arrived promptly that evening and began their magic. They were fun, friendly and had great energy. They accommodated a couple dietary requests as well. Following apps and drinks we sat for dinner. The salads came out and were beautiful- everything was so fresh and delicious. Next was our main course (most selected filet, we also had a chicken and a salmon) EVERYONE was so happy with their dish. The filet was the BEST PREPARED FILET I HAVE EVER HAD. they could all steaks to personal preference and did it to perfection! The mashed potatoes and broccoli rob were fantastic compliments. For dessert we had individual warm lava cakes. Presented with fresh berries.... the perfect finish to an amazing meal. Hands down Shelly EXCEEDED ALL expectations. I would recommend her to anyone. Do not hesitate. Book her. You will not be disappointed. We look forward to a future opportunity to experience a meal with Shelly again. A real class act, high quality food, amazing flavor, immaculate and all around spectacular. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Apr 30, 2021
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Shelly Witchley


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Pricing is different for every customer. Food choices, number of guests and special requests all play a role in pricing each function.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I like to speak with new customers about menu ideas, then submit a more coherent menu to them highlighting and enhancing their ideas. I also like to look at the space before an event to troubleshoot and get inspiration for a successful event.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Culinary school, head Chef at several restaurants, successful completion of many many caterings and events, private Chef in several residences for clients for events and weight loss programs.

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