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Youngstown Chefs

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

Top Pro
  • 31 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin R.
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My wife gave me a Personal Chef Experience for my birthday. Chef Scott spent a lot of time with us working out a dinner plan. We decided to do a number of Tapas dishes. Chef Scott arrived on time, had everything ready when guest arrived and it all looked amazing. As we began to dig in, it was all exceptional. There was more food than could be eaten and Chefs interaction with our guest was a hit. We hope to use Chef Scott again. We have done several of these types of events and Chef Scott is clearly the best we have used. I strongly recommend him to anyone thinking of doing this sort of event. PS: Although everything was beautifully prepared and tasted great, the Asian Ahi Tuna Ceviche with Avocado Mango on Spicy Won Ton was really one of the best things I have ever eaten. I encourage you to work it into your menu somehow.

Top Pro
from 21 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cathy M.
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I found Chef Art through Thumbtack but I was not the person who hired him. However, I was a guest at the party. Such a wonderful, personable man. He was so kind to an impromptu 4 year old attendee, including her in some pasta making. Clearly she was adding work but he never batted an eye and made everyone really enjoy the experience. The food was FANTASTIC!!

Jeff's awsome food.
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Jason H.
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This man is excellent excellent chef he needs to open up his own restaurant

  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kaitlyn L.
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My eyes filled with tears as I first read the menu Brian and SOW Foods created. Finally! somebody get us! I felt like Brian had known us for years. He created dishes not only of our favorite foods but also incorporated our personalities, our families, and was even able to work with picky 84 year old grandma. SOW food was so much more than just a caterer they helped Andrew and I make our wedding. And we are forever grateful. And have you tried Maggie's pastries!

  • 4 years in business
Rachel S.
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She is sooo amazing!! What a nice relief to be able to enjoy my company and not have to worry about food and cooking. But the best part- no clean up.

Elegant Edge
from 1 review
    Cheryl K.
    Verified review

    Chef Alan created a wonderful presentation for our party. He provided pasta stations, tray-pass hors Delores beef tenderloin and a 3-tier cake. I would definitely hire him for any of my events.


    I have many years in the food, beverage and hospitality industry and have worked as a manager, bartender and pastry chef. I enjoy people and baking specialty items tailored to each individual occasion.


    Providing a delicious, nutritious yet delicious meal.. I enjoy color, taste, presentation, and food fusion. My culinart ranges from Southern to Classic American. Aside from culinary i also have over 10 years in the medical field specializing in providing respite care and children services.


    I am an Italian who moved to the USA 20 years ago. I am a private chef specialized in authentic Italian cuisine and offer four courses, sitting-down dinners or buffet-style parties in the Akron-Cleveland area.

    • 5 years in business

    I am a perfectionist. I try and make flavorful food that is also healthy.


    I am a private chef. I offer in-home catering, events and all area of fine foods. Please see my resume profile. I love what I do and have the expertise.


    I will be cooking special meals for people who are unable to cook for themselves. I will be prepping, shopping and preparing personal meals for people who are on the go. I am able to prepare good old-fashioned meals to upscale Artisan foods.


    Because I care about my customers and there satisfaction. I want to put a smile on there face so they can live a happier and fuller life.


    I bring a delightful and delicious experience of the culinary arts to your home. I use only traditional cuisine recipes to show the guests that there are many regions of cooking from around the world. I try to connect the family to the experience and thrill that cooking provides.


    I am a classically trained chef with a 30-year career featuring a wide experience in global menus and preparations. I specialize in Tuscan, Sicilian, Mediterranean, and Asian foods as well as special needs such as vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, and other allergy related dietary issues. I can cater in your home and arrange drop offs or pick-ups dependent on your needs or preferences.


    Meals on Heels is a personal chef service that delivers healthy and fresh meals straight to your doorstep up to five nights a week! Simply heat and enjoy!


    I am an executive chef at a retreat center, but will do private catering out of my commercial kitchen.


    I will travel to homes and provide meals, including breakfast, luncheons, and dinner parties. I will do the shopping, set up, production and cleaning.


    Trained at Le Cordon Bleu and determined


    I have my pastry degree. I can cater desserts or make you a beautiful cake for any occasion, for a cheap price and it is always homemade! Also, please just directly call me so that we can discuss your wants, needs and price. Thank you.

    • 13 years in business

    We can provide any kind of culinary event, from 2-500. We have extensive experience in the hospitality industry.

    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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