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Pittsburgh Chefs

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

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  • 31 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin R.
Verified review

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.

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ShefShaun | PurplePlate
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Toni M.
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Chef Shaun is a fabulous cook! With a superstar personality! Can't wait to use his services again. Thank you Chef Shaun for a wonderful weekend!!!!! All 16 of us love you!

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ATWC, Inc
5.0
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!!

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Traveling chef
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John C.
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Chef Bill came into our home and taught my 3 kids the basics of getting around the kitchen, how to properly use knives, saute chicken (or any protein), and we ended up with a fantastic chicken parm dinner. Everything went great! ----- John C from Shaler

The Healthy Yinzer LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
David T.
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Searching for a trainer was hard for me, I wanted someone who is educated and could answer any questions that came up. After finding him on the Tumbtack app, I noticed he had multiple degrees and he was also a chef! So I hired him and after the first day I could tell he was truly something special. His knowledge and his workouts are something I look forward to each week. I would have Nick live in my guesthouse if I could! That’s how good he is. He is always coming up with different workouts and is always supplying me with healthy recipes to cook right after our workouts! He is fantastic and I couldn’t recommend him more!

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Justine D.
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We hired Justin Dixon for our wedding and we couldn't be more pleased. He very happily worked with us to customize our menu to make it everything we wanted and more. Not only was he very easy-going and fun, his food was absolutely delicious! I would definitely recommend his services. Thank you Chef Dix!

Anthony's Catering
5.0
from 1 review
    Michele B.
    Verified review

    The food was exactly as I asked . Service was professional and friendly . Chef Ike was extremely accommodating.

    About

    I provide an in-home professional chef service for those special occasions when only extraordinary cuisines will do. Using the finest ingredients available, I will produce a five-star restaurant meal in the comfort of your home. I have been an executive chef for 25 years, working in hotels, restaurants, and the airline industry. I trained at the Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, and at La Varenne in Burgundy, France.

    About

    I absolutely LOVE seeing being smile and enjoy the food I create for them. I feel very comfortable around people I don't even know, and will do anything in my power to please them.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    Chef Marlon Angelo is a premier private chef service providing culinary services for high profile clients who desire extraordinary cuisine. He specializes in private and corporate catering for small to large scale events, such as weddings, banquets, music and sporting events, and more. Chef is also available for discreet services, such as private in-home catering and daily meal service. Chef Marlon Angelo's menus feature a variety of healthful, mouthwatering dishes using the finest and freshest vegetables and top-quality meats and seafood. Child, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, diabetic, and other special menus are available. Along with private catering and discreet services, Chef Marlon Angelo also offers himself as an independent contractor providing culinary services for businesses and restaurants, including guest chef services, recipe and menu development, professional consultations, and more.

    About

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

    About

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

    About

    I travel to your home to prepare breakfast, lunch or dinners for you and your family and/or guest. I prepare for parties, private events or just great home cooked meals for your family!

    About

    We are a full-service caterer. We are creating menus specific to the needs of our customers. From breakfast buffets, graduations, picnics, private parties, and corporate events to the wedding of your dreams, we can create the perfect menu to fit your event. Visit our website for a quick look at what we can do for you.

    About

    We use only the freshest hand selected foods and will accommodate any requests that our clients may need to make their special occasion memorable to all of the guests!

    About

    I am a classically trained chef who takes pride in attention to detail. My motto and theme for cooking is "simple done right". It's understood that there is trending food today, but not everyone can afford the exquisite high-end food. I provide skillfully prepared familiar food with a twist that is reminiscent of home, with an introduction to a developed palette, which leaves my guests with a welcoming experience of the past and present on their taste buds.

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    Hello, my name is Trevor Weingartner. It is my pleasure to meet you. My wife and I recently moved to the Robinson/Airport area. My wife is a behavior specialist at the Watson Institute for children with disabilities. I am an assistant food service director for Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Highschool in Coraopolis PA. I oversee the food production for the High School (approx 400 kids+ Staff). I also prepare food for special functions and for the sisters and priests living on site. I have dedicated my life to the study of international food preperation and culture. I specialize in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. I am proficient in all areas of food preparation. I am seeking a few clients to fill in my schedule. I know the pittsburgh area well, I source ingredients from local butchers, bakers, grocers and farmers in pursuit of the best ingredients available. I have child abuse/criminal background/fingerprint clearances, all clean, all current. *I have training in childhood development and am fantastic with kids. I am well versed in organic food puree and baby food prep. I prepare gluten free options routinely for the sisters and priests with many dietary restrictions at my convent accounts. I coach adults with high functioning autism at OLSH. My wife works as a Behavior Specialist and i volunteer with her. So while i have no direct care experience with children on the autism spectrum, i do have a lot of time interacting and teaching children and adults with different challenges. I work 7-2 Mon-Fri. When OLSH lets out for the summer i will be looking for clients to fill the gap of employment. If we develop a relationship i could be persuaded to come on full time depending on your situation. Chef Weingärtner

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    I am a personal chef specializing in vegetarian and vegan cuisine. I prepare soups, salads, stews, sandwiches and other hearty, healthy fare.

    About

    I can provide chef services for one or up to 25. I can deliver the food to you. I will prepare the type of cuisine that you desire with Lebanese as a specialty. I have 18 years of experience. I aim to please, so give me a chance.

    About

    I am a Pittsburgh based sommelier and chef. I give cooking lessons and beverage education. I am also available for hire for small catering functions to cook and/or bartend.

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    I specialize in gourmet ethnic and American cooking and can create my own recipes and menus for any particular occasion. Heart- and weight-healthy cooking are also a specialty. The bottom line is that I'm cooking for the desires and the needs of my clients.

    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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