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Top Pro
  • 31 years in business
  • 134 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.

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ShefShaun | PurplePlate
from 36 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Abby G.
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I had never used Thumbtack before this experience. I was planning a dinner party for my sister's bachelorette party and wanted to do something extra special -- so we decided to get a private chef. ShefShaun answered my request promptly and was extremely easy to work with through direct email. I gave him our budget and he was able to come up with an amazing menu within our parameters. We were expecting a total of 12 guests. The day of the event he arrived two hours before the meal and provided all the dinnerware we needed (plates, silverware, cloth napkins, and offered wine glasses). The house smelled wonderful as he worked on preparing our meal -- we opted for a salad course, plated appetizer, and entree. When dinner time arrived his assistant was fabulous and made sure that we were taken care of and did not lift a finger. He explained each course to us as it was served including our refined chef's salad, arancini with tomato and mushrooms, and seared chicken breast supreme. ShefShaun and Dawn were both extremely professional and a pleasure throughout the evening. One of the highlights was that ShefShaun brought all of his own supplies and equipment. In addition to preparing an exceptional meal, ShefShaun made sure to leave the kitchen spotless afterwards. I have never used a private chef before this event. ShefShaun exceeded all expectations. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering having a special dinner party event.

Top Pro
from 22 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly A.
Verified review

My daughter and I enjoyed learning some valuable cooking tips and recipes from Chef Art. We made a variety of cuisines, as well as put the grill to use, plus finished it off with a simple yet delicious dessert. It was great to add some new, healthy, and fresh ideas to our cooking repertoire. We would highly recommend Chef Art and Around the World catering and cooking classes. Kim and Marianne Abdalah

Green Light Meals
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Reynolds C.
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I used Green Light Meals to cater a private family dinner to celebrate my wife’s 75th birthday. The entire family came home for the weekend to surprise her...and we did. However, we have a wide variety of food requirements within our family...medical gluten free, vegetarian, no sugar or artificial sweeteners, and no red meat. Green Light Meals customized the dinner with various entrees that met everyone’s personal selections. The food was excellent and the customer service was outstanding...including delivering the entire meal on Sunday of a long holiday weekend. The Hors D’Oeuvres, Salad, Entrees, and Side Vegetable Dishes all complimented each other. And the custom, gluten-free, three-layer white cake with with white icing was a real hit. With full confidence, I can highly recommend Green Light Meals.

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Traveling chef
from 11 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Andrea C.
Verified review

Saved our Thanksgiving dinner by accommodating a last minute request. The food was delicious and exactly what we requested. The Chef was professional, friendly and timely. Thank you!! We will be in touch again!

The Healthy Yinzer LLC
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
David T.
Verified review

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
Dotti W.
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Chef Dixon catered my daughter's wedding in September! From the setup, presentation and cleanup, we could not have been happier! The food was absolutely delicious and we received many wonderful compliments on how wonderful everything was! I would recommend him in a heartbeat!

Chef Justin Nelson
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mary T.
Verified review

Justin is new young chef on the scene who was on time, well prepared, engaging and wore his professional chef's attire. This was a gift to my boyfriend to prepare and teach us how to cook a dinner with a whole fish. Justin brought all the ingredients, including two very fresh red snapper. He taught us and prepared lobster cakes, avocado salad, taught us how to filet fresh fish, and together we prepared excellent fish tacos. For dessert he brought home made chocolate mousse with fresh berries. Another couple joined us, which made the event even more special. My boyfriend was thrilled with this fun-filled and educational gift and evening. We are already planning and looking forward to our next event with Justin!

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

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


    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!


    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. Making people smile and laugh all while making great food.


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


    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.


    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 I love food. I love traveling and sourcing local ingredients for my customers. My good relationship s with local vendors allows me to bring the freshest ingredients pittsburgh has to offer from the market and farm to your house, the epitome of farm to table.


    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.


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


    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! I love to cook and see the success of each special event booked wit our company executed to the highest quality and standards.


    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.


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


    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.

    • 7 years in business

    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.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    How much should catering cost per person?

    Catering prices can range from about $10 per guest on the low end to $150 or more per person on the high end. Catering costs represent the quality of food, presentation, variety, ingredients and service. But catering prices are more than the cost to cook the food that will be at your party; they also include the cost for the company to do business. Here is a simple breakdown of catering prices:

    • Menu: The food you serve your guests will directly affect the price per person. Organic ingredients, complex recipes, elaborate presentations, or high-ticket items like lobster or filet mignon all add to the cost.
    • Service: Buffet, family style, plated dinners — how you serve the food affects the cost per person. For example, a true plated meal can cost about twice the price of a staff-assisted buffet because of staffing costs. Hiring waiters, bartenders and cleanup crew will all be calculated into the per-person catering price.
    • Drinks: Providing beverages and alcoholic drinks for guests greatly increases your catering budget. Hosting an open bar can cost as much per person as the meal.
    • Rentals: Seating, plates, glassware, etc., will all have an effect on the cost per person for catering. For example, a plastic conference table that seats 10 costs about $6 to rent on average, while a wooden farmhouse table is about $80 to rent on average.
    • Business costs: Any catering cost will also include the cost for the company to do business such as insurance, employee wages, commercial kitchen space and more.
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