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Aiken Chefs

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Creative Cuisine LLC.
5.0
from 50 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie W.
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It has been my great pleasure to watch the evolution of Megan as a Chef. She has become an artist. Yet, she has never forgotten the most important ingredient in any recipe, love. Megan pours her heart & soul into every dish. She truly loves creating & constantly challenges herself to move beyond culinary delights already mastered.

The Food Academy, LLC
4.7
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Gina R.
Verified review

We hired the Food Academy to cook dinner on our family vacation for 16 adults. The chefs prepared a delicious cookout buffet and we had plenty of food. They were professional and really personable. Everything was fresh and tasted great. Fried chicken, mac & cheese, red rice, grilled veggies and corn, sausage, and shrimp skewers were the favorites. Only negative was that they arrived late and dinner was served late. Overall, it was a great dinner.

  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Tavis M.
Verified review

Everything was perfect. From the setup to the meal. The total experience was outstanding. Thomas and his assistant (Maya) are excellent chefs and I have already recommended his services to a number of my friends and colleagues. I will definitely use Black Tree again.

  • 3 years in business
Narumi A.
Verified review

Hugo is a great chef. If you want to get the real deal experience, make sure to check out the Spanish Bite!

Small Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Kim B.
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Chef Sedio is highly regarded in his field. He is professional and his service and food is excellent. You can't go wrong!!!!

  • 2 years in business
Robert B.
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Their service was stellar. Appetizer, main course and desert, all tasted great. My wife surprised me with personal chef Hopps on my birthday. I'm not going to tell you what we ate you just need to book them and I PROMISE, you will not be disappointed.

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I provide homemade food and pastries. I do all kinds of international food, fresh and delicious for everybody's palate.

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We offer Italian-American cuisine, from a quite residential dinner party to a full sit-down wedding dinner. We have many handmade and homemade items. We have manicotti, lasagna, Italian sausage and peppers, Italian breads, pastry, and much, much more. In addition we do American cuisine.

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The Fresh Chef is a farm fresh experience. We are serving only the freshest food, made with premium all-natural organic ingredients from local sustainable resources when possible. Make your next private or corporate event a fresh one!

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No matter if you are in the mood for a good home cooked meal or want something more upscale, I will sit down with you and tailor your food to what YOU want, and will give you the experience that you desire

  • 4 years in business
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Are you looking for a delicious meal that is prepared from scratch by an expert chef? There is no need to look any further. Chef Sid has been preparing and creating original recipes, inspired by a true passion for food, for more than 30 years. He can create the perfect menu for you, for either a formal or a family occasion. For more information, please visit the Chef on Wheels' website.

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I am a classically trained chef available to cook your family a tasty meal on a week night, cater your next business lunch or even your next big occasion.

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Refined, thoughtful, elegant food with professional and courteous service.

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I am Chef Williams, a graduate from Helms College. I am certified, and I have 3 years in the food business. I have worked with most major restaurants in Augusta, including the Masters.

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I am a personal chef, and I can teach you how to cook, bake or prepare your meals for you. I can cater your functions, such as birthday parties or any special event. I can do ice sculptures for those events as well.

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We offer good food and service catering all over the CSRA. We maintain smooth and timely operations in preparation and delivery of meals and kitchen sanitation.

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I am a modern chef with a lifetime in the kitchen, My services are unique because my Wife is my sous chef. Together we surpass expectations!!

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I have better than restaurant-style meals prepared at a location of your choice for 1 to 1,000. My services are available on an as-needed basis, or I'm available for hire as your own personal chef. My services include entire preparation of requested meal, from shopping to cleanup.

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I am providing high-quality restaurant-style meals in the comfort of your home. I have over 25 years of food and beverage experience.

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I am a head chef at The Pot Smoker BBQ. I have a culinary arts degree. I am a personal or professional chef for all occasions.

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I have over 16 yrs. experience Cooking styles from Southern to Italian. I only cook from scratch. I can prepare meals for private dinning, small parties, or delivery.

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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