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Knoxville Chefs

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Personal & Pastry Chef
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anoula M.
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She is a fabulous chef with a great deal of creativity! We love her food and look forward to her sinners after a hard day of work. Best decision and choice we made!

Chef JDs
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Liz P.
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Chef JD is a fantastic chef and using fresh herbs and spices makes a big difference in her delicious dishes. She writes a monthly column in Smoky Mountains Around Town newspaper doing a great job creating interest to her column with her knowledge on food and sharing some of her fabulous recipes.

  • 5 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brian F.
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My wife had just received a promotion with her company and we had planned a celebration dinner with family and friends. Our original catering company had double booked us, causing us to search else where. We found Carol Scott, and she rose to the occasion in style, elegance, sophistication, and above all class! Our menu had already been chosen, and we were worried due to the short notice that there may be issues in fulfilling our needs. This couldn't be farther from the case. We had Tuna Niçoise salad, an outstanding and perfectly prepared Seared scallop, the most desiccant Rack of lamb seasoned just right, and a Vanilla bourbon creme brûlée that people only read about!!! There were 16 of us there, and everyone was impressed with the arrangement, service, and above all Top Chef quality of her dishes. Where one company failed, she has now gained the business, demand, and above all high respect for her ability, and capability to produce such an experience in such short time! We are now guests for life in any kitchen, establishment our home she is invited into. Thank you for the shear awesomeness you have let us experience on such a grand occasion!

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Corry W.
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Chef Jeremy was the personal chef for my Mother and her sisters on Mother's Day weekend the kids surprised our Mother's with the Chef and they were all blown away with the Chef and had so much fun. You can tell he loves his job and goes all out to make his clients happy!!!

  • 5 years in business
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  • 5 years in business
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  • 18 years in business
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We offer services from small to large function, any cuisine and style. We hope to please with great prices, and quality food and service. We aim to please our customers with our great costumer service.

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I am a seasoned restaurant manager, working chef and training manager, and I have opened several restaurants, including some fast food but mostly full-service eat-in-type places, some with and some without bars. I love to cook; it's in my DNA, and I also have business experience and run the tightest numbers possible.

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I offer All aspects of food preparation, From start to finish. I also do special diet meals. I can do anything, from backyard BBQ's to fine dining.

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I am a private chef and personal assistant. I have several years of experience. Live-in is available. I have a perfect driving record and excellent computer skills. I am also skilled at making travel plans and personal correspondence. I am a true personal manager, very fit, and trim.

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I love what I do. I love the people and I love cooking simple foods in ways that taste good and look good. It’s what I would want to eat. I can do a Date Night, Small Parties, In Home Chef Prepared Meals (dinner, lunch, breakfast). I focus on all types of cuisine: Asian, Indian, Mexican, American, etc. I can travel to your home to prepare meals for the week(s) or just prepare dinner for you and your guest(s).

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I will provide you a dining experience of quality and taste to suit your needs and budget. Whether it'd be a romantic anniversary experience for just the two of you, a surprise party with 50 to100 guests or catering to the special needs of a loved one who needs help with a few dinners a week. I'm a Culinary Institute of America graduate with 25 years of experience, a back ground spanning from fine dine and country clubs, to Italian and seafood restaurants.

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I have been a chef and food and beverage director for 24 years in various restaurant atmospheres, including classical French, Italian, corporate hotels, country clubs, and Southern fusion.

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The flying plate Personal Chef Services provides the best in friendly five-star service with an emphasis on accommodating your tastes and preferences. The flying plate can make your next dinner party, romantic dinner for two, or casual family gathering an unforgettable experience.

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I am a professional chef with over 20 years of experience in all forms of restaurant and catering. I am knowledgeable in nutrition and many various cuisines and diets, and I am skilled and prepared to cook a meal for you and yours that is as healthy or indulgent as you want it to be! I am available for day-to-day meal preparations, as well as special events. I work mostly alone, but will hire additional help for larger meals/parties/events. As I am new to this Thumbtack system, I have not given a real phone number for contact. Please contact me via email, and I will call you as needed to further discuss your needs.

  • 4 years in business
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Chef Monette enjoys sourcing the ingredients for the perfect menu to match her customer's dietary requirements. She also places special attention on the flavor and presentation of the completed dishes.

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I can cater for most small events by myself. I can accommodate larger orders with more notice. I also do restaurant kitchen consulting along with private cooking classes. I can do full service catering and have access to dining facilities to seat as many as 125 people and even overnight accommodations if desired Dining facility located in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg

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It is time to go back to what I do well. I would love to show off my talents to you. I've been working in the Senior Living Field as executive chef and have become stagnated. Do you need a talented chef with a personality? My experiences include weddings up to 1200 guests, business meetings, receptions, etc. I have references and will meet with you to discuss your needs.

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A classically trained and award-winning chef is available for private catering, weddings and private chef services, from small to large parties or group cooking lessons. Complete event planning and consulting are available.

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I offer personal and private chef and catering services. I provide quality products at competitive pricing. I am flexible with all dietary needs.

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My catering company loves to personalize your cooking experience by creating freshly prepared, globally inspired meals. I work closely with private customers and event planners to prepare a variety of foods for a variety of functions and events as per the client's requirements and specifications. Let Chef Mo make your event unforgettable.

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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