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Nashville Chefs

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Chef Rob Repass CPFM, CIN, CHC
4.9
from 101 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
Verified review

Phenomenal chef!!! I originally hired Chef Rob for my best friend's birthday over a year ago after researching multiple chefs in the Nashville. At that time it was just an intimate dinner for 2 at her house. His simplicity and use of whole organic foods really appealed to me. That experience was amazing so naturally when I was planning a surprise party for the same friend this year, I contacted him again. This time it was for a surprise party for 20 people including appetizers and an informal southern themed dinner. His delivery was impeccable! The food was amazing with many party attendees requesting his recipes. From start to finish, the process was easy. He worked diligently to create a fabulous menu. Very professional, punctual with his communication, and efficient with execution. Overall, perfect experience, and I will definitely be using him again!

CJ's Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
Alison Y.
Verified review

Chef Jeff was absolutely amazing. He and his assistant, Kyle, made my night as sister of the groom. We were over crowded and Chef Jeff took care of everyone and everything without batting an eye.. The food was delicious, beautiful and everyone raved. They also helped us get the champagne and cake served, then helped clean up!! Thank you so much for helping make the special day that much more magical. You will be highly recommended to all of my friends and family and I will call again for my future needs!

  • 18 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Scott W.
Verified review

Jan, thanks for letting us break in your newest restaurant! Enjoyed Kate's Kitchen. Food was excellent! Service was excellent! And, the conversation with the French chef topped it off! Will definitely make this a regular dining spot!

  • 8 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Anna C.
Verified review

You've gotta try Organic Meal Delivery..! Wow! I'm totally new to organic food & delivery services..but this service does not disappoint. The food is delicious, especially love the coconut shrimp & chicken rollup. Delish! Everything not only looks good but flavorful as well. Chef Will is very nice & accommodates your needs. Christy's menus personally designed! Great experience!!

Nashville Events & Catering
4.5
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Trevor P.
Verified review

Jonathan and his team were absolutely incredible! From our tasting at his home to the amazing dishes he served at our wedding. Not only was his food insanely good and memorable, his staff was awesome! As the Groom, the bartender never allowed me to have an empty drink or have to wait a second for anything. The entire experience with Jonathan and his team were exceptional. If you're looking for a professional, incredibly warm chef who creates delicious food and will go above and beyond for you... look no further than Jonathan and his team!

Top Pro
Pro Chef Dining
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christi R.
Verified review

Chef Dave was HANDS DOWN one of the very BEST chefs I've had the pleasure of working with. My girlfriends and I had an AMAZING time eating, laughing & joking with Dave while he worked his magic. The fried green tomatoes were heavenly, the cauliflower mac n cheese was so delicious you forgot you were eating cauliflower! The superstar of the night was the bourbon bread pudding - it's one of the best tasting dishes I've ever eaten. Chef Dave was absolutely wonderful and beyond helpful with where to go/avoid while we were on vacation. He was even sweet enough to bring us each a matching beer cozy! I cannot recommend Chef Dave enough - you will NOT be disappointed!!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany V.
Verified review

Chef Chris was easy to work with and delivered exactly what we ordered at exactly the time we had set. Wonderful food.

Chef Casandra Catering
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda M.
Verified review

I contacted Chef Casandra with a catering idea for a unique birthday party... an afternoon High Tea! She got right to work researching the traditional menus and history of High Teas. She was quick to respond with suggestions and took my initial concept to a whole new level! Chef Casandra took care of everything from the serving trays to rentals to the food (of course) and even hand-selected the assortment of tea offerings. Her creativity and professionalism are superb... not to mention, the food! Everything was so delicious! My guests left impressed, delighted and -- most importantly -- full! I will absolutely work with Chef Casandra again and will be quick to recommend her to anyone seeking an amazing catering chef. Thank you, Chef Casandra, for making my birthday one to remember!!

Cooking Services
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Robin R.
Verified review

I'm VERY happy to have Chef Tammy! She's extremely honest, dependable and does a wonderful job...just part of the family!

Sultry Soul Catering
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea R.
Verified review

Sultry Soul Catered my special event. The food was delicious the Chefs professional and the willingness to please. I could not have asked for better service. I would highly recommend Soultry for your catering needs.

From Your Kitchen
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew J.
Verified review

For anybody considering Lance's services, I can say that he's very pleasant to work with and most importantly is a fantastic chef. Chef Lance grocery shops, cooks, cleans up, and gets out of your house fairly quickly (although he is good company so you may want him to stick around). I would highly recommend him for anybody looking to make a date night/private party extra special, or to have wonderful meals prepared beforehand for you for the week.

Mirepoix Chef Services
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sonya T.
Verified review

My experience has been great. Chef Laura is very personable and the food is outstanding . I would highly recommend her.

Common Table
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
LK D.
Verified review

Simoni Kigweba prepared an incredible 4 course meal for our dinner party and it was the perfect night. Our friends raved about the meal. Simoni was so thoughtful about every aspect of the meal and we will definitely use him for events in the future.

Madeline Brown
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
Verified review

Chef Madeline is AMAZING!! We contacted her to help us get a better handle on weeknight meals! We are all very busy and having fresh, yummy and chef inspired meals for the week is such a treasure. Everything we have eaten has been great and even my kids have made “happy plates” and they are a little picky. The Salmon Chowder is my favorite so far, but I still have dinner for the next 3 nights so it might change!! Thank you, Chef Madeline for being a part of our dinner table! Dr. Melissa Taylor Burton

Chef Sean
5.0
from 4 reviews
    JoAnn J.
    Verified review

    Chef Sean creates an excellent menu for any occasion while staying within the budget! He is prompt, personable and is always professional.

    Vee-Go Vegan on the Go
    4.5
    from 4 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Raeesah B.
    Verified review

    I sought to give my husband a personal and unique catering experience for father’s day in our home and reached out to Vee-Go and asked if they could deliver on my desire. They developed a menu for the occasion, mapped out the evening, and far exceeded my expectations having never requested an in home caterer before! The food was exceptional and the private chef experience was luxurious! I’ve literally recommended to all my friends vegan or not because the food is that good and experience that sexy for a date night in! My husband even shared their information with our job and they are catering the office’s next meatless Monday! We plan to use them for a family dinner party real soon

    Chef Derron Clark
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Lauren H.
    Verified review

    Derron was amazing! Food was so packed with flavor and unique.

    Netters Catering
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    George J.
    Verified review

    He is a great chef and fun to have around. My family really enjoyed him!

    Sublime Cuisine
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Thumbtack Customer
    Verified review

    We've just started working with Shannon, and have found her a pleasure to deal with! She's a very talented chef and a positive and "can do" kind of person. Bravo!

    About

    I show the great side of food by giving it my own personal flare while incorporating thing that make it personal for my guest

    Newtrafresh

    New To Thumbtack

    • 7 years in business
    About

    I'm positive and energetic and a motivator for employees. I have a great management style that gets the team excited and focused on work by instilling positive reinforcement and praise among the staff. I have 25 years of experience in managing staff in high-end establishments that includes hotels, world-class resorts, universities and corporate dining. I have a natural ability to create an enthusiastic and productive working environment with the staff. I have strong business and budgeting experience and highly skilled in streamlining operations, controlling expenses, increasing productivity and service, while preserving the highest levels of quality. I have an expertise within the culinary department to include planning and performing financial analysis. I was named Rookie of the Year for the Southeast region for Aramark Sports and Entertainment, Nashville, TN, in 2000. I was nominated chef of the year by the American Culinary Federation, Biloxi, MS, in 1994. I was the "Toast of the Coast" Food Competition's triple award winner (first chef of Broadwater Beach Resort to win all three food categories) in Biloxi, MS, in 1994.

    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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