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Austin Private Chefs

Browse these private chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Austin.

Tasty Temptations
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Katy L.
Verified review

Karen was a wonderful chef! The food was absolutely amazing and she gave us plenty of leftovers to last through the rest of the weekend.

Luna's Kitchen
4.6
from 53 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Linda M.
Verified review

Holiday Sit-down dinner for 14. Prime rib, shrimp cocktail, tossed salad, twice baked potatoes, green beans with silvered almonds, rolls and mini strawberry shortcake. Food was delicious, a little slow as to not being accustomed to my kitchen, not knowing where things were and not asking but with this large of dinner party it was hard for caterers to get my attention. Caterers only big problem was not leaving early enough (after we discussed it) to get through the extremely heavy traffic and arrive on time which threw dinner off from scheduled time. Since everyone attending were friends, it just worked out that we had more time to talk but it caused the caterers to cook and reheat dinner items because they had gotten cold waiting in traffic getting here. It ended up working out well, a good time was had by one and all and as I early mentioned, the food was delicious- far above what we had expected. We will highly recommend Lunas catering and also will use them again in any future catering needs.

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Lyukum Cooking Lab
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan I.
Verified review

To Our Chef de cuisine, Kaye Alimpiyeva, many thanks for enthusiasm and fine Teaching skills. Authentic cooking class French Crepes, Savory and Sweet developed four Sous Chefs extrodanarire! Sharing her knowledge and Love of Culinary skills, Kaye took time to develope our natural talents and eliminated our simple fears! Looking forward to meeting these Fine Ladies again in Our Teachers Executive Kitchen! She opened a door for Future techniques and exquisite Desserts! C'est la vie Katya,

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Kniseley Catered
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy H.
Verified review

Robert did an outstanding job preparing our rehearsal dinner meal. He and his wife prepared enough to feed at least one hundred people and nothing ran out before everyone got through the line. The meal was delicious and right on time. He is an excellent chef, and you will not be disappointed with his catering.

Goodies & Bits LLC
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie K.
Verified review

My nonprofit had the pleasure of hosting Goodies and Bits food trailer onsite at our studios! The Royal Chefs, Marvin and Estella, are a pleasure to work with and the food is Heavenly! My favorite is the melt-in-your-mouth brisket on a melt-in-your-mouth roll! The pound cake was also delicious!!!!

Bon Vie Chef Services
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jim R.
Verified review

This was awesome. We love dinner parties, but this year we've just had no time. And even when we did have time, we were wiped after the week, and couldn't face the cleaning, cooking, and cleaning again (dishes -- like a hangover without the fun drunk part beforehand). We decided to splurge and try a catering/chef service. We chose Chef Bonnie and were very pleased. Communication via email and phone was promptly responded to. She handled the somewhat complex dietary issues of some of our guests without batting an eyelash. She noted our requests and confirmed them, also dealing with my questions and minor changes perfectly. The day of the dinner she and her assistant arrived with everything they needed to cook an awesome meal. All we had to do was occasionally point out where some of our serving dishes and kitchen items were. When our guests arrived we were able to relax and enjoy a conversation for hours while Bonnie and her assistant dealt with all the food, served us, and then CLEANED UP ALMOST EVERYTHING. They even labeled and stored the leftovers in our fridge! Have I mentioned the food was delicious? It was! Rounding it all out, I felt we got good value for our money. I would not call it "inexpensive" but two people working hard for 6 hours (skilled labor at that), plus the prep time beforehand, and all supplies except the wine, salt and pepper? AND the ease of mind? Bargain. Oh yeah, almost forgot: She was very patient with our dogs, who spent most of their time under her feet until we finally put them away. Give her a try! I think you'll be pleased!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Chef Daniele did a private dinner for a small group of friends and we had a wonderful time! He answered questions quickly and made menu recommendations tailored to our group. He was friendly and made an excellent meal. We cleaned our plates and would recommend him to anyone who wants great Italian food but may want to avoid the logistics of getting multiple people to dinner exactly on time. Even better is that we could relax and drink while smelling the food as it cooked!

Chef Heath Culinary Services
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa M.
Verified review

Chef Heath , came our home and my husband and I explained to Heath what we were looking to accomplish and needed his expertise in preparing organic foods for our family. Chef Heath has done a great job fulfilling our needs. He's very passionate about his job . He wants make sure our needs are met and satisfing . Chef Heath prepares the menu and allows enough time to make sure we like it or he can adjust the menu. Best decision we made!

Hill Country Cakery
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jerome C.
Verified review

Tammy makes RIDICULOUSLY delicious cakes. Hands down. They were so good that my cousin having a wedding later that year asked if she's only based in Austin because the cake was the best he's ever had at a wedding. I honestly can't wait to have another occasion to call on Tammy for another one of her cakes. Thank you for making or day so incredibly special!

Brian Cooks, You Eat
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Rowena Y.
Verified review

Chef Brian provided a cooking lesson for my junior girl scout troop. The girls were all excited about the prospect of meeting a Brian and couldn't wait for our monthly meeting. Brian showed them how to prepare 3 easy, healthy snacks. He provided great instructions, involving all the girls in each project. He shared kitchen safety tips as well. The food was great. They girls will be able to make these dishes at home. Brian has a great big personality and was a resounding success with my girls. Rowena Y.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marlo D.
Verified review

We hired Chef D for a chef lunch/demo presentation for a very important customer. The customer really enjoyed the experience and overall the day was a great success.

Beescuits & Gravy
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren P.
Verified review

These people KNOW what Italian food should taste like. I felt like I received services from a celebrity chef team for half the cost of a real one! Can’t thank them enough. Sincerely made my anniversary a perfect night.

Chef Heath Catering
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya J.
Verified review

Chef Heath made some very delicious food for my recent holiday party. He was very communicative, had great idea about what to serve and showed up on time with exactly the excellent food he promised. He even helped me plate/present the food which was very appreciated. I will definitely use Chef Heath again for my events.

Personal Cooking Classes
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie S.
Verified review

This past Sunday my daughter and eleven year old granddaughter took Kareem’s ( insert his last name) cooking class at my daughter’s house. They were going to make a vegetable soup. Kareem displayed all type of chef knifes, how to used them properly and for which type of food they would used for. His demonstrated proper knife usagevarious ways to cut different vegetables. Kareen assisted my daughter & granddaughter in their use of different vegetable cuts with the appropriate knifes. The soup was delicious and Kareen was extremely knowlegable and helpful in assisting my granddaughter with her knife cutting skills. Plans were made for the next cooking class. It was agreed upon to make a pasta with a special tomato sauce. I’m sure anyone who hires Kareen won’t be disappointed with his class.

L'Amica Catering Austin
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rachel L.
Verified review

Love the food, perfec amount of food and very professional! Chef is awesome!

F.B. Chefs ATX
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nate S.
Verified review

We hired F.B. Chefs for our company retreat in Austin, Texas. Lionel was everything we expected and more!! Couldn't have asked for a more attentive, detailed and understanding individual. Dinner and Brunch was excellent! From the taste to the service! 5 stars all around! We would gladly use him again and highly recommend his services and expertise!!

Bohemian Barbecue
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Lynn C.
Verified review

Lance and his team produce the best brisket ever!! They have catered both private events and work functions and are always top notch!

Ruth J.
Verified review

I love her food and her attitude! She takes such joy in her work. She takes great satisfaction in making sure her clients are happy and satisfied. She is creative and thoughtful in her approach to food. She listens closely to her clients to make sure she understands what is needed. She pays attention to every detail. Abby put together a beautiful picnic supper for my daughter and her cheerleading squad. Everything was perfect and everyone enjoyed it. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone who needs to feed a crowd and wants to do it with style and grace!

Hannah
5.0
from 1 review
    Melina F.
    Verified review

    Chef Hannah catered my 50th Birthday Brunch Party in February, & it couldn't have been any better! The Baked Hashbrown Egg Nests were a HUGE hit! We had the most delicious Mimosas with Fresh squeezed Orange juice, & I can't stop thinking about the Sweet Potato Chorizo Fritatta & those Breakfast Sausage Cinnamon Rolls with yummy Maple icing!! She had her own, fun twist on classic dishes that made everything such a huge hit. Everyone had a blast, & she was so friendly & warm to all of us. I will definitely have her cater my next party. She cooks with love & you can taste it in her food.

    Austin Veggie Chef

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      Le Cordon Bleu certified personal chef in the central Austin area is currently taking new clients. I have 10 years of experience in culinary arts, and I specialize in vegetarian and vegan diets. I also have extensive knowledge in raw foods, gluten-free cooking, and general nutrition. My services include special events, every day meals prepared in your home or delivered, menu planning, and grocery shopping. My cuisine is made from the best local produce and has a taste like no other. Not to mention, my rates are unbeatable. Impress your next group of dinner party guests like you have never done before. Call or email today to set up a free consultation and menu planning.

      Chef Abe's Bistro

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        Chef Abe's personal chef services, offers you an creative and experienced professional by your side. You function, no matter how large or small will be built to your needs and desires. An intimate dinner for two, a family BBQ, an elegant wedding, Corporate function or even lunch, and everything else across the spectrum will be managed with you the clientele in mind. Our team of specialist will help you in the complete process. No matter the need from venue, guests, decorations, service, food, and activities, we will be your personal service or just follow your lead and respond to your specifications. Private cooking classes are also Chef Abe's passion.

        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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