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Austin Private Chefs

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

Top Pro
  • 22 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin A.
Verified review

If I could give 6 stars I would. Working with Leslie was so easy! Usually the breakfast/lunch part of our events is the most time consuming and stressful, but for the first time, I wasn't freaking out. She was incredibly prompt with quotes, answered all my questions (no matter how stupid), and thought of everything before I even asked. I'm always nervous about catering since I've had some horror stories with incredibly late caterers. Not them! They arrived an hour early, prepped, and we had an excellent breakfast. My office is notorious for being incredibly picky when it comes to food, and all I heard around the event was how amazing the food was and how friendly and fantastic the chefs were. This was a first for us! I'm afraid they're going to see a lot of us in the future, and I can honestly say that one of the reasons my event went so smoothly is due to Fabulous Affairs.

Tasty Temptations
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 68 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
  • 97 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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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!

Chef Natalie Blackburn
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Eric B.
Verified review

Great food, service, and person. Thank you Chef Natalie.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chuck C.
Verified review

Chef Daniele orchestrated a fabulous evening. Half cooking class, half fine dinning. Everyone enjoyed home made Italian dishes and great company.

  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Diana E.
Verified review

Cindy was wonderful to work with and the meal was amazing!! She and her assistant did a wonderful job and I would definitely look her up the next time I am in need of a private chef!

Brian Cooks, You Eat
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 16 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.

EatFabulously
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Carmela H.
Verified review

I hired Chef Edna for a personal dinner for my family. She cooked us delicious food and gave us excellent personalized service. She is always going to be welcome in our kitchen and highly recommend her to any of my personal and business colleagues.

  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle P.
Verified review

Wonderful service. Chef is very professional and the meals are excellent. He is able to accommodate for dietary restrictions or specific diet needs. Would definitely recommend this service!

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!

Freestyle Baking Company
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Josh B.
Verified review

Freestyle's attention to detail in aesthetics are only matched by the quality of the actual FOOD. Too often custom desserts end up looking far better than they taste. This stuff, on the other hand, is as much fun to eat as it is to look at. Jenny is a true chef as well as an artist, and it shows.

  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
John M.
Verified review

I've been gluten intolerant for most of my life. I'm also a terrible cook. As a result, maintaining a healthy, wholesome diet is a constant challenge. Samantha not only has me eating well but has taught me so much about how to make healthy food taste amazing. Her menu planning and preparation has also saved me a lot of time and headaches. She really took the time to personalize her service for me. She's opened up a whole new culinary world for me, and I couldn't happier or more thankful!

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!!

Mamané's Home Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
    April G.
    Verified review

    Renee is an amazing chef! She has creative menu ideas and her food is delicious. She always does a great job cleaning our house too. We highly recommend her.

    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!

    Personal Chef
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I enjoy working with people to cater to their needs and being interactive with new idea as to keep things interesting. Being able to be creative when preparing meals is what drives my passion, oh and of course making food that people enjoy!

    Ryan's Chefing

    New To Thumbtack

    • 6 years in business
    About

    I provide a great meal at a phenomenal cost to my clients. You can provide the menu, or I can. It's up to you. I will provide the budget and the shopping list.

    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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