Plate & Platter

Dallas, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have over 7 years of experience cooking for clients after attending culinary school and working in the New York restaurant scene. I also taught cooking classes at Whole Foods and Sur La Table for a combined 5 years. Whether you're looking for a dinner party, cooking lesson or other prepared meals, I'm sure to bring creativity, attention to detail and hospitality to every event.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I like the fact that I get to work with food every day! I'm excited about what I do and enjoy the creative process whether it be recipe development, menu creation, or the actual cooking!

Location

Dallas, TX 75206

Years in business

4

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

7

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Analisa F. Mar 21, 2017
    Perfect family experience!
    Becka taught my family and I how to cook Cioppino, Caesar Salad, Two Pastas, and Creme Brûlée (admittedly more time consuming on a Friday evening than we expected) and did a phenomenal job! Not only was the food delicious, but Becka was a great teacher. She was personable, patient and positive, which made for such a fun night! I highly recommend Plate & Platter and personally plan on calling Becka the next time we have a special occasion to celebrate. 5 stars all around!
  • Jamie L. Dec 12, 2015
    I contacted Becka about suprising my boyfriend for his birthday. We had been talking about learning to make homemade pasta for months and wanted to have a professional teach us. I found Becka online by chance and it was the best experience I could have wished for. Becka suggested a 3 course menu based upon some initial ideas I gave her, and worked with me to tweek it a bit. She arrived at my house with all the ingredients cleaned and pre measured. she walked us through every step and even explained the science behind creating flavors. She even cleaned up afterwards while we enjoyed the delicious butternut squash ravioli in brown butter and shrimp and tagatelli in vodka basil sauce. The evening was so amazing, I was engaged (literally) by the end of it. I highly recommend Becka for any culinary experience. In fact we are looking forward to taking another class with her.
  • Jan V. Aug 15, 2014
    Becka has cooked many meals for my family. She is professional, listens to our needs and preferences, and makes the entire family happy (which isn't easy with two teenagers). I leave creative decisions up to Becka and am always pleasantly surprised with the meals she provides. Each morning, I wake up looking forward to the delicious dinner I have in store just waiting for me to "arrange". For someone to loves to eat and considers the kitchen to be for retail-value-only, I recommend Becka's cooking as a life-saver.
  • Hazel W. Dec 13, 2013
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Becka did a remarkable job. She braved the ice storm and made the evening with such a wonderful dinner. She made a 100% gluten free 3 course meal and was so delightful to work with every step of the way. I have already booked her again for an upcoming brunch!!
  • Angie W. Aug 12, 2013
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Becka was amazing and the food was spectacular!! I recommend using her it was so good!!! Thanks for a great meal!!!!
  • Lori N. Jul 30, 2013
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Becka was great! She cooked dinner for a bachelorette party and the food was fantastic. She was easy to communicate with and prepared a list of menu items to choose from. No complaints here!
  • Lizzie B. May 7, 2013
    Becka is fantastic! Not only did she cook an in-home meal for 15 in a makeshift kitchen, but when I called her the day of with concerns that the "condos" we were staying at lacked the necessary tools to actually produce a meal, she told me that she had actually suspected that might be the case and had brought everything she needed to whip up (in a way that felt effortless) the most delicious 3 course meal our group of 15, very hungry women ate all weekend. From our first point of contact, Becka navigated our budget, menu preparation, communication, payment, and execution seamlessly and professionally (leaving the kitchen cleaner than she had found it). Anyone would be lucky to have her and Plate & Platter in their kitchen!

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always been interested in food but never followed it as a career choice until I had spent about 5 years in marketing and got burned out. I needed a change and went to culinary school to follow my passion. It was a wonderful experience and equipped me for starting my own business as a personal chef.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have recently prepared many multi-course dinner parties for small groups of 2-12 people. Typically, clients will start with an appetizer or two, and then move on to a main dish that's plated with sides. They'll finish up with a beautifully plated dessert. The menu is constructed around their tastes so usually we'll try to highlight ingredients that are favored by the guest of honor in addition to using ingredients that are in season. I'm always creating new dishes for dinner parties, customized for specific clients.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I cooked for a group of 15 women who were all renting condos in town for a bachelorette party. The condos had no cooking equipment and the kitchen was teeny tiny without much lighting. I had brought two large containers of equipment with me, most of which was put to good use. I prepared an appetizer, main, two sides, and dessert for the large group in the small kitchen using only the things I had brought. It was definitely a challenge but made me feel like I could take on any challenge!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure the chef's style jives with your own. If they like to cook modern plated food with interesting ingredients and you like classic rustic food, it won't be a good match. Most importantly, the chef should have your needs in mind. If they are trying to push you one way and you want to go another direction, find a chef that's willing to be more flexible and deliver the exact experience you are looking for.