T. L. Hooker Personal & Private Chef
T. L. Hooker Personal & Private Chef

T. L. Hooker Personal & Private Chef

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Offers remote services
Offers remote services
$100/person
starting cost


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Responds in about 8 min

Introduction: My name is Chef T. L. Hooker and I have been in the restaurant and hospitality industry for 22 years. My experience is wide ranging, originally being from El Paso, TX, my heart and soul is Mexican cuisine, but my favorite type of food to make has to be French and my menu reflects that. I like taking influences from Asian cuisine and utilizing the techniques to create compelling, deep and flavorful taste profiles. My time in Homer, Alaska taught me the fine art of seafood and the amazing flavors they produce. I was mentored by high caliber, integrity driven chefs, most recently at the Dallas Country Club, Lakewood Country Club, and Mot Hai Ba in Lakewood, where I fine tuned my skills that has now taken me to the personal chef industry, where I am grateful and fully humbled working with my clients to provide memorable meals and relationships that transcend food.
Overview

Current Top Pro

Hired 113 times

Serves Dallas, TX

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2 employees

3 years in business

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This pro accepts payments via Apple Pay, Cash, Check, Credit card, Square cash app, and Venmo.

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2021

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2022

This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

Excellent 4.9

63 reviews

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Madison S.
3 weeks ago
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I hired Chef T.L. for a celebratory anniversary dinner and he truly made the night so so special and memorable! The food was absolutely delicious - we especially loved the brie and blueberry tartlets and the creme brûlée! We have an infant daughter at home we had to put down to sleep prior to dinner and Chef T.L. was very accommodating and flexible with timing, which I greatly appreciated. I highly recommend hiring T.L. for your next event or celebration - he is incredibly talented and worth every penny!

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 2 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Italian • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Kay S.
1 month ago
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What can you possibly give to your son and new daughter-in-law for Christmas when they live in another state and have everything?? Answer: A personalized chef!! The problem was finding one who personalized in their diet needs, which was affordable and catered to the customers needs. T.L. was a Godsend!! He made this easy, and was very responsive and patient in my purchase. If his chef services are as professional and excellent as his initial contact was with me, then I can’t wait to hear how the dinner turns out. Thank you T.L.

Details: Date night • 2 guests • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • French • Gluten free or celiac • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc.

T. L. Hooker Personal & Private Chef's reply
Thank you Kay 🙏🏻 Will keep you updated!! Thank you for your support!
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Saundra B.
Dec 12, 2022
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Chef Hooker was fantastic! He was communicative from the moment that we booked him. He explained everything, gave me pointers, and allowed everyone to choose their own entrée. The charcuterie board was delicious, and the seated meal was outstanding. The best part was that I was able to enjoy the entire evening with everyone, instead of being busy in the kitchen. And the cherry on top, the kitchen was spotless when he left. Thanks again Chef for a memorable and delicious evening!

Details: Brunch / dinner party • 6 - 10 guests • Cocktail hour / hors d'oeuvres • Dinner • Standard (basic ingredients) • American - casual • Asian • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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Pauline W.
Dec 28, 2021
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Where do I even begin on this review. First thing is that this was our first time having a personal chef. I didn’t know what to do and didn’t know what menu to put together. I contacted another chef that gave me a few menu options. It seemed overwhelming. I was never contacted back. I kept getting alerts with Chef TL Hooker’s info and others. I contacted Chef TL and all I had to do was contact him, give him an address and pay. I’m 6 hours away so all I could do was trust what he said. I explained this was an anniversary dinner and I just wanted it special. He stated in contact with me. He came down to my level because I didn’t even know food items he was talking about. He was on time and brought everything with him. He even sanitized the kitchen area. We were so impressed. He works so clean. He was neat and professional. The food was sooooo good and I mean it. I wasn’t aware he was even going to bring his own dishes. He brought a 5star restaurant to us. I highly recommend for any event. Also, last minute because of an iodine reaction we had to change the menu. We were given several choices and I’m glad it was changed. We enjoyed the sea bass. Very professional. Exceeded expectations. This is an experience that I will drive 6 hours to come back for only if Chef TL is our chef. I don’t even want to try another. You will not be disappointed. God Bless you chef and your business.

Details: Date night • 2 guests • Dinner • Dessert • Standard (basic ingredients) • Dessert • Cold beverages (non-alcoholic) • American - casual • Southern • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location

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Rhonda W.
Jun 10, 2022
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Wow! I had never used a private chef, bud did for our 1 year anniversary last night. The food was AMAZING. JL is professional. We not only enjoyed the meal but our conversation with him afterwards. We will definitely do this again! Thanks for making our special night memorable.

Details: Special occasion (birthday, anniversary, etc.) • 2 guests • Dinner • Premium (high end ingredients) • Dessert • American - formal • Meal prepared onsite • Only once • My home, venue, etc.

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