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DeSoto Chefs

Browse these chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in DeSoto.

Amazing Caterers
4.6
from 140 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
Halie S.
Verified review

We loved Ed! Not only was the food DELICIOUS, but the service was outstanding. Ed is a real people person, and every visit we had felt comfortable. Ed and Amazing Caterers catered for my wedding on Oct. 7th 2016. All my guests loved the food and variety Amazing Caterers offer, and I even had the chefs checking on myself; always asking if I needed anything throughout the night. Ed also went above and beyond for us, and got us a quote and set up for flatware 3 days before the wedding when a crisis had hit! Thank you Ed, and thank you Amazing Caterers!!

Tatering
4.8
from 110 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
Wolfgang P.
Verified review

We hired Marc for a private awards ceremony for the National Boys Scout of America. His BBQ is sensational, the smoked chicken was so tender. His BBQ should be in everyone's house and I really enjoyed the Caesar salad he prepared. As one chef (including my staff) to another we recognize true talent and all of here at WPG salute a true artist in the BBQ meats. We look forward to another fine menu prepared by him.

LK Culinary
4.9
from 88 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Lee D.
Verified review

Chef Luke and his assistant, Roger, were absolutely outstanding. The entire evening ran smoothly and the food was extraordinary! He kept his promise and delivered an A1, five star meal and professional service!

Chef Cassy's Creations
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
Steven M.
Verified review

We chose Chef Cassy to cater a grand opening party in our office and she did a great job. She was very accommodating and flexible with handling my last-minute requests. Everything was set up and displayed beautifully. Chef Cassy is very professional and was able to handle everything with little direction, which allowed me extra time to tend to other matters. The food was great – everyone especially loved her quesadillas.

  • 3 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Sara S.
Verified review

Chef Jared was so professional and his food was amazing and beautifully presented. Everyone loved the food and we are still enjoying the leftovers!

Urban Taste Catering
4.8
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
Monique R.
Verified review

Working with Tiffaney was amazing!! I set up a tasting with her first and she came in with her sous chef and executed as if it was the actual event, I couldn't have asked for more! The food tasted amazing and the presentation was beautiful. I was doing a corporate event in a Dallas but live and work in NJ and Tiffaney made everything easy for me. She was the first one to respond to my inquiry and her responsiveness continued through the whole process. Her team executed beautifully as well. She remained calm and confident when any obstacles came up. I would highly recommend her for any and every event!! I can't wait to do another event in Dallas so I can work with her again.

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A Sweet Life
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lan L.
Verified review

Leigh, the cake chef, is absolutely amazing! I asked her if she could do something unique for my kids birthday!!!! She not only understood my kids favorite things in life but worked within our budget limitations!!!! She made cakes that received so many compliments from my family and guests at our parties! We selected the expresso chocolate with ganache roasted pecan and French vanilla with strawberry and cream cheese...sugar cookies and cake pops......Couldn't be more beautiful & unique and sooo moist & delicious. Above that, talking and working with Leigh was a pleasure, she is a sweetheart! She is definitely a keeper for my future family events!!!!!

Chefs Like It Hot Caterers
4.4
from 50 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Lacarnist H.
Verified review

Words can't really express how perfect Chefs like It Hot catering was. Chef Tony was the friendliest, warmest, most genuine, and helpful person to cater my wife’s birthday party. He made everything less stressful, more beautiful, and constantly re-assured me that everything would go smoothly--and it did Not ONE thing went wrong, not one person went hungry, everyone talked about how DELICIOUS the food was, and how beautiful the venue looked. From place settings to timing, to just overall presence, Chefs like It hot was like a one stop shop for everything I needed and I didn't have to look anywhere else. We got SO many compliments on food and decor, and to top it off you can tell he absolutely loves what he does. I give him the highest rating possible and my wife and our families absolutely agree.

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Sweets by Chef Ana
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gabriella G.
Verified review

Chef Ana did such an amazing job on my birthday cake! It was BEAUTIFUL! She used the color scheme I requested and even put in the small details I wanted. It was also one of the most delicious cakes I’ve ever had. The donuts were delicious as well and perfectly matched the cake. I am super happy and plan on using her again.

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Affordable Elegance Dining
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faith M.
Verified review

Where do I begin?!? Brian is beyond fabulous! I had a small elegant birthday party for my dear friend and Brian suggested an intimate menu. It seemed extremely complicated to me, however he pulled it off with grace and beauty. Their were 3 men there who love to cook and Brian welcomed them into the kitchen and showed them some easy tricks for difficult dishes! They were so happy. We women could have cared less as we order reservations! None of us could understand why Brian is not the head chef of his own restaurant?!? If you are looking for someone who will prepare Horseradish Sake Tenderloin for most of your guest and then a beautiful Portbello stuffed mushroom for that one guest who is vegan and display your meal fit for Gordon Ramsey, you have your CHEF! He keeps the cost of the food to minimum while serving food so tender and delicious it literally quivers as your fork comes near. His personality is so precious that he would pop out of the kitchen every now and then with a joke as we were telling jokes like a stand up comedian! Everyone fell in love with him and one of my guests wanted to adopt him --- wife, children and all!! This chef loves his job with a passion and loves doing his job with a passion. If you are not happy, he is not happy. Brian is a chef you cannot afford to pass on----if you do for someone that may be a little less by maybe $100. or so----you will miss the quality, the show, the whole nine yards. Oh! The ultra clean kitchen too!! Love ya, Brian everyone tells you hello and loves you too. God Bless.

Carolyn's Cuisine
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Deepak G.
Verified review

I just started using Carolyn to deliver dinner for 5 one night a week. We had a our first delivery today and it was OUTSTANDING! Everyone loved their food and the portions were big enough that we have some left overs for tomorrow. She is great to deal with and so nice and friendly in person. If you are looking for a personal chef then look no further. So happy we connected with her!

SPICED LAVENDER CATERING
4.7
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Roy C.
Verified review

Highly recommended! They provided my wife and I with everything I needed for my event for 800 people. They also gave me a really great deal and were very flexible with my budget. On thumbtack I went through many catering companies and all of them were either overpriced or the food quality was below average. In addition I loved how they provided me a beverage bar with Hibiscus based drinks and organic lemonades. I especially loved their Lavender Cheesy Bread and Cherry Lime Hibiscus. Servers and Owners were prompt and the bartending service specialized in specialty cocktails that were smoked or traditional. Either way Spiced Lavender Catering is very professional and very fast to respond on any questions that I had. Also they are great for casual or high end venues that include weddings and corporate events. I cant thank them enough for saving me alot of stress at the last moment and they exceeded my expectation in everything from food to the exceptional service. Again I also cant thank them enough for being flexible with my timing and budget. Thanks Chef Nina.

City Kitchen Catering
4.6
from 18 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry L.
Verified review

The tasting for the event was outstanding. Such an amazing presentation on the plate of the entree. I was also impressed by the chef who took the time to serve us himself and give a detail description of the meal. Our sales contact Lisa was amazing as well very knowledgeable and professional. Will definitely recommend them to others.

The Divine Dish
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sara M.
Verified review

I arranged for Cari to host a cooking event for my husband's birthday. My husband loves to cook, so instead of using her as a personal chef, she taught my husband and my mother-in-law how to make homemade ravioli and cannoli. She was incredibly patient and helpful and they thoroughly enjoyed the evening. In the end, I enjoyed the dinner. Big thanks to Cari!

Just Encased Food Truck
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Zee A.
Verified review

The delicious bbq chicken sausage keeps me coming back for more!! Love supporting a great local family business. Especially, when they pay such close attention to detail. Chef Ched, if you read this - I'll be back soon!! This time for the umami sausage.

  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susie W.
Verified review

It was a real pleasure working with Lisa. She is very professional and most of all she's a very personable and pleasant young lady. I could depend on her to have a menu that catered to a nice variation of food choices. My order was taken and delivered to me on time as I had ordered . She was dressed professionally with the logo on her t-shirt. Now about the food, it was absolutely delicious each meal was individually prepared as opposed to just being dished out from a larger dish. The portion size was excellent and really convenient for me and my husband. We could each select what we liked. The food was always freshly made. I will continue to use Lisa as our personal chef and also if I need an event catered. I have recommended her to several people.

The Bite
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Paloma M.
Verified review

I used The Bite's catering services 2 weekends ago for my father in laws 70s birthday party. We were all so impressed with their food and quality of service. We chose their American Affairs Menu buffet style and it did not disappoint! We loved that Chef Evan through in our menu his mini spinach and cheese tarts. It was a wonderful little detail that made the party even more special. Him and his wife are a young vibrant team. Def will be using them again!

Matt Reddick Personal Chef
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jim W.
Verified review

Matt did a fabulous job, was personable, and excellent chef. went smoothly nad professionally. Hiring a chef, and getting Matt, made more sense than i could have ever imagined.

Soiree Chef Group
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Rajesh S.
Verified review

Roger and the Soiree Chef Group are simply outstanding. We cannot say enough good things about the care they took with respect to the arrangements, special dietary needs, execution on the day of the event and the kindness, courtesy and good humor with which they provided their services. Also, the quality of the food is exceptional. The savory item menu was prepared in detail consultation with us, and the presentation of the items was aesthetically very sophisticated. The pastry chef's creations are divine. We would recommend the Soiree Chef Group with great enthusiasm and look forward to working with them in the near future. KS and RS, Dallas

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda T.
Verified review

She goes above and beyond, the food was so delicious, and she is now our permanent chef :)

Sean Dillinger
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tosh P.
Verified review

Had such a great experience with Sean and Lance!! We would definitely recommend them as a great quality chef. Looking forward to using them again.

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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