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Irving Chefs

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

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 87 reviews
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda C.
Verified review

We decided to have a girls night in cooking class party with Chef Luke and it was the most fun ever! Chef Luke was so nice, managed time perfectly, explained very well, shared his recipes, let us be as hands on or off as we wanted, and the food was truly outstanding. We all had such an amazing night and will be raving about it forever. We'll definitely be calling Chef Luke again. We can't thank him enough!

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

Chef Cassy's delicious bites were memorable to say the least. Her professionalism, knowledge of her kitchen, teaching of her famous Greens Wontons made our party not only a great event, but an EPIC one. These were the best things I have tasted so far this year! I will hire her for one of my future events!

  • 3 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Greg W.
Verified review

Great food. Enjoyed working with Chef J

Urban Taste Catering
4.8
from 58 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 107 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
Sherrie S.
Verified review

Leigh is a jewel! She listened to what we needed for our daughter's wedding, and went over, above and beyond! From the cake tasting to the finished project, we were kept informed, and she even sent pictures of the cake as it was progressing. She gifted the bride and groom with a sketch she had made before painting the cake. Our theme was Legend of Zelda, which we thought would be difficult, but she was a real trooper. She researched and made everything work. The finished project, which was a gorgeous reveal cake, was the centerpiece of the reception and almost took away from the bride and groom, it was so amazing. Numerous people came to me to tell me what an outstanding job she had done, including one who was a professional chef who wanted me to let her know that she was tremendously impressed. Not only that, but we did everything long distance, as mom and dad of the bride live in Colorado and the bride and groom are in Texas. What a shame I don't live closer! She would get ALL of our business from now on, but I'm sure that the bride/groom and all of the Texas family will use Leigh for every special occasion from now on! She's also so friendly and personable, she takes an interest in what she's doing and in the family she's doing it for. Super, super job, Leigh! We can't thank you enough for the amazing job and effort you put into our daughter's special day.

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

Working with "Chefs Like it Hot" was very easy. My daughter was involved in the planning of the menu for the wedding but after that Tony and his crew made sure it all happened without us having to worry about any further details. Tony and his crew were ready to serve the food when the schedule called for. It was so easy that I didn't even think twice about the catering during this busy day - that was a blessing! The food was excellent and many of our guests complimented my wife and I about the quality of the food. My daughter was very happy which was the most important test to pass!

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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 29 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael B.
Verified review

This guy is Pure Class. Brian answered my call on a Sunday, picked up ingredients next day and delivered a cornucopia of deliciousness. Came up with an incredible menu, even though I'm on a Paleo Diet. Best Chef Ever!

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

I've known Carolyn for many years, and in the past two years, have been lucky to taste her delicious and skilled cuisine. Among my favorites were the pistachio encrusted salmon and the tapenade appetizer. But I've also enjoyed her fabulous Caesar salad and flourless chocolate cake. Carolyn knows how to build a well rounded and coordinated menu that is both delicious and inviting. Carolyn is knowledgeable of health conscious food choices, has a broad repertoire of vegetarian specialities, and is very accommodating to picky palates. She's also quite sensitive to those who wish to avoid starchy white foods and knows appropriate alternatives. I hope to continue to enjoy Carolyn's mouth watering creations and would recommend her chef skills to anyone who loves to eat.

SPICED LAVENDER CATERING
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 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.

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!

  • 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.

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

Soiree Chef Group went above and beyond anything I ever imagined. I can't wait to call them again.

Chef Leo
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy W.
Verified review

Wow! Really, WOW! I know you are reading this review looking for good food, stop reading and hire this woman! Food was fantastically prepared, she worked with our budget and menu selections. From planning, to set up to clean up...all done. She was the hit of our small house party. Here's a list of my favorite dishes: Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Heart of Palm Salad, Spanish Smoky Meatballs, Shrimp and Chorizo Skewers, and to die for Mini Beef Empanadas! The best part, with her amazing culinary background, I know she can make anything you ask! Chef Leo, thank you for making all of our friends happy and my life easy!

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

I hired Chef Matt to cook for a small private party for my 40th birthday. My wife and I, along with all of our guest were blown away by how amazing the food was! From start to finish the entire evening was perfect! I can not say enough great things about Chef Matt!

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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