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McKinney Home Chefs

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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
Nancy S.
Verified review

Luke cooked for us as we celebrated a milestone birthday dinner for 8 adults. He responded promptly with my online inquiry and we talked by phone later that day. Luke sent me several suggested menus and we tweaked a menu that was perfect for our dinner. Luke arrived promptly and made himself at home in the kitchen. Every bite of our 4 course meal was delicious and had great plate presentation. Luke loaded the dishwasher, washed the dishes, swept the floor and had leftovers packed up and put in the fridge while we enjoyed our dessert. Having a personal chef come to our house was a gift for the birthday girl and she was thrilled!

Buddy's Catering &Restaurant
4.8
from 87 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 156 hires on Thumbtack
Deb B.
Verified review

Buddy did a great job! The food was delicious and delivered on time with a smile. Buddy made me look good at our family reunion with his home cooking delivered to my sister's kitchen for the assembled aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, cousins. Buddy was so easy to deal with - sight unseen - that I began to wonder if it was too good to be true. Would he deliver? The answer is yes. A real win-win that I recommend highly. Many thanks, Buddy & family.

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

This review is long long over due! Chef Cassy came to my home to cook for me, my family, and friends as a suprise for my birthday! I came home and she and her staff were already at work in my kitchen. The first thing I noted was that she and her staff were professionally dressed. I loved having a real life Chef in my house cooking for me!! I also noted that although she was cooking several dishes everything seemed to have it's schedule and the process ran smoothly. As it should since Chef Cassy is a professional chef. The food was delicious to say the least. The wonton stuffed with collards and ham are the BEST!! She also prepared salad and a grilled chicken Alfredo dish. I know chicken Alfredo seems like the standard run of the mill dish. Because to me, this dish seems standard. Enough so that, myself along with all of my guests couldn't stop raving about how hers really set a new bar for Grilled Chicken Alfredo! Even the salad which was again a seemingly simple dish was notably delicious and stood out amongst others I have eaten. As far as professionalism and interaction goes, I must say that Chef Cassy remained very professional. She and her staff stuck to what they came to do. But my friends and family being a bit more informal engaged Chef Cassy with conversation, questions, and raves. She blended very well into our relaxed environment as well. We all felt very comfortable with Chef Cassy and would certainly have her back again. I would recommend her to anyone looking for her services and suggest her to anyone who wasn't particularly looking. The whole experience was one I will not soon forget. Thank you Chef Cassy!!!

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Meat & Greet BBQ Catering
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ron C.
Verified review

My wife and I purchased dinner plates from Meat and Greet BBQ at an open market event, It was great! Now we have Mr. Carroll cater our shop BBQ's. He offers your choice of meats, side dishes, condiments and beverages. The price is good and the BBQ is excellent.

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

We had a pool party and rather than standing at the grill and taking orders, we decided to have the 4th of July party catered. So, of course we came to Thumbtack and searched for a caterer and we found JaredPierre. We got a quote and then reached out to Chef JaredPierre who walked us through the options. We came to an agreement and yesterday the food was delivered right on schedule. Sadly we didn’t get to meet the chef in person, but the food was amazing. Delicious, hot, and fresh. As usual we over-ordered and had lots of leftovers that all the partygoers were thrilled to take home as care packages (we kept most for ourselves). Next party - Chef JaredPierre is our caterer!

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

So far, the experience with Urban Taste has been nothing but spot-on. Great communication, delcious food..our tasting was the best of all! Their customer service goes far beyond my picky expectations. The front-end has been seamless, I will update my review after the wedding next week. I'm sure I will have nothing but glowing things to say about this team of culinary masters!

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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
Alissa F.
Verified review

Chef was all around amazing! He was flexible with the menu options and worked with us in selecting a menu tailored to our needs. He is extremely professional and the best at service excellence. We hired him for our wedding reception and his food was amazing! We are looking forward to sharing his food with all of our guest. We strongly recommend Chefs Like It Hot Caterers!

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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
Jhasmin E.
Verified review

omg!!! Everything she made was amazing and delicious!!! we ate all of it on the wedding even the cake.. lol.. i will definitely use her from now on to do birthday cakes and sweets.. i found my sweets chef.. :) cake pops, tarts, wedding cake, cookies and cupcakes were incredibly delicious. my guests loved her work and im with them. i have never tasted sweets like this in my life. they are like edible crack.. amazing. she came in on time, very professional and her set up was also beautiful. it was perfect. thank you so much.. my guests cant forget my wedding because of ur sweets..

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!

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!

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

Kupkaking with a Passion
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Chrish W.
Verified review

I have ordered several times from Dee and I have always had en excellent experience. She is so detailed and makes sure you are getting exactly what you want. I have had just about all of her cupcakes and several awesome cakes. My favorite is the Key Lime! Its a little taste of heaven. I recommend her to everybody whenever they need a cake or cupcakes. Dee is a people person and an awesome baker! I have never been disappointed.

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.

NUptown
3.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Rog S.
Verified review

The Best of home style Mediterranean cooking with vegan options. Her food is always delicious and fresh. It is gluten, sugar and salt free. I am never disappointed with her meals. They are nutritious and DELICIOUS. Vegan Chocolates are a plus.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much do private cooking lessons cost?

You can take private cooking classes to have fun, to learn a new skill, to improve your health, to bond with your partner, to enjoy a playful first date or to have a unique birthday party experience. Nationally the average cost of private cooking lessons ranges between $100 and $150. Prices can vary, depending on where you live, the type of cooking class you’re taking, the ingredients the chef provides, and the reputation of the chef. Cooking classes with Anthony Bourdain will clearly cost more than classes with a local restaurant owner. The number of people in the class will also affect the cost, with group lessons often priced per person to account for the cost of ingredients. For example, for group lessons, a brunch workshop may cost an average of $70 per person, a steak dinner with sides could cost an average of $80-$85 per person, and a sushi lesson could cost an average of $100 per person. Ingredients play a major role in cost, as the chef will pre-purchase the food you will be working with. Weekday classes will usually cost less than weekend classes.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need catering (full service)

Mckinney, TX

  • Event type
    Other (Wedding reception)
  • Which meal
    Dinner
  • Interested in the following cuisine
  • Serving style
    Buffet
  • Staff needed
    Set up: No, Server(s): Yes, Bartender(s): No, Clean up: No, I don't need any staff: No
  • Head count
    100-125
  • Dietary restrictions, allergies, and preferences
    No dietary restrictions
  • Details
    Actual budget is around $9.00 per person, but there wasn't an option to go that low. We are having to pay for this ourselves.
  • $322
    Average price

Need pastry chef services

Mckinney, TX

  • Pastry type
    Cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops
  • Event type
    Wedding
  • Number of guests
    80-120
  • Serving type
    Dessert bar (multiple servings per guest)
  • Pastry theme, design or presentation details
    Two tiered wedding cake + either cupcakes or cake pops
  • Delivery Location
    I will pick up the pastries
  • Details
    N/a
  • $528.4
    Average price

Need Cooking Skills Instructor

Mckinney, TX

  • Reason for cooking lessons
    Other (Cooking classes inside of store)
  • Interested in the following cooking skills
    Basic cooking skills, Soups and sauces, Roasting and braising, Grilling, I'm not sure yet
  • Cuisine interest
    I'm not sure yet
  • Food preferences, health issues, dietary restrictions, or food allergies
    Please describe here (none)
  • Number of students
    5-10
  • Student age(s)
    Adult (over 18)
  • Experience
    Beginner
  • Frequency
    Ongoing classes
  • Lesson length
  • Willing to join an existing group?
  • Day preference(s)
    Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Time preference(s)
    Evening (after 6pm)
  • Details
    I am the owner of a Kitchenware store in McKinney, TX. Looking for a chef to do some classes instore
  • $194
    Average price
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