JC Cooks Personal Chef and Catering Service

San Antonio, TX

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have many years of experience cooking for private parties and individuals. I have traveled extensively and have a keen sense of culture and native foods and ingredients for many global cuisines. My food looks as good as it tastes.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the look on my customer's faces when they taste something yummy that I've made them.

Location

San Antonio, TX 78251

Years in business

20

Number of employees

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

185

Reviews

84 Reviews
  • Linda M. Jun 22, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Wayne A. Jun 22, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Great job!
  • Christine H. Jun 19, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Food was delicious! You won't be disappointed. Joy is easy to work with.
  • Thumbtack Customer Jun 14, 2017
  • Tyler S. May 9, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    I would definitely hire JC Cooks again, working with Joyce was very easy and seamless. The food was excellent, we had a phenomenal taco bar.
  • Ashley M. May 1, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Bachelorette party brunch
    Joyce was a delight to work with! She paid attention to all the details and was on time. We hired her to cater our brunch during a bachelorette party weekend of 15 girls and every girl was impressed!
  • Stacy G. Apr 23, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Follow up Suggested
    First of all I would like to start with the good..Chef Joyce was very nice and friendly. Very talkative. I gave her three stars because my boyfriend appreciated the whole gesture.. Now with the service, the food was good but definitely not worth what she charged me. The presentation of the food was fair It could have been way better. It was my boyfriend's birthday, I wanted to do something different and special. When I spoke with Joyce we agreed upon a catered dinner for two, thru the process of everything she would be serving the dinner. When I received the contract it stated she would be accompanied with a server, needless to say that didn't happen. When she arrived she was not dressed to serve and no server was with her when I asked she stated, "oh that was wrong". I'm thinking really that was the whole purpose of the dinner.In the end I set up the dinner and served it..My advice be real clear about what you are asking for (I thought I was) and follow up with her a few times to ensure everything will be on point for your event..
    Joyce C. Apr 24, 2017

    Stacy Very sorry about the confusion about the service preference. I did give you back a significant amount since I couldn't stay to serve that day. Joyce

  • Diane D. Apr 9, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Good experience and good food
    Joyce is very personable and enthusiastic about her profession. The food (heavy appetizers) was delicious but served not quite warm enough. We asked for two cakes: white with strawberry filling and cream cheese icing and dark chocolate with rum and apricot filling. Both were delicious. Had a misunderstanding regarding the time she should be at the venue but this did not negatively impact our event. The price was reasonable. She is willing to work on price with her clients. Had a very good experience with Joyce and her crew.
  • Matthias K. Apr 6, 2017
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Köstlich
    Very prompt and no hassle excellent service. Great food!
  • Francine V. Mar 12, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    March Reunion
    Everything went smoothly from start to finish. The food was delicious and well presented. No complaints!
  • Deborah R. Mar 7, 2017
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Perfect and On Point!
    Joyce provided Private Chef services for for a CEO level group dinner, and everyone was pleased beyond measure! She took a simple 'Tex Mex' menu request and kicked it up 3 notches within the same price point. Highly recommend and will definitely use her again.
  • Griselda T. Jan 5, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    What time is it?
    Food was tasty in quality and variety in comparison to other vendors. Dessert was ok. Joyce is very amicable however my grievance is with the timeliness/service. They arrived a half hour before the start of the event which was clearly not enough time. I specifically requested an additional person to be a bartender/drink server which we did not get. Needless to say it was a very stressful night. The event did not run how I anticipated it would.
    Joyce C. Jan 24, 2017

    Dear Griselda: I appreciate your candid review on Thumbtack. I apologize for your disappointment. It was a very hectic time of year for all of us and despite the best of intentions delays can occur. We certainly would love to make it up to you. We are seldom late to our appointments and typically we get 5 star reviews. 20% off your next service. Sincerely, Joyce Cunha Chef/Owner JC COOKS Catering & Chef Service www.jccooks.com 210-858-7293 jccookschef@gmail.com

  • Kelly D. Jan 2, 2017
    Great Experience!
    WOW! Our first time having a personal chef come in our home to prepare dinner for a small holiday gathering. Not only did I not have to worry about the meal, I got to enjoy every minute with our guests. Joyce asked what kind of meal we wanted and she delivered it perfectly! The meal was absolutely delicious and Joyce was fun to have interacting with everyone! We will ABSOLUTELY have her come back for future dinner parties!
  • Shanda M. Dec 14, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Excellent service
    Joyce was very accommodating and flexible. Delivered everything I asked for and even went the extra mile when I had personal difficulties (not related to her service or cooking). Her rates are reasonable and fair, -'and I would recommend her to any and everyone!
  • Chris C. Dec 12, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Catering
    Service was excellent!
  • Catherine T. Nov 28, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Hire the very Best!
    Joyce and her crew were beyond amazing! All of our guests found them so personable and fun. The food was the very best I have ever had at a catered event. Joyce was so flexible and I absolutely did not have to worry about anything. Everything was managed so well. She will be my go to girl from here on!
  • Kacey C. Nov 16, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Thanks!
    Tasty food and great personality!
  • Marie A. Nov 3, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Weekly Meal Delivery
    Joyce has provided us with weekly meal delivery. She was very clear in her initial business proposal and has been wonderful to work with. She has prepared custom meals for our family and everything has been delicious. Excellent chef, excellent communication and everything as promised - thank you, Joyce!
  • Robert C. Oct 29, 2016
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Amazing job
    Food was wonderful, exactly what we wanted. Think price was good for the menu and amount of people we were feeding. Had a lot of anxiety up until wedding day and everything was perfect
  • Paul H. Oct 17, 2016
    Top-notch!
    Joyce helped make my 70th birthday party a memorable event. The food was delicious and the service outstanding. Joyce is a pro and I highly recommend her.
  • Paul H. Oct 10, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    A real pro
    Joyce helped make my 70th birthday party a memorable event. The food was delicious and the service outstanding.
  • Ginger J. Oct 9, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Great food choices and service
    All food set up and ready to go while I was at a memorial. The celebration of life event went without a hitch and nobody left hungry. I especially like the flexibility of using my own serving pieces, but if one is not prepared for that, she can do it all, even providing servers. Food choices great or she can make anything you have in mind, including any special dietary needs. .
  • Joy M. Aug 8, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Meal preparation with dietary restrictions for two. The meals were good, well portioned, and service was great. Chef Joyce Cunha goes the extra mile!
  • Joaquin F. Jul 18, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    It was a little expensive but the food was good and enjoyed by all the guests.
  • Jim B. Jul 10, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Joyce is awesome... The food is great, she's fun to work with, and we're very happy she's our personal chef!
  • Cindy G. Jun 30, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Family reunion service for 70. Food was delicious and service even picking up plates afterwards was appreciated.
  • Nancy R. Jun 26, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    I have not used Joyce's service as of yet due to my time restrictions, but I have heard nothing but GREAT reviews of her company. I am new to San Antonio Texas and entertain frequently so I was pleased to have received a prompt quote from her company.
  • Molly A. May 24, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce was extremely helpful in making my husband's big 40th birthday bash memorable. He had wanted to roast a whole pig on a spit, but because of the time and effort that would take we were worried he wouldn't get to enjoy the afternoon. Joyce helped us compromise by roasting the pig for us and presenting it in an "authentic" way, thereby achieving the effect my husband was looking for. The pig and potato salad were delicious! Joyce delivered to our campground where we were hosting the party. Since she knew it was my husband's birthday she even threw in some tasty cookies for us. Thank you Joyce for making our 40th birthday celebration a success!
  • Jessica M. May 17, 2016
    Awesome food and Joyce and her team were amazing!!
  • Eddie C. May 17, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    She did a great job for a mothers day lunch I planned. Would definitely recommend.
  • Alfredo V. Apr 30, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I hired JC Cooks for a private dinner party for my boyfriends 50th birthday. The food was amazing. She did an appetizer, a salad and a great swordfish main entree. Not only was i happy with her but im waiting for the next party so i can hire her again. Joyce is very affordable on any budget, very professional and a lovely lady. Make sure and hire her for your next catering needs.
  • Sharyl M. Apr 22, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Joyce was great to work with! Very flexible with our menu needs and budget. She was very helpful with delivery and set up!
  • Devin H. Apr 11, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
  • Jo-Ann C. Mar 24, 2016
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    If there was a rating higher than 5-stars - I would have marked it! What a thoughtful chef who prepared and delivered a delicious meal allowing us to have a fabulous night!
  • Debra J. Mar 14, 2016
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    The food arrived (appetizers ) packed with easy instructions on how to reheat before serving. The best part is everything was delicious. Lots and Lots of nice compliments from my guests.
  • Susan H. Mar 11, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We needed a chef to make dinners for us after my total knee replacement surgery. JC Cooks consulted us about special needs, provided suggestions, and in the end provided the first week's meals that have been delicious and easy to warm up. We are happiily anticipating our following weeks' meals, including a special pastry or two! Thanks, Joyce! Yum!
  • Anne M. Feb 27, 2016
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce was great- answered e mails right away and had great suggestions for menu and the price wasn't bad either. I would use her agsin
  • Steve C. Feb 9, 2016
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    I hired Joyce to prepare a Mediterranean-style dinner 1/20 for a joint celebratory event with my parents and their best friends. A superb dinner, much like a great novel, has an intriguing introduction, a clarifying body, and a highly memorable conclusion. Our dinner started with Risotto Croquettes with smoked ham and mozzarella. Suffice it to say that we could have eaten these Croquettes for every meal course! The fresh Garden Salad Joyce prepared with pears, candied pecans, and Roquefort croutons tantalized our taste buds to no end!! We then progressed to the Pasta Al Amatriciana. Joyce's pasta took me all the way back to the two years I spent at Aviano Airbase in northern Italy!!! We capped the dinner with a fresh Banana Cake that left us begging for more -- cake and future catered dinners!!!!
  • Michele H. Jan 21, 2016
    We love JC. She's becoming like family to us. I've never had a personal chef before and didn't know what to expect. It's been great and very enjoyable. The cost is very reasonable and the food is amazing!!
  • Judy S. Jan 7, 2016
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Plenty of food, the chicken was divine (get it - it was chicken divine) Cookies are outstanding. Everything was great!
  • Gabriela D. Dec 27, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce did such a wonderful job catering my wedding. The food was absolutely delicious and she even did the wedding cake, a banana cream, it was amazing. I would recommend her for any event. I can't imagine my wedding without her.
  • Stephanie F. Dec 7, 2015
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Joyce was fast and to the point. She had the whole family involved with cutting and learning. The food was delicious!!
  • Rose F. Dec 7, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Joyce is professional. Beside that She cooks great food she is accurate and organized.I had a gathering for 20 ppl all of them complement the food. Will hire her again . Thumbs up Joyce you are outstanding.
  • Bonnie F. Nov 27, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    JC Cooks provided Thanksgiving dinner for 16 guests. She was right on time, everything prepared to perfection, and detailed instructions to heat food for serving. And wow! The turkey, dressing , green bean casserole AND mashed potatoes reheated just as she promised. The stuffing and chocolate pies were "to die for"! My Thanksgiving family reunion was so much more enjoyable because I wasn't chained to the kitchen. It was so perfect I asked Joyce to do it again next year!
  • Cedrick C. Nov 22, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    The entire experience from start to finish was fabulous. I could not have requested a better chef. The event was an in home dinner for 2. The food was well prepared. She arrived on time. The dessert was die for. You will be glad you chose jc cooks
  • Wendy T. Nov 18, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    They did an amazing job! Would definatley use JC Cooks again!
  • CONSTANCE W. Nov 15, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Chef Joyce prepared a delicious and unique meal for our couples shower. She allowed me to custom plan the food and she did an excellent job. Everyone enjoyed the food very much.
  • Michael P. Nov 15, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Excellent meal. Well prepared and served at home. Good clean up. Even had some leftovers to enjoy the next day.
  • Tricia D. Nov 14, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    We hired Chef Joyce to cater our dinner party and were very pleased! She was easy to work with and accommodating. The food was delicious and she even helped with serving drinks before & during the meal. Joyce and her assistant Michelle were a joy to work with. I look forward to working with her again.
  • Chad W. Oct 27, 2015
    Event Catering (Buffet)
    Verified Review
    Service and food were fantastic. Joyce was on time and great to work with. She also allowed to take left over food home, unlike some caterers. The Brocolli Alfredo was awesome! Would definately recommend using her for any occasion.
  • Laura S. Sep 13, 2015
    Pastry Chef and Cake Making Services
    Verified Review
    Joyce did an incredible job on our pastry bar for our wedding!! They were delicious and all of our friends and family talked about how much they loved all of the pastries! We had mini pecan pies, mini berry tarts, mini e-claires, mini cheesecakes, mini carrot cakes and they were incredible. They looked beautiful and tasted even better! If you have thought you might want a pastry bar for your wedding--do it!! It also looked so cute on our table. Joyce is very professional and showed up on time to set up before the event. I would recommend her to my friends and family. Thanks for everything Joyce!! :)
  • Steve M. Sep 10, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Very professional and very accommodative. We very much enjoyed the meal and wouldn't hesitate to hire JC again.
  • Lori T. Sep 3, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce and Janie were great, we felt like they were our guests at our party rather than paid employees! That was so nice, they made the food a totally stress free part of the party for me. I was never once worried about what was going on in the kitchen or out on the pool deck! They were wonderful. PS: everyone raved about the food, too!!!!
  • Hayden B. Aug 28, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
    the food was great!
  • Tammy M. Aug 26, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Joyce Cuhna is a wonderful Chef! We have had fantastic meals prepared for us by a very sweet lady!
  • Cassandra R. Aug 24, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
  • Charlotte N. Aug 21, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Joyce understands food and prepares it with great care and a sense of style. Best of all, it tastes terrific!
  • Connie H. Aug 18, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce catered our small venue wedding on our patio/ deck area at our home. The food was awesome- everything was as good as she described in our initial meeting! She met every expectation we had for this event and we could not have been more pleased! Joyce has a passion & enthusiasm for providing good food and her contact & follow-up were superb. I would highly recommend her !
  • Jill M. Jul 20, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Joyce prepared a wonderful dinner with very short notice for my parents 48th anniversaery. She was able to satisfy all our requests. Would highly recommend her. Plan to use her again very soon!
  • Fahad A. Jul 2, 2015
    Personal Chef (Ongoing)
    Verified Review
    Joyce is a joy to work with. She always keeps impressing us with her amazing dishes. Food came on time and top quality. She can do whatever dish that comes to your mind. Try here most recent dish "The macaroni bachmel" . Gotta say she out done herself.
  • Amanda O. Jun 15, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Joyce was very easy to work with- she made a delicious meal and everyone loved it. She was very personable!
  • Karen B. May 25, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
    Very good!
  • Cynthia T. May 18, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Joyce was a joy to work with. - Everything arrived as described and was outstanding quality.
  • Heather D. May 5, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
    I hired Joyce to bring my parents food while my mom was recovering from a major surgery. She's been flexible and works well with them, spicing things up when requested, using plenty of fresh ingredients, and being flexible on delivery times. She even stops in to keep my mom company. I really appreciate all that she's doing!
  • Deborah R. May 4, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Rheannon L. Apr 23, 2015
    Wedding Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce catered my wedding of around 130+ people. She put my mind at ease the first day we met and was so helpful throughout the whole experience. Her rates were so reasonable compared with big catering companies, she offered so much variety at a great value. She was so accommodating, taking all out suggestions and running with them. Everyone enjoyed dinner, especially the chicken and that mushroom gravy! Even though she only had a few servers, they were sweet, professional and very hard working. We provided our own plates and silver, but she gave us information about a rental place that still came way under budget and worked out great. She even offered to get them for us and add it to the bill, but it was no problem or for us to take care of it. Finally, Joyce is a wonderful, talented, and fun person, and I definitely recommend her for any occasion!
  • Tammy S. Apr 23, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    My Husband and I had over 100 guests for an open house. The service, food, price was outstanding! The food was delicious! Her suggestions in types of food to be served pleased all of our guests-they RAVED about the food-Will no doubt use her again! Great personality, friendly, fun!
  • Lauren A. Mar 29, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    JC Cooks is nothing short of amazing. I have had Joyce cater two events for me so far, a 10 person lunch and a 60 person brunch, both of which were spectacular and met with rave reviews from my guests. From her cheerful and enthusiastic personality, to her delicious and beautiful food, I have definitely found the person I will be hiring for any and all future events! In fact, she is catering a party this coming Friday for my mothers birthday! She is super easy to work with and will make any changes you want to a menu to really fit your needs and wants. Joyce is a total sweetheart so do yourself a favor and use JC Cooks for your next event!
  • Dianne M. Mar 25, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
    My parents were thrilled with the soups, baked goods and all the meals complete with veggies. Very tasty and homemade healthy with fresh ingredients. Well done!!
  • Danielle H. Mar 9, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Great experience. Great food and very professional.
  • Bonnie F. Feb 23, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
  • Sarah R. Feb 23, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce is awesome! The food was delicious and everyone told us they enjoyed their dinner at our wedding:) Joyce and her team took care of everything like she said they would. We definitely recommend her and will use her catering services again!
  • Yadira J. Feb 15, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Excellent cook!! the food was amazing, all on time, and as agreed.
  • Amanda K. Feb 10, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
    We have coordinated 2 weeks worth of dinners with Chef Joyce. The first weeks she made at her house and dropped off and the second week we cooked in my kitchen to attempt to stimulate my childs interest in cooking/ helping and eating. Her food is very very good and she is working with many limitations as my daughter has food allergies. She has been a blessing at working with us in many ways. What a lucky family we are!
  • Mark A. Feb 6, 2015
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Joyce did an excellent job. Good was fantastic.
  • Terri W. Jan 27, 2015
    On-going Meal Delivery
    Verified Review
  • Veronica C. Jan 21, 2015
    Event Catering (Drop-off)
    Verified Review
    Joyce worked with us to come up with a great menu for a large dinner. The food was delicious and the cake was exceptional. Everyone really enjoyed it.
  • Lindsay A. Jan 11, 2015
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Job: private dinner for 4, French style cooking. What went well: Joyce was punctual, entertaining, cooked beautifully and cleaned up after herself. What could've been better: nothing in my opinion.
  • Jody C. Dec 18, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    She and her staff catered a Christmas party at the house with heavy hors d' oeuvres and a full bar. It was lovely. The guests loved the food and the staff was wonderful. The bartender was great as well.
  • Stacey O. Dec 3, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    The meals were outstanding ..joice was very happy to please , she listened to and accommodated all our dietary concerns. She was quick to respond to texts and emails and available to deliver whatever and whenever we needed...everything was fresh and delicious. I give her the highest reccomensations
  • Sharon W. Sep 10, 2014
    Joyce prepared a dinner for a large family gathering in my home. She did an outstanding job from start to finish. I will definitely use her services again.
  • Michelle C. Sep 10, 2014
    Joyce is an excellent chef and caterer. She uses only the finest ingredients and has an extensive menu of elegant foods. She is very professional and friendly. She is always great to work with!
  • Anna T. Sep 9, 2014
    We have been using Joyce to help us cook for our special dietary needs, and she has been wonderful! She is enthusiastic and willing to modify any recipe to work for us. She is easy to get in touch with, and she is punctual with her deliveries. Most of all, the food is delicious!
  • Robin E. Sep 9, 2014
    We've been working with Joyce for a month and she is great! The food is fantastic and she is very easy to work with.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We talk, We laugh, We decide the menu. Refer them to our website which provides a lot of background info.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I apprenticed with Chef Sharon Shipley for 7 years and have taught at Sur La Table. I've been a caterer and personal chef since 1997 and read the Internet, cook books, TV...hands on.. experimentation.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Cost of time, labor, mileage, water and energy resources used.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've been cooking since the age of 8. It is a God given talent. I met my professional mentor Chef Sharon Shipley in Sunnyvale, CA. She is now deceased but was a phenomenal Chef, Caterer, Teacher and Owner of Mon Cherie Catering and Cooking School. She was selected to cook for President Clinton and his entourage when he came to SFO Bay Area in the 90s.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Happy, loving, kind, generous humans of all makes and models....I make them delicious food and they smile and love it.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have had the honor to be in the most intimate and private settings and privileged to cook for many families and private parties in their beautiful homes, corporations and event venues.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask and you shall receive the best I have to give.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Food is medicine. It heals the soul and the body and brings people together in communion with one another.