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Chesapeake Chefs

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

Mermaid Catering
4.6
from 108 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Alan C.
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The job was a surprise Valentine's Day dinner for my wife. The personal chef arrived and was able to answer all my questions either at my house or via email prior to the event. The food was spectacular and I will not hesitate to hire Mermaid Catering again.

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Time2Eat LLC
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiana P.
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Chef catered my 35th Birthday dinner!!! Crab topped steak, seafood dip, asparagus, potatoes, peach cobbler, strawberry cheese cake, n a bottle of champagne!!! Everything was excellent!!! Professional and on time I highly recommend his services!!! 👍👍

Black Pepper Cuisine
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Robert L.
Verified review

one of my favorite foods is pizza. I have tried them, chicago,NY, franchise and privately owned. enjoyed many of my experiences. but the best one I've ever had was prepared by Chef Biko. To this day I have'nt tasted one that satisfied my taste buds like the one I had at his hands. How did he take such basic ingredients and create a pizza pie that not only shocked me but created a void where no other pizza place can hope to fill. I look forward to one day enjoying the Chef experience of Black pepper cuisine

THYME Catering
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Romer M.
Verified review

She had numerous times fix me and my family delicious gourmets, fixed the cake for my daughter birthday and i must say that she is by far the most professional and talented host I've ever met. I have to rate her above charts. Way to go!!!

Tastes By Maia
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Yoshii M.
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Diversity without losing touch with that, “comfort food” feel, that’s what I get anytime I eat the art of Chef Maia Jones. She takes pride in each dish she creates and the taste proves it every time. I have had the personal pleasure of being there for Chef Jones growth from the beginning of her journey. This is truly her passion and her calling which anyone could tell from her bright smile while she cooks. She not only cooks but she also teaches students her skills and encourages them to think of culinary as another route in life. The distinct tastes she creates for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are never to be compared. Even graduating to Baking Sweets sets these young chef levels above the rest.

Mustard Seed LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
    Ron F.
    Verified review

    Mustard seed is absolutely amazing. Chef J has a remarkable way of preparing food that is delicious and affordable. Its more than food its an experience every time I am able to have her food. She enjoys the challenge of preparing wonderful meals from with influences from around the world. Completely working within a budget. Chef J will personalize your dining experience. Ron F.

    GroundUp
    4.5
    from 6 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Beatrice H.
    Verified review

    It was awesome! I requested a romantic menu and received just that! Chef Reece was courteous, on time and the lamb was delicious! I will be using Ground UP again very soon! 🙌🙌

    Sweet Chef
    4.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Ashley K.
    Verified review

    Dominique provided us with the wedding cake of our dreams! She was very professional, friendly, and very accommodating. The cake was not only delicious, but beautiful as well! I would definitely recommend Dominique for any of your cake needs! She is fantastic!

    A Night to Remember
    3.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Walter Rob T.
    Verified review

    Just imagine having a head chef show up in your kitchen, what a treat. My wife and I were looking for something different and exciting for our anniversary. We knew exactly what we were looking for; delicious food, special treatment and a high level of service. We obtained the services of a premier personal chef. My wife and I had a wonderful evening at home thanks to Chef Gray. He brought all the food and ingredients, all the pots, pans and cooking utensils, beautiful table setting and glassware. Chef Gray took over my kitchen and prepared us a wonderful three course meal. He was the shining example of a highly trained professional chef. He transformed our dining room into a "Five Star Restaurant" with his personalized and attentive service. Chef Gray is a great listener and takes your dietary restrictions into consideration to customize your meal. He took care of everything, assisted with the menu, cooked for us, provided exceptional service and cleaned up the entire kitchen. Thank you Chef Gray for making our anniversary so uniquely special.

    Entrees LLC
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    Jamie G.
    Verified review

    The chefs did an excellent job at preparing the food and in a timely manner!

    Laura B.
    Verified review

    We loved having Kathi's help with our evening meals while my husband was deployed. She helped make our meal plans and organize the grocery needs, she prepped and cooked all meals from start to finish and left my kitchen spotless. She even modified her dishes to meet my vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. She helped us find kid-friendly meal ideas and always made sure they were healthy and varied. We enjoyed all the food she prepared for us and already miss her very much!

    About

    From breakfast to simple lunches to elegant dinners, my 30 years in the restaurant business will provide the solution and services you need; and if your party requires multiple cooks, I have extensive contacts in the industry.

    About

    My business is to make sure you and your entire family will enjoy great tasting cuisines in a clean, fun and fast atmosphere. In this economy, it's hard on people to be able to juggle work and family life, let me help you send time with your family as well as provide you with a nutritious diet to keep you and your family healthy.

    About

    I am an executive chef, and I do catering on the side. I can do everything, from entrees to baked goods, breads, cakes and other various desserts and soups. I have over 25 years of experience in all phases of culinary arts. I am a ServSafe certified and a Johnson and Wales graduate.

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    Vegan meals for the health and nutrition of our bodies. Making sure my vegan customers get the best and quality foods.

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    I offer international food such as Italian, Asian, Mexican, especially Caribean Food. I'm from Puerto Rico and I have 21 years of experience.

    About

    I am a former chef at Salacia/Catch 31. I have decided to go into business for myself offering a wide array of food sections ranging from your down home comfort food to your upscale restaurant-style cuisine. I offer my own little twist of love with every dish I provide.

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    I cook and prepare meals for multiple people. I will cook meals in front of people. I will help set up and tear down event equipment.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    My services include bathing, cooking, light housework, companionship, friendship, more affordable than an agencies. Please let me meet you, and your ooved one.

    About

    I am a professional pastry chef! I create all styles of beautiful, custom wedding cakes to suit the bride's needs, from sculpted, traditional and simple to extravagant. I have prices that suit most budgets. I also cater to bridal showers, birthdays, etc.

    About

    We are catering and private chef for hire. We cook, you party. Let us do your shopping, cooking and cleaning! We provide top notch cuisine and services provided by the best in the industry.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    How much should catering cost for a wedding?

    The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

    • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
    • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
    • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
    • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

    How do you serve food at a wedding?

    Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

    • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
    • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
    • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
    • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
    • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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