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Fairfax Private Chefs

Browse these private chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Fairfax.

Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michele Z.
Verified review

Private chef for a wedding/baby shower for a client with special food requests (Autoimmune Paleo Diet). Chef was eager to work with food restrictions and had a fantastic attitude. Guests loved the food and raved about their interactions with the chef. Would hire again in a heartbeat.

Top of the City Catering
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Jane J.
Verified review

Maribel and Noel of Top of the City Catering catered our wedding on July 28th, 2018. We were both absolutely blown away by everything that they did. We looked at many different caterers but met with Maribel and Noel for a tasting because they offered the best value. We discovered that the food was absolutely delicious and Maribel and Noel were lovely to work with. At the wedding everyone raved about the food. But it wasn't just the food! Their presentation of the main course buffet, the desert buffet and even the bar decor was gorgeous. Really creative! The attention to detail was amazing. Maribel handled all the details for the table settings and the tables looked like a dream. They were perfect for the venue. During the wedding the service was flawless. Everyone was so kind to us, keeping us in Margaritas, Manhattans, food and wine all night long. They made sure we had everything we needed. We had so much fun! Their servers extended that level of service to all our guests. Believe me, our family and friends have all commented on how wonderful they were in every way. We feel very lucky that we found Maribel and Noel. We would recommend Top of the City Catering to everyone for any event! We are so grateful to them. They gave our night the magic that we were hoping for.

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Cakeshine
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vanessa H.
Verified review

Two weeks before my sisters wedding, My Sister didn’t have a chef for her wedding cake. We had done tastings through several companies but either the prices were too high or the quality of cakes were too low. THEN I FOUND CAKESHINE! This woman is hands down the best decision we made for the wedding. The cake was affordable, DELICIOUS, and BEAUTIFULLY decorated. We also ordered cake pops. I would recommend using Cakeshine Services any day. I come from a large family and now we all will be going through Cakeshine for our cakes and sweets.

A Private Affair
4.5
from 41 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Mindy P.
Verified review

Jackie's in-home private cooking lesson was terrific - she is a talented chef and she truly enjoyed showing us how to make the meal ourselves. The food was delicious, and we had a wonderful time. Thank you, Jackie!

Sweet Bazil, llc
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Rasheen C.
Verified review

I love Sweet Bazil. 3 course meal was delicious. My wife was impressed by the service Chef Celestine of Sweet Bazil and her helper provided on our romantic date night during Valentine's day weekend. Food with Sangria was presented well and the food was excellent. I will definitely recommend it to anyone!

Epicurean Nutrition Catering
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
John F.
Verified review

How do you plan a reception for 500-600 people where approximately 200 of them are famished teenagers or preteens? The answer: you contact Esther Marandure, Executive Chef, of the Epicurean Nutrition Catering Company. Ester, thank you, thank you, thank you all for the wonderful work you did to make the reception after the Northern Virginia Youth Winds December Concert a smashing success. I cannot tell you how many people have said this was one of the best receptions they had been to. The food was excellent and beautifully presented as I knew it would be after attending the tasting. Many people remarked how wonderful it was. The staff was also so delightful to work with, all very friendly and attentive. Please make certain that they all know how much they were appreciated. Your young man and the young lady are truly gracious hosts, professionally attired, helpful, and courteous; their manner speaks well of their home and family. NVYW will use your services again and without reservation, recommends your services. We have already done so. The very best of luck with your endeavors. John Flahive Founder NVYW EPICUREAN NUTRITION CATERING COMPANY 14571 Collingham Place GAINESVILLE, Virginia 20155 Contact Information 703-395-9338 www.epicureanutritioncatering.com

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MOD Arts
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Saniya A.
Verified review

I am so happy to write this review for the excellent service provided by Mary. Mary is not only a great professional chef; but she is also enthusiastic about her cooking and takes the time to understand her clients needs. I must add that she is a wonderful person to interact with. Food plays an integral part of my family's day; and I have no hesitations knowing Mary has prepared our meal! I know when I open the package containing the food prepared by her, I'll be in for a delicious treat!! I wish Mary all the best and will continue to work with her for nutritious and delicious meals.

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
Verified review

Chef Niki catered my promotion dinner at my firehouse. I appreciated how I was able to view and sign the contract online and pay through a cash app. However, I was surprised to pay in full prior to delivery of service but I admit to being naive about the process of catering an event. Nikki was fair in price. The amount of food was very generous. The food was delish and the guys are still talking about how tasty it was. I only gave four and not five stars due to the late arrival of food. (40mins after agreed time.) Overall, I would recommend Chef Nikki to cater future events.

Chef Janae Cooks
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Mariquita D.
Verified review

Chef Janae prepared a nice birthday dinner for my husband and I along with another couple. Despite being a little late due to traffic, she kept her professional cool and delivered a tasty meal. She was very personable and did a great job. We had quite an enjoyable dinner and evening!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria K.
Verified review

Sandra is the best chef I have ever experienced. Everything about the event FAR exceeded my expectations. She added special touches such as a printed menu, ice cubes with edible flowers inside, had her staff take pictures. I will never consider another caterer ever again. Pure perfection!

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Taste the Difference
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thomas C.
Verified review

Chef Aneva made a delicious dinner for us! Definitely using her again!

Lynn's Meals in Minutes
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Derick D.
Verified review

Lynn is a pleasure to work with. As a nutrition coach I needed meals that met specific nutritional criteria, contained a wide variety of foods and cooking methods. Lynn met and exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend!

K&A Catering
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ron M.
Verified review

Chef Kimmy was very response to working with us even though we were putting together this party from Florida. She was on time and the food was excellent.

ChiquiChef
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mrs. T.
Verified review

Anna Stewart is a marvelous chef and my guests were so impressed with the menu. They exclaimed about the presentation and said it all melted in their mouths. Anna went above and beyond with her preparations and putting kitchen back in place before leaving. Many, many thanks to Anna. Fay Taylor

A Lil' Blue Cafe
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Shawnie M.
Verified review

She is one of the best chefs I have ever worked with. Her food and decor come from her heart and I love that about her business. She listens to what the customer wants and works hard to achieve their desires in both her food and decor.

Appetites by RJ
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany M.
Verified review

It is my pleasure to offer this recommendation to Chef Ronald Cager Jr. I had the fortune to employ him for a romantic “Just Because” dinner for my husband and I. He and his business associate worked with me to understand my preferences. My expectations were achieved in taste and presentation. Chef Cager’s client centered approach was greatly appreciated. It is my sincerest hope to palate his future creations and cuisines. Until that time presents itself, I wish him much success.

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Indian Cooking Classes
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Javonni F.
Verified review

Manjiri was amazing! I wanted to do something new and fun for my guy friend and it was his birthday. I reached out to a few different vegan chiefs and they were either only doing classes on the weekends or the classes were full. I insisted that we do this ON HIS BIRTHDAY, which was on a Wednesday. Manjiri didn’t tell me no. She was all for it! Though i live 55mins away it was very much worth it. I loved the fact that it was one on one with her. No other couples, no distractions! She had everything set up. All we had to bring was ourselves and containers. She explained everything before we started to prepare after that It was all hands on. She even had the recipes typed up for us! It was fun and new! The food was DELICIOUS!!!! Manjiri is very professional but she laughed with us and made us feel comfortable. He loved his surprise private cooking lesson. Thank you so much Manjiri. We appreciate everything

Culinary Ace
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Adiatu M.
Verified review

Ace culinary was on time and was very helpful to my guests. I would hire Ace again with no doubts.

Tasty Affairs Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
    Jasmine W.
    Verified review

    I gave my mom a surprise 50th birthday party and chef Dede was amazing. My mom was so pleased. Everyone raved about the food. She was super professional. She even stayed to meet my mother. That melted my heart because she didn't have to. I couldn't thank her enough.

    • 2 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Deidre S.
    Verified review

    Culinary Chick provided dinner for my father’s 86th birthday. After his first bite he said and I quote “now this lady knows how to cook!”. We enjoyed every bit of our Italian dinner and fun was had by all! I will definitely use her for future occasions.

    Aldente Caterer LLC
    4.8
    from 4 reviews
    • 19 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Guillermo P.
    Verified review

    Chef Rubio and his team delivered an A+ service. The food was great, in flavour, quality and presentation. We will use them again in the future and will recommend them to family and friends. Guillermo and Luz Perez-Iturbe

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.
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