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Leesburg Chefs

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Top Pro
  • 24 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brian W.
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I am a procrastinator by nature so as usual my wife's birthday was fast approaching and I needed to figure out what gift I can give her at the last minute. After years of being together in my mind I felt that I was running out of creative gifts to give her until I was browsing online about what to give women who are 5 months pregnant for their birthday. Then it it hit me let me see if I can have a personal chef come to house and cook for the family. Upon looking online and searching through the vast number of chefs, Chef Serge Pambo Executive chef and owner of Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept caught my attention for a couple of reasons; he had quite a number of reviews and his price was reasonable. Additionally when I looked at his website Sergepambo.com his resume was complete with a number of experiences which assured me that we would have a quality experience and indeed we did. The first reason I was impressed was his quick response time, I wanted a chef to come on a Sunday and began looking two days prior. I also wanted to pay him prior to the experience but he insisted that we pay after we had our meal. Upon arrival he was punctual, friendly, and flexible (our kitchen was small and the ventilation was not the best also it was four adults including my pregnant wife and our 2 and a half year old son). Chef Pambo came prepared with his cooking equipment and as soon as he arrived began to work. This was my first experience having a chef so I was a little ignorant of the protocol and did not know if we should talk to him to keep him company while he cooked or leave him alone but he was more than willing to engage in conversation which created a relaxed environment. The first meal was an appetizer shrimp wrapped with bacon which was delicious and hit the spot for everyone especially my pregnant wife. The next meal comprised of creamy palinta, salmon seared on one side and oven baked on the other, along with tender and well seasoned beef, lightly saltaued asparagus, potato wedges, and we topped the meal off with bread pudding with ice cream over wafers. In between each meal Chef Pambo provided us with a layout of each course, history of the meal as well as his culinary training, and other interesting facts about his journey. After we were full of joy because due to the meal the chef even washed the dishes and cleaned the kitchen so it was as spotless or even more so than when he came to the home. I highly recommend Chef Pambo the quality of his food was outstanding, his professionalism is second to none, and his service versatility makes him uniquely qualified to be one of the best chefs among his peers. He has cooked all around the world, written books, can cater to any number of people or situations, and continues to travel the world to keep his skills sharp. He is a five star chef and I highly recommend you experience the culinary genuis of Chef Pambo executive chef of Pure Kitchen Culinary Concept.

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RedFox Dinners
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sabrina H.
Verified review

Thank you Chef Diane for an awesome night! I won't be able to top this one for some time to come. He's still talking about this morning how surprised he was and overjoyed. Thank you for making this night come true. Food was awesome!

Eleven Courses Catering
4.8
from 55 reviews
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Niki H.
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Chef Benson n and his team far exceeded my expectations the tasting was great. He was able to keep me in budget while offering awesome food and selections. Can't wait for the wedding.

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Cakeshine
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vanessa H.
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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.

Perfect Little Bites
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Jesse G.
Verified review

Chef Chris Spear is in one word, amazing. If I didn't limit myself to one word, I'd also add in: incredible, talented, entertaining, knowledgeable, friendly, intelligent, thoughtful, creative, and brilliant. My wife and I just had our third son a month prior, and it was her birthday and we were not able to go out and celebrate due to the wonderful chaos of having a new little one tethered to mom. Chris was able to bring more than just the restaurant experience to us with this incredible service he provides. We learned new cooking techniques, flavor combinations, recipes that are easy for weekly meal making with little-to-no time, and more. As advertised, Chris brought everything: the ingredients, the dishes, the serving ware, the napkins and place settings; EVERYTHING. And then he took it all home with him. Chris spent almost a solid 5 hours with us and never made us feel rushed or hurried throughout the whole experience. He explained all his dishes, discussed the ingredients with us, gave us his perspective and thoughts on the dish, all while giving us stories about his own personal life and family and how he got to where he is today. He clearly loves what he does and it shows through on the food. My wife and I cannot wait to remake the dishes, and have already started looking at new cookware that Chris recommended. Chris even gave us links and recommendations for recipes that were not part of the meal experience we had signed up for. Chris clearly cares about the food and experience first, which is beyond refreshing and hopefully what helps set him above other chefs. We have told both of our entire families and friends about this experience and could not recommend Chris more. I hope people believe us and take the opportunity to have a similarly amazing experience with Chris. Ours was truly a great experience, and for that, the least we can do is say THANK YOU to Chef Chris!

A Private Affair
4.5
from 40 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Shane S.
Verified review

Chef Jackie was wonderful ! We discussed the menu, and even though I was a nervous nelly, she dealt with me calm proffessionalism. Her food was outstanding and she even came a bit earlier than discussed because she knew that a few things needed to be reheated in time for our guests. She supplied EVERYTHING! If I’m in town again and throwing a party, I’d certainly contact her.

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

Epicurean Catering catered my son's birthday, I couldn't have asked for a better catering company! Food was amazing and presentation even better. How Esther the main chef prepared everything was phenomenal. Definitely contacting this catering company for future events.

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MOD Cuisine
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jaye S.
Verified review

Mary is the full package: professional, personable, reliable, excellent chef, perfect service. She really knows what she's doing and won't disappoint. You can sit back and know that all the details will be taken care of with finesse. My guests were all very impressed. Will definitely hire her again!

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Chef Nikki S.
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Malaika S.
Verified review

I gave this lady a week and a half notice. Do you know she pulled a rabbit 🐰 out her ass. The food... OMG the food was so good and done to my specifications. It look good, smelled good and tasted good too. OK I'm lying because The food was disappearing as fast as she could put it down, buy everybody else said it was very good so we just have to take their word for it. The caterer was on time and ready to go. I would recommend her for any event. She was awesome!!!!!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Victoria K.
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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
Mark M.
Verified review

WOW - This was the first time I'd hired a personal chef to come to the house. It was truly a treat to have Aneva cook for us on NYE. She was easy to communicate with, made a great menu suggestion, and arrived on time. The food was DELICIOUS and my friends said they'd love to do it again. Thanks for such a great experience. Best, Mark

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

Julian Can Cook
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joy H.
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Awesome CHEF would put it mildly! You are the best at what you do! Your food is ALWAYS indescribably DELICIOUS!👍🏽 Friends are still talking about the great job you did in preparing the menu for the private party you did for me and my daughter. As the CEO of a company, I have had the pleasure of eating foods prepared by different chefs... CHEF JULIAN IS ONE OF THE BEST.

Talk of Di Town 2
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Maria W.
Verified review

Justin, Jason and Jordan couldn't be more professional, amazingly talented chefs and nicer guys. Sold for any future events I may have - awesome!

Appetites by R.J.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Carol R.
Verified review

Great food at a very reasonable price. Chef RJ was very flexible and easy to work with. I would definitely recommend him and plan to work with him again in the future.

Creative Cuisine Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tamille B.
Verified review

Creative Cuisine catered my mothers 60th Birthday party and I couldn't be happier with their performance. The food was so delicious that guests of the party kept stopping me to inquire about the chef. The owner of the company Deshawn was an absolute professional he created a wonderful menu, he provided a great tasting of the menu options, and he executed the menu flawlessly. I will definitely be using this catering company for all of my catering needs in the future.

Culinary Ace
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Aday A.
Verified review

Chef terry is the best ever, smooth, nice and the food is the best. I will hire him and his crew any day. Thanks for making my school reunion a blast.

From The Heart Catering
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Christina D.
Verified review

The chef had very great communication in understanding what I was looking for. He made the hardest day the most smoothing running. Food was more then what I asked for he blew us away, creativity, taste & amazing plate set up...😱 WOW

Six Street Eats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barsphere A.
Verified review

Chef Daud, is a great business owner. His response time is great and provides super competitive prices. I have used this catering company at least 25 times already for this year alone (2018). I'm an event planner.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sunny G.
Verified review

I wanted a private sit down dinner party for my Mom’s 70th Birthday. There are 7 adults and a toddler in my family and I wasn’t sure that I could find a chef to do a small party like that. Natalie contacted me and through email and over the phone we created a 3 course menu that included lobster risotto and filet mignon! The food was amazing, the presentation was perfect and it was less than we would have spent in a restaurant, with the comfort of being at home. Everyone loved it, especially my Mom; I would highly recommend hiring Natalie as you can tell that she loves to cook and puts all her effort into creating a great night with amazing food.

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.

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 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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