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Kent Chefs

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

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  • 9 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shawn S.
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Stephanie and Chef Paul are true professionals! Really enjoyed working with this dynamic duo and the food was delicious. Besides the food Stephanie is very good at catering to the needs of the customer. This level of customer service is hard to find.

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 81 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel J.
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Did taste testing for wedding planning process Chantel is a rising star in the chef game..able to prepare any genre of food both domestic and international..immediate hire!!!

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K & F Catering
4.6
from 48 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly M.
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I used Francisco as a personal chef for my husbands birthday party and did a good job. A few friends liked his food so much they asked me for his contact information.

Chef Emme Catering Co.
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Katie N.
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Chef Emme Catering Co. catered a beautiful office Thanksgiving lunch for us in Downtown Seattle. It was very quick and easy to book the services and finalize a menu and required services. They were on time and efficient setting up. Most importantly, the food was the best catered food we've all tasted! We will be using Chef Emme again for our catering needs and recommend their services to anyone wanting quality service and food.

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BG Private Chef
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tiffany C.
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We were planing a graduation dinner event last minute. When I posted to hire a private chef through Thumbtack, a few chefs approached me. After talking with each chef, I finally chose BG private chef. He is easy to communicate with and met our requests. During the dinner, he was very approachable but still professional. The price was reasonable too. We enjoyed his cooking and service.

Catering By Tara Helm
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kristi B.
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We had a fabulous wedding and Tara was a large part of making that a reality. Tara is detail oriented, flexible, and most of all, an amazing chef! I enjoyed working with her and would recommend her to anyone looking for great food at a reasonable price for their event. While looking for a caterer, I found many quotes excluded significant costs such as Chef time, server time, etc. One quote doubled once these were added to the estimate. Not so with Tara. Her quote was accurate. She was upfront about the total price per plate and there were no surprise costs. Tara provided a tasting that was VERY reasonably priced. We brought along a couple friends for opinions and were blown away by the feast before us. There were appetizers, a salad, at least three main courses, and four or five sides. The tasting really showcased Tara’s talents and made it easy to choose her as our caterer. Once we had booked with Tara, she was available to discuss our menu as our needs evolved. When we added extra rentals and food to our contract, Tara took everything in stride and made it work. On the day of our wedding, everything went smoothly. We have received praise from multiple friends and family one of whom described her food as “Top notch”. Our day of coordinator told me she enjoyed working with Tara and would recommend her to future clients. Thank you Tara for being so wonderful to work with and making our day one to remember!

Chef Ken's Catering
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Kate E.
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Chef Ken had great attention to detail and his food was wonderful.

Meals per Diem
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Paloma O.
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Michael was excellent. He not only catered the meal to our entire family's preferences, but also went out of his way to learn how to prepare specific Burmese dishes that we were craving (and nailed it!). We would highly recommend Michael as a personal chef and would definitely hire him again.

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Sean B.
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Brett was professional, timely and made delicious food that was tailored to by unique palate. It was a great introduction to thumbtack and having a professional chef, with how busy I am with work. Greatly appreciated, and looking forward to continuing to utilize this in the future.

DayoSense Catering
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Dallice M.
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We have multiple food restrictions within our family and friends, Chef Dayo worked with us to ensure that everything was to our liking. The food was delicious and her staff was amazing!

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Paula M.
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I went to a small dinner party catered by chef Patty of Fresh Every Thyme. It was wonderful - delicious and innovative dishes - nicely presented. Terrific evening!

Twist Catering
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Steve S.
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Joel is a talented chef and has always been professional when dealing with him. He puts out a quality product and is very easy to deal with.

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I am a chef and a certified dietary manager with over 20 years of restaurant experience and 13 years of experience in the field of healthcare food service which includes management of diet as related to: Disease Allergy Personal Goals Adherence to Physicians orders/recommendations

  • 9 years in business
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I have worked as a professional chef in 7 global cuisines over 25 years.

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Thank you for your interest. Contact us now to know more about our services.

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I have a CEC and CDM with 35 years of experience in hotels, universities and retirement living. I have produced hundreds of weddings and have executed banquets for up to 5000 people. Serv-Safe Certified

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I can give lessons (not high-end), and have been trying to work my way up to sous-chef and someday, executive chef. I started more than 12 years ago and have been cooking professionally since. I have very good training (continuing education at FareStart).

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My passion lies in the creation and achievement of a great event, as a whole, rather then what happens in the kitchen alone. Classical training provided a base for my culinary knowledge thats spans borders, cultures and of course flavors.

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Branzino is a Seattle neighborhood with Italian influences. Pasta, pizza, cheeses, breads, cured meats and all desserts are made by hand in-house each day.

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Food is my life. With 33 years in the food service, I have a vast knowledge of the many aspects of food service. I have experience in many ethnic styles.

  • 10 years in business
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As personal chefs we are here to provide you and your family with healthy, hearty home cooked food. Our menu's are tailored to your palette and what you want in your diet, every dish and its ingredients are thoroughly discussed with the heads of the household or caretaker and stylized to their dietary wants and needs. No two menu's are the same and every dish while being very similar are also very different. What we want for you is a great personal interaction and an exquisite culinary experience. Our goal is to provide you with the best culinary experience money can buy. We work diligently with our customers to create fun and exciting menus and dishes that will dazzle the taste buds. Every menu is different because every customer is different. We like to sit down with new customers for an "interview" just to see where they are in their tavolozza di cucina. Then we plan out a detailed menu according to their dietary needs and away we go! Our chefs have been thoroughly trained in vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan meal preparation and menu styling, these menu's are specifically tailored to you, your family and or your event. A whole food menu is our organic foods menu. We create a menu and dishes to your preference, with whole meats, cheeses, vegetables and grains in a fruition of culinary art. As a personal chef service, our events are exclusive to a one on one culinary experience. We cater to two types of events, personal chef services and small dinner party events. In a personal chef environment, our goal is to provide you with a world class chef who will not only cook for you and or your family but will also teach you the recipe preparation as they cook. Our dinner party scene is a bit different though. We offer a 5 course meal preparation for dinner parties of no more than 8 people. The chef will arrive early and start preparations immediately, and will serve you and your guests as you see fit. Reservations and payment must be made 1 week in advance for any dinner parties.

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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