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University Place Personal Chefs

Browse these personal chefs with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in University Place.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie P.
Verified review

Food was delicious, presentation was terrific for what could have appeared as a simple box lunch with nice packaging and a wide assortment of sides, salads, chips and desserts. Delivery was prompt and handled effortlessly by Emerald City staff. The chef made a nice and popular selection of sandwich and wrap assortment meats and vegetable. We were very pleased and hope to use their company May of 2017 for our annual spring event.

Thyme Well Spent Catering
4.6
from 78 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi A.
Verified review

Chantel was delightful to work with. I needed a personal chef on very short notice and she was very responsive and professional. She offered many options before we decided on the perfect meal. She delivered on time and as promised. The food was delicious, healthy and made with the freshest ingredients. Thank you for outstanding results!

  • 23 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Briana B.
Verified review

Nola catered our family-style wedding banquet with such flare and grace, we and our guests were in complete awe all through the meal. The food itself was phenomenally delicious; every bite was worth savoring. From her friendly, direct demeanor, to the cheerful staff, we couldn't have asked for a better experience. She pulled off the event with a comfortable elegance and practiced hand that fit our personal style just perfectly. Among many other notably considerate things, she even worked around the summer heat, keeping our individually-sized cakes out of the sun, and made sure iced beverages were available in ample quantities. Our guests still rave about her, and we can't help but agree. Even "behind the scenes," her prices were reasonable, and her estimates thorough. She was also very accommodating of our guests' serious food allergies when creating the menu. We are so appreciative of everything she did for us both before and after the event, and we look very much forward to having her at our next soiree!

Top Pro
  • 18 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacy H.
Verified review

Working with Angela has been an enlightening experience, one that has allowed me to clarify my goals and learn how to work effectively toward them. When I started working with Angela in January 2015, I felt scattered. I was allowing others to dictate how my time was spent. I wanted to find time to lead a healthier life, and yet I felt that the mundane tasks associated with my job as a professor--committee meetings or grading--generated too many obligations. Five months later, my conversations with Angela have helped me to understand the importance of scheduling time for everyday activities that bring me joy. Angela has greatly contributed to a new balance between my personal and professional life. I have found Angela to be a caring professional who seeks solutions tailored to your lifestyle. I am learning to prioritize exercise, healthy food--and writing, the professional task that I most enjoy.

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BG Private Chef
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Taleah D.
Verified review

The experience we all had with Bobby Greene was amazing from beginning to end. Throughout the entire process, he was very kind, accommodating, and, from what I hear, his food was divine. I would highly recommend him for any event. Frankly, if there were more stars, I would add them. But five will have to do. For my parents’ anniversary, I wanted to do something special. I ended up looking into private chefs and decided to put in a request to see what it would take to get this done. This option appealed to me as there is only one nice restaurant where my parents live and they go there every event. I wanted this to be something special for their 30th. Bobby Greene responded to my event request within hours with a bid and a very nice response on how he wanted to be a part of making their anniversary special. From that point forward, he personally helped me along the process and accommodated anything and everything I requested. I had never done anything like this before and had a lot of questions, all of which he answered readily. My mother was a bit picky when it came to the food, but he accommodated every request I had when putting the menu together. He was always very gracious and kind throughout the entire thing – even when I thought I was being too pushy. He always made me feel welcome to ask questions and to make requests. I wasn’t actually there for the experience, but I requested that my mother write a little excerpt about it so I could include in this review: Our youngest daughter surprised us with Bobby – a private chef – for our 30th anniversary. We found out when he showed up (we had the pre-warning of cleaning the house and wearing something nice). I felt very uncomfortable with the idea as we have an older home – small kitchen and no dishwasher. But what was at first self-consciousness quickly gave way to Bobby’s easygoing attitude. He made us feel at ease immediately with his warm, inviting personality. He let us set the ambiance. He could have stayed in the background for the romantic evening or be a part of it. He was so engaging though that we invited him into our evening. As he served each course, he explained what we were eating and how it was prepared. My husband and I met working in a restaurant 31 years prior so we were fascinated by the process. The food was delicious and I have to admit – there were no leftovers! Though he is not a baker, he even made my favorite dessert – a pineapple upside down cake and it was superb. My husband and I highlight recommend Bobby for any special occasion. He is truly talented; the food is prepared to perfection; and, he is very personable and engaging. We will always remember our 30th with great affection.

Chef Ken's Catering
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Shanna G.
Verified review

I am from Montreal visiting some friends in Seattle who had a baby a few weeks ago. As a gift to them we decided to hire a private chef to come in and cook a meal for us in their home so that we wouldn't have to worry about going out with a new born baby to a nice dinner. That is how I stumbled upon Thumbtack and Ken. Dinner was absolutely delicious and Ken is fantastic and very personable! Everything was such a breeze. He came up with a perfect menu and executed beautifully. If I could have him cook for me back home on a weekly basis I would! Thank you so much Ken you made the night a perfect one! What Ana amazing experience!!

Switchback Kitchen
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Sean B.
Verified review

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.

Chef Sam
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Janice L.
Verified review

Sami is one of the greatest chefs I could say I've ever had the pleasures of helping her actually(watching) her cook and serve others with great passion in her dishes as well serving her customers I've also had the pleasure of trying pretty much all her dishes so I can't really tell witch was the best because they were to good to judge you would have to try it for your self but I can say they were the best dishes I've ever tasted and she had a restaurant I would be a regular she great just know will not be disappointed thank and god bless.

Down to Earth Cuisine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Sue-Ann H.
Verified review

Chef David Boyd- Private Chef-Down to Earth Cuisine "Delicious, organic, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully plated dishes"- On August 7th I hired Private Chef David Boyd to prepare an Italian Dinner for 10 in my home. (I had offered the "Italian Dinner for 8" as an auction item not knowing at the time who I would hire) He (and his lovely wife, also hired to assist him) arrived at 1pm to begin cooking for the 5:30pm event. Earlier in the week, we met to decide on the menu, appropriate tableware and wine/beverage pairings for the 5 course menu. We went with a Northern Italian theme featuring peaches because they were in season and seafood. I handled the purchase of the wine and cocktail ingredients but paid half of the per person food cost up front so that he could do all the grocery shopping which he did using local fish/meat stores and organically grown fruit and veggies from our area farmers market. He also arrived with all of his own knives and most utensils needed though he did use my mixing bowls and cookware. The entire meal was then prepared in our kitchen. Because he makes everything from scratch like croutons, mayonnaise, sugared garnish for the dessert etc. it is very time consuming, labor intensive and requires full use of your kitchen. He and his wife worked hard and fast for the 4.5 hours before guests arrived. They were conscientious and they cleaned and emptied the garbage etc. as they went. The result was delicious, organic, thoughtfully prepared and beautifully plated dishes that my husband and I were proud to serve to our guests. I would suggest discussing the estimated prep time for individual menu items as well as the per person cost ahead of time. Chef David seems capable of working within any reasonable budget, but he does require a lot of prep time if you choose complex menu items so that factors into his hourly rate. I think the dinner cost me more than what guests paid at the auction but that's totally my fault for not being more clear about my budget and for suggesting such complex ideas like an appetizer of scallops served in some sea shells I had. All in all, it was a very impressive, well paced, 5 course meal, and my guests enjoyed hearing Chef David explain the details of each delicious course as it was served. It was so nice to be able to just relax and enjoy my guests rather than stress about the food and clean-up. A really fun experience! I recommend hiring Chef David Boyd of Down to Earth Cuisine for your next dinner party. - Suzy H.

Island Chef Services
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Diana R.
Verified review

Nichole put together a delicious birthday brunch menu for me and 5 of my girlfriends. The dishes she prepared were creative and fresh. For example the Mediterranean Cucumber Cups were a perfect appetizer, and the Mini Spinach & Feta Frittatas were a hit. Nichole also made a Chocolate Guinness Cake with Coconut Frosting that was a big hit at my party! She arrived on time and took care of the clean-up after everything was done. She's very detail-oriented and organized. Everything was perfect! I highly recommend Nichole to anyone who considers hiring a private chef for their event.

  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Abe C.
Verified review

Hamid is very talented and compassionate about his work. We had an important business lunch, and needed to do something a little more impressive than just something from a restaurant. Rather than going through a catering company, we figured it would make sense to go through a personal chef, and this was such a great idea. I I've seen firsthand how Hamid is so devoted to ensuring excellent ingredients and preparation of the meals he makes. He was very easy to work with and catered to all of our needs. Moroccan cuisine’s food is on the healthy side. Not a lot of added salt or oils, which is great. No one wants to feel heavy after a big business lunch, with the rest of the day to go. The pricing was reasonable, and worth every penny. For business, or personal use, I cannot recommend Moroccan cuisine personal chef enough.

  • 1 year in business
John A.
Verified review

I regularly employed Chef Ramo for many years during her time in California. She's an extremely talented, professional and accommodating chef. Her meals are delicious, healthy and approachable. Her food has a no-nonsense elegance to it. I've also used her catering services and guests have been wildly impressed with her level of service and the entertainment aspect she brings to events. She interacts well with guests, providing them with entertaining food tidbits and charming them with her wicked sense of humor. Regardless of what service you engage, I highly recommend Chef Ramo. She's a joy.

Cashew Blanca
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Kate F.
    Verified review

    I LOVE Cashew Blanca--it's my go to for delicious, guilt-free, made-with-love-and-consciousness treats. I've made purchases for a wide range of circumstances, from personal enjoyment (love the single-slice available at the Tacoma Food Co-Op and Ice-Cream Social), parties (this was the hit dessert at my last Thanksgiving), and business events (Cashew Blanca catered the dessert for Samdhana-Karana Yoga's Silent Auction last year)! I buy Melody's single-slice vegan cheesecake when I want a luxurious treat that doesn't make me feel puffy (from dairy) or erratic (from cane sugar) or just frightened (from the list of ingredients). Plus I love that it's made locally--yum all around! Thank you, Melody!

    • 13 years in business
    Yolanda D.
    Verified review

    Eva Is very professional and on top of everything. My guest and I were able to enjoy our evening worry free. I highly recommend her to anyone who is seeking good quality food and service.

    About

    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).

    About

    I will come to your house and prepare simple, elegant meals for up to 10 people. You must have working equipment and proper ventilation. I prefer private dinners, anniversaries, etc. for two to six people. I will provide the ambiance, shop for the food, prepare and clean up. I won't deliver food as it requires other health permits. I will also cater to specific food allergies and preferences like diabetic and gluten free.

    • 9 years in business
    About

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

    About

    Tastes Happy offers personal chef services focused on healthy organic foods. Our main goal is to make you happy when you eat. We cater to a wide range of allergy and dietary needs. You don't need to stress at the store, worry about what to cook when you're busy, or eat out to get restaurant quality food. We take care of making meals for you at your home from start to finish. This includes the planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, storing, reheating instructions, and all the clean up. What we use Tastes Happy sources organic, local, seasonal ingredients while keeping your budget in mind. This means we use what's fresh, supporting local sustainable farms because we care about what we buy and who we support. By shopping from these types of producers, we increase our access to a healthier and tastier future. How it works We start with a free face-to-face meeting. We listen to what you need to figure out how we can help. We create a plan around what you want, including any allergy or dietary needs. You tell us how often you want us to help. We can work with your schedule for weekly, biweekly, monthly, or on an occasional basis whenever meal support is needed. We can help you out for special events such as birthdays or dinner parties.

    About

    If you are looking for either a at home personal chef or looking for a chef to run your dinner party, I'm your guy.I have been in the industry for over 8 years honing my skills and tastes under pressure. I have worked in multiple demanding kitchens and hotels around the globe and am looking to bring my skills to your table. I have experiences in a variety of cuisines and techniques that I would love to share . I bring the fun and flavor that comes with cooking to your home. I look forward to working with you and bringing a new experience to your palate.

    About

    I am a retired professional chef. I have trained and worked in Seattle my entire career from fine dining at Sorrento Hotel, Sheraton Hotel, Willows Lodge, and Warwick Hotel to golf courses, Italian and French cuisines and comfort foods. I have great rapport skills also and lots of references.

    About

    I am a great chef. My specialty is Italian. I've worked on a cruise line for 10 years and in three restaurants -- two in California and one in Bellevue, WA.

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