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Madison Chefs

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

Savour Catering
from 19 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa F.
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If I could give Natalia Chehade of Savour 10 stars, I would. From start to finish, I would recommend her services without hesitation. Natalia is a responsive, knowledgeable, and helpful chef, offering guidance through menus and event preparations. Natalia has catered parties large and small, in our home and our community. And I would highly recommend her jerk chicken, and beef chimichurri dishes, and without a doubt her chocolate cake and Tres Leches are the best I have ever had, in Madison, and beyond. And, it must be said that her warmth and passion for her dishes are as wonderful as her meals.

from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kali F.
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Awesome pies! Great desserts in general. And just a nice down to earth guy who really knows how to cook.

Mad City Chefs
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy H.
Verified review

The staff, chefs and set up was all very professional. The attendees at the party commented on the variety of delicious food served. I will be hiring Mad City Chefs in the future and I recommend you do too!

Badger Catering
from 9 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Deb F.
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Jessica provides A+ customer service. When we received a quote from Badger Bowl we were unaware of their catering service. The quoted price was very reasonable/affordable. But, we wanted a "taste test" of the food first. The bride and groom were satisfied with the food and asked the chef for a couple of tweaks. We hired them to cater our daughters wedding in Poynette. The reception was at Smokey Hollow Farm in a wedding te5nt and the temperature was in the 40's. We had heat in the tent but they had they had to haul food from their van and they all worked their butts off. The service and food we received from them was all A+. We asked each table of guest how their food was and the reaction all around was, awesome! Jessica went out of her way to provide service to us at the reception. We got rave reviews on the wedding reception and Badger bowl was a big part of the over all experience. We would without a doubt, hire them again for catering service.

Fiddlehead Foods
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Kitty G.
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I've had dozens of meals cooked by Abby of Fiddlehead Foods and have found them to be not only professionally done, but made with much forethought and focus on health. She can make the most nutritous meals taste wonderful. Abby has had much experience in culinary school as well as cooking for others. If I didn't live so far away I would love to have Abby as my personal chef.

Chef Patrick
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Andrea S.
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We had an incredibly positive experience with Chef Patrick. He catered a business meeting breakfast and lunch, and the quality and price were both great. He was easy to work with, and I appreciated his flexibility.

Deanna D.
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Everything was wonderfully prepared and delicious... very reasonably priced.... beautifully done!!!! Thank you

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brenda K.
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Everything was wonderful. John wax very personable and prepared an excellent meal!! I would absolutely do it again!

A Chef In Your Kitchen
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tena W.
Verified review

We had Chef Rafael prepare five meals for us right before the Holidays. First he had me fill out a questionnaire with our food likes and dislikes, which works perfectly to ensure your meals are made to your liking. He came to our home to prepare the dishes which was very convenient, he also leaves you with a printed sheet of each meal and how to reheat/cook them. All of the meals were amazing and what a time saver for us during such a busy time of the year! Along with how great all of the main dishes and sides tasted, comes Chef Rafael's wonderful personality! I will definitely be having him back to cook for our family and highly recommend him cooking for yours!!

  • 9 years in business
Lee D.
Verified review

I recently hired Juliane Mackaron to cater a luncheon that I was hosting for a group of prospective clients. The occasion presented some challenges with regards to specific menu requirements, particularly for one guest who was on a Vegan dietary regimen. After a brief consult with Juliane, an extensive and varied assortment of salads, entrees and desserts was recommended. This resulted in an impressive display of food options and choices that was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the attendees. Juliane's expertise, reliability and talents were instrumental in making the event a success. I received an enthusiastic response from my guests as to the variety, taste, quality and presentation of the meal fare offered. In short, the luncheon was a tremendous success. I would highly recommend that you consult Juliane for any of your catering needs. Lee Dorn Lee Dorn Jewelers, Madison, WI

Natalie H.
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I have worked with Amanda Bauer and Noble Chef Hospitality and Catering on several occasions for both corporate and community-oriented private parties. I have been consistently WOWED by their professionalism, presentation, attention to detail, and adaptability. The food is not only aesthetically pleasing, it all hits your taste buds with the most satisfying combination of flavors and textures, always cooked or served at just the right temperature. They have a knack for tailoring the menu to your specific event, theme, flow, etc., and they often include items that are delightfully unexpected and inspired. I simply cannot say enough what a wonderful experience it has been working with them.


I am a professional working chef doing ice sculpting, cheese, chocolate, all edible food, saute, broiler, and baking.


I grew up in a catering business as the pastry chef, homemade desserts, small group (serves 50) wedding cakes, cupcakes plus more. I am a division of a family catering business in Waukesha and Jefferson County, WI for the past 48 years. My desserts, cakes, cupcakes, etc. bring smiles to all who have eaten them. I offer individuals as well as small restaurants, tea rooms, ladies groups, hotels, party planners, wedding planners, children's birthday parties, in home parties, dessert tables, children's party centers, caterers, work out of a licensed kitchen. We deliver to you or you can pick up.

  • 3 years in business

Do you want to eat healthier, but don't have the time or know where to start? Let me plan and prepare your meals for you and your family! Singing Bowl Chef is a holistic chef service that focuses on creating nutritious, yet flavorful meal options that are tailored to your personal tastes and goals. Supports local & sustainable farmers near Madison.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I offer the following services: * private chef * small event catering * corporate office catering * consulting * event planning * wedding decorating * photography I am the jack-of-all-trades.


I specialize in transformative mediation, and I'm helping people in conflicts to have a constructive conversation that might change the way they perceive their situation and their relationship with the other party or parties. I am also a trained chef who will cook nutritious meals for senior citizens in their own homes.


I have been an executive chef for three years and have been in the culinary industry for seven years. I love cooking for others. I have been told that I create delicious, unique dishes that you may not find elsewhere. The thing I pride myself in the most besides the unique dishes is the presentation. Not only are my dishes very tasteful to the mouth but also to the eye. I will work with you to cook up what you desire.

  • 10 years in business

I cook with an intensity and passion like no other cooks. While I am self taught, I am good in the kitchen and excellent when it comes to cooking on the grill.

  • 26 years in business

Services offered: - Intimate dinner parties - Wine/beer and cheese receptions - Trade show planning and management - Event planning and management - Recipe testing and development - Chef education/demonstrations


I do Italian, Chinese, Swedish, German and many other ethnic foods. I was trained in Sweden ,G.M.@L.G.C.C Said my soups and specials were second to none. private Chef. advanced menu planning required

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.

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 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.

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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