James was amazing from start to finish. He was very easy to work with leading up to the event and was like having another friend on the day of the event... except this friend was a gourmet chef! Our event was a five course dinner for 12 people for my 40th birthday at a rental house in wine country....Read more
What can I say? I love working with James. He is my #1 chef with Kitchit. I have an easily unimpressed boss, and the only chef he asks for is James.
Not only is his food TO DIE FOR, he's hilarious and wonderful as a person, and his professionalism is top notch.
Oh, you have picky eaters, you...Read more
Our dinner Chef James was awesome! My wife hired him to prepare an eight course meal for my 40th birthday. I'm a bit a food nerd, so I was hanging around the kitchen as James was doing his thing. Despite me peppering him with questions the whole time he was able to crank out some amazing food. I...Read more
James is becoming a regular in the our kitchen, and we couldn't be more excited about it. He knows our personalities and knows what we want out of our food and our experiences--he's a food psychic! He makes our guests feel welcome and all the food, of course, is absolutely amazing and on point.
James was great!
I worked with James to come up with a menu that we both liked. He steered me toward dishes that included the best seasonal ingredients and he let me know how dishes would work together.
He asked the right questions about supplies and pacing and ordering.
On the day, James ar...Read more
We enjoyed our second meal prepared by Chef James. The curried lentil soup with bacon and brussel sprouts topped with gigantic croutons was amazing, and the paella served two ways was fantastic. The chocolate cake was a nice way to end the evening. Thanks Chef!See ratings
James was amazing from the start. He communicated with us in a professional and reassuring manner. He prepared the most amazing dinner for a party of 10 people ,including restaurant owners and true foodies. The meal was perfection , but more than that, he made the whole experience the most enjoyabl...Read more
As always, it was a pleasure to work with Chef James--his menu was superb, and he was able to roll with a last minute change in the number of guests (an increase of course!) with ease. We love working with him--and can't wait for our next event.See ratings
As always, Chef James was a consummate professional from beginning to end, keeping us aware of any changes in schedule or menu. The food was delicious as always, and right on target for our request for a veggie-friendly Asian cuisine. We are always very pleased with his cooking and he is so, so super...Read more
Chef James Simpkins and his helper Seth gave us a lovely evening during which we and our six guests enjoyed a four course dinner. And what a dinner it was !! The appetizers, pumpkin soup, salad with crab cake and "Lamb Two Ways" followed by apple dumplings with a light creme anglaise were all excelle...Read more
James explained the entire kitchit process and price breakdown for our event which I found extremely helpful. He was great about getting back to me promptly about any questions I had and was definitely a seasoned professional chef.
We had 40 guests over at our home for buffet style dining which inc
How do I describe our experience with Chef James? I had planned a surprise 40th dinner party for eight for my husband and James seemed promising. He did not disappoint! Start to finish he was personable, friendly and totally open to my ideas as we planned the menu.
The day of the party he show...Read more
We wanted to plan a casual get-together for friends, as a way to welcome a new family that had recently moved to the area. Initially, we had planned to go out to a restaurant, but the new family had a 3-month-old baby, and the wife was not yet ready to leave the baby alone with a sitter, which was c...Read more
Chef James listened to everything I asked and it was really easy working with him. The only bad thing, if anything at all, was that I didn't prepare him for the cooking equipment we had at the house, which was entirely my fault, but things worked out and he made it happen! He was friendly and inter...Read more
James was AMAZING! Start to finish, he was willing to work with us to fit our needs and create a party that was perfect. The food was delicious and exactly what we needed for a casual yet refined business dinner. He really went above and beyond to make the menu and the night special.See ratings
Rather ambitiously, I attempted an outdoor event for a lot of people I didn't know, in an untested locale, on what turned out to be a blustery May evening. What saved the day was James who with total grace and flair adapted to all my last minute changes and still wowed everyone with presentation and...Read more
James took over after another Kitchit chef flaked at the last minute. While it was totally inexcusable that the other chef cancelled so late in the process, I feel like I ended up with a better party in the end.
James is great. Easy going, more than happy to explain his technique and fun to chat...Read more
We had such a great experience with Chef James!! From the planning conversations, all the way through to the big event... he made the night so easy and very special for us. We even had an interactive portion, where James presented the food and explained the art of plating. I highly recommend James Si...Read more
We had an intimate dinner for 8 executives in Napa Valley, and Chef Simpkins tailored the meal and experience to the group perfectly. It was a four course dinner, farm to table style with an attention to detail that easily justified the cost.See ratings
I hosted a 10 person dinner party and pasta demo for Stanford's foodie club. We were probably a tricky group to begin with because (A) we had a very set budget, (B) We had multiple hosts (I was running logistics, but the event was at my friend's house) and (C) we are all foodies so everyone had rea...Read more
My extended family headed up to Sonoma for a weekend get-a-way. James planned an awesome Southern-inspired family-style dinner for us to enjoy. The entire meal was delicious, but his baked crab cakes, roasted broccoli and dessert of shortbread cookies with lemon curd were all out of this world. Ja...Read more
James and I worked together to create an intimate dinner for 10 people to celebrate my boyfriend's milestone birthday. James' food knowledge and easy communication made it a breeze to pull everything together. He took a list of BF's favorite foods and created a menu that was a smash hit with all gues...Read more
I wanted to try something different for my wife's birthday celebration, so I planned a weekend lunch event for 7 close friends with James Simpkins as our chef. Creating the menu was easy and stress-free. He happily accommodated all our requests and dietary restrictions for certain guests, and creat...Read more
James was an absolute treat and a pleasure to have in my home. From the minute I sent him an inquiry I knew he would blow away my guests and me. I originally requested a menu for 14 of my friends with the theme, 'San Francisco Cuisine'.(Broad I know, but I wanted to show a friend visiting from out...Read more
I thought I was stumped as to how to impress my wife with a unique, fun and impressive birthday event - then I found Kitchit. The website provides extensive information making it easy to choose between a collection of well-reputed chefs. It also facilitates the process of getting to agreement on al...Read more
Loved having James! Food was really good. They were very professional and attended to what we needed but I would recommend that for a party this large (30 people) to have someone stay for clean up at the end of the event. We had a good 2 hours of cleaning once our guests left that I would have prefer...Read more
Chef James custom designed a fantastic surprise private dinner for two. He was a great partner for the evening, sharing ideas, menus, styles, and stories. Highly recommended.See ratings
Chef James ignited what started out as a far flung idea into a masterpiece that cohesively brought together the finest elements of football, BBQ, tailgating, and of course, FOOD. His creativity and collaborative style helped pave the way for an unbelievable event. It is sometimes difficult to ima...Read more
My birthday dinner party was everything I had hoped it would be and more! James understood my vision from the first email exchange and saw it through to fruition with the utmost enthusiasm, professionalism and graciousness. He was very responsive from the beginning and seemed as happy to be there a...Read more
I hired James for my husband's birthday, and we worked together to create a unique 4-course dinner with cooking class components - crab cakes, homemade pasta, filet, and an amazing blackberry tart. The food was delicious, the event was both informative and entertaining, and James was super