I so appreciate all of your notes and letters. Thank you for taking the time to send me your comments and allowing me to share your testimonials.


“The presentation and quality of the food were outstanding. Very fresh and delicious. Debbie and her staff were super accommodating in clean up, serving the the food, preparing the leftovers and giving us great options of menus to choose from.   She gave us prices and timeframes in which she worked and she was spot on. We had a group of 12 men and all were raving about the Italian food she prepared. The Chicken Marsala was especially good, pasta, lasagna and tiramisu was all scrumptious.   Trying to get reservations on a spring break weekend in Scottsdale has never been easier in the Airbnb. Especially with hungry men.   Thank you Chef Debbie for making this a special, fun night for us all!”

Karen M., Nashville, TN

“Debbie was absolutely amazing! What do you buy your in-laws for Christmas when they live five star in Scottsdale and don’t need a thing? You hire her as a five star chef to treat your family to amazing multi course meal by the Chef! We had a blast, it was so special and I would recommend to anyone…”

Jim F., Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

“We had a small dinner party that Debbie catered for us. Everybody loved the food and really enjoyed the wine pairings as well. Thanks for a wonderful evening.”

John V., Minneapolis, MN

“Debbie and LoriAnn were absolutely amazing. Would highly recommend Chef Deb for any private events.”

Ruth I., New York City, NY

“Debbie was phenomenal. Very easy to communicate with and plan our event. Upon arrival she was so very sweet and professional. The food was literally the best we have ever had. Beyond flavorful. We will definitely be using her in the near future for additional events. Highly recommend.

Tanys D., Sierra Vista, AZ

“Debbie was great to work with all around. Highly recommended!”

Matt S., Scottsdale, AZ

“Debbie is absolutely AMAZING! Every review is true she is 100% a pro. We requested her for a Covid-style engagement dinner at an Airbnb in Scottsdale. She made everything so perfect for my fiancée. She went above and beyond to serve my future wife’s favorite entree! Can’t wait to have her again soon :)”

Austin J., Scottsdale, AZ

What a great evening with my co workers! The meal was a homerun! Stuffed pork tenderloin with all the sides! The Greek salad paired with the white wine was incredible. Jeanne and I can’t say enough how the dinner went. My friends are still raving! We will definitely do another soon!!! Thx Deb!

Richard S., Chandler, AZ

Debbie made a wonderful southwest buffet for our family! We coordinated a menu that fit both diet restrictions and no restrictions. The food was wonderful and fresh! I loved that Debbie used organic when possible! She even made homemade margaritas with fresh squeezed lime juice, which was a favorite for all! And our dinner was rounded off with a flourless chili chocolate tart! Deliciousness all around! Would definitely use her again, hands down!!

Kristie S., Milwaukee, WI

“Debbie is delightful! The dinner she prepared was delicious! I highly recommend her culinary skills.”

Susan O., North Scottsdale, AZ

Debbie was amazing! She responded quickly to any inquiries I had, was on time and the food was delicious. I don’t eat fish and I even liked the tuna ceviche. Everything was cooked to perfection, lobster tails, filet mignon, brussels sprouts and potatoes that were out of this world. I think my kitchen was left cleaner than when Debbie arrived. Nothing was left for me to clean up. I would definitely use Debbie again

Terry D., Gilbert, AZ

“Debbie was absolutely amazing! We had multiple plans change and she had to rearrange her whole schedule to make things work. She was so polite and eager for us to have a great night! So thankful she was with us for the night! She was a joy to have! Her food was amazing and the experience was exquisite! Book her for any of your vacation or dining needs!

Hadi P., San Francisco, CA

“What an incredible evening! Chef Debbie prepared an amazing four course meal for a special birthday dinner for five. She was able to customize a menu to our preferences, and the presentation was beautiful. It was a memorable evening for us all! Highly recommend!”

Jeannie J., Kansas City, MO

“Oh my want can I say about Debbie. . . she is fire. Debbie and Loriann was a breath of fresh air last night for my husband 50th birthday surprise. The food was outstanding, the presentation of the food was simply gorgeous! Debbie’s food is so so amazingly good it’s fire! Thank you so much Debbie, you are the queen Chef . I highly recommend her!

Sha C., Phoenix, AZ

“Chef Debbie was absolutely amazing! She was very responsive, thoughtful and took the time to discuss and provide the perfect menu. Thank you for for helping make our Mother’s Day perfect!”

Meghan H., Phoenix, AZ

“Debbie was awesome. She worked with me on preparing the perfect menu for a small dinner party. She arrived right on time, and she brought everything needed to prepare and present the dinner (pots, pans, etc.). When she left, the kitchen was spotless! Most importantly, the food was amazing. My only issue was the first three courses were so good, I barely had room for desert. The best part!”

Debbie W., Lake Tahoe, NV

“Debbie was so professional and her dishes were fabulous. She made the evening so special. Her presentations were beautiful, and she carefully described each dish. I can’t wait to have her back!”

Ana N., Scottsdale, AZ

“Chef Debbie did a great job for my wife’s 40th Birthday dinner!! The menu was exactly what we were looking for even with a last minute. She was very responsive and professional. We will definitely be looking her up for our next get together. Bravo Chef!”

Jason M., Phoenix, AZ

“Loved having Debbie. She was very professional but still had a personal touch. The food was wonderful! The communication about our event was great, she made it very easy and she was so responsive! Great experience!”

Roger F., Fountain Hills, AZ

“Amazing experience! Highly recommend!”

Austin L., Chicago, IL

“Enjoyed working with this Chef. Highlight Reel: Accepted our last minute December dinner booking, worked within our Alaskan Theme Seafood menu creatively while coming up with something special for children. Great experience. Highly recommend.”

Wendy C., Scottsdale, AZ

“The dinner Debbie prepared for us in my home could not have been more perfect. She was so helpful prior to our party in helping me think through all the details from the linens to the lighting to the menu. She prepared an appetizer and served it outside to the guests we had for our office Christmas party, and I was able to enjoy cocktails with our guests without the distraction and stress of getting dinner on the table. We then came inside and sat down to a beautiful table with restaurant quality food. The meal was fabulous! Best of all…she cleaned all the dishes and left my kitchen spotless! Honestly, such a great experience using a top notch private chef and I would highly recommend her!”

Christina S., Scottsdale, AZ

“I worked with Debbie to make a special holiday dish for my father since I was unable to travel to Arizona due to covid. She took on the task with gusto and delivered the salad exactly as though I had made it. She made his (and my) Christmas! Many, many thanks Debbie!”

Jennifer M., Los Angeles, CA

“We hired Debbie to cook dinner for a small dinner party of 8 of us for Halloween. She worked with our dietary restrictions and everything was absolutely delicious. It was also nice to have someone else do the clean up so we could all socialize and dance the night away. We plan to hire Debbie again for a future dinner engagement.”

Dana L., Scottsdale, AZ

“It has been my personal and professional pleasure to have known and worked with Debbie Elder for over a decade. Over that course of years, I have seen and experienced a considerable culinary talent grow and blossom into that of a professional-grade chef. Her ability to multi-task and manage planning, food preparation, plate and serving for anything from the intimate dinner for few, to the multi-plate commercial food and cooking requirements of a restaurant or convention, is truly impressive. This is made even more so through her understanding of the nuances and blending of cuisine ingredients to provide a formidable and truly satisfying dining experience.”

Karl Von Senden, Sommelier, Phoenix, AZ

“My journey with Chef Debbie began over 25 years ago.  I needed to do a dinner party for a very important client. I told her I had already invited him and the guests. She said “But you don’t cook!”  I said “I know, but you do.”  Thus began a long culinary friendship. She fixed this extraordinary dinner and the client said it was truly the best meal that he had ever had!  Needless to say, it sealed the deal for me.  Debbie can create magic in the kitchen. I just stay out of her way!”

Bonnie H., Sacramento, CA

“Debbie baked an amazing Red Velvet Cake for an event that I had recently. She worked with me on the size, presentation, and delivery so that I had nothing to do but taste the yummy results! Many who tasted the cake were taken back to childhood memories, including myself. Debbie is a personal chef who can come to you and not only do meal prep, but food for parties or other events in your home, in addition to baking a multitude of goodies herself!”

Lisa L., Phoenix, AZ

“Debbie kindly accepted my request for my granddaughter. Gabby’s request was a chocolate cheesecake for Thanksgiving. The overall presentation was beautiful with real flower accents. Then the cake was cut, and all I heard was how wonderful it truly was for all my guests. Debbie again exceeded my expectations.”

Linda T., Fountain Hills, AZ

“Debbie Elder delivered a chocolate tart for our Thanksgiving that was a huge hit and everyone wanted a take home slice. Absolutely epicurean.”

Mikki M., Fountain Hills, AZ

“We had Debbie prepare a lunch for us for the end of the year gathering for 12 women . . . She did a great job with preparation, and presentation. It was a pleasure working with Debbie who is warm, friendly, and yet very professional.”

Kathleen R., Fountain Hills, AZ

“Hosted a holiday party for 12 – Debbie was great and food was fantastic!”

William H., Paradise Valley, AZ

“Debbie did a great job making our party extra special. I highly recommend.”

Jo M., Fountain Hills, AZ

“Debbie was amazing! The meal she prepared for our party was exceptional! Highly recommended!!!!”

Amber C., Kansas City, MO

“Debbie was great! Best steak and wine I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to come back to AZ and book dinner with her again. She was incredibly responsive, helped me pick out a great menu and the food was incredible! Highly recommend! “

Ashley L., Chicago, IL

“Debbie is an all-star!! Her attentiveness and meal ideas are right on point!!!”

Carol C., Tempe, AZ

“Debbie was highly professional and extremely skilled. She cooked an amazing supper for our bachelorette party and took care of everything from preparation to clean up! We couldn’t have asked for a better night and were very spoiled by her. Thanks Debbie!”

Marisa K., Denver, CO

“Debbie created two magical dinners for a group of 12 former college roommates celebrating their 40th birthdays. On our first night, she plated a gorgeous steak dinner. The second night, she produced a huge taco bar complete with a variety of handmade salsas, enchiladas and other treats. There was dessert each night and all of it was handcrafted to perfection. We truly loved the service, and for a large and somewhat unruly group, it was great to have a big celebration dinner right in our rental home.”

Sheila M., Boston, MA

“A talented chef. That provided a fabulous evening. She went above and beyond. If you want an evening of utter deliciousness Debbie is the lady. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you Debbie.”

Laura K., Chandler, AZ

“Debbie was incredible! Me and 4 friends came to Phoenix for an isolated birthday trip for my 25th. Debbie was so easy to work with, accommodating to all of my wishes and special requests. We went over a customized menu over the phone and she executed everything beautifully! She also suggested a perfect list of wine pairings and made some of the best food our group has enjoyed. I’d recommend Debbie for any event, large or small.”

Alexia D., Tulsa, OK

“Debbie created such a special experience for me and my friends. She even recommended very nice wines to compliment the menu. Thanks again Debbie you made our girl trip very memorable. If you ever need a chef in the Phoenix area I highly recommend Debbie Elder.”

Linda C., Chicago, IL

“Chef Elder was incredible!! My boyfriend and I traveled to Scottsdale to celebrate his birthday and we reached out to Debbie to see if she could accommodate a private dinner at our Airbnb. She responded immediately with availability and menu options and worked with us to create the perfect dinner for two. The food was delicious (and way more than we could eat) so we got to enjoy the feast for the next night as well! She was very professional and came fully prepared. Being that we were staying at an Airbnb, we didn’t know what equipment would be available, but she arrived with all the necessities and was very proactive finding her way around the kitchen in search for whatever else she needed. She handled every detail from the prep work and cooking, to setting the table and lighting candles for our special occasion. Not to mention she took care of all of the cleanup afterwards! We could not have been more pleased with our experience and would absolutely recommend her for your next event! Thank you, Debbie!!”

Kara C., Dallas, TX

“Chef Debbie made an incredible dinner for my sisters bachelorette party and would definitely recommend her. The food was delicious, she served as well as cleaned up!”

Teresa K., Mimai, FL

“We were celebrating my mother’s 60th birthday in Arizona and trying to plan from out of town so we turned to Thumbtack and found Debbie – so grateful we did! She was incredibly responsive and helpful in finding the perfect menu for the special day. The menu was delicious and Debbie was great to interact during the planning, meal prep, and dining stages. I would absolutely recommend her for any special occasion or just for a fun new dining experience at home.”

Leilani E., Dallas, TX

“A big thank you to Chef Debbie for helping to make a 40th birthday celebration truly special! Coming from out of town, we were not aware of the kitchen offerings our home would have, so Debbie came prepared with full necessities! As our plans changed close in (minus 1 person …. Plus 1!) Debbie was happy to pivot and accommodate to our changes. Debbie’s experience and insights were valuable in creating a cohesive 4-course menu, which impressed all nine of the guests in both taste and presentation. We all found ourselves licking the spoon of our heavenly dessert! If you are looking to indulge in a great meal experience, we highly recommend Chef Debbie!”

Mara M., Dallas, TX

“Debbie, was a great communicator and made scheduling a breeze! We had a great time with her and she made our visit to Scottsdale that much more memorable. The meal with excellent!”

Brynne W., Cincinnati, OH

“Debbie was very easy to work with. An obviously skilled, experienced chef, the food was beautifully presented, unbelievably flavorful with unique ingredients and enjoyed by all. Having her come to cook, serve and clean made our evening so wonderful. Debbie communicates well and I would highly recommend her for your gathering or special event.”

Karen S., Santa Clara, CA

“Debbie was very responsive when looking for a chef and had great ideas for the menu from the beginning. I was hosting a friends 40th birthday dinner. She was also very accommodating to my guest dietary needs. The food was excellent and very filling. My friends and I joked about wishing we had doggie bags for the left overs. That’s how good it was. Debbie was professional and left my kitchen just as she found it. She was a delight to work for. I would highly recommend Debbie for any occasion.”

Beatrix B., Scottsdale, AZ

“Debbie helped us make my grandfather’s 91st birthday AMAZING! She helped create a specialized menu full of my grandfather’s favorite items! The food was delicious and beautiful, couldn’t have asked for more! She even made my small children a fun appetizer plate full of fun foods, which was a surprise! After dinner she left my kitchen pristine! If you are looking for a chef Debbie would make your night wonderful!”

Tonya Z., Peoria, AZ

“Chef Debbie was fantastic! I reached out to her with short notice to help out with a private dinner party for my in laws 50th wedding anniversary. She made everything so easy and it was a night we will all remember. Debbie was great at helping customize a menu for everyone, including picky eaters. She was punctual and professional while at our home. The presentation of the food was beautiful and everything was delicious. It was so nice to not have to stress about planning, making and serving food. It was the first party I hosted that I actually could sit back and enjoy. Debbie also cleaned all the dishes, cookware and kitchen! Thank you Debbie for making our celebration so special!”

Jessica R., Scottsdale, AZ
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