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We celebrated our 40th birthday with close friends and Chef Val did a marvelous job preparing a perfect meal for us.
Chef Val and his team were terrific. From the planning to execution, you can tell Chef Val is an expert. He is friendly and practices great attention to detail. The food was amazing and the process during the evening was very efficient and timely. Plus, they clean all of it up, so we were left with little to do except enjoy! I highly recommend this experience.
Thanks to Chef Val Domingo we were able to celebrate my mother’s 94th birthday. I had 2 guest at the table that didn’t eat fish. Chef Val was able to substitute the fish for a steak for these guest. The food was amazing, with wonderful twists on the preparation. We had a couple of appetizers before dinner and they were a giant hit. When Chen Val left at the end of the evening. You would have never know a party of 10 was cooked in my kitchen. Dishes done, kitchen spotless. This is why my husband and I love Food, Fire and Knives. You can have a fabulous dinner party and actually spend time with your guests.
Chef Val prepared a fabulous meal for my family when we visited Folly Beach in October. Everything was perfectly prepared and presented. Our food was fresh and delicious. It was an outstanding meal. We also dined at a famous Charleston eatery and our group chose Chef Val’s meal as the best of our trip. Thanks for a great evening! Laurie Looft
We had Chef Val cook for my sister’s bachelorette party and it was perfect! Highly recommend
Val and his assistant were true professionals. We enjoyed a lovely meal from an experienced and knowledgeable chef who was able to accommodate several dietary restrictions, and ended with a spotless kitchen!
Chef Val made us a great breakfast of omelets and French toast. The fresh peaches were an extremely tasty addition to the French toast and Chef Val was very enjoyable.
Such an amazing dinner and wonderful night! Couldn’t recommend Chef Val and his team more!!
Val was fantastic. Every dish he made was amazing. His unbelievable skill in the kitchen is only matched by the friendly and inviting atmosphere he creates for you and your guests. I look forward to dining with him again.
First time in Savannah was a cool unique experience. Chef Val had some amazing dishes to try. The Snapper was super fresh. I would definitely book another dinner!
Chef Val was absolutely AMAZING and was our favorite part of the bachelorette weekend! Despite a broken oven in our Airbnb rental, Chef Val improvised as any great chef would and still delivered the incredible meal we were expecting! The Salute to the South menu was the perfect introduction to our weekend in Georgia and loved the descriptions and history behind each meal. Thank you so much to Chef Val for such a delicious meal and awesome experience! 10/10!
Our meal from Chef Val was delicious! We appreciated his culinary expertise and his commitment to local and sustainable resources. The crab stuffed salmon was excellent, but his white chocolate bourbon caramel bread pudding was out of this world–whatever food you order from him, you must add this dessert! His assistant took photos of all the food and of our family and he sent them to us less than 2 weeks later.
Chef Val is the BEST. He was on time, professional, and the food had me and my girlfriends taste buds in total bliss. Would highly recommend Chef Val and the whole experience again next time I’m in the SC/GA area
Our dinner was an exceptional experience! Chef Domingo and his team went above and beyond to ensure our evening was memorable and seamless. They were so kind to make our 6 year old feel important and included. The food exceeded our expectations in every way – taste, presentation, and portion sizes! The White Chocolate Banana Bread Pudding is a must. We highly recommend Chef Domingo and look forward to working with him again!
Chef Val arrived promptly and well prepared. We had a fun time watching him as he created our family dinner and really enjoyed each course. We had two young children who were treated with special care. The food was presented artistically and piping hot. Would highly recommend.
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Our celebration of my Husband’s birthday evening was a huge success thanks to Chef Val. The moment I reserved the dinner, Val was there to discuss menu choices and options, adjusting to preferences and putting me at ease. I had never hired a private chef and he patiently walked me through what the evening would hold. He checked in with me several times before the date. On time, prepared, organized, personable and obviously extremely talented is the best way to describe him. We had the opportunity to observe and engage or just sit back with a glass of wine as Val worked his magic. We did a bit of both. He brought a helper, Alex who was also very friendly, worked hard in the background and took some great pictures. Our menu included a pecan encrusted grouper that was amazing. A favorite was the truffled mushroom bisque. I appreciated the local sourcing of ingredients. We will definitely hire Chef Val again when we return to the Charleston area. Thanks Chef!!!
Our group had such a phenomenal experience with Chef Val and his team of pro’s for our private dinner! We chose the Lemongrass Buddha and it was delicious! They were timely, professional, fun and incredible at what they do. It was absolutely effortless and we would highly recommend!
Chef Val and his crew were amazing!!! They arrived on time and had everything prepared so fast. The food was DELICIOUS and everything was well explained. They took pictures for us and were so friendly. Very happy they were part of my bachelorette celebration!
Chef Val cooked us a very delicious meal for a bachelorette night in! The ingredients were locally sourced and very fresh. The dessert (white chocolate banana bread pudding) was especially great!
Just had to write a review on Chef Val Domingo and his crew!! Our dining experience was absolutely phenomenal. Was simply touched that Chef Val and his crew drove 4 hours to make our night so very special. As he arrived to our home, he introduced himself and his crew, then immediately went to work cooking for all of us and filled the kitchen with an amazing aroma. Highly recommend the salmon and also the pork chops, never in my life to have the pork chops so juicy, tender and so full of flavor. For the final treat, the desserts were so yummy. you have to have his prize winner “ bread pudding”, it’s definitely a “must have”. So don’t forget to add that as your dessert, you’ll see what I mean “delish”. Thanks again Chef Val Domingo😁
Chef Val traveled all the way out to Pawley’s Island for a 60th birthday celebration dinner. From the day we made the reservation he was in touch helping us to coordinate a fabulous menu. I had never hired a private chef before so his guidance was much appreciated. We chose the lumpia and sliders for appetizers. Both were delicious but the lumpia were the best any of us had ever had. Spinach salad was light and perfect. For entrees we had the bourbon brined pork and the salmon with risotto. Both so delicious and plating was beautiful. Everyone raving about how amazing the food was. Do not miss the banana bread pudding for dessert. It was so delicious! We had one vegan in the group and Chef Val put together a sweet potato app and a stir fry entree that he loved. Chef Val and his team arrived with everything they needed and no one had to lift a finger. He was personable and took the time to explain every dish as it came out. All we had to do was sit back and enjoy the fabulous food. Thank you Chef Val for making our first personal chef experience one we will never forget!
We had a great time with Chef Val! The food was excellent! My family really enjoyed talking with Chef Val and having a stress free evening at home. Thank you Chef!
Chef Val was super kind and efficient! We loved absolutely everything we ate. Cannot recommend this enough!
Chef Val provided an amazing experience for our group. Awesome food, and easy conversation. Would recommend and book again!
What a wonderful experience getting to work with Chef Val! He prepared a lovely and delicious 3-course meal for our group of 12 of us celebrating milestone birthdays. He was professional from the very beginning of my reservation. He contacted me personally to inquire about the menu we selected, called with reminders, and was on time and well prepared to cook for all of us. Several members of the group enjoyed spending time with him while he cooked. He shared several of his cooking secrets with us that I am sure we will use in our own kitchens. He was also eager to share at least one of his recipes with us. His assistant was also very professional and captured every moment of the wonderful evening on camera. I would highly recommend Chef Val and Food Fire and Knives. I thought that this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience but have plans to do this again!
Chef Val came out to our Air BnB this past weekend for a bachelorette party – and he did not disappoint! He was communicative and informative from the original point of contact, all the way until he left the house! His crew who helped him out were also phenomenal.
Not only was Chef a pleasure to work with, but his food was also amazing! He had everyone’s steaks prepared to perfection, and his appetizer, salad course, and dessert were absolutely delicious!
BOOK CHEF VAL!!!!!
Chef Val was so easy to work with and made the planning and selection process a breeze. Him and his staff were so friendly and patient with a large group like ours (14 girls). The food was so delicious and the dessert was so good, I don’t think I’ve ever had anything better!! Definitely hire Chef Val and you MUST get the banana bread pudding dessert!
Chef Val was absolutely wonderful. He was so accommodating and easily handled a last minute schedule change from us. His food was incredible, and we can’t wait to use him again!
We ordered Salute to the South
Chef Val was awesome. Very professional. The food was delicious. Bride was SO happy. Thank you so nuch
Had a great night with Chef Val! Would absolutely book again and recommend him for anyone looking for a private chef experience. Request the crab bisque if you can, it was fabulous!
Chef Val and Alex filled in for Chef Tharren, and delivered us an exceptional meal. 10/10 recommend
On our final evening of a reunion of our best friends, we decided to try Food, Fire and Knives and have personal chef, Val Domingo prepare our dinner. It was, without doubt, the best meal we have had together in our 40+ years of dining together. Chef Val and his team covered every detail of the evening. Not only was the food outstanding, he took the time to share details about the each course including how he chose local farms and vendors to procure the groceries. It was true highlight of our time together and an experience we will remember forever. Thank you!
An amazing experience all around! The website made ordering easy and efficient, Chef Val was incredible to work with and the food was absolutely stellar! From the superb quality of all the ingredient’s to Chef Val’s beautiful presentation, it was a night we will not soon forget!
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience from start to delicious finish!
Chef Val was personable, funny, and served up a great meal!! Our steaks were cooked to medium perfection. 👌 Thank you, Chef for your overall great service.
Chef Val’s filet mignon dinner for 6 was prepared to perfection. It was such a treat to watch him work in my kitchen and have 6 perfectly cooked to order filets come out on time. The roasted sides were also wonderful, Thank you chef !
We had a lovely family dinner with Chef Val and his team. The food was so delicious and the service was impeccable. Our favorites were the pimento cheese stuffed okra and the dark chocolate creme brûlée. Couldn’t have been easier to book, and the team took care of the rest. It was wonderful!
We had a great time with Chef Val for our bachelorette dinner. His food was amazing and we really enjoyed having his team as part of our weekend. The bread pudding was the best thing most of us have EVER eaten. Highly recommend Chef Val for your next party!
Chef Val was amazing. His food was delicious. We do wish the appetizer and entree portions were a little bit bigger!
Val and his team were awesome. We booked him for a friend’s bachelorette. The food was amazing. The presentation was impeccable. We loved the experience and would highly recommend him.
Chef Val was fantastic to work with . He contacted us ahead of time and was able to accommodate all of our dietary restrictions. He presented each dish in both an educational and professional manner. All of our guests were clients and they enjoyed a first class experience and delicious food. His bread pudding is the best I have ever had.
It was an absolute treat having Chef Val as our private Chef for my sisters bachelorette! He was so attentive and making sure that everything was perfect, communicated well, and setup seamlessly. We had the arugula salad, tuna, and beef dishes. They were all incredible and probably the best tuna I have ever had. He made sure that everything was fresh and local. He even made a switch to the salad because he couldn’t find fresh peaches, so he wanted to ensure fresh strawberries would be okay. He was the highlight of our trip. I would highly recommend him for any occasion. We are so lucky to have found him!
We loved our brunch with Chef Val! Val cooked a delicious French toast and bacon brunch for 10 girls in the house we rented for a bachelorette weekend on Kiawah Island. The experience let us relax and let our bride (and us) feel pampered! I’d highly recommend this service and I would definitely use Chef Val again if I ever get the opportunity!
This was my first time booking with Food Fire + Knives and experiencing a private chef. The service was unmatched. The staff truly cares about your experience from beginning to end. From picking the menu to scheduling, everything was a breeze. We scheduled for a bachelorette brunch with 11 girls in Folly Beach, SC. Chef Val and his staff were on time and professional. The food is absolutely amazing – everything we tasted melted in our mouths.
Do yourself a favor and book your next private chef with Food Fire + Knives (Chef Val!!) They will not let you down!
The food was absolutely amazing and cooked to perfection! Chef Val was very professional and well prepared.
This was a fantastic experience – Chef Val & Abigail were amazing. They cooked dinner for us and four of our friends (six people total). The food was delicious and we were also impressed with their Covid precautions. Couldn’t have asked for a better evening. We highly recommend Chef Val for your next special event – five stars!
Excellent all around!
Chef Val came to my home to cook a 3 course meal and it was AMAZING! He is an absolute professional and called me ahead of time to let me know what to expect. He called again the day of the event to verify the time. He arrived promptly and it was great to learn why he chose particular ingredients and understand his preparation. The meal was one of the top 10 meals I have eaten in my life. The portions were an excellent size and it was gourmet without being pretentious. To me the food was beautifully presented, tasted delicious and had high quality ingredients. Ask me would I do it again? YES.
We hired Chef Val for our week long vacation in Hilton head island and his dinners (and brunch) made for the perfect dining set up! We were able to enjoy our days at the beach or pool and come back to amazing and delicious 3 and 4 course dinners nightly. It was restaurant quality food without the hassle of eating out! Chef Val made sure we were relaxed, had fun and well fed! Highly recommend him as your vacation chef!
Chef Val and his team prepared a wonderful meal for me and my family this past holiday weekend. From the crab bisque, tuna tostadas, oyster rockefellers, seared ahi tuna, shrimp & grits to the wonderful desserts-everything was fantastic! Highly recommended Chef Val for anyone wanting a delicious food experience right in your own home. They not only bring all the food but they clean everything up as well!! Highly recommend Chef Val- we will be using him again.
Chef Val was amazing at every level. Quality of food, communication, timeliness during the event. Will most certainly hire him again. My clients and I are very culinarily driven and we were impressed.
Chef Val made our birthday celebration on Kiawah Island memorable….presentation was great; his stories engaging and everyone enjoyed our special three-course meal.
Highest recommendation for Chef Val.
Hiring Chef Val was a great decision for our group while we stayed on Tybee Island for a private dinner party. He was super flexible and arrived at our agreed start time. He came prepared with all his tools and his mask (huge plus during these unknown covid times). His food was delicious and fresh. Our group was very satisfied and loved every course he prepared for us! Chef Val was also very personable and friendly. I highly recommend hiring Chef Val for your next private dinner party!
The entire experience was amazing! From the pre-consultation, to the arrival, to the prep, to the serving, and cleaning up. The chef and his sous chef did an amazing job preparing and presenting the food. Everything was so flavorful! The first bite was orgasmic! I highly recommend the chef and the experience. We surprised a friend for her 40th bday and he made her night as well as ours. Thank you again for such an amazing experience!
Chef Val prepared a wonderful dinner with appetizers, seafood paella, and dessert with creme brûlée and lemon tart. Loved it all – recommend the guacamole and southern style oysters Rockefeller. Look forward to doing it next time we are back in Charleston.
We had a wonderful experience with Chef Val and his assistant, Abigail. The entire evening was beyond our expectations. They handled everything from start to finish and the meal was absolutely delicious! Clearly, Chef Val takes a great deal of pride in his craft and we couldn’t have been happier with the results. What a perfect gift for my wife on her birthday! We’ll definitely use FF&K and Chef Val again for other, upcoming celebrations. Thanks so much!
We loved Chef Val
We’ll definitely use him again
We booked Chef Val for three catered meals
11 guests (2 were vegan and 1 had a soy allergy)
He accommodated the various diets beautifully
That was so much fun!
Chef Val was very cordial and, of course, talented
Amazing food with an Asian twist and super fun people. Val was great, outgoing and would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a catered meal. They came to our house in Sullivan’s island, SC were prompt, clean and efficient!
We really enjoyed our first private chef experience. Val was very friendly and professional. Everything was delicious and the evening was a success. Thank you for a wonderful evening
Val was very communicative and accommodating as we were planning for our dinner. We were able to mix and match apps from various offerings. The total experience was just under an hour and a half with 14 people (we didn’t have a dessert). Although the chef and his team were very nice and accommodating, we did feel very rushed, the portions sizes differed from person to person, and a lot of folks had undercooked steak for the main entree. Although it wasn’t necessarily a bad experience, we were definitely a bit underwhelmed.
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