The Practical Chef


About Us

The Practical Chef was founded in 2007 by Craig Nassar. After more than 2 decades of long hours and intense work in New York City, Chef Craig headed west to Tucson Arizona and there he launched The Practical Chef – personal chef services & catering.

Chef Craig designs personalized culinary experiences for you and your guests. Whatever the occasion, from a wedding or a milestone birthday celebration, a cocktail party, a special anniversary, graduation party, casual office gatherings to large-scale VIP event, Chef Craig will design a custom menu just for you.

Chef Craig draws on a lifetime of skills and the knowledge that all meals, no matter how large or how small, are special events among family and friends.

The Practical Chef is a completely personalized private chef and catering services that consistently prepares the best homemade fresh food. We take care of menu planning, grocery shopping, cooking and clean up, leaving you with delicious meals and a spotless kitchen.

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Craig Nassar


1 Review for The Practical Chef

  • Auustin A
    Auustin A wrote a review March 12, 2022
    You can’t do better than The Practical Chef

    Craig is a true professional that you can trust. He takes pride in his work and will go above and beyond to make sure your event exceeds your expectat...ion and impresses your guests.

    I hired Craig and his team to cater my wedding, which took place at a remote venue about 2 hours outside of Tucson. The event was a challenge because not only was it remote, but I was also planning the event from the other side of the country. That meant I didn't have the benefit of meeting with caterers in person, trying food in advance, and undertaking all the traditional steps of finding vendors for a wedding.

    I knew I had found the right person to handle the event from the very first call. He was cordial, asked the right questions, clearly communicated his requirements, and was honest. He didn't disappear or go radio silent after I signed the contract and he was communicative all the way through the planning process and leading up to the event.

    About two months before the event, he graciously drove the two hours out to the venue to conduct a property walk-through with me when I was in town for the holidays. He refused additional reimbursement for his time or gas money to get out to the venue.

    In the last month leading up to the event, I communicated to Craig that a few of my guests had some allergies, and one was vegan. This was a quaint wedding of only about 20 people, so that meant coming up with some original alternatives for those few individuals. Furthermore, I hired him to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner the day of the wedding, which exasperated those challenges. On the day of the event, he had a custom vegan-friendly dish prepared for all three meals and took extraordinary precautions to prevent allergen cross-contamination.

    Every single meal was punctual, artfully presented, and delicious. This is not your standard wedding food or copy-and-paste banquet meal. Craig is extraordinarily talented and was continuously present throughout each meal to greet guests and present his dishes. Every guest was impressed and raving about the food.

    In addition to the tremendous food, Craig also helped to arrange servers for the event and even helped bring additional tables for the event.

    Craig is just a genuinely good person and you cannot do better than hiring him for your next event.

    Date of wedding: 02-20-2022

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