Great Full Plate


Invite your guests and let the chef do the rest.

We bring lively, imaginative, engaging group cooking classes and full-service professional meal preparation right to your home kitchen.

Our philosophy is that bellies, glasses, and hearts should always be full.

We’ll show you and your guests how to make your own Instagram-worthy, multi-course meal step-by-step – or do the cooking for you – right from your home kitchen. Choose from our pre-designed, themed packages or customize your own menu.

We bring the restaurant to you by providing creative, professional, full-service culinary experiences in the comfort of your own home:

  • Group Cooking Classes
  • Special Event Chef Services
  • Meal Planning & Prep


Chris Blackburn is a professionally trained chef with over 18 years of experience. He got his start learning to craft handmade pasta at a family-owned Italian restaurant, went on to graduate at the top of his class in culinary school, and spent several years as a seasonal chef alternating summers and winters at beach and ski resorts across the country – from Key Largo to Nantucket, Park City to Lake George, all the way to Southern Vermont – as a way to expand his culinary imagination and horizons. He’s worked on Michelin-star kitchen teams but you’d never know it from his down-to-earth attitude and heartfelt approach to turning food into an unforgettable experience. He’s friendly, funny, and phenomenal at teaching beginners the art, science, and joy of cooking. Chef Blackburn has since planted roots in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his family and looks forward to making your next event an experience to remember.

Ashley Blackburn proudly serves as Great Full Plate’s lead event coordinator, learning designer, dishwasher, and hostess-with-the-mostess, as well as Chef Blackburn’s “sous chef” for life. Ashley brings our events and classes to life as a veteran waitress and craft brewery tour guide – and as a professional educator with a background in leadership development, curriculum design, and experiential learning. She waitressed her way through college and grad school, and then spent 12 years partnering with leading college faculty across the country to develop highly engaging learning experiences and community events. She believes every day is a theme party waiting to happen and will work with you to make your most imaginative event ideas a reality.

Let us take something off your plate!

Contact us now for booking and pricing.

Great Full Plate, Chef Chris Blackburn
Serving the Chicagoland Area / (847) 306-9135

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