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Chef J
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J is your 4.7 star chef in Washington, for hire to cook American & BBQ & Soul Food/Southern (US) cuisines. J is excited to create your exclusive culinary experience with ChefXChange!



Private Chef


Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it

My cuisine is inspired from my travels both local and abroad. I gain inspiration from the classics and re-imagine them in fantastic ways.

List of the Chef's favorite ingredients

  • Paprika
  • Bacon
  • Cumin
  • Garlic
  • Curry


  • American
  • BBQ
  • Soul Food/Southern (US)
  • Spanish
  • Thai

Experiences Provided

  • Private Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Cooking Class
  • Corporate Event
  • Catering
  • Chef Consultancy

How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?

I have become synonymous with great food! I am a successful private chef and motivational speaker based in the DC metro area, as well as serving clients globally. I have created my own personal style by mixing my love of food with that of techniques from some of the best chefs in the country and beyond. I have been a self-taught chef for the past few years and am a regular culinary contributor on Fox and Friend’s Morning Show. I have also made appearances on Neighborhood Chef and ABC’s The Chew. My accomplishments include “Crowd Favorite” at The Travel Channel’s Fiery Foods Challenge, winner of the DC local competition of Top Chef for Love Night Club and a Season 4 Contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay! I have provided my culinary services to the likes of Jill Scott and have toured the world with Lady Gaga. Additionally, I speak to youth about achieving their dreams and mastering their craft.


  • Professional


Restaurant Associates/ Compass Group
Sous Chef (Jan 2011 - May 2013)

Grand opening team member for 2 (now) multi-million dollar restaurants in New York city.

Entree Metropolitan Catering
Owner (Feb 2010 - Now)

Boutique catering company in Washington DC with a specialty in corporate catering.

Work Experience

Marcus Samuelsson American Table
Sous chef (Jan 2011-May 2013)

70 seats

Entree Metropolitan Catering
Owner (Jan 2010-Now)

Social, corporate


Washington, DC, United States
Travel: 500 kms

Language Spoken

  • English
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Moderate
      Full refund up to 1 week before the event, 50% refund up to 2 days prior to event, except Foodie Service fees
    Reviews from Foodies:
    March 2018
    We highly enjoy having JM over every two weeks - he cooks us a meal and teaches our twelve year old - who LOVES working with him. Great experience! Highly recommended chef
    May 2017
    Chef J had a great attitude and positive engagement with me and my guests. His food was delicious. I will go anywhere he is cooking chicken thighs!! We could not have asked for a more wonderful experience. He brought everything he needed, jumped right in to prepare the meal and left my kitchen clean as if nothing even happened. It was a joy to experience his dishes.
    April 2017
    Chef J was kind and very professional. He arrived on time, and cleaned up and also brought a server to assist in the event. The overall experience was great, but the food itself was a bit lacking. It seemed to be on the bland side and lacked the nuance we were looking for with the dishes. We did not interact during the event, and not too much interaction before hand. I did reach out to make sure we were on the same page and he was responsive. Unfortunately due to the food itself I would not rehire this chef for our tastes.
    March 2017
    I truly cannot say thank you enough about the Mr, Foodtastic (Chef J ) experience. Chef J truly created pot poetry in our kitchen and made my birthday one to remember. He was professional and personable and made the event feel like a family gathering and he was part of the family. The food was flavorful and fresh and every dish he prepared he explained completely. I even learned something new. Have you ever had or heard of lotus root??!?! Yeah me either, but Chef J taught me! I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Foodtastic and the experience, but what I can do is book him again and again, which will definitely be doing!!! Thanks again Mr. Foodtastic!!!
    July 2016
    Chef J was awesome! From the preparing to the presenting, he was friendly, fun and knows his food! His ravioli was incredible as was the rest of the food. He really customized the menu to meet our needs! We'll definitely ask for him again!!
    June 2016
    The food was amazing. Chef J was very informative and professional. My husband truly enjoyed the experience and he is a picky eater. Working with Chef J to create a man menu was a breeze. He had a lot of great ideas. The food was well seasoned and absolutely delicious. I would definitely recommend for future events and to potential clients.
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