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My style is smidget and pinch. A touch of this and splash of that makes all the difference. Food is perspective! I know just how to deliver your perspective and expectation.
MY CULINARY RÉSUMÉ
EXPERIENCE
2012 - Current
Private Chef
Full-time Private Chef
Entree Metropolitan, Global
ACCOLADES
2013
The Travel Channel
Travel Channel Fiery Food Challenge - Crowd Favorite
2013
Love Nightclub
Love Nightclub Top Chef Competition - Winner
KITCHIT Q&A
KITCHIT:  WHAT IS THE ONE KITCHEN TOOL (OTHER THAN A GOOD CHEF'S KNIFE) THAT YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT?
J. JACKSON:  A good spice grinder - I love to create my own spice blends.
WHERE CAN YOU BE FOUND/WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON YOUR DAYS OFF?
I'm a chef that loves to eat. You can find me at my chef friends' restaurants or writing for my food blog: www.foodiesandfatties.com
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL DINNER PARTY OR EVENT:
A completely customized private party where we create a menu we've never done before.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A CHEF?
The look on a client's face when I exceed their expectations. That surprise and joy is priceless.
WHAT IS YOUR SIGNATURE DISH?
Anything on a plate.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MEAL:
A proposal dinner for a friend. It was the most touching thing I've ever been a part of as a chef.
I KNEW THAT I WANTED TO BE A CHEF WHEN:
My mother threw me in the kitchen :)
THE FIRST DISH I EVER LEARNED TO COOK WAS:
Lasagna
MY BEVERAGE OF CHOICE IS:
Dos Equis...stay thirsty my friends
FIVE INGREDIENTS I ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND ARE:
Salt, pepper, bacon, an orange, and BUTTER.
MY IDEA OF COMFORT FOOD IS:
Any food that transports you "home"
MY FAVORITE FOOD CITY IS:
Tokyo, Japan
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE YOUR NEXT VACATION?
Perth, Australia
MY "GUILTY PLEASURE" FOOD IS:
Cupcakes
WHEN I'M AT HOME AND COOKING JUST FOR MYSELF, I MAKE:
Grilled Cheese...a thousand ways
MY FAVORITE PERSON/PEOPLE TO COOK FOR IS/ARE:
Anyone that appreciates the love I put into it
MY FAVORITE SEASON FOR COOKING
Spring
MY FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR IS:
Oreo
MY FAVORITE COOKBOOK IS:
The Flavor Bible
THE DISH THAT MY MOTHER/GRANDMOTHER WILL ALWAYS MAKE BEST IS:
Quiche
TWO EGGS "MY WAY" ARE:
Over easy...I'm a sucker for a runny yolk
THE FIVE SPICES/HERBS I TEND TO USE MOST ARE:
Salt, pepper, cumin, basil, and paprika
MY FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL IS:
Frosted Flakes! It's got the taste adults have grown to love. They're GGGGGGreat!
33 REVIEWS FROM KITCHIT HOSTS
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ANN-MARIE M.
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NEW YORK
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  10 PEOPLE
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He was a great Chef. Everyone in my party enjoyed the food.
JIM D.
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NEW YORK
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  8 PEOPLE
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Chef J presented superb food, on the set schedule and all guests were happy with the results, including his interaction and description of the dishes. 5*****
AARON A.
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NEW YORK
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Chef J was amazing as always -- great food, relaxed atmosphere and easy interaction with everyone.
AARON A.
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NEW YORK
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  5 PEOPLE
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Fantastic experience. Chef J created a wonderful experience for our dinner. We have worked with him multiple times and always have had amazing dinners.
HANNA R.
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NEW YORK
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  8 PEOPLE
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Chef J was punctual, professional and courteous. Most importantly, his food was absolutely delicious and my guests were thrilled by the meal. Thanks, Chef J!
WENDY W.
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NEW YORK
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  14 PEOPLE
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Chef J was great! He was super responsive, professional, and the food was delicious. Everyone was so pleased with the experience. I highly recommend him!
LAURA D.
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BAY AREA
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  8 PEOPLE
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Chef Jackson did a wonderful job at our dinner party. He came up with a menu that was perfect for us, food was delicious, he was very respectful of our guests and our kitchen and even left an extra treat for breakfast the next day!
COURTNEY S.
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NEW YORK
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  8 PEOPLE
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I had a great first experience with Kitchit. Chef J was very accommodating of my menu changes, the food was delicious, and everyone had a great time. As the host, it was wonderful and relaxing to be able to sit with my guests and know that everything was taken care of.
SUZETTE A.
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NEW YORK
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  11 PEOPLE
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Cudos to Chef J.Jackson. From the delicious food to the beautiful presentation , our New Year's Eve dinner party was a great success. Thank you for making me feel like a guest in my own home. ( I may never want to cook for company again)
SABRINA T.
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NEW YORK
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  2 PEOPLE
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My husband and I had a great experience with Chef Jackson. The cooking lesson was fun and relaxing and the food was amazing!
JUDY B.
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NEW YORK
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  11 PEOPLE
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Chef Jackson made my mother's 85th birthday a total success! The food was sensational and the service and presentation outstanding. He left my kitchen cleaner than he found it. Our family may never go to a restaurant again!
CARLO C.
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NEW YORK
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  6 PEOPLE
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Chef Jackson CRUSHED IT! This was my first time using Kitchit and I couldn't have been more satisfied. We decided to try out Kitchit for our annual holiday pot luck dinner. We are officially spoiled now. All six of us agree that we will never go back to cooking our own meals again! :). Chef Jackson was prompt, professional and seeed to work wonders even in our small kitchen. While cooking for the six adults, Chef Jackson also prepared a scrumptious children's menu for the six kids running around the house. Not only did we end the evening with everyone's bellies full, we also had an abundance of leftovers. Chef J cooked a ton of delicious food for us. After dinner he cleaned the kitchen, loaded up the dishwasher and packed everything away while we enjoyed our guests. The evening was great. This experience was awesome and really stress-free. We can't wait to do this again!
FRANCESCA S.
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NEW YORK
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  15 PEOPLE
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I can not find enough superlatives to describe the amazing experience of working with Chef J. Jackson. Communication through the planning process was superb. This incredible chef arrived and in four hours created a memorable Thanksgiving feast. Everything was scratch made on site and watching him work was a real treat. This is a meal I've made countless times myself and I was in awe. The turkey was perfection and my family will be talking about his mashed potatoes and mac & cheese for years to come. Thank you Chef Jackson, my only regret is that you wouldn't pull up a chair and join us in the wonderful meal you created.
ANNE R.
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NEW YORK
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  9 PEOPLE
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From first course to last, Chef Jackson spoiled us with an absolutely fabulous autumn dinner. The menu was thoughtfully created, taking into account the best flavors of the season. The squash soup was hearty but not too rich; the salad, like all his dishes, was generous with the fresh ingredients; the chicken melted in our mouths; and the harvest vegetables were outstanding, each and every one. Chef J.'s care and attention to detail was evident with each bite. And one of his most inspired ideas was the mini-cupcakes with pumpkin icing which allowed everyone personal portion control (ok, I had three). Worth noting that Chef J's demeanor was lovely, and he is great with children (we had 4 running around). We wouldn't hesitate to recommend him for any occasion!
STEVEN B.
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NEW YORK
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  12 PEOPLE
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We had a great experience with J. Jackson. He made a surprise birthday dinner party for my wife(a group of 12 of us total) a huge success. Planning in advance was a breeze and he was really helpful in refining the menu and suggesting wines to pair with the meal. He asked all the right questions in advance so that he could get down to business on the day of the event. J. is a really nice guy and was a pleasure to have working in the kitchen. We also loved when he would come out and explain the course we were about to enjoy. I highly recommend J. for your next event!
MELISSA T.
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NEW YORK
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  18 PEOPLE
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My recent Kitchit experience was phenomenal. Chef J catered a large dinner party for my birthday and made the event truly magical. Prior to the event, J helped me develop a fresh summery menu and was wonderfully flexible when I had specific requests. J was responsive over email and had great suggestions on dishes that would work well on a hot summer night. On the day of the event, J arrived with plenty of time to prep and was helpful and friendly as we rushed around getting ready for the guests. When guests arrived, J helped greet them and get settled with cocktails. When it was time for dinner, J served and introduced each of the courses. We started with a chilled strawberry soup that was fresh and flavorful. From there we moved on to a main course of mustard glazed arctic char with a range of vegetables. The meal was delicious. My guests couldn't stop raving about the food. To wrap things up, J created individual cheese plates with a range of fruit compotes and unusual cheeses for each guest. From start to finish, the food was excellent and I would absolutely recommend each of these dishes. Once the meal was over, J cleaned up the kitchen, leaving things in fairly good shape, and packed up a bunch of leftovers for us to enjoy over the next few days. Overall, this was a wonderful experience and made the evening stress-free and delicious. Chef J is incredibly talented, personable, and organized. I didn't have to worry about anything all night and instead could enjoy the event. Thank you, Chef J!
DAMIEN F.
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NEW YORK
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  8 PEOPLE
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We had a great evening. The communication ahead of the dinner was efficient. The food options were various and covering all food specificity. The Chef was on time. He well prepared with all the adequate tools. The food was delivered with flexibility. The service was great and professional. The chef was friendly and reserved. The different courses were nicely plated. The summer salad was delicious. the beef was adequately cooked. The mustard sauce was tasty and surprising without being too strong. The cleaning and tiding up after the dinner was adequate. The chef hand washed all the china plates which can not go in the dishwasher
ANGELA C.
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NEW YORK
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  10 PEOPLE
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Chef Jackson was wonderful! He was very accommodating with our location and proposed an outstanding menu for a birthday dinner based on just a few food items that I suggested. Everything was delicious - we had an amazing kale salad, pork loin with sides like brussels sprouts (best dish!) and an amazing pie. He explained each dish to my guests and they were blown away with the taste and presentation. Would definitely work with him again!
GABRIEL S.
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NEW YORK
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  8 PEOPLE
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Chef J was amazing! He kept in touch with me via email previous to the event and the coordination of the menu and logistics was seamless. We hosted a go-away dinner party with a total of 8 guests. He cooked a family style dinner which consisted of scallops, kale salad (best dish of the night!!!), snapper and tres leches (which he made from scratch in my kitchen). Everything was delicious. Chef J, was very polite and gracious, and he did a great job at cleaning up the kitchen. Overall and excellent experience!
GRACE P.
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NEW YORK
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  9 PEOPLE
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We booked Chef J for my birthday dinner and we're so glad he did. J and I went back and forth discussing the menu in the weeks before the event since I am very picky and he was always very quick to respond to my many questions as well as adjust the menu for allergies. He created an amazing family style meal for us that paired beautifully with the wine I chose and even brought it and served it up on our rooftop. Not only was I able to relax and enjoy my party but everyone raved about the food and I didn't have to lift a finger! We've already planned to book Chef J again.
PAULA
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NEW YORK
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  30 PEOPLE
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J. was great. He was on time, had everything he needed and worked quickly and cleanly. He was very un-obtrusive and did not bother me for anything while I was with my guests. The food was plentiful and tasty. Would have him back in a heart beat.
SARA B.
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NEW YORK
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  15 PEOPLE
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Despite dealing with a family emergency earlier in the day, J. hustled and prepared a wonderful meal. Everyone loved the cocktail party foods he cooked up for my birthday party. Our friends kept asking where we found him. J. was easy to work with throughout the process, made suggestions for the menu and was happy to make any accommodations we asked for. He was responsive over email and phone. J. left our kitchen spotless and we even had some delicious leftovers.
KIA R.
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NEW YORK
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I cannot say enough good things about Chef J. Jackson. I hired him to cook dinner for my dad and stepmom at their apartment as a Christmas gift. They absolutely loved it, and said that he was prompt, fun to spend time with, and that the food was fabulous. Looks like I am going to have to save up some money so that he can cook for my husband and I!
KIM A.
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NEW YORK
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  12 PEOPLE
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Chef J was great. Our experience could not have been better. He put together a perfect selection of apps for our cocktail party and every guest commented on how wonderful the food was. We will definitely be using him again for future events!
ZAK K.
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NEW YORK
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Chef Jackson prepared a wonderful menu and one that we were very excited to experience. Unfortunately, some menu items never made it to the plate while others were not cooked properly. Chef Jackson is the perfect gentleman and is soft spoken, just wish his food was as good as his personality.
AJO G.
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NEW YORK
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We worked with Chef J. Jackson for my wife's birthday brunch. He was extremely respectful. J helped with a bunch of things that he really did not have to do. He did the dishes and also helped my wife cook the few items that she was taking care of. He made sure we had a great time during the party while we did minimal work. We had him make omelets to order. The food and service were excellent. I also appreciated the fact that once his duties were performed he did not try to rush out of our apartment. He made sure that we did not need anything else or further assistance. I would highly recommend him to others! I do however wish there was more communication via phone leading to the days of the events. I do not think that is J's fault, it's probably just an improvement kitchit has to make. Since this is my first time hiring a chef I had a lot of questions especially leading up to the day of the event. I think the chef's should be more accessible via phone as the day gets closer or once the event is booked.
JACKIE M.
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NEW YORK
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I thought Jay was very nice, all his dishes were delicious and as described. The reason I rated service and communication lower was some lack of clarity about how service worked during planning as my first time (and didn't get someone to talk to without a bit of persistence) and I thought the assistant who came with the chef was not very motivated or proactive. Much of the table wasn't cleaned and I had to spend alot of time bringing her to the room and doing my clean up post event (which was exactly what I didnt want to do).
JEFF B.
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NEW YORK
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J was great!! We hired him to host an intimate dinner party (10 people) for my in-law's anniversary at their house. He created 4 dishes - soup, salad, fish & chicken and some delicious sides (assorted veggies & mashed potatoes). He was extremely punctual and polite and we really enjoyed working with him. In addition (and most importantly) the food was AMAZING and everyone loved it! We look forward to using him again at future events and HIGHLY recommend him to others.
KATHRYN M.
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LOS ANGELES
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J. Jackson was delightful to work with. I only had to describe the event, a bridal shower luncheon, and theme, "Alice in Wonderland Goes to the Farm," mention a few food preferences and he responded immediately with an imaginative and fantastic menu. He brought everything to life on the day of the party and the guests were thrilled. I am a good cook myself and I have to admit, I have never enjoyed a party I hosted as much as I enjoyed this one. Thanks, J. for such a memorable feast.
ALLIE W.
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NEW YORK
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  8 PEOPLE
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Chef J. helped me plan a special 'I Love NY' meal for friends moving away- I couldn't have asked for a more creative (or delicious!) menu or experience with Chef J.!
KELSEY R.
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NEW YORK
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LAUREN B.
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NEW YORK
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  30 PEOPLE
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Chef J. Jackson was great! Our event was a roofdeck BBQ for 30. The food was a huge hit and it was really fun having him there! Highly recommend.
KAREN H.
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NEW YORK
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Chef Jackson really understood what we wanted, was flexible in planning the menu, and prepared a great meal. An unexpected benefit was his perfect and unobstrusive service the night of the event. It was a very enjoyable evening and excellent value, and we have already recommended Chef Jackson.