Personal Chef New Jersey

How We Got Here. Foodinis.

Growing up in the 70's with Scottish parents, boiled meat, processed cheese food and canned veggies doesn't seem like the ideal seedbed for a young culinary mind to sprout. Look deeper though, and it's possibly just the right incentive needed to grow these gastronimical roots.

Rewind 30 years and find young John home from elementary school and looking forward to, not kickball or tag with his friends, but watching "The Galloping Gourmet" or "Julia Childs" preparing something special from scratch. No can openers, microwaves or cheese from a tube. Just real, honest food with classic methods of preparation. Of course, he didn't really know what he was watching, but he knew he loved it! One of John's first culinary creations at the age of 8 was to put pickled beets on his tuba fish sandwich. Yup! That's where it all began.

Fast forward to 1984 and John, now age 14, scored his first real food services job working working as a dishwasher as Woodstock Pizza. One year later he was making the pizza dough and sauce and by 1986 he landed his first head lunch cook position in a small bistro. in 1994, several restaurants ( and 8 years later), John attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and graduated with honors. He then set sail on a small cruise ship as a Sous Chef traveling throughout South America and the Coastal US.

Upon completion of his sailing stint, the young chef set ground in NJ and worked at two of the top rated restaurants in Monmouth County. By 1999 John was looking for something different. Seventy hour work weeks, holidays and weekends were getting old. So, Foodini’s Personal Chef Service was born!

Chef John started out with one personal chef client, then two. Before you knew it, he was making a good living and having a blast doing it. He was now able to prepare exactly what he wanted and also get direct feedback from his clients. Something that rarely happens in the restaurant industry. He loved this instant gratification and it just fed the fire and ignited his passion further. John soon found himself yearning to prepare meals on a larger scale and incorporated full service, off premise catering into the mix, while still servicing his personal chef service clientele. Chef John solidified his role as a prominent Jersey Shore caterer in 2007 when he purchased and built out his 1200 square foot commercial kitchen in Neptune, NJ. Chef John says, “it is truly a dream come true.”

Bio:

  • 1999-Current Off-Premise Caterer and Personal Chef Service1
  • Past Fine Dining Restaurants, Hotels, Cruise Ships, Consulting1
  • Education: Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY-19961
  • Hobbies: Gardening, Biking, Swimming, Music, Art, Spending time at the beach with Baxter and CC1
  • Awards / Accolades / TV:

  • Catersource 2006 ~ Mystery Box Challenge Winner - 300 Hors D'oeuvres from mystery ingredients2
  • Appearances NBC's The Today Show, CBS Market Watch, News 12 NJ & One on One with Steve Adubato2
  • Contestant on Food Network's "CHOPPED" and "Taste Test"2
  • Member:

    Serving all of New Jersey

    Let's start to make your life easier, healthier & happier!

    We use the freshest possible hand picked ingredients and pride ourselves on integrity & passion. Our standards are very high in Foodini's Kitchen. Chef Deatcher has traveled extensively throughout South America, Europe,and the USA, gaining invaluable culinary knowledge and inspiration. John's dedication and gastronomic skills are evident in his worldly flavors which have no culinary boundaries.

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