A Private Affair

Fort Washington, MD

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While attending The International Culinary Institute, I was trained in all of the culinary disciplines as well as preparing food around the region and around the world
A Private Affair offers meal delivery Private Chef services and cooking classes
* Delivered fresh, our meals are prepared for your specific dietary concerns and restrictions From Paleo to Mediterranean or if you just want a great meal , we can deliver
* Our in home Private Chef service offers an intimate dinner for two, a night-in with a few friends or a plated dinner in the ballroom, we are ready to serve!
We offer Private in home cooking classes for individuals or groups up to four , featured in Living- Social our classes are both educational and fun with formats available for the novice or the trained Chef,
*I am Certified in Personal nutrition I offer Private in home session for weight loss diabetic diets eating disorders or maintaining a healthy lifestyle
I am trained in the following:

* World Cuisine
* Garde Manger
* Asian
* Latin
* Regional American
* Nutrition Paleo Diet Mediterranean Diet PCO Diet Dash diet
* Sommelier
* Private Cooking Lessons

I would love to share my time and talent with you!

Chef Jackie J CDC
A Private Affair


Fort Washington, MD 20744

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24 Reviews
  • Eric H. Aug 30, 2017
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Allison R. Mar 1, 2017
    Chef Jackie was an absolutely joy to work with. I had purchased a Groupon "Private Affair" for my husbands Christmas gift. We were able to choose from my different genre's of food (Asian, Mediterranean, French, American, etc.). We ended up choosing the French cuisine and it was delicious! Chef Jackie was such a great teacher as she let us do it all on our own so we would learn and taught us along the way. She is very knowledgeable and I learned so much more than I ever thought I would! I would 100% recommend her services to anyone. :)
  • Ryan C. Sep 19, 2016
    An amazing experience with an amazing chef!
    Chef Jacky is really a joy to cook with. She held a cooking lesson for my family and I, and we had an absolute blast and learned a lot! She was friendly, hilarious, and effective. I intend to definitely schedule more cooking lessons in the future.
  • Sherry S. Jul 11, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Chef Jackie is awesome! My son and I took a cooking lesson from her. We had a great time and learned a lot. Jackie was very flexible about changing the menu. She really went out of her way for us-she called my son to discuss the menu beforehand. He learned several dishes to make for himself at college that were delicious. I would definitely recommend Chef Jackie.
  • Jesse B. Jul 11, 2016
    Chef Jackie was both knowledgeable and entertaining for our private dinner cooking experience. I will definitely use her again in the future.
  • Florence T. May 20, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Chef Johnson showed up on time for our initial meeting. Provided important information and conducted herself in a professional manner! She was GREAT!
  • Loveia J. May 10, 2016
    Private Cooking Lessons
    Verified Review
    Chef Jackie helped me host a birthday cooking lesson for 6 friends. Everything was perfect, including the healthy menu she helped up create. This was such a memorable occasion for me and my guest, that they are still talking about it! Can't wait for another reason to use her again! Waldorf, MD
  • Barry H. Mar 17, 2016
    5 men in a small kitchen ..... and Jackie: a great time had by all including the food. The prep, the cooking, the eating. Jackie answered our questions with aplomb and insight and guided us all to a successful afternoon of good food and conversation. I am considered a good cook by friends [ok, and myself as well] and I left for home being very satisfied with the affair not only because of the company, the cooking experience and the eating, but because I learned a lot from Jackie due to her knowledge and very importantly, her attitude and grace. --- Recommended.
  • Philip F. Mar 10, 2016
    A cooking class for 5 guys can't be the easiest task for a chef. But Jackie did a marvelous job. The "class" was very well organized and, above all, it was great fun for all participants.
  • Bill C. Mar 8, 2016
    Jackie came in and gave us cooking lessons with a Thai flavor and we had a great time. The menu was well planned, the instructions were clear and Jackie was there to keep us out of trouble. Since there were five guys all squeezed together in the kitchen, it was interesting but we all had a great time. Jackie blended in with the group and we all laughed at the same jokes. Thanks for a great time!
  • Angie P. Mar 8, 2016
    I attended a cooking class for 5 taught by chef Jackie. She was a lot of fun to work with, encouraging, friendly, and even gave me a few cooking tips that weren't directly related to the class. The food was amazing and I can't wait to try these recipes on my own. I would recommend her cooking class for a fun learning experience!
  • Harrison F. Mar 8, 2016
    Very nice and very helpful. Funny too! Learned some great tips
  • Renee S. Dec 13, 2015
    I throughly enjoyed my evening. We coordinated with 2 other couples for what turned out to be a fun cooking lesson evening. Chef Jackie was great and the food was delicious. (Everything was really good but the chocolate moose was beyond amazing.) We learned several fun aspects that I will use in the future. Would certainly recommend for a fun evening.
  • Raymond C. Jul 8, 2015
    I Was looking for something different for my wife and her sister during a visit. I saw A Private Affair on Living Social, offering a cooking class for 5. Since my wife loves to cook and her sister spent some time in culinary school I thought 'lets just give it a go." We ended up with 3 1/2 people making what turned out to be a fantastic meal - each of them taking responsibility for preparing a course under Chef Jackie's guidance and watchful eye. My grand niece made the salad (and Chef Jackie was great in keeping her on task and engaged); My wife did the potatoes au gratin; another friend did the pork chops and my sister-in-law made the chocolate moose. It was a lot of fun watching them but not as much as they seemed to be having. The menu options were great, the food was different and unique and everybody learned something new. Most importantly my stock went up for being the guy who gave his girl a cool and different gift. Pay attention gents! This one was worth it!
  • Debbie K. Dec 31, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
  • Angela G. Nov 29, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Jackie prepared a tasty meal and was pleasant to work with
  • Jacqueline M. Oct 26, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Jackie helped us with a Cajun Fair Cocktail party. She and her assistant showed up with the food tray, however the food had shifted on the trays and needed to be reassembled which created a mess in my kitchen. They did make every effort to clean up before leaving. We offered to reheat the food but was told it could be served at room temperature. Unfortunately, many of our guests requested to microwave the food in order to reheat to their liking. The was especially the case for mini Jambalaya Skewers w/chicken. The craw fish shooters were not good at room temperature either as the grease jelled on top. Also, She was not able to deliver the desert we ordered and contracted on short notice she instead so purchased pies from a bakery. Quite honestly, I give it 3 stars as I take partial responsibility for not asking beforehand if the food warmers were required for the type of food served. I took for granted that an expert Chef would provide or at least inform me that the food served will need to be placed in warmers prior to serving especially when you don't contract servers. The presentation of the food was nice and the quality of the food was fair.
    Chef Jackie J. Oct 26, 2014

    The food was delivered on disposable catering trays as promised. Two of the items were assemble on site not because they had shifted but but because they are delicate and I prefer to assemble then on arrival .I informed the client that I had to make a change in the dessert and hired another vendor as Chefs often do

  • Brittnee A. Oct 26, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Tried the weekly meal delivery service. Meals were delivered on Monday evening. Packaging was decent, but not conducive to reheating. For example, the cod cakes were placed next to tarter sauce along with a cold side of coleslaw and a hot side. To reheat, i had to remove the cod cakes and other side to reheat. Overall, the food was okay, nothing to rave about, but perhaps my expectations were too high. The pricing was decent, though. For improved meal delivery service, overall professionalism could be increased, i received a menu with some one else's name; i did not learn of the delivery arrangements until the day of, etc.
  • Gari P. Sep 25, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    Chef Jackie was a delight to have in our home. Her food was outstanding and instruction fun, easy, and thorough. We loved having her over for dinner! I would strongly recommend her to anyone.
  • Cindy G. Jul 27, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    My children thoroughly enjoyed Jackie's dinner. My daughter- in-law said the mashed potatoes were the best she ever had!
  • Kirsten N. Jun 23, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Chef Jackie catered a breakfast in our home the morning after our son's bar mitzvah. She delivered exactly as promised, honored our dietary restrictions, and our guests specifically commented on the many good quiches she made. The only note I would make is that for coffee service, she only needed to bring regular flavored coffee and regular milk/cream, which we could have advised on if asked.
  • Maggie S. Mar 8, 2014
    Event Catering
    Verified Review
    Ms. Johnson's catering business was absolutely wonderful! Her food was delicious and presented beautifully! She was a true professional in every capacity. I will definitely use A Private Affair again.
  • Bessie P. Feb 23, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review
    The rating for the service we received from " A Private Affair" should be described as "poor". These are our reasons: 1. Late arrival: The birthday dinner was scheduled for 6 pm. The "Chef" said she would be at my home at 5 pm. She arrived around 6:30 to prepare the meal which was served around 7:30. 2. Dinner: The entrée consisted of a small portion of pan seared fish and vegetables. The vegetables were cold and bland and the guest of honor's fish so severely undercooked, that he decided to cook it. 3. After the meal: The "chef" did not have the phone number of the person that brought her to our home, so we had to drive her home. On a positive note: The "Chef" was nice and she cleaned up. But we will not use "A Private Affair" again.
    Chef Jackie J. Mar 23, 2014

    Have ever had a bad day? Well this was mine. I had an accident and had to rent a car, when I got to the Rental Office they said that the were out of cars. So I arranged for a ride with someone else who of course came late. When I arrived late and apologetic I rushed to prepare the meal cold fish in a hot pan never works. I was in such a rush that I left my phone in the car. I I take full responsibility for this fiasco and I hope that you will look at all of my reviews and weigh them equally

  • Rodney L. Feb 14, 2014
    Personal Chef
    Verified Review