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Chef J. Ponder – Chef Jacoby Ponder – Chef. Teacher. Speaker.

Chef. Teacher. Speaker.

Today's ultimate Chefpreneur, Private Chef, and Culinary Educator


Enjoy Training by the best in the Business!

Chef Jacoby Ponder’s Chefpreneur Academy is a comprehensive curriculum developed to educate, inspire and motivate cooks to become professional chefs; working, thriving and expanding their gifts past the plate and beyond the kitchen.



Chef J. Ponder, International Celebrity Private and Executive Chef

Chef J Ponder

Book Chef J Ponder to cook your private meal, speak at your event, or host a cooking class. Chef Ponder is a highly sought after International speaker, teacher, and presenter.

Norfolk Kitchen Lab

The NK Lab is here for your special events, weddings, private parties, corporate events and more! We provide exquisite food, expert coordination and gracious service for your special events.


Chef is always giving back through community initiatives, fundraising and donating time. Chef Ponder gives back to the American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association.

Chefpreneur Academy

Now you can learn from Chef Ponder through his hands-on and interactive Chefpreneur Academy. Learn business, strategy, planning, marketing, culinary tools, techniquest and much more!


Meet with Chef on August 22

Do you desire to host Chefpreneur Academy at your command? On August 22, you can join Chef Ponder at this exclusive event to learn more about the Academy and how to book this year.

Join Chef at C9 in Norfolk on August 22, 2019 at 2 pm to learn more. 


Take a Closer Look at Chefpreneur Academy

Private Chef Jacoby Ponder

Chef Jacoby Ponder has twenty years’ experience in providing the highest quality of exquisite meals and food service to people all over the world. As an International Celebrity Chef, Chef Ponder has cooked for dignitaries, politicians, presidents, actors, actresses and the highest of officers in the Navy.

After spending ten years in the Navy beginning as a messhall chef and transitioning to the Private Chef to the Admiral, Chef Ponder began a Private Chef Company and made appearances on the Food Network’s Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen; making it to the final rounds in both and winning Cutthroat Kitchen in 2014. Since then, Chef Ponder continues to prepare the finest of meals using only the freshest, healthiest and first-class ingredients for his high-end clients all over the world. 

Chef Ponder has cooked for President George H. Bush, Bill Bellamy, Vivica A. Fox, Bruce Willis, Celine Dion, Gizelle Bryant, and many more. He has cooked in 6 countries, made appearances on fifteen news programs, been featured in over fifteen magazines and sold out each of his Cooking Class to date. 

Chef Ponder is the Creator and Owner of Norfolk Kitchen Lab, a unique private chef culinary company that places only the best local chefs in clients’ kitchen’s to create premier courses. He is also the creator of Chef Crumbs, a children’s cooking class and Chef Ponder’s Couples Cooking Class. 

Chef Ponder is a certified culinary expert. 


Check out Chef’s Scheduled Events


Food for the Rich

Locally sourced produce and the freshest ingredients means food that is exceptional in taste. Over 20 years’ experience cooking for celebrities, dignitataries, politicians, presidents, actors and actresses means presentation and service that is second to none.

Latest News

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Chef Ponder Returns to WTVR

Richmond, VA. Recently Chef Jacoby Ponder returned to WTVR in Richmond, Va. to discuss Chefpreneur Academy and to cook live! Check it out here. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

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Jacoby Ponder: A Trendsetting Foodpreneur on the Rise

by Shawn Wenner | Feb 23, 2017 It’s a common adage among entrepreneurs: be a trendsetter and do something new. Few in the culinary industry are currently taking that to heart as Chef[…]

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What’s so secret about this secret dinner in Charlotte?

BY KATHLEEN PURVIS – Charlotte Observer NOVEMBER 06, 2017 03:24 PM, UPDATED NOVEMBER 06, 2017 We can’t tell you where, but we can tell you what, who and how much: The[…]

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