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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

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 Jacoby Ponder has. A Navy veteran with more than a decade of experience in the kitchen, Ponder has gone from serving admirals to appearing on…
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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 Underground Kitchen, an events company based in Richmond, will return to Charlotte on Nov. 17 for a popup dinner at an undisclosed location. Headed by…
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Underground Kitchen hosts a pop-up dinner that could only happen in Pittsburgh

Ryan Rydzewski  August 3, 2017 Amid the clinking wine glasses and clattering flatware came a familiar shout—”Here we go, Steelers, here we go!”—followed shortly thereafter by an opera singer’s “Ave Maria.” None of it felt strange or out of place. In fact, was it almost perfectly Pittsburgh—just as Micheal Sparks intended it to be. Sparks—organizer of the national pop-up dinner series Underground Kitchen—brought…
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February 2016 Chef of the month Jacoby Ponder, CC CPC

From Chef Uniforms (2016) After serving ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Personal and Private Chef, Chef Jacoby Ponderestablished FireSyde Chef & Co. in 2010. Ponder created FireSyde Chef to provide quality personal and private chef services to Hampton Roads, Virginia. He has received his extensive culinary arts and business management training at The…
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NAS Oceana hosts culinary competition

By MC2 Jacob S. Richardson NAS Oceana Public Affairs (2017) Virginia Beach, VA. Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and the Hornet’s Nest Galley hosted the 9th annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Culinary Competition Feb. 1-2. The competition gathers a total of 10, two-person teams from galleys across the Mid-Atlantic area. The event is designed to challenge their…
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Celebrity Chef Trains Navy Culinary Specialists

Virginia Beach, VA. International Celebrity Chef Jacoby Ponder recently completed the third installment of his Chefpreneur Academy hosted at Stratford University in Virginia Beach. The five-day course has been provided to sixty Culinary Specialists from the USS Gerald R. Ford of the United States Navy. The Chefpreneur Academy is a comprehensive curriculum developed by International Celebrity…
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Mississippi Eats

Vicksburg, MS. International Celebrity Chef, Jacoby Ponder recently traveled to Mississippi for a weekend to provide private executive chef services for Dr. Chanita Foster and guests at the Waiting to Exhale Girls Getaway Trip. The event was held April 26-28 and was hosted by Ambassador of the event, Dr. Chanita Foster. Chanita Foster is a…
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Inside Business Features Chef Ponder

Norfolk, VA. On April 8, 2019 Chef Jacoby Ponder met with Trevor Metcalfe, Staff Writer for Inside Business. The topic of the interview was the newly formed and founded Chefpreneur Academy. Check out his article here.

Chef Ponder’s Spring Media Tour Finishes Strong on Sister Circle LIVE!

Atlanta, GA. Chef Jacoby Ponder recently completed a media tour to promote his Couples Cooking Date Night Tour visiting six outlets in just three weeks. From Norfolk, to Richmond, D.C., Atlanta and then back to D.C., Chef made stops at the Hampton Roads Show (WAVY TV 10), Virginia This Morning (WTVR-TV Richmond), Great Day Washington…
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