About Chef Ponder

Chef Jacoby Ponder - Chef. Teacher. Speaker.

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About Chef J. Ponder

After serving ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Personal and Private Chef, Chef Jacoby Ponder established FireSyde Chef & Co in 2010, and he continued on to his latest culinary venture called “Norfolk Kitchen Lab” which is a Personal and Private Chef culinary hub which provides quality personal and private chef services up in Hampton Roads and the greater Delaware, Virginia and Maryland region.

He has received his extensive culinary arts and business management degrees at The Culinary Arts Institute of Virginia and ECPI University – graduating with both an Associates (Culinary Science) and Bachelors (Business Management). He holds both CC and CPC Certifications in the Culinary Field.

With almost twenty years’ of experience in culinary arts, hospitality and business management, Ponder has acquired culinary skills to work in upscale environments. Chef Ponder provides five star meals for Admirals, foreign dignitaries, senior government executives, Hollywood stars and celebrities alike. He has prepared dishes for names such as President George H. W. Bush, Bruce Willis, Vivica A. Fox, as well as reality television personalities from the hit show “House wives of Atlanta”, Actors Bill Bellamy, Rodney Perry and many more! Chef Ponder is truly a Chef to the STARS!

In 2012 Chef Ponder was a finalist on the Food Network hit show “Chopped”, where he placed as runner-up in the grueling Military Salute episode. In 2014 Chef Ponder took it back to Food Network with his second and victorious win on the hit show “Cutthroat Kitchen”.

Chef Ponder is most passionate about teaching while he cooks and uses his platform to educate others about the health benefits and also the harms of some foods. A teacher at heart, Chef Ponder looks for ways to develop others, share his experiences and bridge gaps in nutritional understanding.

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Chef Ponder Comes to You!

Chef Ponder can come directly into your kitchen and cook an amazing meal for you and your guests!

That’s right! As a Private Chef, he works with you to develop the perfect menu for the occasion, does the specialty and fresh shopping and then takes over your kitchen to serve the most exquisite meal you can think of! 

Are you having a special event? Do you have a outstanding set of friends that you would like to celebrate and fellowship with? Let Chef Ponder serve them food for the rich, presented beautifully in the comfort of your very own home.

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Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what Chef Ponder’s clients have to say!

Paula C.

Chef Ponder and his staff were very professional and helped make our event a success. We had over 100 people at in our home and they all raved about how good the food was! I only wish I had ordered more of it! We would definitely recommend Chef Ponder to anyone looking to have their event catered.

Wanda G.

Jacoby Ponder is an excellent Chef and an all around superb person. The food was outstanding and the dessert was to die for. Hands down I would use him again. I already gave his information to six other individuals. Thank you Chef Ponder for making my six year anniversary spectacular. 

Nathan S.

Chef Ponder creates more than flavorful, beautifully presented dishes. He also create an atmosphere of comfortable elegance that can be appreciated by all. His personality is lively and jovial which is contagious and adds to the overall experience. I can’t wait to work with him again.

Wayne P.

I must admit My first impression of Chef Jacoby Ponder was satisfying, his demeanor and immediate ownership and pride in the food service department, but I must say the foods presentation, along with the flavor and seasoning definitely are profoundly remarkable. Just amazing!