Like everything else, I learned how to cook from my mother. I come from a big family, and every night my mother cooked flavorful meals in huge quantities. I started helping her cook for my nieces and nephews when I was 9 years old.
I pursued a career in music, but eventually found my way back to cooking. I enrolled in culinary school, where I learned the technical terms for things my mother had taught me years ago, and from there, I bounced back and forth between various 5 star restaurants in Los Angeles.
In 2015, I started my own food truck with my fiancé. By the end of the year, we were booking more catering jobs than food truck jobs, and thus The Catering Carnival was born.
In 2017, I was approached by Buzzfeed. They featured me in a promotion for Little Tike's new food truck toy. You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcMpx7W051Q I also cooked for a Grammy nominee that year, as well as NFL player TJ McDonald.
In 2018, I was hired to cook for 2018's Strongest Man in the World Hafthor Bjornsson's KFC Commercial. I also supplied the food featured in Plie's "All Thee Gates" Music Video featuring Kevin Gates in September of that year.
I offer a service that many need, but not many can confidently offer: personal chef services that are catered to your needs. Do you need a special meal or diet served, but don't have a kitchen on site? No problem! I can bring my mobile food kitchen on site and cook for you.
The types of services I offer include:
- personal chef services (cooking 3-5 course meals for my client's family and friends) - food styling
- menu development
- cooking classes
- meal delivery
Since 2019, I have extended my chef services to include cooking demonstrations for Macy's. I ran a carnival themed cooking demonstration at their San Diego location, and later in the year, ran an Italian themed cooking demonstration at their Costa Mesa location. I am always open to opportunities, collaborations and special events. I look forward to cooking for you!
"Chef J David catered a private dinner for my anniversary. He was timely, friendly, and the food was excellent. We would absolutely hire him again and recommend him to friends." - Kelsey M. Personal Chef Services
"Kelsea was professional and great in helping plan the menu and all the details about our event. We hosted a 4th of July party for about 75 people. Jamal is the chef and the food was great- everyone was very pleased. He was great in setting up everything and fun and professional." - Kimberly C. Event Catering
"I hired these guys about a year ago for a small dinner party, about 5 of us. It was such a great experience! It was a while ago so I can't remember the chef's name, I think it was David, he was on time, professional, super friendly, did a great job working with my tiny apartment kitchen and crappy old stove. The food was impeccable! No joke BEST crab cakes I've ever had in my life! We all had a great time and my friends were also so impressed with the food. They still talk about the dinner. I'm not a fancy person who hires private chefs all the time, it was my first, but it was such a great experience I would do it again if a special occasion came up and would absolutely hire him again! Highly recommend! It took so long to leave this review because I forgot to do it last year and I'm an outta sight outta mind person, unfortunately, but I just got on here to look for another service and saw them on my list and had to leave this review. Won't disappoint!" Lena R. Personal Chef Services
"The service was accommodating, very well organized, cooking in quiet, generous in its making us at ease. Food was delicious." - Erica G. Personal Chef Services