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is that a French Chef in our kitchen?

Ready to elevate your next event into a gourmet dining experience that you and your loved ones will talk about for years to come? Then allow classically trained French Chef Francis Pons to convert your home into a four-star restaurant with private dining.

Chef Francis Turns the Tables

Classically trained Chef Francis is based on Long Beach Island, New Jersey. He can make any dream dish & menu happen in the privacy of your home. Furthermore, Chef Francis’ resume includes a lineage of dinners prepared for the entire Jersey Shore! Service available in Metro New York, North Jersey & other areas. 

Why Choose a Private Chef?

When we eat, we connect. A private dining experience in your home brings everyone together for a common purpose: the creation of a delicious feast that everyone will enjoy and won’t soon forget.
Hiring a personal chef is also the perfect treat for a loved one who spends a lot of time in the kitchen and needs a break.

How Does Private Dining Work?

Booking a private dining experience in your home is simple.

step one

create your dream menu

Take a look at our sample dishes below for inspiration. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Not a problem. This is a customized dining experience, made just for you and your loved ones. We are happy to assist in the menu and wine pairing process.

step two

Set the Stage

We’ll discuss details of your private dining event, such as the size of your party, location, budget and time frame (the average time for a private dining event is two to four hours). Invite your lucky guests and await the big day!

step three

Sit Back and Relax

On the designated time and day, we arrive at your home with everything needed to create a truly unique culinary experience. From prepping to cooking to serving and cleaning up, we make this a stress-free, relaxing dining event.

What are people saying about French Private Dining in the New Jersey/Metro NY/Philadelphia area?

“The food was fantastic!!! Chef Francis was great. He socialized just the right amount, and we appreciated his cleaning up afterward. All in all, a top-notch experience. We will not only be recommending him to friends, but we look forward to having him cook for us in the future. Thanks!!”
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Long Beach Island

Need A Little Inspiration?

Below are lists of dishes we’ve created in the past. From appetizers to entrees to inspired desserts, Chef Francis and his team are ready to create a dream meal for your next dinner party, anniversary or other key life event. If there is a dish you would like to have and do not see it, let us know and Chef will be happy to accommodate, if possible. For more inspiration, refer to our Visual Menu and Gallery as well.

Tuna Tartare
Smoked Salmon Rolls
Salmon Tartare
Salmon Mousse on Pumpernickel
Shrimp Cocktail
Clams Casino
Steamed Clams or Mussels, White Wine & Fresh Garlic
Mussels Marinara, Mild or Hot
Fresh Grilled Octopus
Oysters Rockefeller
Mini Crab Cakes
Soft Shell Crab (in Season)
Crab & Spinach Puff Pastry
Traditional Bruschetta
Roasted Red Pepper & Fresh Mozzarella on Toast with Balsamic Glaze
Stuffed Mushrooms
Italian Antipasti
Melon with Prosciutto
Baby Lamb Chops
Sirloin Beef Tips
Caprese Skewers
Goat Cheese & Cherry Tomato Tarts
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme
Variety of Cheese & Vegetable Canapés
Raw Bar: Oysters, Clams, Mussels, Shrimp, Crab, Lobster & Accoutrements
Viking Village Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto or Bacon
Fresh Grilled Octopus over Broccoli Rabe & Roasted Red Peppers
Imported and/or Domestic Cheese Platter with Grapes & Berries

Arugula, Sliced Pears & Shaved Pecorino Romano with Homemade Lemon Vinaigrette
Spinach Salad with Orange & Grapefruit, Shrimp with Homemade Citrus Sauce
Baby Greens, Cranberries, Walnuts, Fresh Raspberries, Goat/Feta/Blue Cheese & Homemade Raspberry Sauce
Caesar (Add Grilled Chicken or Shrimp)
Mixed Baby Greens Garden Salad with Homemade Dressing
Caprese Salad: Sliced Homemade Mozzarella and Tomatoes with Balsamic Glaze

Sirloin in Brioche
Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce
Beef Bourguignon
Breast of Duck, Variety of Sauces
Tenderloin of Veal Medallions
Veal Chop
Veal Osso Bucco
Pork Osso Bucco
Rack of Lamb
Coq au Vin
Roasted Chicken
Sausage, Peppers & Onions
Stuffed Turkey
Chicken or Veal Francaise, Piccata, Parmigiana, Marsala or Saltimbocca
Tenderloin of Pork with an Orange Gastric Sauce

Eggplant Rollatini
Eggplant Parmigiana
Green String Beans
Rice Pilaf
Saffron Rice
Variety of Grilled Vegetables
Glazed Baby Carrots
Grilled Asparagus
Stuffed or Sauteed Mushrooms
Bayaldi (Roasted Eggplant, Tomato & Zucchini)
Grilled Yukon Potatoes with Fresh Herbs
Broccoli Rabe Sautéed in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil
Sauteed Spinach in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil
Broccoli and/or Cauliflower, Sautéed in Fresh Garlic & Olive Oil

French Onion
New England Clam Chowder
Butternut Squash – In Season
Pumpkin – In Season

Homemade Open Lobster Ravioli
Cacio e Pepe
Shrimp Scampi
Linguini & Clam Sauce
Homemade Tagliolini or Capellini, Choose Sauce

Dover Sole
Chilean Sea Bass
Red Snapper
Viking Village Scallops
Orata & Bronzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass)
Marinated Grilled Salmon Cutlets, Dill & Bearnaise Sauce
Paella with Choice of Seafood, Chicken & Spanish Chorizo
Viking Village Scallops Wrapped in Prosciutto

Chocolate Eclairs
Chantilly Cream Puffs
Vanilla & Chocolate Cream Puffs
Italian Cheesecake
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake
Nut Tarts (Walnut or Pecan)
Apple Tartin
Strawberry Shortcake
Carrot Cake
Crème Bruleè
Crème Caramel
Chocolate Mousse
Novelty/Occasion Cakes & Pies (Available Upon Request)
Fruit Tarts (Strawberry, Apple, Blue Berry, Raspberry, Mixed Fruit/Berries)
The Marquise (French Meringue, Fresh Raspberries & Jam, Belgian Chocolate Ganache)
The Teardrop (Belgian Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate Mousse, Chantilly Creme & Brandy Liquor Cherry – Chef Francis’ signature dessert)

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“We celebrated my mom's 85th birthday with her group of close friends, and it was nothing short of spectacular! Debra handled every little detail of the arrangements flawlessly. Chef Francis provided us with the most exquisite dining experience; we loved every single dish! The strawberry shortcake birthday cake was a masterpiece. Our server Brendan was fantastic: personable and paid close attention to each person's needs. It was an intimate and impressive evening and we could not be happier! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!”
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sharon S.

Private Dining FAQs

We have provided private chef services for anniversaries, engagements, wedding parties, family reunions and birthday parties, to name a few. But there doesn’t have to be a reason. Just a night off from cooking is good enough!

You are welcome to take part in the cooking experience. Chef Francis loves to interact and share his vast culinary knowledge and is very personable. Or sit back and relax with your friends and loved ones while our team creates your dream menu. Learn More About Cooking Classes With Francis.

Absolutely no problem. Whether it’s gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian or others, Chef Francis has provided delectable menus for everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions.

We offer pricing that is both fair and reasonable. Reach out to us so we can create a menu based on your budgetary needs. Factors to consider include:
● Number of guests
● The current market cost of menu/food items
● Chef Francis and additional staff (if necessary) 

We have served party sizes from two to 32. We build out a team of professional support staff based on your needs.

We employ all recommended CDC guidelines and Covid precautions prior to, upon entering, and until we leave your household. This includes meticulous sterilization of all equipment, masking, glove use, safe distancing, routine hand-washing, scrupulous review of all food touch points and more.

“Francis provides Personal Cheffing Services, Cooking Classes and Catering to the following regions:”


Long Beach Island
All Jersey Shore Communities
Manahawkin and Stafford Township
Little Egg Harbor
Forked River


Atlantic City
Sea Isle City
Cape May
All New Jersey State (North, South, West)
New York City and Boroughs
Greenwich, CT.
Philadelphia, PA

* Please inquire about areas not listed.

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Chef Francis and his team follow all required and necessary CDC guidelines and regulations. They are masked, gloved and are a respectful distance from each other and guests when working.